The GT (or Gran Turismo) range of cars from BMW has been around for several years now. At one point, there was a GT version of the 3-Series and 5-Series as well. In some markets, including India, BMW’s GT models did quite well. They had all the practicality of a station wagon and the styling details of a four-door coupe. Of course, the BMW badge didn’t hurt either. But as time went on, the appeal of these rather bulky-looking and expensive GT versions of the standard 3 & 5-Series drained. However, they were never lost completely. A few years ago, BMW simply converted the 5-Series GT into the 6-Series GT, and that has been on sale since 2017.
Now, the latest iteration of the BMW 6-Series GT is going to come to India on April 8, 2021. Like several other modern-day BMW models, the new 6-Series GT sits on top of the brand’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform. Furthermore, compared to its 5-Series GT precursor, the 6-Series GT is slightly longer and boasts a larger 600-liter cargo bay. On the styling front, well, the 5-Series GT wasn’t a looker. However, the Bavarian marque has done its best to make the new 6-Series GT look better proportioned and relatively stylish. Up front, there is the signature kidney grille that is flanked by upswept adaptive LED headlamps.
The design revision definitely adds a tinge of aggression and sportiness to the front fascia of the 6-Series GT. At the same time, BMW has tweaked the front bumper and added a few vents, while the stretched-out hood has been retained. The side profile of the 6-Series GT looks less bulky and ungainly when compared to the former 5-Series GT. It seems like the designers at BMW have learned to play with angles and character lines better. Moreover, the 6-Series GT definitely has a hint of that fastback silhouette that its predecessor was so desperately aiming for. The rear of the 6-Series GT sports large wraparound LED tail lamps that are better sculpted than before.
However, there is no getting away from the fact that the rear-end of the 6-Series GT still looks quite ‘thicc’. One of the other design features that BMW has seemed to have worked on is the rear bumper. On the 6-Series GT, it looks more purposeful and has been executed with more panache than on the 5-Series GT. For a more proportional appearance, there are two trapezoidal exhaust tips that are finished in shiny chrome. Generally speaking, while the new BMW 6-Series GT surely looks better than its predecessor, it isn’t a 6-Series Gran Coupe.
One of the reasons to go for the 6-Series GT over a standard 5-Series sedan has to do with its extended wheelbase. Since most of the buyers that go for this car like to be chauffeur-driven, the increase in rear legroom and kneeroom sure are important. At the same time, the 6-Series GT, despite its coupe-like roofline, offers good headroom for rear-seat occupants.
BMW has equipped the new 6-Series GT with enough gadgets to ensure that customers don’t leave angry emails later on. For example, this new model comes with the Bavarian brand’s latest version of the iDrive system plus a larger 12.3-inch touch-infotainment display. Similarly, even the digital instrument cluster now boasts a 12.3-inch panel.
The 2021 BMW 6-Series GT packs a lot of kit. For instance, there is a self-leveling rear suspension (plus air suspension), soft-closing doors, a panoramic sunroof, and an electronically-activated rear spoiler. On top of this, you will also get surround-view cameras, all-around parking sensors, quad-zone climate control, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, BMW Virtual Assistant, power-adjustable sunblinds, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
And just like any BMW, customers can tick many more boxes under the ‘optional package’ list. Also, just like any modern BMW, the build quality and materials used in the 6-Series GT feel undeniably solid and upmarket. In international markets, the BMW 6-Series GT is available with multiple powertrains. This includes a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol with 258hp (630i), a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel with 187hp (620d), and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 282hp (630d). At least two of these engines will make it to India. All are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.