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BMW 650 Gran Coupe
The 2014 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a 4-door version of the 6 Series coupe, and it’s a pretty special car. That starts with what’s under the hood — if there are two better all-around engines that are offered in the same luxury car, we’ve yet to find them. The 640i Gran Coupe’s smooth turbocharged inline 6-cylinder pairs formidable thrust with excellent fuel economy. The 650i Gran Coupe’s twin-turbocharged V8 is insanely powerful, yet so refined that it’s almost silent in normal operation. The 8-speed automatic transmission ties the whole package together, serving up buttery upshifts or racy rev-matched downshifts when required.
Additional Gran Coupe strengths include a lovely cabin and a bullet-train feel at speeds that just about every high-buck BMW boasts these days. If it weren’t for the styling, which we felt was less daring and cohesive than that of the Mercedes-Benz CLS or Audi A7, we’d have virtually nothing to criticize. The Gran Coupe’s handling does, however, fall a bit short of the “ultimate driving machine” standard set by previous BMWs, which we’ll discuss below. For folks who simply want a 4-door coupe with power and luxury to spare, the 2014 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe might be just what they need.