For whatever reason, BMW loves to jack with the naming scheme of its product lineup. This time, what was known as the 5 Series GT is now the 2018 6 Series GT. Do not be alarmed by the name change, though, because the 2018 model is still just the hatchback version of the 5 Series sedan. BMW says this one is just “evolved” enough to be a 6 Series. Okay.
“The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a unique combination of luxurious interior comfort and flexible practicality, packaged within a truly elegant design. Coupled with the sporty, dynamic driving characteristics our customers enjoy, this car is an outstanding vehicle which further enhances the upper end of our BMW model line-up,” comments Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Brand BMW.
BMW will formally reveal the 2018 6 Series Gran Turismo at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The car will roll out globally in November with three different powertrain options and BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Just like the 5 Series sedan, the base model in this case will be the 630i GT, which will be powered by BMW’s well-known turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque funneling through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 630i will be offered in rear-wheel drive format only.
Buyers aspiring to gain xDrive and more power will have to upgrade to the 640i GT with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that generates a healthy dose of 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Like the 630i GT, this engine will be paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic regardless of rear or all-wheel drive.
Lastly, BMW is tossing in one of the 5 Series sedan diesel options into this new GT version, dubbed the 630d GT. The oil-burning option is BMW’s 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six with 265 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Like the other two options, an eight-speed auto is in tow with both drivetrain layouts.
Much like the powertrains, the feature content and design language is very much a carryover from the 5 Series sedan. The only variance here is, of course, the fact that from the C-pillar back the car is in a five-door layout.
In an era in which buyers are flocking to SUVs, crossovers and even wagons, perhaps the name-change to 6 Series will place an emphasis on the GT’s unique configuration.