BMW 6-Series GC takes on the rivals
The days of the traditional boxy saloon are numbered. Meet the new breed of more-door supercoupe
Posted: 07 Aug 2012
Sure enough then, none of these is a dud. And we suspect that most people choosing between them will take their pick mostly on the simple basis of which one they like the look of. Prefer simple, minimalist lines? The A7's your car. Want a full-fat dose of visual complexity, billowing folded metal wearing blingy lighting clusters ? Head for a CLS. The box-fresh BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe prudently sweeps up the middle ground, as it's more flamboyant than the Audi and less baroque than the Benz. But it actually has more dramatic proportions than the others. That's because while the A7 and CLS are based on saloons, the A6 and E-Class, the Gran Coupe is a stretched coupe. So it looks the lowest and swoopiest car of our group.
But even though they might be style-driven, we can't just judge them on looks alone. We're here to drive, and it turns out that for all the benchmarking that goes on, the 6-Series Gran Coupe doesn't feel exactly the same as the Audi A7, and that, in turn, is different from the CLS. Some of the differences are subtle, some dramatic enough to have surprised us.