BMW launches 6-Series Gran Coupe at Rs. 86.4 lakh

BMW has launched the 6-Series Gran Coupe in India at a price of Rs. 86.4 lakh, ex-showroom. The BMW 640-D Gran Coupe is a unique four-door coupe styled sedan that comes in a single variant powered by a 3-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine. It is available in nine colours with three interior colour and material options.

This new BMW 640-D Gran Coupe will be imported as a completely built unit and is available at BMW showrooms across the country. This is the third 6-series to be launched in India. BMW had earlier launched the 650i convertible in March 2011, followed by the 640-D, two-door coupe later in the year.

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Looks and design

The BMW 640-D Gran Coupe merges the best of both worlds – that of a sports coupe, with the space and functionality of a proper sedan. The car looks sporty with its extended bonnet and coupe styling ending in a stubby boot, yet it offers plenty of space on the interiors for four occupants (and five if needed). The upswept tail-lamps are in keeping with the 6-Series family look, while the twin exhausts add to that sporty feel.

The interiors are done up in leather and fine quality beige plastics. In typical BMW style the controls on the dash are all angled toward the driver, giving the car a sporty appeal, with all the controls falling easily to hand. It comes with a large glass electric sunroof as well. The car has 460 litres of boot space but that can be increased to 1260 litres by folding the 60:40 split rear seats, adding more practicality to this car. Also read: BMW showrooms can now drive into your city

Engine and performance

The BMW 640-D is powered by a 2993 cc, six-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine that puts out 313 bhp of power at 4,400 rpm and 630 Nm of torque at 1500-2500 rpm. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with different driving modes to adapt to your mood and driving style. Depending on the driving mode selected, the adaptive suspension will alter settings to provide a comfortable or sporty driving feel as the need be. BMW claims a 0-100 kmph time of 5.4 seconds.

All the power goes to the rear wheels in traditional BMW style. However, ground clearance at just 126 mm is a bit of a concern for Indian driving conditions, and you would be better off sticking to well-surfaced tarmac and try to avoid roads with those nasty speed breakers.

Despite all that power the BMW 640-D is quite fuel efficient with a claimed mileage of 18.18 kmpl on diesel.

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Comfort and features

The BMW 640-D is loaded with safety features as can be expected. It comes with eight airbags, active head restraints, ABS, traction control, stability program, cornering brake control and 245/45 R18 run-flat tyres. The car comes with massive 18-inch alloy wheels as standard with options for 19-inch and 20-inch alloys as well.

Equipment includes a four-zone automatic climate control, park distance control front and rear with reverse camera, automatic lights, LED adaptive headlamps, LED foglamps, rain-sensing wipers, navigation system with Bluetooth, 6-DVD changer, 12GB hard disc for audio files, 16-speaker, 600 watt sound system (Bang & Olufsen is an optional extra costing Rs. 6 lakh more) and LCD display for the iDrive infotainment system.

What we think

BMW’s motto earlier has been “the ultimate driving machine”, and this BMW 640-D Gran Coupe is one that fully lives up to that tag line. It’s a sports car when you want it to be one. It’s a luxury sedan when you want it to be one. It can be a family car when you want it to be one. Being so versatile, if you really had to have one car that straddled multiple functions and looked good performing it all, this 6-Series car is one of the best luxury cars you can buy in India today. Of course, it costs nearly twice as much in India as it does in Europe or the U.S. because of the import duties, but that’s the price you have to pay for exclusivity. Also read: BMW 3-Series road test and review

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