BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Overview
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, after a long wait, finally hit the roads in India on November 8, 2012, just a week before Diwali, the biggest Indian festival. This new vehicle from the stables of the German car maker can be considered as an offspring between a sports car and a luxury sedan and comes laden with a combination of luxury features and a modern look necessary to lure the elite class of the country.
The all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is the auto makers first ever four door car, which increases the 6 Series range of vehicles in the country that until its launch was limited to Coupe and the Convertible models. The car boasts of some unique designs and sporty looks and is simply a visual delight to see it run on the road. Gran Coupe comes loaded with gadgets and gizmos for entertainment as well as comfort and safety of the passengers.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Car launched in India houses a 2993cc TwinTurbo 6 cylinder diesel engine capable of churning out a maximum power of 309 bhp at 4400 rpm and a maximum torque of 630 Nm at 1500-2500 rpm. The car is capable of touching a speed of 100 kmph starting from zero in just 5.4 seconds. Gran Coupe comes mated with an 8 speed automatic gearbox that gives a very pleasant driving experience.
The internationally acclaimed 640d model of BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is now available in the country, and is likely to be followed by a petrol variant in the near future. The petrol engine choices on the Gran Coupe in the International market include a 4.4 litre V8 and a 3.0 litre V6. The V8 is a real performer capable of delivering a power of 444 bhp at 5500 rpm and generates a torque between 2000 and 4500 rpm.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe 2012 has an exquisite interiors with a curves never seen before. The car comes laden with every comfort feature that a luxury car of this price range should possess. Gran Coupe has plenty of space and can easily accommodate 5 people (2+3).
The all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, which measures 5,007 mm, is longer by 187mm to its coupe sibling which is 4820 mm in length. The wheelbase of 640d measures 2,968 mm, whereas its earlier version had a wheelbase of 2780 mm.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe can undoubtedly be said as the best sedan from the stables of BMW and people planning to buy it should go forward without an iota of doubt. BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, globally comes both in petrol as well as diesel variant. The diesel powered 640d model has already been launched in the country and it is expected that the petrol variant would be launched in the near future. Worldwide, a 4.4 litre V8 and a 3.0 litre V6 variant of the Gran Coupe is available for sale. The V8 model is capable of churning out a massive peak power of 444 bhp at 5500 rpm, which is desperately awaited in the country.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Awards and Accolades
The all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a worldwide acclaimed car and has won a large number of awards to its name. Gran Coupe with a perfect combination of aesthetics, dynamics and luxurious flair has impressed everyone, be it in the country, or abroad. The most recent accolade for BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe car is its bagging of the pole position in the vote for the best design innovations 2012 conducted by the trade magazine “Auto, Motor and Sport.”
Given the fact that BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, within a very short time of its launch in India has become one of the most talked about cars in the country, it can very much be expected to win a good number of awards in the country as well.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pricing
The all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is the best Sedan so far from the stables of BMW that comes with a host of comfort, safety and security features, apart from sleek exterior and elegant interiors. An offspring between a sports car and a luxury sedan, the Gran Coupe is unique in itself. With such comfort, safety features and dashing looks, the all new Gran Coupe is available at a very competitive price across BMW dealerships in the country.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Review
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe car, with low roofline and aesthetically curved door sills, hinders the comfort level of the rear seat passenger. However, unlike its two door sibling, the seats in Gran Coupe can be folded down; thus providing more space. BMW claims Gran Coupe can accommodate 3 persons on the rear but as the centre console extends till the rear seat, that third passenger on the back have to keep his legs akimbo. The rest of the interior has been tastefully finished and has supreme comfort and reasonably large space. The instrument cabin is simple, yet elegant; however, the centre console has a large number of switches and buttons.
The 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe comes powered by a 2993cc TwinTurbo 6 cylinder diesel engine that is mated with a 8 speed automatic gearbox. The powertrain is capable of churning out a maximum power of 309 bhp at 4400 rpm and a maximum torque of 630 Nm at 1500-2500 rpm. The technical specification of this elegant car is quite impressive and the fuel economy, too, of this luxury vehicle is decent.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe on the whole, is much more than just a stretched 6-series car. The combination of aesthetics and luxury features makes it more practical and dynamically sound car.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Specifications
Engine Specification Diesel
Displacement (cc) 2993
Number of Cylinders 6
Maximum Engine output
(bhp at rpm) 309
(Nm at rpm) 630
Tyres Tyre Size 245/45 R 18 96Y
Wheel Size (mm) 8 J x 18, light-alloy
Minimum Turning radius (m)
Transmission Type Automatic, 8 speedBMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
The all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe has a very appealing exterior with curves and surfaces that appear to be inspired from the movement of waves. This gives Gran Coupe an athletic look, which also highlights the opulent appearance of the first four door BMW in the country. The front end of the 2012 Gran Coupe has a large, slanting forward BMW kidney grille, apart from a V-shaped hood that perfectly gels with the headlights and wide air intakes. The front portion also features a powerfully flared wheel arches and the LED fog lamps that are placed towards the outside. It also has a lower intake which are divided into three sections by electroplated bars. This new car from the stables of BMW comes equipped with adaptive Xenon headlights and adaptive LED Headlights are available as an option.
Gran Coupe can be easily distinguished when viewed from the side as it has four doors and a wheelbase longer than any other BMW 6 series model that had been available so far in the country. The side window has a superior quality Chrome Line Exterior surrounds, which also extends back into the C-pillar.
The rear of the 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe has a flatter trunk lid and fascia than any other BMW 6 series models while the L-shaped rear lights quite resembles that of its Sibling.Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (mm) 2968
Length (mm) 5007
Width (mm) 1894
Height (mm) 1392BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Interiors
The all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe comes with an elegantly designed interiors with more space for the passengers and has been designed by keeping even the driver in mind. The car has a driver-focused cockpit that houses, the gear selector and the central section of the instrument panel slightly edged towards the driver. Apart from these, it also features Driving Experience Control switch and activation button for the parking brake. These are all placed on the centre console which opens out towards the driver.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe comes with tailored seats for driver as well as all the passengers. These seats are made up of high quality materials and have properly co-ordinated colours. Gran Coupe comes trimmed in a standard Dakota leather. However, the customers have the option of opting for exclusive Nappa leather or extended Merino leather. The door trim, centre console, as well as instrument panel is finished in Nappa leather.
2012 6 Series Gran Coupe has a seating capacity for 5 people, though the third passenger on the rear seat may feel quite uncomfortable as the centre console extends till the rear, living little space for him or her to adjust the legs. However, the seats of the Gran Coupe can be folded down, thus providing more space.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Fuel Economy
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe being a luxury sedan, its fuel economy should not be considered to act as the unique selling proposition (USP) of the car. However, the all new Gran Coupe from the stables of the German auto maker still manages to deliver a decent fuel economy. The 640d model, as claimed by the company, offers a city mileage of 14.5 kmpl and a highway mileage of 17.5 kmpl, which is an impressive figure.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Power
The all new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe launched in India comes powered by a massive 2993cc diesel engine and is mated with a 8 speed automatic gearbox. The engine is capable of churning out a power as high as 309 bhp at 4400 rpm. The powertrain delivers a maximum torque of 630 Nm at 1500-2500 rpm. Gran Coupe with a massive engine and a huge power further increases the already fully loaded features of this luxury car.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Performance
The 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe four-door premium luxury saloon boasts off an astounding power and torque delivery from its powertrain, which could throw the driver in a state of trance driven by a roaring and responsive engine. The overwhelming TwinPower Turbo straight six-cylinder diesel mill incorporated in diesel variant of the latest Beemer churns out an enormous power output of 313 bhp, while producing an incredibly high 630 Nm torque. Evidently, the inspiringly powerful diesel mill incorporated in the new BMW saloon generates such an enormous torque (630 Nm) even in the low revving range between 1,500 rpm and 2,500 rpm.
The overtly smooth straight six-cylinder powertrain of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe sedan delivers a mind boggling thrust of neat raw power, which is more than capable of surprising and over joying any motor vehicle enthusiast of the world. Further, the innovative BMW TwinPower Turbo system that is an amalgamation of Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI) technology and multi-stage turbocharging, coupled with variable turbine geometry entails the new BMW 6 Series saloon to possess its state-of-the-art performance oriented engine assembly. The sublime engineering end-product in form of the new Beemer's drivetrain plays a grand role in ensuring reduction in the fuel consumption, while at the same time significantly increasing power and performance output. The overall driving dynamics of latest luxury saloon to scorch local roads can be characterised as strong, sturdy, besides being capable of generating a rapid power build up, which makes the 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe a shining armour among the German auto giant's Indian portfolio.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Acceleration and Pick Up
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in India has an astonishing build character that complements the four door super luxury saloon's under-the-hood configuration and German lineage. The mesmerising power and torque delivery enables the beast of a car to glide casually from a stand still to 100 kmph in just a meagre 5.4 seconds (Yes!). Thereby, ending the debate for once, regarding the comparisons in acceleration and pick up of the new Beemer with its direct adversaries.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Safety and Security
The 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe sedan has several head turning aspects that conform with the scale of German automotive giant's cutting-edge and futuristic technological innovations in terms of safety and security. For instance, the four-door premium saloon comes fitted with six airbags as standard comprising head airbags for front and rear seated passengers along with side airbags integrated into seat backs. In order to ensure best-in-industry safety of driver and occupants while driving, the 6 Series Gran Coupe features Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) with Electronic Stability Control (ESP) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). Further, the sedan comes fitted with much fawned upon Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Corner Braking Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), thereby leaving no room for doubt regarding security of the car during demanding and tricky situations.
Evidently, the list of premium security attributes of new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe luxury saloon is very long and features Dynamic Brake Lights, hazard warning lights, crash sensor activating central locking release, fuel cut-off, safety battery terminal and three-point automatic seatbelts for all five seats. The Keyless starting of engine, Hill-start assist, Passenger airbag deactivation, Park Distance Control (PDC) system at front and rear and powerful fog lights come as standard in the new Beemer. Hence, taking into account all the safety and security aspects, the 6-Series Gran Coupe covers up almost every thing and leaves no vacant area in terms of modern, sophisticated and futuristic gadgetry.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Comfort and Convenience
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe has set a new benchmark in terms of premium comfort and convenience attributes present in a four-door imported luxury saloon. The marvellous gem of automobile engineering boasts off several state-of-the-art interior trimmings like futuristic navigation system, steering-linked xenon headlights, rear view camera, power sunroof, power rear sunshade, front and rear obstacle detection and the much fawned upon Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Further, the freshly launched Beemer has been laced with each and every possible technological innovations pertaining with its class and stature, which is capable in setting the pulse racing of any premium luxury car enthusiast.
The latest four-door premium luxury saloon coming from stables of the German auto marque BMW is packed with the cutting edge 'M Sport Package' that comprises specific wheels and tyre assembly, a top speed limiter and a sport trim. The plush interior setting and cockpit are incorporated with 20-way adjustable front seats. The new BMW 6 Series premium luxury saloon comes fitted with a snap-in adapter from BMW ConnectedDrive, which entails the driver to operate cellphone or laptop flawlessly in the vehicle, besides state-of-the-art BMW holder for the Apple iPad™ ensures highly versatile positioning options – e.g. ‘Movie mode’ or ‘Office mode’.
Further, the coming-of-age technological innovations from BMW ConnectedDrive, enables the driver to possess a clearer view in uncertain situations, with help of seven cameras installed on the 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The premium luxury sedan has been equipped with front-end side view cameras mounted in the front bumper, rear view camera with parking assistance along with top and rear view cameras. The entire cutting-edge camera and control systems process the data received from all cameras and produce a bird's-eye image of the 6 Series Gran Coupe and its current location.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Stereo and Accessories
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in India comes equipped with the top notch Bang & Olufsen high-end Surround Sound system, which spontaneously blends rich tasteful music with a sheer driving pleasure exhibited by the four-door saloon. Remarkably, the centre speaker opens up whenever music system is turned on and is powered by a state-of-the-art acoustic lens, which ensures homogeneous frequency transmission to traverse the entire length of interior cockpit without much resistance. The German automotive marque has affirmed that no matter where a person is sitting in the Gran Coupe, he/she will receive the best sound, which is automatically adjusted in terms of treble, bass and mid-range tones. Further, the Bang & Olufsen music system is mated with an active 16 speaker system that jointly produce a brilliant sound output of 1,200 Watt. The surround system makes watching a movie in the Gran Coupe, more like a theatre like experience and acoustic modes like ‘Studio’ and “Expanded', entails the new Beemer to provide an unparalleled high quality musical experience.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Dealers
The 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe four-door luxury saloon is available at the company's retail outlets, summarised below in a tabular form.
Bangalore • Navnit Motors - 4 Konappana Agrahara Begur Hobli, Hosur Road Near Electronic City, Bangalore 560 100
• Navnit Motors – 70, Millers Road, Bangalore 560052.
Chennai • KUN Exclusive – 20, GST Road, Meenambakkam, Chennai 600 027
Chandigarh • Krishna Automobiles - 125, Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh 160 002
Mumbai • Infinity Cars – W. T. Patil Marg Opp. Shatabdi Hospital, Chembur Mumbai 400 074
• Navnit Motors - Sanghi Oxygen Compound Off Mahakali Caves Road Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093
Delhi • Deutsche Motoren - H-5/B-1, Mohan Co-operative, Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, New Delhi 110 044
• Deutsche Motoren - 27 B, Shivaji Marg, Moti Nagar, New Delhi 110 015
Hyderabad • KUN Exclusive - 6-3-569, Opposite RTA, Khairatabad, Hyderabad 500 082
Lucknow • Speed Motorwagen - Faizabad Road, Chinhat, Lucknow, 227105.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Competitor Analysis
The 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in India has become the most sought after four-door luxury sedan, mainly due to its steaming hot great looks coupled with a swashbuckling performance delivery from under-the-hood. The Beemer scores all the valuable points in the 'Wow' factor and caters to the high heeled premium car aficionados of the country. The Indian imported luxury car market had been missing a world class and ultra-modish BMW product for quite some time and dapper new 6 Series Gran Coupe is the German auto marque's answer to the void. The latest grand luxury four-door saloon coming from the stables of BMW is pitched in a direct face-off against the likes of Mercedes-Benz CLS Class, Audi A8, Volkswagen Phaeton and Porsche Panamera in the Indian premium luxury car market.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS Class is the most experienced player in the four-door premium luxury saloon market of the country and is dubbed as a segment creator by most top industry boffins. Comparing the overall exterior appearance, both cars are wound well but it is also clearly evident that the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe looks more modern and futuristic as compared to its fellow German counterpart. But still both the Mercedes-Benz and new Beemer might fell short on style against the Porsche Panamera, which seems like the most exquisite offspring between a premium luxury and a sports car. Further, Audi A8 is another great segment contender and looks most sporty sedan of the lot. Evidently, the 6 Series Gran Coupe scores great in terms of looks, certainly better than the Mercedes-Benz but falls a little short against Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera in terms of sporty character and appeal.
Coming to under-the-hood parameters, the 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe comes with a best-in-class power and torque equation of 313 bhp and 630 Nm, respectively from its 3.0 litre diesel engine. The Mercedes-Benz CLS Class comes assimilated with a 3.5 litre that rolls out a peak power of 306 bhp and maximum torque of 370 Nm that is significantly lower than the freshly launched Beemer. The Porsche Panamera also fells short of 6 Series Gran Coupe and could manage peak power and torque delivery of 250 bhp and 550 Nm, respectively. On the similar lines, the new Beemer leaves behind Audi A8 3.0 TFSI quattro, in terms of power and performance output without breaking into a sweat. The Audi A8 3.0 TFSI quattro pumps out a maximum power around 250 bhp, which is considerably less than that of the four-door premium luxury 6 Series Gran Coupe.
The pricing of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in India has been very carefully devised by the German auto major, in order to enable its latest product to pose some stiff competition against its contemporaries. The Mercedes-Benz CLS Class is the most economical of the lot, but falls short on visual appeal and performance output. The Porsche Panamera is the most expensive product in segment, which makes a stiff fight between Audi A8 and 6 Series Gran Coupe for a dominant position in the Indian premium four-door luxury saloon market.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pros
The 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in India scores maximum points in terms of its overall luxury quotient, superb driving dynamics and state-of-the-art premium good looks. Further, the cutting-edge security features coupled with sophisticated and high-end gadgetry makes the new Beemer, one of the most enticing premium four-door saloons in India.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Cons
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe appears slightly less sporty than some of its competition and seems more like a car for CEOs of big corporate houses. The over-the-top pricing could also hinder sales from the small clientele, which may opt for the time-and-tested Mercedes-Benz CLS Class due to its humble price tag.BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Conclusion
The 2012 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in India seems set to become the German auto major's flagship product in the country. The four-door luxury coupe is expected to pose some stiff competition against the likes of Mercedes-Benz CLS Class, Audi A8, Volkswagen Phaeton and Porsche Panamera. The freshly launched Beemer caters to the high end Indian clientele and will make a delightful addition to the Indian roads.