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 |  Jul 16 2012, 8:08 PM

BMW is definitely hearing the plea that American buyers hunger for performance. Even though we’re not getting an M7 model but rather an M770i xDrive, the German automaker is blessing us with an M6 Gran Coupe.

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 |  May 05 2012, 10:02 AM

Earlier this year, BMW announced pricing on its 640i Gran Coupe model and now the German automaker has revealed the digits for its bigger brother, the 650i.

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

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 |  Feb 10 2012, 9:32 AM

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BMW North America has finally announced the pricing details for its 2013 Gran Coupe that will be making their way to dealerships staring this summer. The Gran Coupe will start at a whopping $76,895 which includes the destination charge.

The pricing for the Gran Coupe comes at a slight surprise to many, considering it’s almost $16,000 more than a base model Audi A7 and $4,500 more than a Mercedes-Benz CLS, which is its main competitor. The premium may be worth it to some though, to own the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

The “base” 640i Gran Coupe gets a 3.0L twin-turbo, straight-six with 315-hp and 330 lb-ft of torque and BMW also plans to launch a 650i Gran Coupe and 650i Gran Coupe xDrive in the future. The 650is will feature a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 with 445-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.

BMW is obviously hoping that the stylish look of the Gran Coupe will bring in buyers because the 535i, which has the same 3.0L twin-turbo engine found in the 640i, retails for almost $24,000 less.

GALLERY: BMW Gran Coupe

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 |  May 28 2011, 7:25 PM

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BMW may seem to be a little late to the party with their four-door coupe dubbed the Gran Coupe, but it may just be coming in at the right time to battle it out with Mercedes-Benz‘s updated CLS-Class and Audi‘s A7. While we’ve seen the Gran Coupe concept several times now, these renderings indicate the car’s production is underway.

The style of the Gran Coupe is clear: BMW will draw its inspiration from the current 5-Series body while giving it the sporty-style from a 6-Series front end. The body itself is streamlined and elongated to fit the four-door coupe design we have seen with the popular CLS-Class and Audi’s A7.

More interesting is whether or not BMW will compete in the performance department against Mercedes’ highly touted CLS63 and Audi’s upcoming S7. Perhaps BMW will make an M-variant to their Gran Coupe in due time?

GALLERY: BMW Gran Coupe

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[Source: Car & Driver]

 |  Sep 16 2010, 3:46 PM

Reports say that BMW is looking to re-brand the 6-Series lineup as the 5-Series Coupe and Convertible, to better align themselves with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range.

The E-Class Coupe and Convertible were once known as the CLK, but Mercedes decided bring them under the E-Class lineup. Having already built up significant brand equity in the 6-Series nameplate, the 6-Series would become the nameplate for the BMW Gran Coupe, positioned against the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.

[Source: Mibz]

 |  Jul 23 2010, 2:36 PM

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A post from a “BMW Insider” on web forum E90 Post is reporting that the BMW Gran Coupe will go into production as a sub model of the 6 Series lineup. An M model as well as an “Active Hybrid” model will be available, and we can expect BMW’s 4.4L twin turbo V8 and twin turbo straight 6 motors to appear as well. The strangest tidbit of news is that a Shooting Brake (think two door station wagon) has been announced as a design study.

We’re not sure why BMW needs yet another model in its lineup, but at least the Gran Coupe is an attractive design. The Gran Coupe is set to bow at this September’s Paris Auto Show, and AutoGuide will be on hand to cover the launch.

[Source: E90 Post]