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New BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo: Joy of the Open Road

A versatile, aerodynamic luxury coupe By ,

The all-new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will arrive at dealerships in Canada this autumn. Only one version will be offered to consumers: the all-wheel drive 640i xDrive.

Sporting a distinctive coupe-style profile that proffers on it significant elegance and strong aerodynamics (which are further enhanced by the active rear spoiler, air curtains and grille shutters that adjust automatically), the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is a thoroughly modern luxury tourer built on a lightweight chassis and equipped with a double-wishbone front suspension and an air rear suspension.

Delivering 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque (between 1,380 and 5,200 RPM), the 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo is wedded to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. And if the purring of the BMW engine is not enough for you, a 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system is available.

Lit by a large panoramic sunroof, the interior prioritizes comfort and space, particularly for the driver. The standard Dakota or optional Nappa leather is available in several colours and envelops contoured seats. The rear features three seats instead of the usual two for vehicles in this class. The 40/20/40 seats fold down to increase cargo space to 1,800 litres, accessible via a power liftgate (which can be opened by swiping the foot under the rear bumper).

“The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is geared towards discerning customers who place great importance on individuality,” explained Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It is an eye-catching statement, packaged into a flowing, sculptural design language which gives the car a modern and sporty feel. The raised seating position ensures an imperious brand of driving pleasure, and the luxurious levels of space provide everything you need for a relaxing journey.”

Pricing for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will be announced some time before its introduction on the market this fall. The model follows in the wake of the smaller 3 Series Gran Turismo, unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.