Reviews Car Review: 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo

18:08  11 january  2018
18:08  11 january  2018 Source:   driving.ca

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo: The New Face of the 6 Series

  2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo: The New Face of the 6 Series SINTRA, Portugal – A lot is going on at BMW these days, including the reorganisation of the company’s midsize product portfolio. After launching the latest generation of the 5 Series sedan last year, the German brand is adding a few more variations for 2018, such as the 530e plug-in hybrid, …BMW also decided to reposition the 6 Series in order to bridge the price gap between the 5 Series and the 7 Series. This is where the new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo slots in. It’s a five-door, fastback-style sedan that succeeds the 5 Series GT, sold between 2010 and 2016. It will sit alongside the 6 Series Coupé, Cabriolet and Gran Coupé—but not for long, as they will be replaced by the new 2019 BMW 8 Series.

There are two ways of looking at the 2018 BMW 640 i xDrive Gran Turismo : A) It’s the answer to a question no one asked, or B) It’s a more interesting, more useful, and more luxurious alternative to a loaded 5 Series sedan. We take the latter view. Make no mistake—this car will be a tough sell when it

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BMW’s latest twist on its ever-expanding 6 Series lineup is proof of just how stubborn — my dear old mom might have even said pig-headed — German automotive engineers can be. We know this because they are taking yet another stab at selling we North Americans a Gran Turismo version of its mid-sized luxury sedan.

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For those who don’t remember the ill-feted original, the 5 Series GT proved to be the only Bimmer BMW brand slaves wouldn’t fall for, the semi-sloped roof luxury hatchback languishing on dealer lots like former Trump executives waiting their day in court. In other words, it wasn’t pretty.

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo: The New Face of the 6 Series

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Read our review of the 640 i xDrive Gran Turismo and see photos at Car and Driver. Wipe your mind clean. Okay, now let’s approach the 2018 BMW 640 i xDrive Gran Turismo with fresh eyes and glistening objectivity.

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And yet, like Big Momma’s House or, worse yet, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we have the sequel – a little swoopier and a little snazzier than the original, perhaps, but for all intents and purposes following the same basic formula, which is to offer luxury intenders a little more practicality at the expense of style. Will they buy that? I’m not really sure, to be perfectly honest. The GT is one of the few times in recent memory where I can’t proffer an exacting evaluation. It is, well, confusing.

At least some of the reason is that the BMW’s badging — 640i xDrive Gran Turismo — is the most confusing naming I’ve heard of since George Forman decided to name every one of his five sons, well, George (Mr. Foreman’s progeny are officially George Jr., George III, George IV, George V and George VI, which, as you can imagine makes things a little interesting, say, when Monk or Big Wheel — George Senior’s nickname for George III and George IV — apply for a driver’s license at the DMV).

Zagato Reveals IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo

  Zagato Reveals IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo Italian coachbuilder Zagato revealed a new car today called the IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo. Except it wasn’t designed for the road. Instead, it was designed for Sony’s racing video game, “Gran Turismo Sport.” Zagato calls this car a tribute to IsoRivolta, the reincarnated Italian automaker now run by its founder’s son. “It is a design that"It is a design that has grit but is still beautiful. I think that's what really makes the IsoRivolta Vision Gran Turismo a Zagato. It carries the heritage of the brand with design cues such as the double bubble roof, dual humps that are signature to the Milan design house," said Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc., the game's developer.

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Here’s how BMW’s naming nomenclature is supposed to work. In non-SUV BMW-land, odd numbers are sedans and even numbers are coupes. Hence, a 440i is the coupe-ified version, if you will, of the 340i sedan. The same for the 5 and 6. Simple, right?

Except that the first thing that BMW did, once it established this seemingly logical nomenclature, was to introduce the 6 Series Gran Coupe which turned out to have four-doors. Oh, went BMW’s rhetoric, it has “coupe-like” styling so the 6 Series appellation was still appropriate. How the 640i Gran Turismo — which is neither true coupe or even remotely coupe-like, but, in fact a five-door hatchback — fits in is anyone’s guess.

The problem with all this is the confusion it causes to potential consumers, even BMW loyalists. My next-door neighbor, who might as well have BMW’s spinning propeller tattooed on his buttocks so assiduously does he promote the brand, had no idea where it fit into the BMW lexicon

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Why does all this matter? Well, mainly because the last thing the fashionably wealthy who shop BMW want to do is justify the purchase of their new $80,000 automobile. Indeed, one of the main benefits of buying a Bimmer is never having to explain why you bought one. Hearing one’s neighbours say, “I’ve never seen one of those before” is hardly likely to endear the GT to its potential clientele. Or to put it more simply, it is difficult to evoke the envy of friends and family if they’re not quite sure what they’re supposed to be coveting.

But there is very good reason they should shop the Gran Turismo, namely that the 640i may be, at least by my reckoning, the best big BMW sedan in many a moon. Depending on your mindset — is it a roomy 5 or a slightly truncated 7? — the 640i GT might be perfectly “right sized.” Noticeably more spacious than a 5 in the rear, there’s also more headroom than in the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Riding a little taller than its 6 Series stablemates, it’s also easier to get into — and out of — for the senior types who typically can afford such expensive transportation. Trunk space — and access — is excellent thanks to the hatchback format. The new version of the GT thankfully does away with that complicated, convoluted dual-hinged liftgate of the original.

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That right sizing also makes the GT more fun to drive. Oh, it still feels, shall we say largish in tight parking, but it’s certainly not the behemoth the 7 Series has become. Behind the wheel, that translates into tighter steering (thanks to the optional four-wheel steering system), firmish suspension and most, if not quite all, of the road-holding that the Ultimate Driving Machine is famous for. Halfway between mid-sized 5 and gargantuan 7, the 6 Series GT makes a very alluring compromise.

As does the engine. Indeed, perhaps the GT’s most compelling argument is that it is the six cylinder-powered 7 Series that BMW doesn’t make anymore. Perhaps the smoothest engine short of a V12, the inline six is making something of a comeback and now that the 7 no longer offers any combination of pistons less than eight, the GT is the biggest sedan — except for the 640i Gran Coupe – which, again, is most definitely not a sedan — you can get powered by BMW’s wonderful 3.0-litre turbocharged six. Powerful, torquey and impossibly smooth, this is all the motor even a large car — the GT weighs in at a not-insubstantial 2,000 kilograms — ever really need, its 335 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque (available as low as 1,380 rpm) good enough to accelerate the big 6 from rest to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. Mated to BMW’s xDrive AWD system through a ZF eight-speed automatic, this is as sophisticated as luxury sedan — oops, coupe, hatchback or whatever the hell this is — powertrains get.

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The GT’s interior is also pretty darned impressive. Essentially, most of the 7 series gadgetry packed into 5 Series pricing, the GT has, for one thing, BMW’s latest iDrive technology. Firmly rejecting the trend to iPad-like touchscreen infotainment system, iDrive sticks resolutely to the tried-and-true clickable mouse controller. Yes, there are still quite a few submenus — you have to go through three to pair a cell phone — but they are far more logically laid out than the original system, which had an interface only Steven Hawking could appreciate. More importantly, BMW’s latest voice recognition has one of the best — if not the very best — voice control systems in the biz. Everything from loading an address in the navigation system to resetting the trip meter can be commanded by voice; first time, every time.

BMW’s latest Gesture Control system is on offer as the Remote Control Parking system. Both, to my mind, are more than a little gimmicky but gimmicks that will never fail to impress the aforementioned neighbours. BMW’s base audio system gets the job done, though my tester’s Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system was noticeably more sonorous. Most of all, though, the GT’s interior offers most, if not quite all, the luxuriousness one expects from an even more expensive BMW.

Indeed, the best thing about the GT is that it marries most of the 7-Series’ interior comfort and goodies, the fleetness of foot of the smaller 5 and, thanks to that hatchback layout that’s disguising itself as a sedan, oops, coupe, it has almost as much cargo capacity as BMW’s own X5 (and, in fact, more than the 5 Series wagon sold in Europe). In other words, the 640i xDrive Gran Turismo is one fine automobile.

All of which makes the new GT something of a social experiment. Its predecessor — the much unloved 5 Series Gran Turismo — failed to capture consumers’ attention because of both positioning — that GT/hatchback rant I went on earlier — and because, well, it wasn’t a very good car.

This updated version, however, is everything a BMW should be — smart, sporty and safe. But will the faithful accept it as one of their own? Or will they, as they did with the previous 5 Series version, be confused as to why BMW brought it to Canada? BMW is obviously cognizant of this challenge, pricing the base 640i Gran Turismo at $76,700, bargain basement pricing by Munich standards. Will that be enough to coax Canadians into the hatchback 6? Like I said, a social experiment.

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Throughout history, humankind has proven itself time and again unable to adhere to the maxim of “Just because we can do a thing, it does not necessarily follow that we must do that thing.” See: parachute pants, fictional dinosaur parks, the 10th season of the X-Files. Throughout history, humankind has proven itself time and again unable to adhere to the maxim of “Just because we can do a thing, it does not necessarily follow that we must do that thing.” See: parachute pants, fictional dinosaur parks, the 10th season of the X-Files.

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