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The Top Gear car review:BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
For:Very good looking, very good to drive
Against:You could hardly call it cheap. Or a five-seater
What is it?
BMW has many different types of high-end car, but there is one sector that has eluded it – the four-door coupe market that Mercedes has had sewn up with the CLS since 2004. Finally though, those for whom the 5-Series is not stylish enough and the 7-Series is too dour have a sleek new option from BMW: the four-door, five-seat 6-Series Gran Coupe.
It’s a very stylish car, BMW choosing to go for pretty elegance rather than at first wilfully odd (Audi A7 Sportback), uglier-than-the-first- one (CLS MkII) or just plain ugly (Porsche Panamera). Of the storming engine range, the 313bhp 640d has most on-paper appeal, although the allure of the storming M6 Gran Coupe can’t be denied. A more genuine M car than the new M5? Discuss: whatever, it’s a great halo for the range.