Official: 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

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The wait for official details and specs of the latest edition to the 6-Series lineup is finally over.

It's been a long time coming but the four-door 6-Series is finally here giving BMW the chance to revel in the four-door coupe craze that began with the Mercedes-Benz CLS. VW has the CC, Porsche the Panamera, and Audi the A7 so BMW are late to the party, but they have arrived in style. Powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder, the 640i will be the first of three distinct models to arrive in the US, followed by the RWD 650i and AWD 650i XDrive boasting twin-turbo V8 power.

The 3.0-liter N55HP engine in the new BMW 640i Gran Coupe is good for 315hp and 330lb-ft of torque and capable of 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. The 4.4-liter V8 in the 650i Gran Coupe generates 445hp and 480lb-ft of torque and with it a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds and 155mph limited top speed. When the V8 combines with the xDrive AWD system, 0-62mph is managed in just 4.5 seconds. Both engines are mated to an eight speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

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The Gran Coupe is a full 4.4 inches longer than its 2-door coupe sibling and 1.3 inches wider than the BMW 550i, so slots nicely between the 5- and 7-Series but with coupe-like proportions that give rear passengers plenty of comfort. Beyond the 4-doors, the elegantly stretched roof line that flows smoothly into the rear end is a distinctive feature, highlighting the cars sporting dynamics. BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems including rear-view camera, Surround View, Parking Assistant, BMW Night Vision, Active Blind Spot Detection and the latest Head-Up Display will ensure the Gran Coupe is a safe car to drive.

While the standard iDrive control system will provide navigation, communications, and infotainment with a Bang & Olufsen music system providing the aural pleasure. Adaptive LED headlights also look and work beautifully. At the press of a button the car's character can be altered using Driving Dynamics Control, so drivers can vary from extra-sporty to extra fuel-efficiency combined with extended driving range. Settings include COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO, and each mode affects parameters such as throttle response, power steering boost assistance and shock absorbers.

The Gran Coupe will likely be officially introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March as the all-new 2012 3 Series is expected at Detroit next month. Pricing details will thus be made available nearer that time.

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