TOP dictionary publisher Collins may have to re-write their definition of a coupe following the launch of the very desirable and shapely BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe which has just gone on sale in the UK, writes Bryan Longworth.
For the dictionary definition of a coupe is “a sports car with two doors and a sloping fixed roof” - but this very upmarket Beemer 640d M Sport Gran Coupe has four doors!
BMW is not the first premium car manufacturer to call a four door car a coupe so that is probably why Collins should now consider re-writing its coupe dictionary description.
In fact BMW say that the sleek 6 Series Gran Coupe is the first four door Coupe in their history describing the elegant car as an “exceptional phenomenon” which all sounds as though this car is really something special - which it is.
For a start it is blessed with a beautiful body that has the dynamics of a coupe and the functional versatility of a four door car and then there is the fabulous six cylinder diesel engine linked with an eight speed automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels.
My test car, the 640d M Sport Gran Coupe is priced at £68,565, but it was loaded with nearly 30 options including Adaptive Drive (£3,400), Adaptive LED headlights (£1,665) and four zone control air conditioning (£1,230) all of which totalled £16,465 taking the total price to £85,030.
It was powered by a six cylinder 3.0-litre 313bhp diesel engine driving the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox producing a limited top speed of 155mph, a zero to 62mph time of 5.4 seconds, a combined fuel consumption of 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km.
The wheelbase is 113 millimetres longer than that of the BMW 6 Series Coupe which accounts for the increased legroom enjoyed by rear passengers in the leather clad ultra luxurious five star interior which is just about the best you can get in a premium car.
The engine produces a silky smooth power output for a diesel and the car’s handling and comfort qualities are exceptional and underline just why BMW cars have been among my favourites since I started road testing cars many moons ago and realised then they were something very special.
It has auto stop start and brake energy regeneration along with features like xenon headlights, navigation system, onboard computer system and park distance control all as standard in addition to that very long list of optional extras but the feature I liked most was the extremely effective head up display on the windscreen indicating the speed of the car and speed limits.
The boot lid opens automatically to reveal a very large load area that is not impeded by a spare wheel as the huge 20 inch alloy wheels on the car were shod with run flat tyres which make a spare wheel superfluous which is just as well because the 20inch alloys are huge.
As BMW would say this was the ultimate driving experience because the Gran Coupe combines the advantages of a four door saloon with the elegant styling of a coupe plus real sporting driving making it a very desirable car for the motorist who wants the qualities only such a car can provide.
My Verdict: BMW’s best ever coupe.