BMW looks to pull in some extra Yen for another lightly modified Celebration Edition model

BMW has been celebrating its 100th birthday for 2016, and as such has released a number of lightly modified models with the name “Celebration Edition” attached to them. The most relevant models that come to mind are the BME 750Li Celebration Edition, BMW 320d Celebration Edition, and the BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition. A now, BMW has announced yet another model that bears the celebration name specifically for the Japanese Market: The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport. It’s based on the BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe 640i and, like the others that bear the name, has just a few extra features here and there to set it apart from the standard production model. Things like special wheels, Nappa leather, and Black trim make up the majority of the list.

This specific model goes on sale on November 19, 2016, at BWM dealers in Japan, and will be limited to just 33 examples. Other celebration models for the Japan market have brought very little in terms of overall modification while commanding a pretty hefty premium. These models have been looked at as money grabbers that BMW created only because fanboys are willing to pony up extra money to have something with a special name, but will this model be any different? Well, let’s dive on in and check out the details to find out for ourselves.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport.

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What makes the BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport special

Based on the 6 Series Gran Coupe 640i, this model comes with the standard 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, six-banger that delivers 315 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are handled by the Sport AT, eight-speed automatic transmission. As such, it can hit the 60-mph sprint in 5.3 seconds (not bad for a large four-door) and is electronically limited to 155 mph in the top speed department. And, that’s exactly what you get with this Celebration Edition, as there are no engine upgrades to speak of.

So, now that you’ve read that last paragraph, you know that everything setting this model apart from its production counterpart is purely aesthetic. The story of its beginning starts with the Black Sapphire metallic finish that is spruced up a little more with aluminum side-window molding. Rounding out the exterior package is a pair of 20-inch, M Light-alloy wheels with 245/35-series tires in the front and 275/30-series tires in the rear. As a 640i, it does come equipped with an electric sunroof and the Parking Support package that includes parking assist and “top view + side-view camera.”

2017 BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport High Resolution Exterior
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2017 BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport High Resolution Exterior
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Just like the other Celebration models slated for the Japanese market, this one comes at a heavy pricing increase for a few upgrades that include Nappa Leather, 20-inch Wheels, black interior trim, and an Alcantara headliner.

Moving over to the interior, the Exclusive Sport comes with an “exclusive” Nappa leather package that is colored black with cognac contrast stitching. This includes the seats and the dashboard. There’s a BMW Individual Alcantara, Ansorajitto roof liner to go with BMW Individual Piano finish black interior trim. An “Exclusive Sport” badge rounds off the interior modifications. The Shift level, AC controls, and iDrive controller all have a ceramic finish. Other standard features carried over from the 640i include the comfort package that includes front seat ventilation, rear-seat heating, soft-close doors and four-zone automatic AC. Then there is the Harman/ Kardon surround system that boasts a 600-Watt output to 16 speakers.

So, this model is priced at ¥13,400,000 or ¥2,510,000 more than the standard 6 Series Grand Coupe in China. The total cost computers to $123,764 or $23,182 more than the standard model at current exchange rates. Keep in mind; the Japanese market is already heavily inflated as it is, with the Japanese market paying some $20,781 more than us here in the U.S. just to get into a standard BMW 6 Series. And. Just like the other Celebration models slated for the Japanese market, this one comes at a heavy pricing increase for a few upgrades that include Nappa Leather, 20-inch Wheels, black interior trim, and an Alcantara headliner. It sounds like another money grabber to me, but apparently, the Japanese market is willing to pay that kind of a premium for a few upgrades. That stuff doesn’t fly in most countries, and that’s why just 33 are being built, and you have to be in Japan to even consider owning one.

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