The wait is finally over for BMW fans, now that the luxury sedan 6 Series coupe has taken hold, the German automaker has added a proper back seat and two additional doors to create this, the 2013 6 Series Gran Coupe, as they will be debuting the 2013 6 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door sibling of the popular 6 Series coupe. In fact, the Gran Coupe is just 4.4 inches longer with its seat configuration stated as 4 plus 1.
Under the hood though, the sleek four door 640i will be fitted with the N55 3.0 turbocharged inline six will pump out 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, expect the 650i to be fitted with xDrive all-wheel drive or the standard rear-wheel drive and a larger 4.4 liter twin turbo V8, pushing out 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with BMW’s ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting.
The first version of the Gran Coupe to arrive Stateside will be the 640i, powered by BMW’s N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six, good for 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque in this application. Shortly thereafter, the 650i Gran Coupe will arrive, available with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive, boasting a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 tuned to 445 hp and 480 lb-ft.
Both engines are equipped with BMW’s EfficientDynamics system, which includes regenerative braking, auto start-stop and other aerodynamic refinements, BMW says. Active roll stabilization, an active damper control system and speed-sensitive steering come standard.
The Gran Coupe is a full 4.4 inches longerthan the standard two-door coupe with a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase, and most of that added length benefits the rear passengers. BMW’s literature states that the stretched 6 Series has a 4+1 seating configuration, meaning there’s actually a quasi-usable seat between the two outboard rear positions. (Good luck.) Judging from the photos, the Gran Coupe’s interior is as luxuriously appointed and tech-laden as the rest of the 6 Series range – if not a little bit moreso.
In the cabin, the model will feature iDrive controls, a navigation system, rearview camera with sonar, multicontoured 20-way power driver’s seat and a nine-speaker stereo. Niceties such as a 16-speaker stereo, adaptive LED headlights, ventilated seats and around-view monitoring system are available as options. The M Sport Package, which adds some sportier tweaks, will be available, too.
No pricing is available, but the current 6 Series coupe has the most expensive starting price of any BMW car at $73,600, topping out at well over $100,000. The 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will likely top that price.