Future Cars: BMW’s 2018 6-Series GT Is A Better Looking Oddity

Automakers baffle us at times with unusual models that offer answers to questions no-one really asked. BMW’s 5-Series Gran Turismo is one of those cars; a cumbersome attempt at a more practical 5-Series. What was wrong with just offering the 5-Series wagon to all? Sigh…

Nevertheless, BMW still sees potential in such an offering, as they’re in the final stages of prototype testing of the 5 GT’s successor. However this time round, it will fall under the 6-Series GT banner, whilst the better looking Gran Coupe is said to disappear. Color us perplexed.

Strange, But Better Looks:

Improving on the departing 5-Series GT is no hard feat; whilst the stodgy and upright proportions are still there, the overall look is much better balanced.

Frontal styling borrows heavily on the newest 5-Series, albeit with a more sculptured appearance below the twin-kidney grille. Side sheetmetal surfacing is restrained in typical BMW fashion, whilst the Hofmeister kink appears rather diluted. The look from the rear is conventional, albeit with an active spoiler and split-opening hatch.

Under The Skin:

The Gran Turismo will be based off BMW’s CLAR (Cluster Architecture) modular platform, shared with the G30 5-Series. This means it will benefit from significant weight reduction; yielding better fuel efficiency along with enhanced performance and handling.

Whilst not much is known about the cabin, one shouldn’t expect it to differ vastly from the 5-Series. The main point of difference here will be the elevated seating and increased cabin dimensions to offer space comparable, if not better than the 7 Series.

TwinPower Powertrains:

Engine variants will mirror that of the new 5-Series; this means we’ll see turbocharged inline four and six engines in both diesel and petrol format. Rear wheel drive is standard and xDrive (AWD) is optional across most of the range.

For the CO2 conscious, a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid version will debut under the 530e iPerformance branding. This 185 kW/252 hp unit will offer astounding fuel economy and ultra-low CO2 emissions for its size.

We could see a performance jewel in the range with the M550i V8, which pumps out 462hp and 479 lb-ft of torque in the sedan. Power in this model is put to thee pavement via all four wheels and an eight-speed auto.

The Opposition?

Definitively speaking, BMW basically have a segment all to themselves – perhaps this is why the Bavarian manufacturer is giving the GT a second shot? Nonetheless, Audi’s A7 Sportback is similar in some ways (hatch opening), though we expect the BMW to be more practical and spacious. It’s a bit of a stretch, but you could argue that conventional high-riding wagons like Volvo’s V90 Cross Country and Mercedes-Benz E-class All-Terrain could also be cross-shopped with the GT.

Expect an official debut as early as March 2017, with sales starting before 2018.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • Rafał Szychowski

    Looks horrible awful… worse than some of chinese cars.

  • baofe

    R.I.P BMW

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Yeah you wish. Because you don’t get it doesn’t mean anything other than ‘you don’t get it’.

      • baofe

        RIP Andrewthecarguy

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Yes, indeed I will RULE in PERFECTION!

  • supermanuel

    Are you actually suggesting that the piece of cr4p rendering you’ve produced is better looking than the 5GT? Wow.

    • Matt

      Anything is better styled than a 5GT. Wow.

    • Josh Byrnes

      Why yes; said piece of cr4p rendering is based closely off spy shots – Let those arrows off in BMW’s direction.

      • supermanuel

        To clarify… The fact that it is ‘based closely off spy shots’ doesn’t make it ‘better looking’ than the current model Josh. That’s the point I was making.

    • Zandit75

      Seriously? The current 5GT actually has a Fanboi??!!

      • supermanuel

        Funny. No. Just asserting that the rendering above that looks like it was produced by a 7 year old on an iPad is not in any way an improvement.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Yes…right here. I love that thing!

        • Zandit75

          It’s not too late, you can still be saved!!

          • Andrewthecarguy

            Lol! Hey, opinions are like a-holes….everybody’s got one 🙂

  • Je Zza

    nope.. nope… and nope

  • Bo Hanan

    Merging 2 cars that shared a platform, looks and competed with each other? What a concept.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I don’t read you Bo. The 5GT is unique, and competes with no other BMW…not even the 5 wagon, since the GT is based on the 7 series despite it’s name.

      As a 6 GT now, it makes sense: all 4 door sedan and SUV BMWs have odd numbers, everything else has even numbers, so it makes sense that this will become the 6GT. 6 coupe, convertible, Gran Coupe and Gran Turismo. I like it.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Turismo, but I agree.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Ha! Fixed.

  • Maxim Kalmykov

    great premium-to-luxury car a resemblance to lovely BMW 501/2. first gen has more interesting styling ; more controversial elements, heavyweight butt, small rear window. new will be more elegant and easy-to-understand

  • Bash

    I like it tbh

  • Andrew M

    When rumors said that the 6 series will get a GT version, i hoped for a stretched 4 series GC version, which has a hatch opening, too. But that thing: hell nah.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I guess?

  • Skip

    Better looking than what? Gross.

  • Methusaleh

    BMW has had a love affair with hatchbacks in the U.S. auto market for a decade. Of course, U.S. buyers don’t, but some designer at BMW thought we should so they foist hatchback after hatchback on us. Most of us would rather have a 5 series station wagon. I had the 535xiT and it was AWESOME. Best Bimmer I’ve owned and I’ve had 17, from a new 3.0CS to the i8 and M4.

  • Kax

    I can’t believe the GranCoupe is being discontinued for this.

  • C.D. Austin Tx.

    One more huge disappointment…..