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BMW Announces 6 Series Gran Coupe

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  • The new 6 Series Gran Coupe will compete with the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7.
  • Engines will include BMW's 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder and, later, a twin turbo V8 in the 650i Gran Coupe.
  • Pricing will likely start around $75,000 when sales begin this summer.

BMW is arriving fashionably late to the four-door coupe party with an all-new model based on the 6 Series and aimed squarely at the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7. Officially dubbed the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the handsome new model features sporty lines, exciting engine choices and a high-quality, driver-focused cockpit with room for five passengers.

Outside, the 6 Series Gran Coupe looks more like a two-door touring car than a large sedan thanks to its low profile, steeply raked windshield and sweeping lines derived from the traditional 6 Series. Other exterior features include a long hood capped with a 6 Series-inspired front end and a narrow rear end with a high trunk line and thin taillights.

According to BMW, the first model destined for the US is the 640i, which will be powered by the automaker's 315-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine when it arrives early in summer 2012. Soon after, BMW will roll out a 650i Gran Coupe, which will feature a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 capable of 445 horsepower and a whopping 480 pound-feet of torque. While the 640i Gran Coupe will be available only with rear-wheel drive, BMW says the 650i model will be offered with rear-wheel drive or the automaker's optional xDrive all-wheel drive.

Compared to the standard 6 Series, BMW says the Gran Coupe is around 4.4 inches longer - a figure almost completely derived from an increased wheelbase, which will boost interior room for rear passengers. Judging from photos, that certainly appears true for the two rear buckets on each side, but we can't say the same for the newly added middle seat, which is hampered by a rear center console. Officially, BMW calls the Gran Coupe a "4 + 1," meaning it can fit four adults comfortably, plus one with a little squeezing.

While BMW hasn't set pricing for the 6 Series Gran Coupe, we expect the sedan to start in the mid-$75,000 range, placing it above the Mercedes CLS, at $72,175 including destination, and the Audi A7, which starts from just over $60,000. It's also far more expensive than BMW's own 5 Series, which offers nearly the same engine as the 640i at a base price closer to $54,000. Nonetheless, we don't think the 6 Series Gran Coupe will have trouble finding buyers due to its handsome styling, strong engines and the rapidly expanding "four-door coupe" segment.

Expect to see more details on the 6 Series Gran Coupe closer to its launch, which is expected next year at the North American International Auto Show in January or the Geneva Auto Show in March.

What it means to you:

The 6 Series Gran Coupe may be late to the segment, but it's likely to redefine the benchmark.

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