The 6GT was launched to fill the void between the 7 and the 5 Series. Although, it’s a replacement to the 5GT, the 6GT does have much more elegant design. And, yet, the overall silhouette of the car, with its chunky rear-end, is still an acquired taste.
However, staying true to BMW’s ethos of ‘pure driving joy,’ the 6GT does manage to delight from behind the wheel. Special attention has, no doubt, been placed on comfort over sportiness, but the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine is extremely smooth and certainly up to the task – and the ride quality is impeccable. With 258bhp and 400Nm of torque, this highly refined unit is powerful enough to ensure the car is always quick on its feet. It accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in a swift 6.7 seconds. With the different driving modes – Sports mode being our favourite – the 6GT can transform from a comfortable grand tourer to a manic speedster at your command. The 8-speed automatic shifts effortlessly in the background without you ever noticing. And because it’s a BMW, the inherent chassis balance ensures that it set an impressive lap time.
The interior is obviously focused on comfort, and immerses you in luxury. The cabin is airy and spacious, with plenty of space in the rear seat – especially when compared with the 5 Series on which it’s based. The dash is typical BMW and virtually identical to the 5 Series, but the overall quality sets an extremely luxurious tone, thanks to the use of a combination of dark wood and brushed aluminium.
On the whole, the 6GT offers a refined and comfortable experience. However, it’s still an oddly shaped car that isn’t the most engaging BMW from behind the wheel. If it’s comfort and luxury you’re after though, especially in the back, this could well be the right machine for you. Oh, and it’s got frameless doors – so there’s that too.