What is it?
This is the all-new F20-series BMW 6-series coupe. BMW UK shifted 14,000 of the previous-generation 6-series and the sales were split 63 per cent coupe and 37 per cent cabriolet. 93 per cent were powered by diesel engines and 97 per cent left the showroom in Sport guise. The upshot is that the 640d with the M Sport specification will be the heartland model for BMW UK.
The standard specification is pretty generous, including Dakota leather, switchable chassis tuning and a top-line navigation system with real-time traffic prediction. The M Sport models get extra external body styling, 19in wheels and extendable squab front sports seats.
The new 6-series grows significantly in size compared to the old model. The wheelbase is up by 75mm, the width by 34mm and the length by 74mm. Boot space is up to a substantial 460-litres, essential considering the golfing habits of the target market. The rear seats remain classically 2+2, with the deeply dished cushions freeing up headroom but legroom remains woefully restricted.
The front passengers can luxuriate in the spacious cockpit. This M Sport model gets excellent, extendable squab, sports seats and M steering wheel. The dash, similar in layout to the old model, is impressively finished.