Launched in 1976, the BMW 6 Series was the company’s idea of it’s Grand Tourer or GT-type car. It has been 39 years since BMW first penned their winning formula, and there’s been three generations with over 263,240 units shifted worldwide.
Now, BMW Group Malaysia has announced the F06 Gran Coupé in the form of the new 640i Gran Coupé. Bimmer has taken the concept of a premium sports coupé, created three different configurations and built a product worthy of bearing the marque’s badge in white and blue. This example is the company’s quattroporté or four-doored version.
The 640i in question here is an M-Sport version which in essence comes with alot of different trims that has the M-badge on it. Apart from that, it comes kitted out with an M Aerodynamic kit which features an apron both at the back and front with the addition of painted sill covers on the side.
The front end receives not much in terms of a redesign but rather new and updated trappings such as the restyled Adaptive LED headlights such as the ones found on the new facelifted F10 5 Series. The signature pair of kidney grille’s have been shaped to mimic the ‘shark nose‘, a design cue dating back to the first-gen E24.
Walking around to the back, you’ll inevitably notice the 640i Gran Coupé sitting on a familiar set of 19″ M double spoke alloy wheels fitted as standard equipment. The back-end has been redesigned to reflect its sporty credentials with sharper, more angular tail lamps and more defined lines that run the breadth of the rear. Not to forget also the dual exhaust tail pipes and the flip-up badge that reveals a reverse camera.
The interior is one to behold with lashings of soft cognac-dyed Nappa leather with a bi-colour theme. The front seats struck us as the “Vader” design seats from the E36 BMW M3. The blue stripe is rather reminiscent of the hue associated with the BMW i8. Once seated, the driver is cocooned in a cockpit that means business.
The ergonomic layout of the centre console follows form and function with the needs of the driver as priority numero uno. The steering wheel has whiff of the i8 about it. A principally primitive M Sport feel and touch. Yet looking beyond the steering, you’ll discover a frameless Information Display as opposed to metred gauges and features also in-plane switching (IPS) technology.
Down to the oily bits. Powering the 640i Gran Coupé is up to the job of a 3.0-litre inline six engine that generates an impressive 320 horses and 450 Nm of twist at your whim and fancy. It tackles the century sprint in 5.4 seconds and will head up straight for its electronic speed muzzle capped at 250 km/h. With that said, this relatively frugal sport coupé is able to do 7.8 litres per 100 km on a combined cycle.
Would one, buy one ? This handsome Gran Coupé will see you whip out your cheque books and cross a debenture to the tune of RM788,800 and that’s before you’ve even had the chance to glance over the options list, what more its insurance. BMW is also offering the Gran Coupé with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and the free scheduled service program thrown in for good measure.