BMW 6-Series GT enters Malaysian market via local assembly
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).