BMW to replace 5 Series GT with all-new 6 Series

BMW is set to replace the 5 Series GT with the all-new 6 Series Gran Turismo, which will be available to order in the UK from November.

Making its official debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, it features BMW’s latest tech and promises to be an all-round better car than the outgoing 5 Series GT.

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It says it “sets a new level of comfort and elegance wrapped in a sporting coupé design but now with superior driving dynamics and efficiency.”

Externally the car’s proportions are dictated by its boxy, upright roofline which from the back gives the Gran Turismo a fastback appearance.

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The roofline is however lower than the current 5 Series GT, and BMW’s latest styling cues are there, with a larger grille and thinner, more angular headlights.

Whatever you think of the styling, there’s no doubt its high roof boosts practicality on the inside, where you’ll find a 610-litre boot as well as 40:20:40 folding rear seats – something you won’t find on BMW’s smaller saloons.

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Rear passenger space has also increased thanks to the Gran Turismo’s longer body, while up front you’ll find a driver-orientated cabin that gets BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment tech.

The engine line-up isn’t huge, with just two petrols and single diesel available in the UK. Unless you go for the basic model, BMW’s xDrive 4WD system is on offer, too.

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Petrols consist of the 630i and 640i, which produce 255bhp and 335bhp respectively. The smaller four-cylinder unit is capable of 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds and a combined mpg of 43.4, while the larger 640 six-cylinder gets from rest to 62mph in 5.3 seconds but only manages 35.3mpg.

Plump for the diesel and you get the 630d, which produces 263bhp courtesy of the 3.0-litre V6 unit. This results in a 0-62mph run of 6.1 seconds and an impressive 57.6mpg. All variants are limited to a top speed of 155mph.

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The 6 Series Gran Turismo gets its official launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 11 November, with lease order books expected to open around the same time. If you can’t wait for the new one, click here for lease deals on the all-new 5 Series.

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