Let’s get the questions or disputes out the way first. Did BMW really have another crack at this niche segment after the lumbering bungle that was the 5 Series GT? Yes! Next question please - Why the name change from 5 GT to 6 GT? This is in essence BMW correcting themselves on naming the 5 Series incorrectly in the first place. The naming conventions at BMW place odd numbers on more traditional segment cars – think 1 series hatchback, 3 Series sedan and so forth. The even numbers go to the more niche products – and hence BMW needed the 6 Series Gran Turismo to get even. The 6 Series nameplate carries more of a luxury vibe too with athletic undertones.
BMW admits the 5-er didn’t quite turn out as planned, but they’re adamant that a niche car like this is what customers want so they had to produce a successor. Reading between the lines, they wanted to right a wrong – and the 6 Series Gran Turismo is hoping against hope that customers really meant what they said.
It’s a brave move but after driving the stately 6 Series around a traffic-less Lisbon, I’m beginning to buy into the idea. This BMW GT was always intended to break the mould of a premium tourer with smart design and packaging for a spacious, practical, game changing alternative to a SUV or a Tourer.
Gone is the old cumbersome split tailgate and it’s been replaced by a conventional single unit that opens to a mega 610 litres of b