About the BMW 6 Series
While BMW is renowned as a producer of quality vehicles that offer a refined combination of performance and luxury, most cars produced by the German automaker over the years have been of the four-door sedan variety. But that isn’t so when it comes to the sporty two-door 6 Series. The 6 Series was reintroduced in the middle of the last decade, and since that time, it has established itself as an excellent means of enjoying BMW performance and high-end comfort in a sporty, two-door package.
The new generation of the 6 Series features a bold and rather avant-garde design that represents a departure from BMW’s traditional line of body designs. However, while the new generation of 6s may not look like your father’s BMW, the car’s got it covered in terms of performance, handling, cabin comforts, and the kind of smooth, composed ride drivers have come to expect from the Bavarian automaker. The 6 Series has been something of a unique vehicle for BMW, serving alternately as the marque’s flagship GT vehicle and a blank canvas for experimenting with new designs and technologies.BMW 6 Series Features
The third generation of the BMW 6 Series was only introduced in 2011; however, the entire 6 Series line was completely redesigned for 2012. Aspects of this redesign include sharper, more angular looks, bigger wheels, and a new line of turbocharged engines.
As part of the 6 Series’ redesign, the 2012 model is slightly longer, wider, and shorter of stature than the previous year’s model. The 2012 also utilizes a new aluminum-heavy rear-wheel-drive architecture that is in part responsible for the increase in the car’s dimensions. This new drive architecture was intended to provide the chassis with extra rigidity. This rigidity will presumably come in handy when accommodating the new fuel-efficient turbo six-cylinder engine the 2012 640i is outfitted with. Meanwhile, the 650i is quipped with an even more powerful 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8.
The new 6 Series also boasts a luxurious, beautifully crafted interior that is noteworthy for its driver-focused instruments and improved layout. The company went to great lengths to see to every last detail in regard to the instruments and controls. The 2012 BMW 6 Series is available in two trim levels: 640i and 650i. Both models are available as a coupe and a convertible.
The 640i is equipped with standard features that include 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, adaptive xenon headlights, LED foglights, automatic wipers, parking sensors, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry and power-folding mirrors. Technological features on the 640i include Bluetooth capability, a navigation system, voice controls and a nine-speaker sound system complete with CD player, HD radio and an auxiliary audio for MP3 or iPod hookups. The convertible version of the 640i features a power soft top and a glass rear window that can be independently raised or lowered to act as a wind buffer. The 650i offers essentially the same features but is equipped with the more powerful V-8 engine, 19-inch alloy wheels and 16-way power seats. The 19-inch wheels and the 16-way comfort seats are also available as à la carte additions to the 640i.
There is also a Driver Assistance Package available for both models that include side and top view cameras, blind spot detection, a head-up display, automatic high beams and lane departure warning. The Luxury Seating package on the other hand, adds a rear sunshade, ventilated front seats and a massage feature. Other packages available include the Cold Weather package which offers heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a trunk pass-through ski bag. There is also a Premium Sound package that adds a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system complete with iPod/USB interface and satellite radio.BMW 6 Series Evolution
The previous generation of the BMW 6 Series was available between 2004 and 2010. Cars belonging to this generation were available in both coupe and convertible models. The second generation was slightly smaller than the current generation and featured styling regarded as slightly more avant-garde. Cars belonging to this generation were initially known as the 645Ci and equipped with 4.4-liter V-8s. However, in 2006, the name was changed to the 650i and the engine was expanded in size to 4.8-liter V-8. Both models were very similar to drive and offered athletic performance and a vigorous amount of power.
Models produced prior to 2008 offered the choice of three six-speed transmissions: traditional manual, traditional automatic, and BMW’s innovative SMG, which employed an electronically controlled clutch that offered the responsiveness of a manual with the ease and convenience of an automatic. In 2010, the traditional automatic was made standard, the manual became optional and the SMG was no longer offered.