PaceNotes

BMW 6-Series GT en­ters Malaysian mar­ket via lo­cal assem­bly

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From Lam­borgh­ini’s new bullpen in Kuala Lumpur to a pair of brand new Bim­mers for the Malaysian mar­ket, Septem­ber was a busy month as car­mak­ers fi­nally ad­just to the rein­tro­duc­tion of SST

What do you know about the 6-Series? Most likely, the first thing to cross your mind would be ‘two-door’. Well, that’s not been the case since the uber cool 4-door Gran Coupe was in­tro­duced a few years back to com­ple­ment the fa­mil­iar 2-door coupe, and es­pe­cially since 2017 when the en­tire 6-Series range con­sisted of a sin­gle vari­ant, the four-door 6-Series GT.

You will see it on our roads soon enough be­cause BMW Malaysia launched it just re­cently. What will be on of­fer is the 630i GT, not a hy­brid/PHEV as what you would ex­pect from BMW Malaysia. What’s as sur­pris­ing is that it’s lo­cally as­sem­bled, mak­ing the car the ninth model to come out of Kulim, Kedah and the 11th vari­ant over­all.

Up front is a four-cylin­der TwinPower Turbo en­gine that de­liv­ers 258bhp and 400Nm to the rear axle via an 8-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. It takes 6.3 sec­onds to go from stand­still to the cen­tury and has a claimed av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion of 6.6 litres/100km.

The first ever 6-Series GT is sleek but not as sporty as its two-door sib­lings were. What it does have is more alu­minium and high-strength steel for the chas­sis and body to help make it 150kg lighter on av­er­age than its pre­de­ces­sors.

The fast­back style rear opens to a 610-litre boot (100 litres larger than be­fore), which can go to 1,800 litres with the rear seats folded. The fold­ing is eas­ily done via an elec­tric con­trol func­tion. It’s not just the size of the cargo area, the aper­ture is also large and the load­ing sill lower by five cen­time­tres and level to the com­part­ment floor.

The slop­ing roofline doesn’t seem to af­fect headspace for rear pas­sen­gers, but that de­pends on a pas­sen­ger’s height too, doesn’t it? But there’s a de­cent amount of knee room partly down to the long 3,070mm wheel­base. Also at the rear is the spoiler than ex­tends au­to­mat­i­cally once the ve­hi­cle reaches 110kph. The spoiler also serves to lower drag co­ef­fi­cient from 029 to 0.25.

The 6-Series GT rests on Adap­tive Sus­pen­sion that in­cludes Dy­namic Damper Con­trol and two-axle air sus­pen­sion. This al­lows for greater ride com­fort and bet­ter han­dling. Ride height can be ad­justed, in­creas­ing it by 20mm or low­er­ing by 10mm, at the touch of a but­ton. Sim­i­larly, the ride height drops when the driver en­gages Sport mode, or when­ever the car reaches 120kph.

The dash­board is typ­i­cal BMW, with the iDrive and the 10.25-inch screen be­ing the fo­cal point. Voice con­trol, head-up dis­play, and ges­ture con­trol are all stan­dard. The steer­ing’s M Sport and, as you can see in the pic­tures here, the deep tan colour of the up­hol­stery doesn’t look too bad (cer­tainly more in­ter­est­ing than the stan­dard dark colour, which is also avail­able).

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