Does it look any better in action?
Let’s have a brief discussion about the subjective topic of styling. Since BMW unveiled the new don’t-call-it-a-hatchback 6 Series Gran Turismo, the internet has responded, well, colorfully with regards to its bulbous backside. We can understand some of the shade – the Bimmer’s lines certainly aren’t as elegant and well-proportioned as the Audi A7, but neither does it have the awkward appearance of the Porsche Panamera.
We can also understand the complaints of those who feel the Gran Turismo ruins the otherwise posh lines of the 6 Series. It’s certainly not as attractive as the standard model we know and love, but we’re going to take a subjective stand and say BMW’s new GT is not the freakazoid party crasher some people make it out to be. It’s not our first choice for an elegant-yet-sporty grand touring hatchback. But it’s not our last choice, either.
Which brings us to the video above. It seems BMW is aware – either through criticism of the decidedly chunkier 5 Series Gran Turismo or the recent regurgitating sounds of car fans around the world – that selling the new model might take some extra effort. Seeing a photograph of a car is one thing. Seeing the same car in a video offers yet another perspective, and to the manufacturer’s credit, this video does a great job of convincing us the 6 Series Gran Turismo is a machine worthy of further attention.
The panning exterior shots add a bit of satisfaction to the design that doesn’t really translate that well in photos, and the interior looks every bit like the kind of place we’d enjoy for a weeks-long road trip to anywhere. It’s one thing to read about cars and look at still photos. Seeing it in action, however, provides a new perspective, one that BMW surely hopes will be enough for people to take the third and final step – seeing it in person.
What do you think? Is the 6 Series GT still an abomination that should be buried with Betamax video players and Pontiac Azteks, or is it worthy of a second look?