Performance – The 2018 BMW 6-Series GT was initially launched only with a petrol engine but currently there is also a diesel variant available. However, the car we’re driving today is the petrol variant which draws power from a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged motor producing 258 HP of power and 400 Nm of torque. As expected, this powerplant is extremely refined and butter smooth at all times. 0-100 km/hr comes up in just 6.8 seconds and the top speed is 230 km/hr. The powertrain feels superbly responsive lower down and accelerates with a lot of eagerness. Turbo lag is well-contained and this engine screams at higher revs as it likes to be revved hard. Being a BMW, there are multiple driving modes on offer, Comfort, ECOPRO, Sport and since comfort is a priority for the chauffeur-driven, the company has given the 6-Series GT a Comfort+ mode.
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Slot to the Sport mode and the response from the engine and transmission becomes more eager. A special trait that BMW engineers have infused in this 2.0-litre motor is that only in the Sport mode, the driver will get the feeling of driving a BMW. There is an 8-speed automatic gearbox taking care of the transmission duties and we must say this is a very smooth-shifting unit. You can manually take control of things as well via the steering-mounted paddle shifts and whether you want an upshift or a downshift, any due moment, the gearbox responds all the time.
Driving Dynamics – The BMW 6-Series GT comes with air suspension that makes the ride quality brilliant and adding to this are the 18-inch wheels with 245-section rubber. Suspension is setup slightly on the softer side when compared to the 5-Series and only on very sharp bumps or potholes do you actually feel movement inside the cabin. In terms of handling, this isn’t on par with the 5-Series but it is definitely better than the E-Class. Having said that, the ride quality is not as good as in the E-Class and honestly, the 6-Series GT’s ace up its sleeve is a fine balance of the 5’s handling and E’s ride quality. Braking performance is supreme as the vehicle stops then and there in its stride.