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Slowly but surely Kia is transforming itself from a provider of inexpensive transportation appliances to a purveyor of premium automobiles. Further pushing the brand up-market, reports indicate the South Korean firm will build a production version of its dramatic GT concept.
Powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 445-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, the 650i will have a starting price of $87,395 while the xDrive variant will be available for a hefty $90,395. That’s a $10,500 premium over the 640i that has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo with 315-hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
And in typical BMW fashion, pricing was also released for the plethora of packages that will be made available for the Gran Coupe model. The Driver Assistance Package is priced at $3,700 while the Luxury Seating Package sports a $3,600 price tag. Those looking for a sportier look and feel can opt for the M Sport Package that’s available for $4,200 while cold weather drivers will have to fork out a $1,000 premium for BMW’s Cold Weather Package.
Drivers seeking the ultimate in luxury amenities can reach for the $8,300 BMW Individual Composition package which comes complete with 19-inch wheels (20-inch available for $1,300), full LED headlights, an Alcantara headliner, and more. Lastly, upgraded sound can be had for $950.
BMW also released EPA-rated fuel-economy figures for the 640i Gran Coupe at 20-mpg city, 30-mpg highway for a 24-mpg combined figure. The 650i Gran Coupe numbers will come in the near future.
GALLERY: BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
Normally a leader when it comes to creating new segments in the auto business, BMW might just be last to the coupe-styled luxury sedan group, revealing the new 6 Series Gran Coupe at the Geneva Motor Show.
Designed to take on the likes of the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7, this 6 Series iteration slots in between the 5 and 7, though it costs more like the latter. Styling isn’t as provocative as its rivals, but judge for yourself thanks to AutoGuide’s first look video from Geneva below.
GALLERY: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
The four-door coupe is a first for the brand with a unique shape that features unusually flat proportions for a sedan, hence the “coupe” name.
Under the hood, BMW offers a range of powerful engine options starting with a twin-turbo inline six that makes 320 hp, an inline six-cylinder diesel engine that makes 313 hp and a range-topping, twin-turbo 450-hp V8.
All versions come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that the company says reduces fuel consumption across the board. Engine start / stop technology also helps reduce consumption. For the most environmentally-friendly driving experience (which is a relative term with any of these engines) drivers can press the “ECO PRO” button to send the 6-Series Gran Coupe into its most efficient mode.
There’s plenty of storage space in the trunk, especially if the rear seats are folded down — more than 16 cubic feet with them up and more than 44.5 cubic feet with the rear seats sitting flat.
Aside from storage space, the interior gets typical BMW luxury treatment with dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a leather interior and a “professional” radio all come standard.
Interested parties can expect the product launch in June of this year with an M Sport available simultaneously.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
GALLERY: 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
The car is motivated by the same high-revving 4.4-liter V8 as the M5, but will offer a sleeker alternative to sedan-oriented customers who want legendary M performance.
In the photos, we see the car’s deep front spoiler and wider fenders that lend a more agressive look than previous models. Quad exhaust pipes round off the changes at the rear, sure to deliver the throaty chortling exhaust note you’ve come to expect.
As usual, there’s serious substance behind that music: You can expect at least 560 horsepower though rumors are circulating that the M6 Gran Coupe may actually get an extra 20-hp boost which will make it to the wheels via BMW’s DCT transmission.
The full details will be available next week during the Geneva Motor Show, where we’ll be reporting live.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
BMW has announced its extensive plans for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, with the 6 Series badge taking center stage. Set to make their world premieres are the new 6 Series Gran Coupe, the updated 2013 X6 and the stunning new M6 Coupe and Convertible.
The Gran Coupe will arrive in sleek bodywork as a rival for the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes CLS and Audi A7. Offering in base 640i trim with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder it makes 315 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. A 650i model will deliver 445-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. All that style will, however, set you back with a starting price of $76,895 – almost $25,000 over a 535i.
M6 coupe and convertible models both come with a high-output twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Other highlights include a carbon fiber roof and optional Carbon Ceramic brakes, which weigh 42.8 lbs lighter than the standard units and come with bright gold calipers.
In addition, BMW will show off the first models in its M Performance vehicle line, using a tri-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six diesel motor making 381-hp and an incredible 546 lb-ft of torque.
Along with the updated 2013 X6, BMW plans to showcase its new 3 Series with several smaller gasoline and diesel engines for Europe. Plus, BMW will continue to show-off the i3 and i8 concept cars.