We’ve just got photos of BMW’s forthcoming 6-Series GT out on the roads of Munich, still with some disguise but staying faithful to the Gran Coupe concept.
Munich’s answer to the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7, the four door coupe concept was first shown at the Beijing motor show in 2010 using the Gran Coupe name. Whether it will keep this or use GT, or Gran Turismo, as the 5-Series does, remains to be seen. The 5er GT is a higher riding car though — as is the 3-Series GT smaller brother we showed eaelier today — while the Gran Coupe is some 4 inches (10cm) lower than a 7-Series; a racier sports saloon for those that like to drive rather than be chauffered.
Engines are expected to be BMW’s six cylinder 3.0 litre diesel and petrol with 245bhp and 326bhp respectively, going up to the 4.4 V8 engine fitted to the 5, 6 and 7 which starts with 407bhp — we say start, as its this engine which is likely to form the basis of a M model if BMW decides to do it.
Expect a formal debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Price? From about £70,000 we are guessing.
By the way, this car has got an argument going in the Gmotors office — what was the first four door car to be termed a coupe? We can think way back before the Merc CLS most people name to the Rover P5 3.5 litre Coupe of 1962. Can anyone do better than that?