6 goes with eight
Grand touring takes a rapid turn
wheels and a more visceral exhaust note.
The 4.4-litre petrol V8 in the BMW650i Gran Coupe delivers 330kW/650Nm, the latter from a low 2500rpm. The new bent-eight features TwinPower Turbo technology plus direct injection and fully variable valve actuation.
The V8 sends those massive outputs rearward via an eightspeed Sport automatic transmission, with auto stopstart and Eco Pro mode. Variable drive control incorporates adaptive suspension, to soften or sharpen drive feel.
The 0-100 km/h dash takes just 4.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h.
Among the clever tech features are brake energy regeneration, electromechanical power steering, ancillary units that operate on demand, detachable airconditioning compressor, intelligent use of lightweight materials, active air vent control as well as on-demand hydraulic assistance for the suspension.
The four-door coupe looks more lithe and athletic than earlier 6 Series efforts. It’s a four-seater, with individual seats for the rear passengers plus four-zone air and individual audio controls too. The list of standard equipment and options is long. A high-end 600W, 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system provides the accompaniment.
Driver assistance systems include a head-up display with full-colour graphics, parking assistant, surround view, active cruise control with the stop-go function, lane departure warning system, speed limit information, high-beam assistant andBMW’s Night Vision set-up with pedestrian warning.
This is a quick car. The V8 delivers the goods, thrusting occupants back in the seat with a snarl when the driver plants the right foot. Yet it flies under the radar, failing to attract unwanted attention in the way an M3 or M5 might.
The expression ‘‘ stealth fighter’’ springs to mind. It’s not as overt as some companion models but it’s still a real beauty, especially with the matt paint job. Hit the gofast pedal and it takes off.