Is the 6 Series Gran Coupe the Most Covetable Four Door BMW Ever?

With the CLS, Mercedes proved that there was a market. With the A7, Audi proved that there was room to make it interesting. Now with the Gran Coupe BMW has proven that they can produce something perhaps more covetable than either. When we first saw the test mules of the GC we wondered how a stretched version of the already large 6 Series could be anything less than ungainly. The thought of a 6 Series growing two extra doors made us think of those enormous four door trucks dotting American highways. Yet somehow the car (all 5,007cm of it) feels elegant and purposeful. But how do the looks stack up to the best sedans to wear the roundel? Or perhaps a better question is, how does it stack up to the best looking large coupes on the market.

There is something just wrong about a big coupe. It ‘s completely wasted space in the name of style. It ‘s very nature is to be inefficient and at odds with the increasingly socially conscious world we live in. And yet how come we all go weak in the knees when we see a well executed two door that just drips with the right amount of purposeful style and outright performance.

With the four door 6 Series BMW is aiming at pouring all those ingredients into one product. That sentence should raise our collective eyes as it generally leads to something that tries so hard at everything and succeeds at nothing. But BMW has seemingly carefully crafted the size and styling of the GC to not make too many promises.

What it gains in elegance over a 5 Series it lacks in efficiency of space. This is not a car you buy to transport lots of people and things and BMW is obviously not trying to make that point. This is a car that an empty nester will buy instead of the expected (and at times boring) 5 Series. Or perhaps they ‘ll choose the 6er GC instead of the 911 because they may someday need those extra doors and seats. Either way they ‘re getting a slice of utility with a healthy portion of style.

If it 6er GC possesses the same performance we loved in the 650i Coupe we think BMW will be hit a home-run. And if the rumors of a 600hp version wearing an M badge are true, we expect to be coveting the GC for a long time to come.

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  • Adam

    I’d say you hit it on the head Gabe, but there is one more element to it that makes this car desirable… its a bit exotic.  What I mean by that is, for us BMW entusiasts and to the rest of the world we’ve all known the 6er as a coupe/convertable and now here it is with almost 100% unaltered styling in a saloon form, its just new and exciting and dare I say exotic, it doesnt start life a saloon and that is why its special amongst even the CLS and A7, those cars start life on a saloon car chassis and then have a coupe body massaged on top, this started as a coupe and you can tell.  This is my take on it, the 6er is special, very unique, and gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    I love this thing…. I am as utilitarian as it comes and for some damn reason I just am gaga over this 4 door coupe thing a ma jig. If the X6 looked as good as this, i’d love that too. To me everything needs needs rear access other than the front doors  as I have humans to put in the back, little and big and this fits the bill.

    Look at the Hoffmeister- it has a weave to it and the “Gran Coupe” name, how cool is that! From reports I have heard this thing is faster than the Coupe. 

    It is LOW, it have never seen (Panamera included) a four door this low before, I haven’t been up close to a Rapide’ but considering the market, this is lower and thus will handle better. I hope I can get behind the wheel and compare to the M5 and the 6er. 

  • Andrew Popoola

    My emotions are in a state of turmoil.  This is DEF the most sexy 4 door bimmer I have ever seen, and I have yet to see it in person!

    I went back to look at the F10 M5 and dare I say the lust factor has decreased significantly if not totally vanished.  And I am very OK with the 450hp the V8 packs.  With the M sport package and some imagination to arrive at a sexy color combo, I can’t think of any other car I would rather have right now.

    Not to say I would be against an all-out M version, I think as is, it would be hard to improve on this.  The Audi A7 looks good, I have seen it in person, but there are some undesirable elements there.  The CLS? NOT for me.  Not ugly but it is grossly unresolved design.  This 6, is near perfect.

    Needless to say BMW has a huge hit on its hands, this will sell like hot cakes for sure. 7 and 5 series sales are about to plummet me thinks, especially for folks who do not need the extra room.  

    My only wish is to get one with a manual transmission, (why not 7 speed like the new 911?) and the Alcantara combination interior to be available in the US and in Ivory.   

    • Adam

      Good news for you then, if the M5 isnt doing it there is an M version coming of the 6er GC!.  And apparently the media launch for the M6 coupe/cabrio is any day now!

      • Andrew Popoola

        I can’t wait to see the M version, but I will wait for some rich person to take the initial depreciation then hand it over to me to love and to hold 🙂

        • Adam

          I’m in the same boat you are, except for one thing: your gonna have to do some shopping to find one with the options and packages you like, then to add complexity find one with the colors you like.  Aside from that, a M6 GC thats only a few years old and has only handful of miles on it would be a hell of a hard car to pass on. 

  • Mose121

    “Is the 6 Series Gran Coupe the Most Covetable Four Door BMW Ever?”

    Not even close.  The front of the car looks like a beached whale.  The e90 M3 as well as the e28/34/39 M5’s are way better looking than this car.  Not to mention they are all more fun to drive.

    • Andrew Popoola

      “Not to mention they are all more fun to drive.” So you’ve driven the 6 GC as well as the M5s you mention AND the E90 M3 in order for you to arrive at this conclusion?  Interesting.

      But hey, you know what they say about opinions…