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BMW 630i Gran Turismo Sport Line India Review BMW 6GT is intelligently placed between 5-Series and 7-Series in terms of both pricing as well as practicality

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IN A country obsessed with luxury cars usually driven by chauffeurs there aren’t many options in which you can enjoy both driving experience as well as luxury in the back seat. Most luxury car makers bet their money on long wheelbase sedans – such as BMW 5-series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class – simply because customers of these ultra-luxury cars feel the need to be driven around. These sub-Rs 1 crore cars deliver an experience close to that of S-Class and the 7-Series.

BMW is perhaps the first to address this significant gap between its 5-series and 7-series cars. Meet BMW 6GT, a.k.a. BMW 630i Gran Turismo. Available in India in just one variant for now, the car is a beast which offers luxurious comfort along with the driving experience that one expects from German cars. We drove the new BMW 630i GT for over two weeks and here’s our conclusion.

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BMW 630i Gran Turismo Design

Needless to say, this is a Gran Turismo style that combines the comfort of a luxury sedan with a coupe design line. The BMW 6GT is 5,091 mm long and  1,902 mm wide. This is a big car, and with a height of 1,538 mm it feels way bigger than the BMW 5-Series, coming close to 7-Series proportions. The stretched out proportions combine a sporty stance, thanks to the coupe design and a rear end that is to die for.

The BMW 630i Gran Turismo also offers a stretched out bonnet that maintains the overall proportions of the car. The seats are lower and despite a low roof-line, the 6GT offers ample headroom for everyone seated inside. The BMW 6GT also offers a 3,070-mm wheelbase and the cherry in terms of design are its frameless window doors.

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Upfront it offers BMW’s trademark kidney grille and the headlight units extend all the way up to the grille offering a symmetrical design element. The BMW 6GT comes with BMW’s Adaptive LED Headlights and also sport inner daytime driving light rings as well as selective anti-dazzle high beam (500-metre range) for night driving on highways.

The harmoniously illuminating rear LED units make the lighting system of  6GT one of the best in the market in terms of design aesthetics.

6GT is aerodynamically engineered to perfection. A coupe design comes with a mix of active air flap control on the BMW kidney grille, which only opens when extra cooling is required. The underbody section is also almost fully enclosed. Air Curtains and Air Breathers over the front wheels reduce turbulence. There is further drama with an active rear spoiler, which automatically extends when the car exceeds 120 km/h and retracts again when it slows below 80 km/h. This helps in bringing down the drag coefficient and offers a more planted and in-control driving experience. The BMW 6GT comes with 18-inch alloy wheels that are standard and is only available in India in its Sport Line equipment lines.

BMW 630i Gran Turismo Interiors

Step inside the BMW 6GT and the cabin just reeks of luxury all over. Unlike Audi-like premium, this is luxury styling at its best. With an intelligent use of space, the driver is amply pampered. Dakota leather upholstery in two colours, Canberra Beige and Cognac, with exclusive stitching is a standard feature. The central console makes optimum use of chrome elements on a shiny piano black finish. However, with dust being all pervasive in India, we strongly recommend keeping a cleaning cloth handy to keep these shining. These are also prone to scratches, so be careful, else these bits can become an eye sore in the long run.

Sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons for infotainment, communication functions and cruise control are standard features on BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

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The driver and front seat riders get a raised seating position, which at times made us feel like sitting inside a compact SUV rather than a GT. This was helpful, especially since at my height of 5 feet 7 inches the long bonnet can be a bit tricky to manoeuvre in the busy, narrow lanes of Delhi.

6GT offers seating for three adults at the rear, but we felt two could get more comfortable and enjoy the near-lounge experience the car offers. For long distance travel, the rest seats have an appreciable back, neck and thigh support. The rear bench seats can also recline and there are two big touch screen display’s at the rear to adjust the comfort inside the cabin according to their needs.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo comes equipped with four-zone automatic climate control, which allows individual control of the temperature and ventilation intensity for the driver and front as well as rear passengers. The noise insulation in the cabin is done to a degree that even if the vehicle is moving at 100 km/h speed it feels like 30 km/h inside.

With a boot space of 610 litres, BMW claims that 6GT can easily accommodate four 46-inch golf bags. The electronic tailgate has automatic opening and closing functions.

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On the inside, the BMW 6GT comes with a host of assistance systems such as stereo camera to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings, Cruise Control with braking function, Park Distance Control (PDC), which includes sensors at the front and rear and more. Apple CarPlay is a standard feature, the large touchscreen infotainment system is also something of a showstopper as it comes with gesture control for volume, call pickup and track selection.

BMW’s Hi-Fi loudspeaker system with 205 W power and a 12-speaker set caters to your music needs and comes close to creating a concert hall feel inside the cabin. The 10.25-inch LCD panel for infotainment offers a good touchscreen response and a resolution clarity of 1440 x 540 pixels. Overall, the cabin of the BMW 6GT offers such luxury you’d want to stay inside – and it does not matter whether you are in the front seat or the rear.

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BMW 630i Gran Turismo Performance

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is fitted with the new generation BMW petrol engine mated with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The 6GT comes with a four-cylinder petrol engine of 1,988cc capacity capable of producing 258 hp at 5,000–6,500 rpm and offers 400 nm of torque at 1,550–4,400 rpm.

The 6GT is capable of a 0–100 km/h dash in just 6.3 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250 km/h. BMW claims fuel efficiency of 14.28 km/l but we could never make it go past 12 km/l in a mix of city and highway driving condition in and around Delhi.

BMW 6GT is also a highly-intelligent car when it comes to transmission and throttle controls. It uses an intelligent networking mechanism, wherein the eight-speed Steptronic transmission can adapt its shift strategy to the drivers current driving situation. BMW’s Navigation system Professional and intelligent transmission management system work in tandem so that even on the basis of navigation data it can perform an early downshift when approaching an intersection, in order to take full advantage of the engine braking effect. There is also an ECO PRO mode, in which while coasting the car decouples the powertrain whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator between 50 and 160 km/h.

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But the delight of this vehicle is in its sports mode, in which it displays its full potential of being a true driver’s car. It handles well, is always ready for the next move you make while driving and all the bells and whistles work in a perfect harmony to plaster a smile on your face. But we think that the 6GT is best enjoyed while touring or on longer drives than on city roads.

For comfort and practically, especially on Indian roads, BMW 6GT comes with a two-axle air suspension which helps set the car’s ride height manually. Ground clearance can be raised by 20 mm at the touch of a button for driving on rough roads. While driving fast on a highway, the car’s height can also be dropped by 10 mm by pressing a button. This also happens automatically at speeds of over 120 km/h and when SPORT mode is selected using the Driving Experience Control switch.

Overall the 6GT in terms of performance and road superiority offers everything that one would like to have in a luxury car. Having said that the 6GT can also be your everyday car and not just for special occasions. Drive it or be driven in it, is something that’s completely your choice.

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Verdict

BMW has intelligently placed the 6GT between its 5-Series and the 7-Series, offering a product that’s sweetly placed in the middle in terms of both pricing as well as practicality. 6GT comes with all the drama, the oomph and the driving pleasure that you would want if you are planning to upgrade from your Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 5-Series or an Audi A6. This is strictly for those who do not want to spend in excess of Rs 1 crore on an upgrade.

BMW 630i Gran Turismo Sport Line is priced at Rs 60.80 Lakh (ex-Showroom).

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