New BMW 6-Series Coupe unveiled

13 Mar

Matt McCarron

The latest incarnation of the BMW 6-series coupe has been released, and will make its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month. The new 6-series, BMW’s largest and most expensive two-door vehicle will be in direct competition with the likes of the Mercedes E550 coupe, and Jaguar XK.

2012 BMW 650i: Courtesy of BMW

The top-of-the-line 650i features a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, producing 407 hp from 5,500-6,400 rpm and 442 lb-ft from 1,750-4,500 rpm, and the 640i features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six producing 320 hp at 5,300 rpm and 331 lb-ft from 1,300-4,500 rpm. Both power plants are capable of excellent fuel economy. The 4.4-liter V8 gets a combined 27.2 mpg, while the even more fuel-efficient 3.0-liter inline-six gets a very impressive combined 36.7 mpg. The increased efficiency in the 640i is made possible by an automatic start-stop feature and BMW’s ECO PRO driving mode. Both models feature a eight-speed automatic transmission.

The length and wheelbase are 75 mm longer, the width has increased by 39 mm and the height has been reduced by 5 mm. The new 6-series has a newly developed chassis with electronic power steering and drive dynamic control standard. Integral active steering, dynamic damper control and adaptive drive are also available as an option.

This 6-series also offers a number of luxury and convenience features including: BMW iDrive control system with freestanding control display, heads-up display complete with high-definition, full-color-spectrum graphics, rear-view camera, night vision and parking assist.

The new 6-series is expected to start appearing in U.S. showrooms in the late summer to early fall, with the all-new M6 making its first possible appearance in the final months of the year.

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