2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Oops, is that an "M" badge?

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Meet the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe — the latest German sedan trying to con us into thinking that a slicked-back hairline can make it into a coupe. But, hey, at least BMW accidentally told us an "M" version is coming. UPDATE!

But what do you expect — you have to keep up with the Johanns, right? Sigh. So this new "coupe" with four doors gets an added four inches to the length and wheelbase of the real 6 Series coupe. Both of which, of course, are based on the supposedly larger 7 Series sedan.

But, hey, this isn't just a case of two big-boned cars, because despite the bone structure being somewhat similar, the 6 Sedan... err... sorry, we mean "Gran Coupe" is actually two inches shorter and four inches lower than the 7 Series.

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On the exterior, it's getting a set of really angry yellow-lower-lidded eyes. Go ahead, stare at them — if you've got the balls.

Illustration for article titled 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Oops, is that an "M" badge?

BMW's offering the Gran Coupe as three separate models with the TwinPower turbo 6-cylinder under the hood of the standard 640i Gran Coupe — good for 315 horsepower between 5,800-6,000 r.p.m. and 330 pound-feet of torque available between 1,300-4,500 r.p.m. BMW tells us that the 640i is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.

Next is up is the TwinPower turbo V8 in the 650i and all-wheel-drive 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, coming out shortly after the 640i. Compared to the current 6 Series coupe and convertible, BMW engineers have managed to pull an extra 45 horses and 30 lb-ft o' torque from the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8.

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With 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft, the 650i Gran Coupe will go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds, versus 4.8 seconds for the coupe.

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An 8-speed automatic is the only transmission choice for either engine — but hey, it's got wheel-mounted flappy-paddle shifters. So, you know — performance!

Speaking of performance — was there a mention of an M version of the sedan? Strangely, yes, there was — in the form of one photo which BMW looks to have accidentally forgotten to pull out of today's photo and info dump. But fear not, we've handily included it next to this paragraph.

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Illustration for article titled 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Oops, is that an "M" badge?

German precision? Not when it comes to their press site.

We're expecting the 6 Series Gran Coupe to get its official debut next March at the Geneva Motor Show.

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UPDATE: As some commenters have pointed out, it's possible this is the door-sill from the M-Sport package. Still, probably only a question of "when" not "if."

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It's really ridiculous, the level of power/acceleration parity between cars nowadays. I just read where the fricking Subaru 2.5GT sedan does 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. That is the same as a twin-turbo supercoupe from BMW?

I look back at acceleration times in like the mid-80s, and it seems obvious that e.g. an M1 supercar doing 5+ second 0-60 runs is merely passable in terms of lateral G forces felt, while the 8+ second times 'snapped' off by a Corolla Supra or a BMW 325 were just plain slow- I'm pretty sure most economy cars today aren't far off from that, with FWD even. But it's just disgusting how quick your slightly-above-average car is nowadays. Given how few people actually care about car performance (I mean, they all buy fwd automatics or crossovers, how could they?) I actually think it's almost irresponsible for automakers to be spending all this increased efficiency on engine power instead of mileage. Let's let the 5s 0-60 times be available for the 370s, WRXs, FT86s of the world, while everybody else gets 8-9s which is plenty quick. And auto-mags, you need to stop droning on about the acceleration and handling of some FWD family sedan or economy car you are reviewing, because those characteristics flat-out don't and shouldn't matter to your target audience, and you shouldn't mislead auto-buyers or punish manufacturers by saying otherwise. Either that, or when reviewing such cars, start pointing out the obvious dynamic problems caused by having your drive wheels also do the steering and having them at the front of a vehicle under acceleration.

/rant