BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe : First Drive
BMW has already tasted success with the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible, and now with the brand new 6 Series Gran Coupe, the company is venturing into a bold new marketplace with their first ever 4 door coupe. There isn’t an iota of doubt that BMW is bullish about the prospects they intend to achieve with this new car for it does offer a formidable combination of being the perfect offspring between an all out sports car and a luxury sedan.
Set your eyes on this beautifully sculpted machine and there is no denying its drop dead gorgeous looks. The metal has been crafted with elegant lines that work to highlight its powerful aura and the quintessential BMW flare has been tossed in for good measure. The car possesses a stretched look, with short front and rear overhangs which give the 6 Series Gran Coupe its sporty demeanor. The greenhouse is set back and visually enhances the long hood to create a rather purposeful stance. The hood itself has two lines that start at the emblem and run all the way to the end of the car. The front double eyed headlights flank the slightly protruding kidney grille and the lower bumper gets a dosage of chrome décor elements along the slick fog lights and the car itself possesses a neat wide stance. The silhouette is dominated by the sloping roof and window line that runs flat towards the rear.
The long wheelbase is evident and the swage line along the shoulder of the car pronounces its sporty demeanor. Of course the large 245/45 R 18 rims add their own touch to the glamour quotient as well. The tail end is also a masterpiece in design aesthetics and the first item that ticks all the right boxes is the sleek, almost hidden, tail light that stretches across the full length of the rear glass right where the glass meets the roof. The taillights are standard to the 6 Series family line and the boot has a taunt sculpted look to it. The genes of a sports car are apparent with the twin exhausts that complete the rear visual package.
Inside the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the driver is the center of attention. The dashboard, information systems, audio controls, multi media interface system as well as the gear lever are all ergonomically placed such that it almost feels intuitive to the touch. The horizontal design lines stretch to the back area and bring about a connect to the entire symmetry and layout of the interiors.
Finished in a dual tone treatment and wrapped in fine leathers, the 6 Series Gran Coupe offers a rather cozy atmosphere. The car has been stretched a little compared to its coupe and convertible siblings resulting in freeing up enough space for the rear bench, which BMW claims can seat three people, however, with the center console extending all the way from the dash to the rear seat, the middle man would have to straddle it and in doing so the air-conditioning vents would be rather precariously pointed! Not to mention, the low sloping roofline doesn’t offer much headroom while seated in this center position.