The 2008 BMW 6 Series offers many new features this year and two different body styles. Two different engines and transmissions provide options on the vehicle. Exterior and interior features and options seem endless, and the power of the vehicle pleases many. The safety ratings remain average, and fuel economy is low.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 650i, BMW M6
The 2008 BMW 6 Series gets a new six-speed automatic transmission this year. BMW also adds a new lane departure warning system, a USB adapter for portable audio devices, and a tweaked version of iDrive with a more user-friendly interface. The rear headlights convert to LED, and two new colors join the lineup: Deep Sea Blue and Space Gray. The wheels upgrade to alloy, and the redesigned front fascia gets a wider signature kidney grille. The rear deck lid and spoiler also show improvements, along with new interior appointments.
The 6 Series comes in 14 different colors. Exterior features include an aluminum hood and doors; a power tilt, glass panorama moonroof with a power shade; body colored front and rear bumpers; thermoplastic front side fenders; and a sheet molding compound trunk lid. Other features include xenon adaptive automatic headlights with dynamic auto-leveling and a headlight cleaning system, halogen freeform fog lights, daytime running lights, white turn signal indicators, adaptive brake lights, LED ground illumination, and body-colored and power-heated auto-dimming mirrors with passenger tilt-down in reverse and three-position memory. Additionally, 2008 BMW 6 Series models offer rain-sensing windshield wipers with a flat blade design, articulated passenger wiper arm, single-wipe control, and heated washer jets. The 18-inch, double-star spoke, alloy wheels come with run-flat, all-season tires.
The 2008 BMW 6 Series comes with many interior features such as Dakota leather seats and door trim, 12-way power front bucket seats with four-way power lumbar support, three position driver’s seat memory, two-way adjustable headrests, and an easy entry feature. The front center console includes phone provisions and an adjustable armrest. The rear center console includes storage. The three-spoke and adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel includes cruise control, audio controls, Bluetooth controls, auto tilt-up, and three position memory. A tire pressure monitor comes standard. The front windows have power and include a key off operation, one-touch open and close, and an anti-trapping feature. The eight-speaker audio system comes equipped with an anti-theft AM/FM stereo with a CD/MP3 player, Auto-Store, a radio data system, and an auxiliary audio input jack. It also includes two subwoofers for extra bass.
Performance & Handling
BMW 6 Series vehicles contain a 4.8-liter, V-8 engine or a five-liter, V-10 engine. The V-8 engine rates at 360 horsepower, which provides for 360 lb-ft of torque. The V-10 engine generates 500 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The 2008 BMW 6 Series offers a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine has a start and stop button and engine cooling gets controlled electronically. The vehicle uses rear drive and four-wheel vented disc brakes. The 6 Series comes with an aluminum double-pivot front suspension and an aluminum four-link integral rear suspension. Both the front and rear have stabilizer bars.
The 2008 BMW 6 Series comes with a standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system, driver and front-passenger dual threshold, dual-stage airbags with a passenger deployment system, front side-impact airbags, a head protection system, and active knee protection airbags. The Intelligent Safety and Info System controls deployment of safety systems. The seats have the LATCH system for child restraint seats. The Dynamic Stability Control system includes dynamic traction control, dynamic brake control, electronic brake proportioning, brake fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying, comfort stop, start-off assistance, and cornering and braking stability enhancement.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 6 Series Coupe/Convertible M6: 11/17 mpg city/highway
BMW 6 Series Convertible 650i: 14/21 mpg city/highway
BMW 6 Series Coupe 650i: 15/22 mpg city/highway
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Many new features this year, countless exterior and interior features, an average safety rating, plenty of power, but average fuel economy.
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