My Ed calls me up one evening ordering me to report to his
house at 0430 hours the following day for active duty. But you can imagine the
enormous smile I had on my face when I heard him say, “we are reviewing the BMW
640d Gran Coupé tomorrow”. Oh joy! I will happily slaughter my sleep for that.
As a matter of fact I actually could not sleep that night, waiting for the slow
hour hand to pass by quickly. At 0400 my enthusiasm eroded my patience and I
zipped to Yoda’s place. And there it was, standing in the dark, in all its
subtle and elegant glory.
On the face of it, take a 6 Series Coupé and keep stretching
it until you reach the length of a 7 series limousine. What you get are two
extra doors and more legroom at the back. This BMW has been designed for the
booming Chinese market where the typical Chinese bosses like to be driven
rather than drive. The 640d Gran Coupé is one of the best looking cars to ever
come off the German manufacturer’s stable. The V-shaped contoured long bonnet
flows down to the BMW kidney grille. The signature corona rings are flattened
at the bottom and feature LED technology. The flowing lines run along the roof
and wheel arches of the vehicle and gently end at the exquisite rear.
And that is not it, there’s more to this transformation than
just 113mm of stretched metal. This tiny conversion beautifully combines the
aggression at the front with perfect curvy lines at the side, and finally the
swooping roof line ending in a sleek and squatting rear thus creating absolute
magic. Such is the impact of the whole package that it lends a stronger appeal
to the Gran Coupé than the previous 2-door 6 Series Coupé. You just cannot stop
ogling at this magnificent machine.
As tradition dictates, the entire orientation of the cockpit
is towards the driver, allowing easy ergonomic access to the gear lever, iDrive
controller and other control knobs. The centre of the dashboard is lorded by a
10.2 inch screen. All navigation, media and vehicle settings are controlled by
the iDrive system which is viewed upon this monitor. The Dakota leather
upholstery is standard and combines three colours. More attractive features are
the frameless doors and the seatbelts that are neatly integrated in the seats.
Although expensive, still we insist you to select the optional Bang &
Olufsen high-end surround system, which is designed exclusively for this model,
and delivers flawless sound quality delivering 1,200 Watt of total power
The quality interiors have been carried over from the 6 Series
Coupé. Everything that you feel and touch absolutely oozes class, possibly the
best interiors done by BMW. The real changes are in the rear. The rear
passengers will find it comfortable and spacious. BMW calls it 4+1 seating,
recommended for short drives as the middle seat suffers in both legroom and
headroom. Another issue is that if the front passengers decide to lower their
seats all the way, the rear passenger foot well suffers in terms of space. But
despite these very small inconveniences the rear of the 640d Gran Coupé is a
well sorted place to be in.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE
The car that we drove had BMW’s 3.0 litre TwinPower diesel
heart. The 640d Gran Coupé accelerates to 100kmph from a standstill in 5.4
seconds. The multi stage supercharging gets rid of the lag and the 8-speed
automatic transmission delivers seamless power to the rear wheels. The
impressive bit was the growling exhaust note and the tasty turbo whistle that
encourages you to push harder.
Ride and handling is pure BMW territory, it is neither too
luxuriously soft nor too sporty hard, just right. Driving Experience Control
allows a driver to choose between various modes between comfortable and sporty
driving. The steering communicates every square inch of the tarmac to your
fingertips. We noticed how accurately the speed-dependent steering gains weight
as the speed builds up. Also on the options list is the Integral Active
steering, that turns the rear wheels along with front ones ensuring crisper
responses. A host of safety technologies keep you safe in tricky situations.
The BMW 640d Gran Coupé stands ahead of its competition both
in terms of looks and practicality. It is elegant and classy to behold, drives
very well, is practical enough for four people and returns decent fuel economy
as well. Our only question is, and we are sure everybody is asking the same,
why would you buy the 640d Coupé? I guess, that’s more for the romantic kinds!
BMW 640D GRAN COUPÉ SPECIFICATIONS
6-cylinder inline, BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel
automatic with Steptronic
Brake: Front/ Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front/ Rear
control arm with separate lower track arm level, anti-dive/Integral-V
multi-arm axle, anti-squat and anti-dive
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