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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo: Gran aspirations

For a car that's not received much fanfare, it sure punches well above its weight

Raunak Ajinkya
Published: Oct 30, 2021 09:00:00 AM IST
Updated: Nov 2, 2021 05:51:31 PM IST

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo: Gran aspirationsLaser LEDs and a chiseled front make for a commanding first look

There’s a truth that extends beyond plain numbers. And every so often, a car comes along that exemplifies just that thought process. My tryst with the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, felt like that statement was phrased for this machine.

The car is essentially a collection of numbers. It even has one in its name. Underneath the enormous hood, there’s a 3-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine, ever-present and ever-willing to do your bidding. With an output that reads 265 hp and 620 Nm, it’s not hard to see why. It can manage 0-100 kmph in a scant (for its size and weight) 6.1 seconds, and then it will push on to a top speed that is stupidly illegal, no matter where you are. And I could throw more numbers at you for the entirety of this article, but where’s the fun in that?

There used to be a point when BMW’s GT line-up spelt thoroughly capable cars. And yet, they were also rather odd to look at. Call it the passage of time, or the eyes getting used to it, or BMW’s designers just getting better… but the refreshed 6GT is absolutely desirable. There’s something about the way its proportions have filled out, and yet, it’s not chunky. The unmissable rear, with the retractable spoiler, and those gorgeously detailed tail-lamps make you do a double-take as you walk away from it. There’s the satisfying balance between chiselled and curvy at the front. Maybe it’s the M Sport package that this car’s come with.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo: Gran aspirationsUnmistakably a GT. Don't miss the retractable spoiler!

You have to give it to them for the amount of detail put in. The 19-inch alloy wheels suit the car to a T. My first instinct is to suggest a quick swap for aftermarket wheels right after you’ve bought the car. But that’s that. It’s also got frameless doors. What was the need for them? There wasn’t any. But why not, thank you very much.

Its sheer opulence stems from the simple yet perfect details. Didn’t slam the door hard enough while shutting it? That’s alright. They have a soft-close function that automatically pulls them shut. Sadly, it’s only available on the diesel M Sport variant.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo: Gran aspirationsIt may seem abnormally long, but it looks stunning in the flesh.

The blue touches on top of the headlights indicate that the 6GT comes with laser light technology. What distinguishes them from regular lights? For one, they’re immensely bright and powerful. BMW claims they will light up to 650 m of the road ahead.

Additionally, both high- and low-beam are laser lights, and they have a really cool adaptive function that not only switches to low-beam automatically when it detects oncoming traffic, but also turns up to a certain degree with the steering angle for better visibility.

Inside, everything from the large, supportive seats, the sculpted dashboard, and the overwhelming space makes you feel you’ve spent your money in the right place. What glares at you is the 12.3-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard. And while it’s slightly tough to reach because of the size of the cabin, it’s extremely easy and responsive to use. A noteworthy inclusion is the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto—always a boon on road trips, which is something the 6GT is built for. There’s also a 12.3-inch screen right in front of the steering boss that houses dials and readouts for when the car is on the move.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo: Gran aspirationsCabin is typically BMW, just amped up to 11.

There are two screens housed on the backs of the front seats. 12.3 inches each! There’s no dearth of tech in here: A 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, a panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, gesture control, wireless charging for your phones… it goes on. And on. The rear seats also have a recline function (by 9 degrees, no less). I tried and failed miserably to identify any faults. Well, I suppose BMW could have chucked in a mini-fridge and a pair of wine glasses for the rear seat occupants, but I’ll forgive them this folly.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo: Gran aspirationsAn excess of space, your own screens and comfy seats. Bliss!

Finding faults with the way cars drive is an easy task for me, but I feel shortchanged because I couldn't find any, after getting a feel of the 30d engine in the 6GT. It’s silky smooth, the cabin is well insulated from road and wind noise, it rides like a dream thanks to the air suspension, and the steering communicates no more than it needs to. There is a significant amount of punch when you put it into Sport mode, but that feels dissatisfying since this isn’t the kind of car to do that sort of stuff. It even has the option of raising the ride height by 20 mm in case you come across bumps that would have you bracing for the underbelly graze.

Where does that leave us, then? This is just one of those cars that has a grand collection of numbers and features, but it also comes in such a sublime package that it just leaves you in awe.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (630d M Sport) Specifications

Power: 265 hp

Torque: 620 Nm

Transmission: 8-speed, dual-clutch automatic

Dimensions:

LxWxH (in mm): 5091x1902x1538

Price: Rs 96.42 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)