Imola Red Paint, M Sport Package ($4,200 -- includes 19-by-8.5-inch front and 19-by-9-inch double-spoke (style 351M) alloy wheels with 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear run-flat performance tires; increased top speed limiter; M steering wheel; aerodynamic kit), Driver Assistance Package ($3,700 -- includes head-up display; Active Blind Spot Detection; side and top view cameras; lane departure warning; Parking Assistant), Luxury Seating Package ($3,600 -- includes power rear window sunshade with rear manual side window shades; active head restraints for the front seats; active front seats that periodically, alternately raise and lower the left and right halves of each front seat cushion; front ventilated seats; front-passenger seat memory; four-zone automatic climate control), Ivory White Napa Leather Upholstery ($3,000), Instrument Panel With Leather Finish ($3,000), Active Roll Stabilization/Adaptive Drive ($2,500), Full LED Lights ($1,900), Integral Active Steering ($1,750), 20-Inch Double-Spoke Wheels ($1,300 -- 20-by-8.5-inch front and 20-by-9-inch rear double-spoke (style 373M) alloy wheels with 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear run-flat performance tires), Ceramic Controls ($650 -- includes black-glazed finish on iDrive controller and other controls), Heated Front Seats ($500), BMW Apps ($250)
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-6, gasoline with auto-stop/start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing, variable intake valve lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
315 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
330 @ 1,400
Eight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-wheel-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Perhaps it's the size/mass of the Gran Coupe, but this is the first time I've felt like this otherwise potent engine wasn't up to the task. Brilliant in a 3, adequate in a 5, but it feels sluggish off the line in this car and the feeling of real power/torque arrives in the midrange. Seems to resist pedal overlap unlike previous BMWs. Dunno why. Also, I couldn't manage to get any wheelspin at all with Trac off. Not a bad performance, but not what I'd call a thrilling one, either. Upshifts click off like clockwork and darned close to 100 mph in the quarter-mile.
The very definition of fade-free brakes, holding steady between 110-111 feet for five consecutive stops. Straight as an arrow and it mattered not which Drive mode was selected; same distance, just varied amounts of dive. Very good brakes.
Skid pad: With ESC off, I found it difficult to maintain a steady line with the engine boost surging, lazy throttle response, and the unintuitive, disconnected steering. Plenty of grip, but no poise or ability to balance it on the edge. With ESC on, it was much happier and tracked true to steering input with the system using minor throttle adjustments to correct course. Slalom: Good initial steering response, but a thoroughly uncharacteristic BMW experience thereafter. Active suspension keeps the car unnervingly flat, the steering response was not linear or anything close to intuitive, and I never felt as if I knew what would happen cone-to-cone, much less run-to-run. Every cone was its own event, requiring "Active Learning" on my part. I had a hard time not hitting cones. BMWs have historically felt like an extension of my will, but no more. So sad for this day. This is a good 8/10ths car that falls to pieces at 10/10ths.