Are you a professional with a busy to-do list, well, BMW has crafted the best hauler for your busy schedule. Here’s a car that helps you plan your journey courtesy of various features such as calendar management, street parking finder to ensure you don’t spend too much time looking for parking as well as a full email capability. The model I am talking about is the 5-Series Gran Turismo successor, the new 2018 BMW 6-Series GT. This is the first time the 6-Series get a GT; this comes after BMW discontinued the 6-Series Coupe. According to reports, the model is based on the Chinese-only extended-wheel-base 5 Series but has features that make it unique.
2018 BMW 6-Series GT Exterior
The 2018 BMW 6-Series GT is an evolution of the 5 Series GT in size and style. At the front, the new 6 Series model flaunts a smooth hood. The grille, on the other hand, is prominent and features vertical louvers. Front corner vents are larger compared to those of the 5-Series GT. The airdam stretches outward but looks shorter. The headlights feature an angular LED look. These new features have been adopted from the 5 Series sedan.
The side looks particularly behind the rear door features a rounded, triangular glass that augurs well with the model’s smooth slope. The GT also features an array of bold lines most of which seem to be adopted from the 5 Series sedan.
At the rear, the new GT combines SUV, wagon, hatchback and sedan styling to make up a really stunning rear look. The fascia features a long glass which is enjoined with the deck to form a single piece. The rear deck is curved in a way that emphasizes the vehicle’s width; it also adds a sporty appearance to the model. The taillights also look quite appealing especially in the way they are mounted between the rear hatch and corners of rear quarters.
In matters size, the 6-Series GT has a length of 200.43 inches, 74.88-inch width, 60.55 –inch height and its wheelbase spans 120.86 inches.
Sliding into the cabin, you are met by a similar cabin like most of the other latest BMW sedans and hatchbacks out there. The center console, dashboard and door panels are almost similar to those of the 5-Series sedan. However, the model comes with a unique mood lighting feature which makes the cabin attractive, particularly because it features a gentle blue light that contrasts with the red graphics, red backlighting of buttons and the digital instrument cluster’s red graphics.
The GT comes with an elevated driver’s seat for an enhanced view of the road. Driver controls are well located to ensure ease of reach by the driver.
The rear of the 6-Series GT is unique from other BMW cabins. The model comes with 3 full-size seats that provided more legroom than the 5-Series GT thanks to the model’s extra length. There is an option for extra comfort rear seats that enable passengers to adjust their backrests. There is also a huge sunroof at the rear as well as a rear entertainment system with tablets that are mounted on front seatbacks. The rear seats have a 40/20/40 split-folding capability where each section of the backrests folds down electronically. When they are in position, the GT has a cargo capacity of 610 liters and when all the 3 positions of the seats are folded, the cargo carrying capacity expands to 1,800 liters.
Engine and performance
The 6-Series GT will be available in three trim levels, each with a unique mill. The base model is dubbed the 630i; it is powered by a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 258 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The model hits 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to155 mph. The second trim level, the 640i which comes with xDrive AWD system as an option features a 3.0 L, inline 6 that gets you 340 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque. The engine reduces the time needed to hit 60 mph from a standstill position to 5.4 seconds for RWD models and 5.3 seconds when you opt for the xDrive. Its top speed is also limited to 155 mph.
For diesel lovers, there is a new 3.0 L, inline-6 diesel mill that is good for 265 hp and a whopping 457 lb-ft of torque. The engine is available with RWD or AWD. It powers the 630d trim. Models with this engine need 6.0 seconds for AWD models and 6.1 seconds for RWD models seconds to hit 60 mph and the engine will be the most economical but official EPA ratings are yet to be released. Like the others, its top speed is limited at 155 mph. All engines will use the automaker’s 8-speed Steptronic transmission system.
In future, there are rumors that the automaker will add a V-8 mill to the lineup.
Price and release date
BMW is still tight-lipped on matters price. However, going by the pricing strategy of the 5 Series GT and the 5 Series sedan, the GT will be around $5,000 more expensive placing the model’s possible starting price at around $56,000. The 640i will fetch over $60,000 while the top-of-the-range 650i may attract an MSRP of around $75,000. Sales will hit dealerships this fall.