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BMW 6-Series gets a stunning mid-life makeover

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

BMW 640d M Sport Gran Coupe 3.0d

Like the recent bout in Las Vegas, the ‘Ultimate Rage Fighting’ has kicked off here in Motormouth towers this weekend.

In the blue corner, my colleague Paul has put his neck on the line and said the Audi A7 will beat me hands down. In the red corner, I am nailing my colours to the mast and sticking with the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

Yes, before anyone says anything, we know there is a bit of a price gap between the two models, but my fellow Motormouth says he would still have the A7 any day.

I’m sticking with the 6-Series Gran Coupe myself which, along with the 6 Series coupe and the 6 Series convertible, has just been revised for 2015.

The 6-Series Gran Coupe sits up alongside the flagship 7-Series in the BMW line-up and, although they are priced similarly, the 6-Series is considered a more stylish alternative to the more conservative 7-Series.

New for 2015, all three 6-Series models have been given a mid-life makeover. At the front end, alongside some new LED lights, the German engineers have removed one of the bars from the kidney grille. It now features just nine bars as opposed to 10, emphasising the amount of power the engines have, and how much cooling they need.

Other slight changes that would probably go unnoticed to the untrained eye include, newly-styled side mirrors and five new metallic paint finishes.

The updated interior of the new Gran Coupe is high-end, with the fit and finish second to none. The driver-orientated layout is a real pleasure and a large 10.2-inch multimedia display dominates the centre console.

The Gran Coupe will only really be used as a four-seater, even though there is space for a third passenger in the back. Comfort is only compromised by a hard seatback and a bulky transmission tunnel that runs through the car.

And, to top it all off, BMW is offering customers a lot more bang for their buck with significant enhancements to standard equipment.

The company’s intelligent ConnectedDrive now comes as standard. It provides full navigation and infotainment facilities and includes a SIM card embedded within the car which gives the driver access to the company’s Concierge Services.

On the road, the 6-Series is, as the company says, a ‘Joy’ to drive. For a car of this size and weight it amazed me how good it was on the road. The improved 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder produces a 313bhp that will move this luxury machine to 100kph in just 5.4 seconds. Even more impressive is the 630Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 revs.

All three body styles are now available with a choice of highly-efficient TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder and V8 engines featuring the full range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies to save fuel and reduce emissions.

The new 640d Gran Coupe is the best 6 yet. It has all the power and prestige you’ll ever need, and refinement levels are top notch. On the road, I feel there are very few cars that will match it. It’s just a pity I don’t have the near 100k asking price for this mega motor.

Robbie Farrell