2013 BMW 640 Gran Coupe Overview
Luxury automakers have been fascinated with coupe-like four-door cars, and BMW joins the fray with the introduction of the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Based on a stretched version of the 6 Series coupe, the Gran Coupe has seating for up to five people but is optimized to carry four. It hits dealerships in summer 2012, and competitors include the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Audi A7.
As the beginning portion of its name suggests, the 6 Series Gran Coupe is rooted in the brand's 6 Series, and it shares numerous styling cues. The front end is very similar to the 6 Series coupe and features BMW's signature twin-kidney grille with vertical slats. A low, sleek roofline defines the car's profile, which is one of its best angles. The Gran Coupe has a traditional trunk lid, though it looks short compared to the long passenger compartment. Exterior features include 18-inch light-alloy wheels with all-season run-flat tires (19- or 20-inch wheels available), LED taillights, and adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights. Options include adaptive LED headlights, the M Sport Package with unique front and rear styling, side skirts, black chrome exhaust tips, black brake calipers, LED fog lights, a sport exhaust system for the V-8 model and 19-inch wheels, and BMW Individual matte paint finishes.
Though there's a spot for a passenger in the middle of the rear bench, the 6 Series Gran Coupe's seating layout is optimized for four people. The car is 4.4 inches longer than the 6 Series coupe, and BMW says a significant portion of the extra length has been devoted to improve comfort for rear-seat passengers. Interior features include three grades of leather upholstery in a variety of colors, driver-focused dashboard topped with 10.2-inch screen for iDrive system, navigation system, and a CD stereo with HD Radio capability and MP3 jack. Other interior options include premium audio with satellite radio and iPod connectivity, Bang & Olufsen stereo, ventilated seats, sunshades for rear window and rear side glass, four-zone climate control, ceramic accents for the gear selector and iDrive controller, and the M Sport Package which adds Alcantara simulated suede and leather sport seats with blue stitching, an M steering wheel, aluminum trim and additional M logos.
Under the Hood
The 640i Gran Coupe features a 315-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include adaptive dampers with driver-selectable modes, Eco Pro mode which reduces gas pedal responsiveness and makes the transmission upshift sooner and downshift later, and an available active suspension that works to limit body roll. Rear-wheel steering which can enhance high-speed stability and low-speed maneuverability is also optional. The rear-wheel drive 640i goes from zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a backup camera. Optional are lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring system, surround-view camera system, night vision with pedestrian detection, and a full-color head-up display.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com