BMW’s 6-series GT promises sportier, roomier ride

Car enthusiasts listen up! The latest line of BMW luxury cars has just landed in our city. The new 6-series Gran Turismo, first unveiled at Frankfurt’s International Motor Show back in September, promises a sportier, speedier and more spacious ride than its predecessor.

Several variations of the 6-series GT will be up for grabs. Here’s a quick look at the entry-level 630i petrol model’s stats. There’s a 2-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission that delivers 258bhp and 400Nm of torque and goes from 0-100kph in just 6.3 seconds. Fuel consumption averages around 15-16km per litre.

Countless tweaks and updates have been made, but let’s skip over the technical mumbo jumbo and get right to what really distinguishes this car from the popular 5-series model.

For starters, over 150kgs have been shed and ride height lowered slightly for a lighter sportier drive experience.

There’s also more room in the boot for your suitcases, golf clubs or other paraphernalia – 110 litres more, to be precise. If that’s not enough, the rear seats drop down for yet more storage space.

But the best upgrades are in the driver’s seat. Opt in for some optional extras, it almost feels like you’re driving a spaceship, especially with the enlarged Head-Up Display and gesture control. There’s also a 10.25-inch touch screen control pad, intelligent voice-control assistance and eight massage programmes in the plush leather seat.

Dr Ian Robertson, board member for BMW AG commented, “The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a unique combination of luxurious interior comfort and flexible practicality, packaged within a truly elegant design.”

Official sales for the BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo get underway in November 2017.

Text: Tenzing Thondup
Photos: Gigi Ip, BMW