The five-metre, four-door, coupe-like saloon will go on sale in the second quarter of 2012

The BMW Gran Coupe concept will go into production in the second quarter of 2012, and is likely to carry a 6-series badge, a BMW source has confirmed.

The five-metre, four-door, coupe-like saloon has been designed to fuse the abilities of a GT and a sports car. It’s roof is 100mm lower than a current 7-series saloon, and its rear quarters slightly more restricted. As such, it’s expected to sire a direct production rival for the Maserati Quattroporte, Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera.

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Underneath it will use the same ‘backbone’ platform that underpins the current 5-series, 7-series and 5 GT. The car will offer the same mix of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as those cars, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The Gran Coupe picks up on the work started four years ago with the Concept CS show car, which appeared at the Shanghai motor show in 2007.

As well as testing the water for a BMW-built rival for the Audi A7, the Gran Coupe is intended to distill and concentrate BMW’s design values. As such, it’s likely to have a far-reaching influence throughout the styling of many of BMW’s future model lines.

That means we should expect to see the Gran Coupe’s long wheelbase, vaulted bonnet, shark nose, rearward set glasshouse, low silhouette and short front overhang become part of BMW’s trademark design language, as well as its asymmetrical kidney grille, wide frontal air intake and frameless doors.

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4 June 2010

[quote Autocar] is likely to carry a 6-series badge[/quote]

So basically it's not been decided yet. I would like to see BMW move away from using numbers, especially for niche products. Surely a "proper" name would help distinguish it from the basic saloon ranges.

4 June 2010

Well, if it's any indication of what the next 2-door 6-series and the next 3-series end up looking like, I'm pleased. The rear end is still too Bangle Butt for my taste, but the rest of it is handsome without falling into pure blandness as the new 5 has.

4 June 2010

[quote Pepsi Max] I would like to see BMW move away from using numbers,[/quote]

But that would involve using some imagination. They're Germans remember, they don't have any!

4 June 2010

[quote mantaray] But that would involve using some imagination. They're Germans remember, they don't have any![/quote]

said the brainwashed automaton.

How is it that Germans are fair game for racial stereotyping but the race which commits atrocities gets a pass?

4 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]How is it that Germans are fair game for racial stereotyping ?[/quote]

Well apart from the fact I lived among them for 5 years, just look at their track record.

BMW....1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 series. Prior to that 1600, 2000 series....

Audi....A2, A4, A6. S4, RS6, etc etc

Mercedes.....A class, C class, S class. Prior to that...190, 230, etc etc

Volkwagen..... Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Type 4....then at leas things got interesting....they name their cars after winds. Scirocco, Vento, Golf (which was meant to be Gulf, but lost out in translation, luckily)

So, as I said...no imagination

[quote nicksheele]but the race which commits atrocities gets a pass?[/quote]

I'm not even going to mention the war, lol

4 June 2010

[quote Pepsi Max]I would like to see BMW move away from using numbers[/quote]

I wouldn't, seems like a logical solution. I know that between different generations you have to become a geek and remember E and now F numbers, but as quick reference it's good. After all, when you run out of numbers you end up with a Canter Guts and a Mum 500 shall we join us?. Now picture those!

4 June 2010

[quote mantaray]But that would involve using some imagination. They're Germans remember, they don't have any![/quote]

I thought VW were german. They've used names for generations.

4 June 2010

[quote mantaray] But that would involve using some imagination. They're Germans remember, they don't have any![/quote]

Very droll indeed. Best get the XJ Series 3 out for a drive, that is, if it's back from the garage.

4 June 2010

[quote Autocar]

That means we should expect to see the Gran Coupe’s long wheelbase, vaulted bonnet, shark nose, rearward set glasshouse, low silhouette and short front overhang become part of BMW’s trademark design language, as well as its asymmetrical kidney grille, wide frontal air intake

[/quote]

so no change there then - hasn't most of that been BMW's design language since the year dot, albeit with added ugliness during the Bangle era?

4 June 2010

Looks like a 5 series with no headroom. Why does it have to have 4 doors? 6 Series were always supposed to rakish coupes and both generations have become racing cars at some time. Couldn't see a competition version of this 4 door cruiser mobile.

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