BMW has revealed its long-awaited 6-series Gran Coupé, Munich’s svelte new rival to the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS. Seen here in these official pictures for the first time, the Gran Coupe will reach the UK next July.
It arrives just 20 months after being previewed as a concept car at the Beijing motor show. That concept followed the highly regarded Concept CS from 2007, which was due to enter production as the 8-series until it was axed in the recession.
It joins the existing two-door coupé and convertible in an expanded range of 6-series models aiming to attract buyers who place greater emphasis on outright style than practicality.
BMW has announced three launch engines for the UK – all mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The entry-level 640i Gran Coupé runs a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six with 316bhp and 332lb ft of torque. The 650i receives a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 packing 444bhp and 479lb ft – good for 0-62mph in 4.6sec.
Also available from the start of UK sales will be the 640d Gran Coupé, with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel that produces 309bhp and 464lb ft. Along with 0-62mph acceleration of 5.4sec and a governed 155mph top speed, it is claimed to deliver combined fuel economy of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 148g/km.
A range-topping M6 Gran Coupé will follow late next year, powered by the same 552bhp twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 used in the M5.
Despite the availability of four-wheel drive for certain models in selected left-hand drive markets, all official right-hand-drive models bound for the UK will be rear drive.