BMW has launched new cars in India at an unrelenting pace over the past few months. And the latest car launched is the 2021 Gran Turismo 6 Series. Grand touring made its global debut last year. For 2021, the styling of the car is updated with more equipment. Needless to say, the new 6GT will be longer than the current 5 Series, offering more space and convenience. So here is a complete overview of what has changed on the car and the importance of the changes!
Right away, the first thing that registers is the updated front-end! The grille is now wider and the LED headlights are now more stylish than before. The front bumper has also been revised and sports a new apron, which highlights the width of the car. The same goes for the rear bumper, which now receives a larger diffuser! We have the M Sport version with us for testing today and it gets sleek trapezoidal tailpipes.
The LED taillights remain the same as before. What is also standard on the M Sport version is BMW laser light technology which is said to provide better illumination and a longer range.
The M Sport package also includes various ‘M logos’ on the exterior, the key fob, door sills and even the brake calipers on the front, which are in blue. The other cool feature is the rear spoiler, which activates automatically once the car goes 120 km / h.
Tech and interior
Enter the cabin and you will see that not much has changed in terms of the layout. But, the big update here is the new 12.3-inch touchscreen that now receives Apple CarPlay and for the first time Android Auto as well, which is wireless, if I may add.
Then you have the regular fare of features like the sunroof, ambient lighting, 4-zone automatic climate control and power rear seats, which were also there before. The M Sport variant also gets a rear seat entertainment package that includes two 10.25-inch screens that support Full HD video viewing.
Being a step up, the 6 Series GT continues to have a cavernous 600-liter trunk, with the rear seats up. But, the space saving tire takes up a lot of space! Overall, the car retains its feeling of spaciousness and comfort. The new seat fabric is also softer. While the rear seats could have been a bit more comfortable, maybe recline a bit more.
Performance and dynamics
|Characteristics||BMW 6 Series GT 630i 2021|
|Maximum energy||255 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Peak torque||400 Nm at 1550 – 4400 rpm|
|Transmission||8 speed automatic|
Now BMW offers you three engine options to choose from, on the 6GT. There’s a 2.0-liter diesel, a 3.0-liter inline six diesel, and a 2.0-liter gasoline variant, which is what we’re driving today. It makes 255 hp at 5,000 rpm and the maximum output torque is rated at 400 Nm, ranging between 1,550 and 4,400 rpm. The claimed 0-100 km / h sprint time is 6.5 seconds which is impressive and the top speed is 250 km / h.
From the start, it’s a flexible and punchy engine too! Linear power, precise throttle response, you might want to drive more often than sitting in the back. Very comfortable to navigate on the highway and comfortably on that! A turbo means the lower end seems to be lacking, but the midrange is quite meaty, with a big dollop of torque still available. The 8-speed automatic transmission does a good job of reducing all horsepower and general gear changes.
The updated 630i has four driving modes: sport, comfort, eco pro and adaptive. It is also possible to choose from various sub-modes within these modes. Each mode works as advertised, but our choice would be Adaptive Mode, which does a good job of balancing performance and comfort.
The 6 Series is also a decent material handling machine. The management response is quite precise in typical BMW fashion. What really stands out is the ride quality. Thanks to the all-around air suspension, the BMW 6GT offers a smooth ride on most surfaces and it is only when you hit sharp bumps that you hear a thud and feel the jerk!
Price and verdict
While the 2021 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo may not look like it’s getting a bunch of updates, it makes more sense to buy one now. You will not be disappointed whether you drive it yourself or have been taken there. There is plenty of space for your luggage, if you want to take a grand tour and you will do it in the utmost comfort. It almost looks like an epic chess match. Just a month ago, Mercedes-Benz kicked off the 2021 E-Class facelift in India and BMW is responding by releasing the updated 6GT. Rest assured a full comparison is coming soon!
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