BMW 6-series GT bows this fall

BMW’s 6-series Gran Turismo will 
be offered in the U.S. as 
a 640i xDrive model starting at $70,695, including shipping. The car will have
a 3.0-liter, inline-six that makes 335 hp.

With five doors and a greenhouse styled like a coupe, BMW’s new 6-series Gran Turismo will debut this fall just months after the 5-series Gran Turismo went out of production.

But while the 2018 6-series GT is also based on the 5-series architecture and some have called it a successor to the 5-series GT, BMW is avoiding that description.

“We are staying away from calling it a successor because the car has gotten substantially larger in size and the positioning has changed,” BMW of North America spokesman Alex Schmuck said. “It’s definitely a 6-series Gran Turismo.”

Schmuck wouldn’t say whether BMW would eventually bring back the 5-series GT. The previous model went out of production in February as part of BMW’s move to the redesigned 5 series, which went on sale that month in the U.S. with a sedan body style.

The 6-series GT provides more legroom and rear headroom than a conventional sedan and combines luxury sedan comfort with the aesthetic appeal of a coupe, BMW says.

In the U.S., the 6-series GT will be offered exclusively as a 640i xDrive model starting at $70,695, including shipping. It is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-six gasoline engine producing 335 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, BMW says.

In the 6-series lineup, the 640i xDrive Gran Turismo joins the 6-series Gran Coupe and the 6-series convertible. The 2018 6-series Gran Coupe and convertible went on sale this spring. The 6-series coupe was dropped this year in the U.S., Schmuck said, because a technical upgrade in BMW’s iDrive system for the new model year wasn’t being included on the coupe body style “and we wanted to have the same iDrive system across all models.”