The joys of driving a diesel sportscoupé are reinvented by BMW. And now I know why. The BMW series Gran Coupé is BMW's answer on the Mercedes CLs and other Audi A7's. I had the chance to testdrive the BMW 640D Gran Coupé xDrive (a whole mouthful that is indeed), and had great expectations of the car.
It's not only a sleek silhouette that has a certain muscular stance, this '4-door coupé' is actually based on a real 2-door coupé, and the others, well,.... they just aren't. And make no mistakes, although it's a diesel engine, it has a full 313 hp at disposal, compared to the 315 hp of the 640i. And an affirmative torque of 630 Nm, available already between 1.500 and 2.500 rpm's. All that thanks to the Twin-Power Turbo-technology. Quite stunning !
Buyers have the choice between the traditional rear wheel drive version, or the xDrive. The eight-speed automatic (which is incredibly smooth) is the sole option for the transmission. And I don't mind that (besides, there are paddles at the steering wheel).
Well I'm not going to talk too much about the technical details, because to me driving a car is an emotional thing: Things like the curves of the body, the finish of the interior, the sound of the exhaust.... continue here