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How BMW's Gran Coupe Concept became the 6 Series Sedan

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author photo by Autotrader June 2010

There's a new generation of BMW 6 Series on the way and it's going to look something like this. Yes, those rear doors are a bit of a surprise on what has been a two-door-only range up to now, but this is BWM's Gran Coupe. Coupe? An explanation follows...

It can't have escaped anyone's notice that car makers, especially more upmarket types, have developed the frankly irritating habit of designing sedans with fastback roofs and calling them four-door coupes. The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a prime example. This Gran Coupe is BMW's entry into that particular fray.

The Gran Coupe started out as a concept, then it was mooted as a possible candidate to resurrect the 8 Series badge, the marque's flagship coupe from the 1990s. But BMW decided it would be too expensive to create a whole new line, so why not put it under the 6 Series umbrella? However, since the 6 is a coupe already (and a two-door convertible), the original name couldn't stick around. So now, please welcome the 6 Series Sedan. Phew. Logic prevails.

Like a 5 Series only sleeker, expect engine options to be similar when this car makes its debut some time next year as a 2012 model, along with the rest of the new 6 Series. There should at least be the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 making 400 hp and a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six good for 300 hp. BMW's new eight-speed automatic transmission is also expected to form part of the package. One other notable feature is a third brake light that goes all the way along the rear screen's top edge.

It's far too early to talk about money yet, but somewhere in the mid $70K's and going up quickly from there seems a reasonable assumption, given that the rival CLS is similarly priced (the next generation of that model is also about to break cover). Making it a three-way battle will be Audi's new offering, the A7, which should turn up later this year or early in 2011. It's going to be fun.

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