2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe
Now in its third generation, the 6 Series BMW has always occupied a special role between the 5 and 7 Series mainstays, trading sedan utility and comfort for coupe and convertible style. But, now enter the 2013 640i Gran Coupe with at least a partial nod to everyday practicality. This head-turning four-door coupe form is BMW’s long awaited answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7 among others. The sleek form works very well as both wheelbase and length have grown for better integration.
Beyond the obvious, though, the Gran Coupe sports little exterior change from the current two door. Also carried over is the 6-Series standard powertrain, a 3-liter single turbo inline 6 and 8-speed automatic. Good for 315-horsepower, we were right at home. A twin-turbo 650i V8 and X-Drive option will come later. With adjustable chassis and drive train modes, the 640’s throttle is highly responsive, 0 to 60 is under 5 seconds. Handling is delightfully precise, driving much smaller than it looks. The interior oozes restrained elegance. Optional upgrades can push your 6 from turbocharged to trend setter. The little that did change goes a long way inside, as the Gran Coupe can actually accommodate four adults, plus adds a new 5th middle seat. We sent our own Ben Davis to take a spin; not only in the driver’s seat, but behind it, too.
BEN DAVIS: I know what you’re thinking. ‘Slick, low-roof, European sedan and full-size American guy; this combo’s never going to work.’ Well, let’s give it a try.
Ah, as you can see, well, I’m 5’10” and probably the furthest thing from athletic; that being said, I’ve got plenty of head room, plenty of hip room, and I’m ready for a long-haul road trip.
JOHN DAVIS: The base model 640i Gran Coupe will start around $77,000, and if you’ve got the means, you can make your neighbors jealous later this summer.
Engine: 3-liter single turbo inline 6
Price: Start around $77,000