Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grand Touring; BMW's 6 Series Makes Elegant Sense in Improved Fourdoor Gran Coupe Form. JONATHAN CROUCH Tries It

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grand Touring; BMW's 6 Series Makes Elegant Sense in Improved Fourdoor Gran Coupe Form. JONATHAN CROUCH Tries It

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Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH

IT took BMW a long time to develop an entrant in the Mercedes CLS-Class-dominated four-door executive coupe segment but their 6 Series Gran Coupe proved to be well worth the wait.

Elegant, beautifully nished and astonishingly ecient, it's very impressive indeed, provided that your concept of coupe motoring is that of grand touring rather than grand tyre-smoking gestures. An expensive indulgence? Perhaps. But a very desirable one, especially in the smarter, more ecient guise we look at here.

ere are no real changes under the bonnet for this improved model, though all the engines have been made slightly more ecient and the engineers have provided a rortiersounding sports exhaust system for petrol models.

So how does the 6 Series Gran Coupe drive? BMW engineers reckon that the longer wheelbase makes it more stable but I think you'd have to be on a test track to really notice any dierence between this car and its coupe stablemate. So yes, that car feels exactly like this one, quite a compliment given that the existing second generation 6 Series two-door model is very good to drive indeed, provided you don't expect it to be an out-and-out sportscar.

And under the bonnet? Well, BMW will sell you a trio of petrol powerplants, a twin-turbo 320bhp 3.0-litre V6 and also a turbocharged 4.4-litre 450bhp V8 unit, plus the fearsome 560bhp engine used in the "agship M6 variant. e reality is, though, that almost all British buyers will give them little more than a cursory glance on their way to sign up for the 313bhp 640d diesel.

Not all recent BMW designs have been really elegant - but this one is. Here, we've an executive saloon on a casual dress-down day, a car with all the proportions of a classic Grand Touring coupe, yet most of the you'd nd in a luxury four-door.

Styling changes to the front of this improved version include smarter LED headlights, a BMW kidney grille that now features nine bars where previously it had 10, and a single, full-width air intake in the restyled apron. …

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