The All-New 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

By: BMW | Photos Courtesy of: BMW

Today, BMW announced the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, which will be available at authorized BMW Centers this fall offered exclusively as a BMW 640i xDrive model. Its distinct coupe-inspired aerodynamic design excites from every angle and combines the long-distance comfort of a luxury sedan with the aesthetic appeal of a coupe. The intelligent lightweight chassis construction paired to the standard 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters, improved aerodynamics featuring BMW Active Kidney Grille, Air Curtains, Air Breathers and active rear spoiler, a double wishbone front suspension, standard rear air suspension, and the award winning 6-cylinder engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology create a sporty and dynamic experience. The all-new 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo will be available at showrooms in the fall starting at $69,700 plus $995 Destination and Handling.

Vehicle concept and design. Unparalleled progressive appeal and pracVeticality

The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo design embodies a rigorous process of development which has elevated both the functional strengths of this concept and the car’s sense of sporting elegance. A generously-sized, flexible-use interior, striking looks, ride comfort, and a luxurious and spacious feel are amongst the features that make this vehicle unique. These attributes have been honed for the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and are complemented by stretched proportions, dynamic lines and a muscular look.

“The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is geared towards discerning customers who place great importance on individuality. It is an eye-catching statement, packaged into a flowing, sculptural design language which gives the car a modern and sporty feel. The raised seating position ensures an imperious brand of driving pleasure, and the luxurious levels of space provide everything you need for a relaxing journey,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

Dynamically stretched proportions

The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo showcases dynamically stretched proportions. In combination with a roofline that flows deep into the rear end, the proportions ensure an elegantly sporty appearance. Thanks to optimization of the cabin’s packaging, the interior offers ample rear headroom (38.5 inches). Among the other characteristic features of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo are its long trunk, the set-back positioning of the cabin, wheelbase of 120.9 inches, doors with frameless windows, and a slim window graphic that leads into a more vertical interpretation of the signature BMW “Hofmeister kink”.

The front end: distinctive, eye-catching and powerful

The large BMW kidney grille underlines the muscular presence of the front end. The headlight housings extend all the way to the kidneys, creating a continuous band that accentuates the car’s width.

The standard Icon Adaptive Full LED Headlights feature hexagonal LED tubes for the daytime running lights that extend to meet the kidney grille, reinforcing the broad and dynamic presence of the front end.

The flanks: flowing lines, precise surfaces

When the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is viewed from the side, its elongated proportions and precise surface design catch the eye. A single crease in the upper section of the side surfaces sends light rushing to this section of the body. Above the powerfully flared wheel arches, a second horizontal line worked smoothly into the surface, generates an effective interchange between light and shadow, which lends the car extra lightness and elegance. Its ground clearance is emphasized by the shaded surfaces above the side skirts. The Air Breathers and side skirts form a single unit and team up with another crease in the surface work to enhance the stretched feel of the silhouette.

The heavily raked A-pillars of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo are linked with the roofline reaching its highest point at the top of the B-pillar, flowing like a coupe’s into the rear. The distinctive elegance of the silhouette is also accentuated by the sweeping side window graphic, which is no longer broken up by an extra window guide strip through the rear passenger door windows.

The rear end: width enhances sporting presence, sculptural light design.

Horizontal lines, sharp edges and heavily tapering surfaces help to magnify the width of the rear and therefore the sporting stature of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. It is an impression strengthened by the slim rear window and rear lights positioned well to the outside. In addition to the customary BMW L-shape, the light units also display a unique three-dimensional surface design. The taillight covers over the LED units to add a bold and classy accent with their attractively sculpted design.

Aerodynamically optimized – from Active Kidney Grille to the active rear spoiler.

The low-slung silhouette of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo also benefits its aerodynamic efficiency, which has been improved with a host of other measures. BMW’s Active Kidney Grille system opens moveable slats behind the vertical, fixed kidney grille slats when more cooling air is required, but otherwise keeps them closed to optimize aerodynamic efficiency. The underbody section is almost fully enclosed. Air Curtains in the lower air intake at the front of the car and Air Breathers behind of the front wheels reduce turbulence in and around the wheel arches all improving aerodynamic efficiency. The active rear spoiler, which automatically extends when the car exceeds 75 mph and retracts again when it slows below 50 mph, helps to reduce lift and improve the drag coefficient (Cd).

Distinctive Looks: standard Sport design, available Luxury Package

The standard Sport design shines the spotlight on the car’s dynamic character and stands out with numerous trim elements in high-gloss black and 19-inch V-Spoke light-alloy wheels. Chrome window surround enhances the sporty character of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. On the interior, the driver and front passenger are welcomed by standard Sport Seats with power adjustable side bolsters, an Anthracite headliner, and a and a SensaTec upholstered dashboard.

The optional Luxury Package emphasizes the car’s elegant character with features such as chrome kidney grille bars and front and rear bumper trim finishers on the exterior and power rear seat back adjustment on the interior.

M Sport Package

The optional M Sport package offers customers the ability to add design features to the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, which emphasize the vehicle’s sporty character. This package includes an M Aerodynamic kit with front apron with larger air intakes, side skirt trim, and diffusor-style rear apron, featuring black fins for the Air Breathers, a special design for the side skirts and rear apron. Other exterior design elements include Shadowline exterior trim and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with All-season Run Flat Tires or Mixed Performance Run Flat Tires. 20-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with Mixed Performance Run Flat Tires are available as an upgrade option. The interior includes a new M Sport leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and exclusive floor mats when selecting the option of Black Dakota Leather with contrast blue stitching and piping. The M Sport package can be enhanced with the optional Dynamic Handling Package adding Integral Active Steering, Adaptive Drive two axle air suspension, Active Roll Stabilization and Dynamic Damper Control, creating an even more agile driving experience.

Interior and equipment

The versatility of the vehicle concept behind the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, the dynamic character of the car and its luxurious levels of long-distance comfort are reflected in the design of the interior. A cockpit tailored to the driver, the extremely generous, variable-use space for occupants and luggage, high-quality design, and carefully selected and precisely worked materials provide all the ingredients for a characteristic BMW driving experience, relaxed traveling and unbeatable practicality within a luxurious ambience.

The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo comes standard with Dakota leather upholstery, which can be specified in a range of different colors. The optional Nappa leather with decorative quilting pattern is available in three colors – Ivory White, Black and Mocha.

Precisely formed, seamlessly fitting surfaces and meticulously incorporated chrome trim elements highlight the exclusive character of the interior. The contour of the interior trim strips in the door panels traces the elegant flow of the roofline. Electrically operated sunshades for the rear side windows can be added as an option.

Rear compartment offers luxurious comfort over long distances.

The rear compartment of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo has three full-size seats with ample legroom and headroom. LATCH attachment points in the outer seats make it easy to secure the child seats in place. The newly designed rear seat bench helps to improve long-distance traveling comfort and optimize soundproofing. Indeed, acoustic comfort has been enhanced by soundproofing in the roof, doors and rear seat backrests.

Multi-contour seats, active seat ventilation and a massage function can be ordered for the driver and front passenger. The optional electrically adjustable comfort seats for the rear passengers feature powered adjustment of the backrest angle at the touch of a button.

Adaptive suspension and Active Roll Stabilization deliver ride comfort and sporty performance

Adaptive suspension with Dynamic Damper Control and two-axle air suspension uses electronically controlled dampers to improve ride and suspension comfort while at the same time sharpen the car’s dynamics. An electrically powered compressor with pressure reservoir supplies the suspension with air and because the air supply is controlled individually for each wheel, it is even possible to compensate for an unevenly distributed load. The two-axle air suspension enables owners to set the car’s ride height manually. Ground clearance can be raised by 0.78 inches at the touch of a button for driving on rough ground or up steep ramps. Once the driver accelerates beyond 22 mph, the self-levelling system automatically reverts to the standard setting. A 0.39 inch drop in ride height can be initiated by pressing a button. This happens automatically at speeds over 75 mph and when SPORT mode is selected using the Driving Dynamic Control switch.

Driving Dynamics Control switch with ADAPTIVE and COMFORT+ mode

As well as ECO PRO mode, the standard Driving Dynamics Control toggle switch is also used to activate the COMFORT and SPORT settings. These different modes, selected at the press of a button, modify the accelerator and steering mapping, the shift characteristics of the Steptronic transmission and the responses of the electronic dampers, if specified. Choosing the Dynamic Handling Package also adds the COMFORT+ and ADAPTIVE modes. These allow drivers to select a particularly comfort-biased set-up or one that responds automatically to their driving style. In ADAPTIVE mode, navigation data from the Navigation system Professional is used to proactively adjust the car’s responses when approaching intersections or curves.

Controls and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

At the heart of the display and control concept in the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is the iDrive 6.0 system. In addition to the Touch Controller on the center console and the direct menu control and favorites buttons, the system also comprises a new version of the Control Display. The high-resolution unit now takes the form of a freestanding 10.25‑inch touchscreen, while intuitive touch control is facilitated by the tile-style menu layout with live content.

The Intelligent voice control system has undergone improvement and now also responds to natural voice inputs. The available BMW Gesture Control can be used in the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo too, allowing certain functions to be operated with simple movements of the hand or fingers, which are registered by a 3D sensor in the center console and translated into the relevant commands. The latest generation BMW Head-Up Display, whose projection area has been increased in size by 75 percent reflects driving-related information onto the windshield in full color and with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

The BMW Night Vision system offers greater safety at night by providing a real-time video image in the Control Display that highlights any pedestrians, larger animals or other objects radiating heat.

BMW Connected and ConnectedDrive. Intelligently connected with the digital world

The BMW Connected App uses intelligent connectivity to assist drivers of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. Through the power of the Open Mobility Cloud, your smartphone and vehicle are connected in ways which bring unparalleled convenience and peace of mind. The digital personal mobility assistant helps reach the destination easily and with minimal stress – and not only when they are in their car.

Infotainment, convenience and safety broaden their reach

The standard built-in SIM card also allows drivers of the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo to use Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic locating and accident severity detection. With the new BMW Teleservice Accident Assistance, the vehicle now also detects low-speed collisions below the threshold for airbag deployment. The driver receives a message in the iDrive display offering to contact the BMW Accident Assistance service directly. A push of a button is all it takes to obtain professional support from the BMW Accident Assistance team, who can also put the customer in touch with a BMW Service Partner if necessary.

Apple CarPlay available in the car

Apple CarPlay can be used wirelessly in the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. The driver can seamlessly switch between BMW and Apple CarPlay via the iDrive controller or touch screen interface.

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