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BMW 640d Gran Coupe
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Sleek, Powerful, Pricy
November 3, 2014   
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Seductive looks, superb handling, ultra-modern technology, plus a dynamic and at the same time super-efficient engine—not too much praise for one car? No, if the car is the BMW 640d Gran Coupe.

BMW has for years excelled in producing four-door sedans with a sporty feel. The Gran Coupe, however, stands out with its looks not only among BMW cars, but all cars out there. The Gran Coupe is in my opinion one of the most beautiful cars available on the market.

It made its debut in spring 2012. during the Geneva Auto Show and impressed automotive industry professionals. Despite its name, this car is not a true coupe, though it is pretty close in visual terms, thanks to its sloping roof. It is over five meters in length (5.01 m) and only 1.39 m in height. When you look at the car from the side, what strikes you is its unusually slender silhouette. This impression is heightened by the molding running along the body. The car has very well-balanced proportions, with a nearly 3-meter wheelbase. As in all BMW models, the front overhang (the distance between the front wheel axle and the end of the body) is a bit shorter than the rear overhang, which makes the car look even more dynamic. The BMW’s familiar LED headlights and deeply set rear lights add to the picture of a luxury car with sporting ambitions. An added treat is the car’s original “frozen bronze” matte body color.

The interior is very tasteful and features top-quality finishing materials. The two-tone beige-and-brown leather dashboard, borrowed from the BMW6 coupe, is not only a masterpiece of applied art, but also the quintessence of ergonomics. All the gauges and switches are within easy reach and intuitive to use. When it comes to accessories, the BMW offers virtually all the comfort and safety features common in this class of car: a color Head-Up Display, Active Cruise Control, various driver assist systems (for road signs, lane changing, blind spots and parking), a system of cameras all around the car, the possibility of manually choosing the operating mode of the engine and suspension, LED lights, and electric blinds on the side and rear windows.

Under the hood is a 3.0l/313 hp in-line biturbo diesel engine (with two turbochargers) with a maximum torque of 650 Nm available already at 1,500 rpm, ensuring outstanding performance for the less than 1,800 kg car. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kph takes only 5.4 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 250 kph. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels by an eight-step sequential automatic transmission (with the possibility of manual shifting using paddles on the steering wheel rim and the gear lever).

The most amazing detail is that this powerful engine is so well muted in terms of noise that you can hardly tell it’s a diesel. Meanwhile, average fuel consumption is only 5.5l./100 km according to the producer’s technical data (less than 7 liters during the test-drive). Despite its large dimensions, the car boasts superb handling. It is agile on turns and very stable in a straight line. In addition, it is practical and its 460-liter trunk is only slightly smaller than those in Series 5 or 7 models.

A car free from drawbacks? Well, there is one – the price. Even for a luxury car, it costs an arm and a leg. The test-drive model cost more than zl.405,000 in the basic version—with a list of extras long enough to jack up the price by at least 50 percent.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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