It was just a matter of time before BMW had a fitting reply to the likes of Mercedes Benz’s CLS and Audi’s A7. Behold the Gran Coupé, a creation inspired from the BMW CS Concept featured way back in 2007.
The Gran Coupé comes in two variants, the 640i and the 650i, powered by an inline straight 6 twin turbo and a V8 twin turbo respectively. The power train is borrowed from its two door sibling, the 6 series Coupé. The Gran Coupé also gains two doors and 113mm of rear leg room. As you can see our test mule came loaded with everything and looked gorgeous. A literal crowd puller, I had been stopped at least three times in two days by drivers flashing headlights furiously and making hand gestures in an attempt to pull me to the side of the road. It then moved on to looks of admiration and awe from onlookers at this work of art.
The Gran Coupé, which we got, was draped in matte brown, a color that stunned the editors and delighted the photographers as their imagination started going into overdrive. The interior was pure white leather – which is a car detailer’s dream and probably an owner’s high maintenance nightmare, at least when it comes to retaining the whiteness of the leather. Instead of the regular wood or aluminum trim we had white ceramic. The two toned leather everywhere inside the car just added to our visual pleasure. We were busy wiping off the drool off our lips. The Gran Coupé had curves as well; every angle of the car accentuated its beauty. I would like to kiss the hands of the people at BMW who created the final prototype of the body on clay. They pulled off an aluminum variant of Eva Mendez. This car is just stunning.
The base Gran Coupé starts at AED 360,000 which is higher than a comparable CLS 350 from Mercedes Benz which would set you back in the AED 320K range, the entry level A7 would be cheaper still. But you get everything in it, a 320HP engine with forced induction, courtesy of twin turbo chargers giving it the oomph from low down the rev range and builds a table top flat torque curve. Wait a minute are we talking about a straight 6? Really, this straight 6 pulls like a V8.
BMW gave us not just a well-appointed Gran Coupé, but one that had the works. Our test vehicle came with Adaptive LED lights (instead of the Xenon headlights), Bang and Olufsen hi-fidelity sound system and M Sports Package with a few nice choices from the BMW Individual options list developed specifically for the Gran Coupé.
This all sounds rather well; it has the looks to drop our jaws smack on the ground. But does the Gran Coupé’s USP lie strictly in its beauty or does it live up to BMW’s statement? Yes !!!! Driving pleasure is what this car is all about. From Comfort+ to Sport settings on its adaptive suspension and ECU mappings, which performs more calculations than supercomputers of yester years, this car just gets the heart rate pumping. The exhaust note is lovely and the feel from the steering to the grip laid down on the tarmac belies its weight. How can this car take some of the bends which cars half its weight shies away from? I don’t know. That’s the beauty of the current generation Bimmers. They are just superb at whatever they do. Yes some of the styling in their range is an acquired taste but for this one they have nailed it.
The top of the line 640i Gran Coupé with all the features above can be yours for AED 425k, and it carries 5 yrs/100k kms warranty from the folks at AGMC. Service package is provided for 100k kms as well thus owning one becomes as pleasurable as driving one.
The Gran Coupé is not just a pretty face although it looks and acts the part . It is an all rounder with some minor setbacks which comes from owning a Coupé. How many of us don’t mind banging our head on the roof while getting into the back seat of a Coupé? Well this provides just that, maybe it’s an engineered effect to make us feel that we are actually driving a two door rather than a four door car. I for one don’t mind much because once I am sat in this car, I do forget the stresses of our everyday lives. This is just fabulous.
Photos By Brian Donegan