Posted on: Friday 22 June, 2012 12:28
|BMW ventures into totally new car segment with its first four-door Coupé
The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé – the first four-door Coupé in the history of the BMW brand – has arrived in Saudi Arabia following its unveiling to global audiences at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show earlier in March this year.
The third model in the BMW 6 Series line up, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé follows the successful debut of the next generation Convertible and Coupé models launched last year. The aim in the design process of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé was to achieve synergy between the aesthetics and dynamics typical of a BMW Coupé and functional versatility of a four-door sedan. The result is a unique car with a distinctive character but unmistakably a BMW.
The exterior sets new standards in terms of aesthetic design for four-door vehicles as seen in its low height and the flat roofline that smoothly flows into the rear end. The low and graceful lines are especially impressive when looking at the car’s side profile. The recessed passenger compartment appears low and smoothly stretched because the window silhouette extends deep into the C pillar. The frameless door windows are also a design element indicative of a sporty Coupé. In addition, the elongated side windows optimise the incidence of light to enhance the feeling of spaciousness in the interior. The characteristic BMW Hofmeister kink that flows into the C pillar encompasses exclusively embossed “Gran Coupe” lettering behind the glass in the lower corners of the rear windows to denote the fascinating elegance and personality of this new vehicle.
The interior of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé has a driver orientation typical of the BMW brand. The driver-focused cockpit and front passenger area are bordered by elegantly sweeping surfaces with a harmonious connection between the front seats and the rear. Passengers sitting in the rear will be surprised by the generous levels of space and high level of comfort in a very stylish and luxurious surrounding. The four-door Coupé is a four-seater that offers generous travel comfort in the back with an additional third rear seat which can be used for shorter journeys.
Powered by a choice of two engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé offers a sporty and powerful drive experience. The six-in-line engine in the BMW 640i Gran Coupé comprises a turbocharging system, High Pressure Injection and VALVETRONIC, twin-scroll turbocharging. The exhaust gas pulses from each bank of three cylinders are fed through two separate channels to the turbine wheel. This produces maximum power of 320 hp, at 5,800 to 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 3.0 litres allowing the BMW 640i Gran Coupé to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds.
The top-of-the-line BMW 650i Gran Coupé with the latest generation of the 4.4-litre V8 engine with its two turbochargers and High Precision Direct Injection optimises both efficiency and response, when it arrives in market in September this year.
Power in both engines of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé is managed by an eight-speed sports automatic transmission. With its extremely fast gear changes, this unit is built for sporty driving, comfortable shifting and optimised efficiency. It is operated using the electronic gear selector on the centre console.
The Driving Experience Control switch on the centre console allows the driver to alter accelerator response characteristics, engine response, the power steering characteristics, the DSC settings, the damper characteristics and the shift characteristics of the automatic transmission.
Designed with state-of-the-art chassis technology, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé will delight drivers with its dynamic performance and outstanding refinement. Highlights that come as standard include Electric Power Steering and Dynamic Damper Control to help provide the perfect balance between dynamics and comfort.
An unrivalled range of BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance technology features for enhanced comfort and safety include BMW Park Assistant, camera-based Collision Warning with braking function (in conjunction with Active Cruise Control) and the latest-generation full colour BMW Head-Up Display that projects the symbols on the windscreen in 3D.
As with all BMW models, the 6 Series Gran Coupé features an exclusive options list that includes comfort seats and sports seats, active seats, seat ventilation, Exclusive Nappa leather, ceramic applications, heated rear seats and 4-zone automatic climate control. There is also a Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System that offers brilliant sound experience from every seat. Bang & Olufsen designs and manufacturers high-end audio products and televisions and so was the perfect audio partner for the new 6 Series Gran Coupé.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Stavros Paraskevaides, Managing Director, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (BMW) said: “The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé follows in the tyre tracks of the BMW 6 Series Convertible and Coupé that we launched last year. We have already received a lot of interest for this new BMW model and are confident that its distinctive character – such as the low Coupé-style roof line – combined with dynamic driving, unmatched features and elegant style, will continue turn heads amongst Saudi customers.”