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      10-23-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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Lightbulb First Footage of BMW 6 series Gran Coupe Performance Testing on Nurburgring

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We've brought you photos of 6 series Gran Coupe prototypes being put through the paces on the Nurburgring, and we've now caught it on video in live action.

Despite its character as a grand touring car, BMW is still intent on delivering a sporty and well handling Gran Coupe. The continuing testing on the Nurburgring should go far in ensuring that.

Both the 640 and 650 gran coupe models are spotted in this video, with the 650 model wearing 6-series M sport wheels.

Current expectation is for the Gran Coupe to hit showrooms in 2012 as a 2013 Model Year vehicle. Engine range is expected to be identical to the 6-Series Coupe. An M version of the 6 series gran coupe is also in the BMW product pipeline.





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If I'd needed rear seats I'd definitely bought a GC. Big, but nice proportions
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If I'd needed rear seats I'd definitely bought a GC. Big, but nice proportions
Setting a goal for the real full blown "M" version of this car.
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Maybe it is only me, but 6 Series with 4 doors looks better than with 2 doors. And talking about 4 doors, it looks better than 5 Series and 7 Series and also better than A7 and CLS.
M6 GranCoupé FTW
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that looks like a white f30 next to it in the last shot ... tru? then this would be old footage wouldnt it?
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that looks like a white f30 next to it in the last shot ... tru? then this would be old footage wouldnt it?
It's footage from within the last 2 weeks.
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Maybe it is only me, but 6 Series with 4 doors looks better than with 2 doors. And talking about 4 doors, it looks better than 5 Series and 7 Series and also better than A7 and CLS.
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looks nice, just love the sound of tires moaning on the ring in the morning.
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I love almost everything about the 6-Series but the rear. I look at it and I feel it doesn't match or go well with the rest the car.
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I thought EVEN numbers were for Coupes?! So does mean they're going to make a 3-series coupe alongside a 4-series coupe and 4 series sedan?!
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I thought EVEN numbers were for Coupes?! So does mean they're going to make a 3-series coupe alongside a 4-series coupe and 4 series sedan?!
not that im aware, the 4 series denotes the coupe version of the new 3 series, so they broke up the sedan and coupe and gave them different series numbers.
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I thought EVEN numbers were for Coupes?! So does mean they're going to make a 3-series coupe alongside a 4-series coupe and 4 series sedan?!
Yes, the GC certainly messes with BMW's forthcoming numbering convention. Model designations stopped informing engine displacement a long time ago, and now it looks like the new designations will stop informing chassis type even before they've started!
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I thought EVEN numbers were for Coupes?!
They are. This is a four-door Coupe, or Gran Coupe in BMW parlance. Note that, unlike a BMW sedan, it will seat just four, and it will share most of its styling with the 6 series Coupe.

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So does mean they're going to make a 3-series coupe alongside a 4-series coupe and 4 series sedan?!
No. What they are going to do is this:

1 series - hatchbacks of all sorts, including a GT
2 series - coupe, cabriolet, gran coupe

3 series - sedan, touring, GT
4 series - coupe, cabriolet, gran coupe

5 series - sedan, touring, GT
6 series - coupe, cabriolet, gran coupe

7 series - sedans

It's actually fairly straightforward and orthogonal.
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This in m-spec will be my favorite large bmw. I can feel it. Will it top the 760 pricewise?
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orthogonal as in when you put them next to each other they form a right angle or equal to 0 lol?
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They are. This is a four-door Coupe, or Gran Coupe in BMW parlance. Note that, unlike a BMW sedan, it will seat just four, and it will share most of its styling with the 6 series Coupe.



No. What they are going to do is this:

1 series - hatchbacks of all sorts, including a GT
2 series - coupe, cabriolet, gran coupe

3 series - sedan, touring, GT
4 series - coupe, cabriolet, gran coupe

5 series - sedan, touring, GT
6 series - coupe, cabriolet, gran coupe

7 series - sedans

It's actually fairly straightforward and orthogonal.


Got it. Does make a little more sense when laid out like this. BMW doesn't see any concern with overlap?
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Got it. Does make a little more sense when laid out like this. BMW doesn't see any concern with overlap?
There will probably be some cannibalization, but that's life when you are expanding your product portfolio. From a business perspective, the only thing that matters is that they make more money with the new products. We should assume they've done their homework and come up with a solid business case (i.e. one that adds to the bottom line).
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Cool video. Thanks for posting. Wow, that sled looks seriously long.
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nice i like where this is going
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GranCoupé would be a more pricey, more sporty, more exclusive, less practical alternative to the larger sedan. I like the GranCoupé thing more than anything. I like the looks of coupés and the practicality of 4 doors. As for sportcars, 2 doors, 2 seats please.
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this is the answer to the CLS and A7 sportback (:
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RIP 6 Series! You have now been morphed into a family car. Goodbye aggressive masculine sports car. Sad.
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