BMW keeps us on edge with their constant new releases, and the new 2018 BMW 6-Series GT is one interesting car. It’s the successor to the classic 6-Series Coupe – but a hatchback, with a 5-door liftback body – which means that it looks like a coupe from the front, but takes on some weird angles from the back.
The 6-Series GT has 335 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 with 332 lb.-ft. of torque. RPM goes from 1,380-5,200. BMW says that it has a near-50/50 weight distribution, and with the AWD system, gets from zero to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds, maxing out at 130 MPH. There’s an 8-speed automatic transmission, and Driving Dynamics Control switch alternates between eco pro, comfort and sport modes. It also comes with BMW’s brand new Active Driving Assistance, which includes driver aides like adaptive cruise control and side-collision avoidance with blind-spot detection – among others. There’s even and a semi auto-pilot mode that lets that the driver take their hands off the wheel for up to 50 seconds on the highway, and a parking assistant, which automatically helps you squeeze into those tight spaces hassle-free.
The new iDrive 6.0 infotainment system comes standard with a new 10.25-inch touchscreen and gesture controls, and BMW says it will now be activated for voice control.
There’s also this pretty nifty active rear spoiler, that pops out at 75 MPH and retracts at 50 MPH, and you get your choice of super-sweet 19, 20 and 21-inch wheels. There are adaptive LED headlights with hexagonal LED running lights, and BMW has also included their Active Kidney Grille that opens movable slats when more cooling is required.
All this (and more) for a not-too-shabby price of $70,685 for a base model. The hatchback design may not be your thing, but seeing how many of the old 5-series GT’s there are on the road, there’s an audience out there for it; BMW pitches it as for people who want a more active and relaxed car but without desiring an SUV.