The BMW 5 Sequence Gran Turismo, a bulbous coupe-crossover mashup, wasn’t an attractive-looking automobile, nor was it an excellent driver. In hopes of wiping the 5 Sequence GT from the general public’s reminiscence, BMW is rolling out the 6 Sequence Gran Turismo for the 2018 mannequin 12 months.
Is the 6 Sequence GT a better-looking bulbous coupe-crossover mashup? Sure, as its nicer flowing physique traces assist the proportions look much less awkward. The elective M Sport package deal on my check automobile, with bigger entrance air intakes, facet skirts and rear diffuser, helps within the fashion division. It nonetheless is not going to win any magnificence contests, nevertheless it actually is an enchancment.
BMW makes the inside environment fairly good with accessible Nappa leather-based, enticing matte wooden trim and a wrapped and stitched dashboard. The upper seating place is comfy, whereas there’s serviceable room for 2 adults up back and front. The 6 Sequence GT additionally carries three folks, though fairly snugly, within the rear seat.
Optionally available M Sport styling goodies present sharper appears.
The most important sensible payoff to the 6 Sequence Gran Turismo is cargo house. 31 cubic toes of cargo matches beneath the rear hatch, and the load flooring is 2 inches decrease in contrast with the 5 Sequence GT. Electrical launch buttons routinely fold the again seats all the way down to broaden cargo house to a Costco-shopping-spree-accommodating 65 cubic toes.
Infotainment capabilities are dealt with by BMW’s newest iDrive 6 system, that includes a 10.2-inch middle touchscreen. Navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity for as much as 10 units and Bluetooth are customary. A wi-fi sensible machine charging pad additionally comes on all 6 Sequence GTs, which is an effective factor as a result of there are solely two USB ports that absolutely will probably be in excessive demand amongst passengers.
Paging by way of iDrive 6’s menus is intuitive, whereas the navigation system by no means led me or my drive associate astray on complicated roadways exterior of Lisbon, Portugal, the place BMW sponsored drives of this 6 Sequence variant. For the few instances we by accident missed a flip, the system rapidly recalculated the route and received us again on observe.
BMW iDrive 6 is customary and accessible with gesture controls.
Controlling the quantity of the music taking part in by way of the automobile’s 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system utilizing the elective gesture controls is a neat trick, and responds effectively to spinning finger instructions. There are additionally gesture management actions to simply accept and reject telephone calls and maneuver the view of the 360-degree digital camera, and there is a programmable one for a operate of your selection.
For the Apple trustworthy preferring to entrust infotainment capabilities to Apple CarPlay, iDrive 6 is able to operating it, however it’s a $300 possibility. Android Auto followers are sadly not noted within the chilly for now as a result of BMW says nearly all of its clients are Apple customers, however the firm is finding out the addition of the Android system.
Backing up the 6 Sequence GT’s higher appears, spacious and comfortable inside and spectacular infotainment are a lot better driving dynamics. The place the 5 Sequence GT felt clumsy by way of bends and crashed over bumps, the 6 is tighter and offers with street imperfections in a extra buttoned-up manner. The mix of Sport mode for a firmer adaptive damper, air suspension, steering settings and 19-inch Pirelli P Zero tires (US-bound vehicles will come on all-season or blended efficiency tires) hustles the 6 GT by way of winding roads in a decent method for a Four,409-pound automobile. Coming into a nook reveals robust brake efficiency, sharp turn-in response, managed physique motions and a wholesome dose of grip.
My one criticism about Sport mode is that steering weight is just too heavy, making it really feel like you’re wrestling the 6 GT round turns.
On a straight expressway portion of the drive route, the Consolation detent is good for a extra forgiving suspension and lighter steering. Energetic cruise management adjusts velocity in accordance to visitors for relaxed motoring, because the well-isolated inside takes middle stage. Because of increased soundproofing efforts within the roof, doorways and rear seatbacks, the cabin is quiet sufficient to make me nod off within the passenger seat briefly. Admittedly, jet lag may have contributed to my journey to sleepy city, however the cabin is certainly practically silent at excessive speeds.
In contrast to the 5 GT, which was accessible with two engine choices, together with a 445-horsepower Four.Four-liter turbocharged V8, the 6 GT will solely be supplied because the 640i xDrive with a three.Zero-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder packing 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Energy goes to all 4 wheels by way of an eight-speed computerized transmission.
You possibly can have any engine in your 6 Sequence GT so long as it is a three.Zero-liter turbo six-cylinder.
The automobile merges rapidly onto expressways and performs passing maneuvers with ease, displaying no indicators of turbo lag. The meaty energy band is quantified by peak torque being accessible between 1,380 and 5,200 rpm. The transmission is a slick operator for up- and downshifts, whereas the guide shift mode is superb for a torque converter computerized.
From behind the wheel, acceleration would not blow you away, nevertheless it feels serviceably quick. BMW claims a 60 mph time of 5.1 seconds.
Gasoline economic system numbers aren’t accessible but, however the outgoing 535i xDrive Gran Turismo with a 300-horsepower model of the three.Zero-liter turbo six-cylinder and eight-speed computerized gearbox carried an 18 mpg metropolis and 26 mpg freeway scores. It will not be too stunning if the 640i xDrive Gran Turismo returns comparable ranges of effectivity.
The 640i xDrive GT’s higher appears and efficiency come at a worth.
In case you like what you see within the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe, a base mannequin goes to price you $69,700 plus $995 for vacation spot when this tall wagon with coupe-inspired roofline hits sellers in November. Contemplating that the 2017 535i xDrive GT began at $63,200 and the 550i xDrive GT started at $72,500, the brand new automobile’s 6 Sequence title, higher styling and efficiency enhancements actually do come at a worth.