The 6 Series Gran Turismo has long been one of BMW Malaysia's lesser known (and consequently underrated) locally-assembled offerings. But as we found out a couple of years ago, the CKD 630i GT offered a unique spectrum of qualities at a price point that was hard to ignore given the complete lack of like-minded rivals in the segment. So, when BMW Malaysia announced the arrival of an updated G32 model packing a set of welcomed updates at no extra cost, we listen.
For the same RM430,800 as before (RM417,659 for early birds who can make the 30 June cut-off for the SST waiver), buyers now get a 630i GT M Sport with new BMW Laserlight clusters with a range of up to 650 metres, 20-inch M light alloy wheels and redesigned bumpers (and grille) to go with the returning two-litre four-pot powertrain. The improvements are largely along the same lines as those applied to the G30 5 Series LCI, which was pictured locally for the first time alongside the new 6er.
As before, the 630i's petrol mill outputs 258bhp and 400Nm of twist to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It propels the hefty Bimmer (the wheelbase alone is over three metres!) to 100kph from a standstill in a respectable 6.5 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than before, oddly) before topping out at 250kph. An active rear spoiler automatically deploys at 120kph to increase downforce at higher speeds and retracts once the vehicle dips below the 80kph mark. Fuel economy is rated at 7.3 litres per 100km, compared to 6.6 in the pre-facelift.
Inside, the new 6GT gets a bigger central infotainment (12.3 inches versus 10.25), a head-up display, four-zone automatic climate control, three full-size seats in the rear, electric rear blinds, a two-tier panoramic glass roof and 16 speakers that make up its Harman Kardon audio system. Munich's tech packages such as the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus are all part of the deal as well.
In Malaysia, the 630i Gran Turismo is offered in four colours – Bernina Grey, Mineral White, Carbon Black and Sophisto Grey – with two Dakota leather upholstery hues (black or 'cognac') to choose from. The car is available at all BMW dealerships nationwide. However, cautious buyers who prefer to stay within the confines of their homes at this time can also place a RM3,000 booking on the company's official online store.
The RM430,800 SST-inclusive sticker price quoted includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and free scheduled maintenance, plus other perks such as roadside assistance and a customer privilege membership.