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BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)

The BMW F06/F12/F13 6 Series is a grand tourer/executive coupe automobile manufactured by BMW. BMW unveiled information and pictures in September 2010 of the Concept 6 Series, which was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Manufacturer
BMW
Production
2011-
Assembly
Dingolfing, Germany
Predecessor
Class
Grand tourer/executive coupé
Body style
2-door convertible
2-door coupé
4-door sedan
Layout
FR, F4
Engine
Petrol:
3.0 I6
4.4 L V8
Diesel engine:
3.0 L (313 hp) I6
Transmission
8-speed ZF 8HP automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase
Gran Coupe: 2,968 mm (116.9 in)
Convertible & Coupe: 2,779 mm (109.4 in)
Length
Gran Coupe: 5,007 mm (197.1 in)
Convertible: 4,897 mm (192.8 in)
Coupe: 4,895 mm (192.7 in)
Width
Gran Coupe: 1,894 mm (74.6 in)
74.6 in (1,895 mm)
Height
Gran Coupe: 1,392 mm (54.8 in)
Convertible: 1,364 mm (53.7 in)
Coupe: 1,369 mm (53.9 in)
Curb weight
1,735–2,055 kg (3,825–4,530 lb)
Related
Designer(s)
Nader Faghihzadeh (2008)

Initial version

The third generation BMW F13 (coupé) and F12 (convertible) were released for the 2012 model year at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show andNew York Auto Show.
Early 6 Series Coupe models include 640i, 650i. 640d, 650i xDrive were later added.
6 Series Convertible was unveiled in 2011 BMW 2011 North American International Auto Show. Early US model include 650i. 640i was also available.
European models of 6 Series Coupe (640i xDrive, 650i xDrive, 640d xDrive), 6 Series Convertible (640i xDrive, 650i xDrive, 640d) were unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW revealed the 6-Series Convertible on 18 November 2010. The folding top is still cloth as compared to the E93 3 Series convertible which is equipped with a metal roof. On 13 March 2011, BMW released pictures and details about the Coupe.
The new 6 Series convertible is outselling the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SL 25 to 1.
2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible front view
2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible rear view

M6 (2012)

Available in Coupe and Convertible body variants, it includes 4.4-litre V8 twin scroll twin turbo engine, Seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, M-specific Dynamic Damper Control, DSC stability control incl. M Dynamic Mode, M Servotronic steering, body strengthening using special panels, lightweight compound high-performance braking system (optional M carbon-ceramic brakes), M double-spoke leather steering wheel, M gear selector and car set-up controls on the model-specific centre console, exclusive M sports seats with integrated belt system (optional M multifunction seats), Merino leather upholstery with extended features, exclusive carbon-fibre interior trim strips, illuminated door sill finishers with model lettering, M-specific instrument cluster with black-panel technology, 2-zone automatic climate control with extended features, ambient lighting; BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific information.
M6 Coupe was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and later in Auto China 2012.
M6 Convertible was unveiled in 21st Auto Mobil International Leipzig 2012.

Lineup and engine 

Petrol

640i
Technical details
Coupe
Convertible
Weight, unladen, to EU (kg/lbs)
1735 / 3825
1915 / 4221
Max load to DIN (kg/lbs)
450 / 992
450 / 992
Max permissible (kg/lbs)
2150 / 4739
2290 / 5048
Top speed (km/h / mph)
250 / 155
250 / 155
Acceleration (in sec) 0 – 100 km/h / 0 – 62 mph
5.4
5.7
Fuel consumption (l/100 km – mpg) Urban/Extra-urban/Combined
10.3–10.5/6.0-6.2/7.6-7.8
22 / 38 / 30
10.9/6.2/7.9
21/ 37 / 29
CO2 emission g/km
177–181
185

650i
Technical details
Coupe
Convertible
Weight, unladen, to EU (kg/lbs)
1845 / 4067
2015 / 4442
Max load to DIN (kg/lbs)
450 / 992
450 / 992
Max permissible (kg/lbs)
2260 / 4982
2390 / 5269
Top speed (km/h / mph)
250 / 155
250 / 155
Acceleration (in sec) 0 – 100 km/h / 0 – 62 mph
4.9
5.0
Fuel consumption (l/100 km – mpg) Urban/Extra-urban/Combined
15.4/7.7/10.5
15 / 30 / 22
15.5/7.9/10.7
15/ 29 / 21
CO2 emission g/km
245
249

Diesel

640d
640d was introduced along with Coupe body style.
Technical details
Coupe
Convertible
Weight, unladen, to EU (kg/lbs)
1790 / 3946
1935 / 4265
Max load to DIN (kg/lbs)
450 / 992
450 / 992
Max permissible (kg/lbs)
2220 / 4894
2340 / 5158
Acceleration (in sec) 0 – 100 km/h / 0 – 62 mph
5.5
5.6
Fuel consumption (l/100 km – mpg) Urban/Extra-urban/Combined
6.6/4.8/5.4
35 / 49 / 43
6.8/4.9/5.6
34/ 48 / 42
CO2 emission g/km
143
147

Transmissions

In Europe, the 6 Series is available only with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

2012 update

Beginning in July 2012, 6 series include following changes:
  • No Passing Info supplements Speed Limit Info from BMW ConnectedDrive. It serves to avoid potentially hazardous overtaking manoeuvres by identifying signposted routes on which overtaking is banned and when the ban is lifted.
  • BMW 650i xDrive includes Auto Start Stop function as standard.
  • The BMW 650i's biturbo V8 engine adds Valvetronic with an increase in output to 443 hp and 480 lbft of torque.
Beginning from spring 2013, BMW ConnectedDrive includes Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection becomes standard on all BMW 6 Series models. New models include BMW 640i xDrive (Convertible, Coupe, Gran Coupe), 640d xDrive Gran Coupe.

Gran Coupe

The Gran Coupe (F06) is the fruition of the BMW CS Concept, a vehicle that was intended to slot at the top of BMW's lineup alongside the 7-Seriesflagship sedan. The CS Concept never made it to production due to the worsening economy in 2008, which also saw the retirement of BMW M development executive Gerhard Richter. The Gran Coupe has often been compared with the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class in the four-door executive coupé market. However, the Gran Coupe is larger and more expensive than the CLS and A7 and is priced close to the Porsche Panamera. Pricing for the BMW 640i Gran Coupe is slightly higher than the BMW 740i, with the Gran Coupe positioned as a more stylist alternative to the conservative 7 Series.
Before the Gran Coupe, the closest rivals to the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS in BMW's current lineup were the BMW X6 (2009–present) and theBMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (F07) (2010–present), both of which combine four doors with coupe-like features such as frame-less doors and a sloping rear roof. The 5 Series GT, positioned more for utility with its bi-modal trunk/hatchback, was criticized for its aesthetics in comparison to its sleeker rivals and did not sell as well as BMW executives had expected.
2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupé front view
2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupé rear view
2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupé interior
2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupé back seat
2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupé TwinPower Turbo engine
The Gran Coupe shares the front and rear fascias with the other 6 Series body styles. Compared to the two door 6 Series Coupé, the Gran Coupe's wheelbase is longer by stretched 4.5 inches (the wheelbase is the same as the F10 BMW 5 Series) while the body is 4.4 inches longer. This makes the Gran Coupe longer (by 4.0 inches) and wider (by 1.3 inches) than the BMW 5 Series sedan (F10). The extra length, compared to the two-door 6 Series, gives the Gran Coupe a 4+1 seating arrangement, as the rear has two fullsize outboard seats and a middle seat for occasional passengers. The Gran Coupe has a different center console though its dashboard is shared with the Coupé and Cabriolet. Compared to the short-wheelbase BMW 7 Series (F01), the Gran Coupe has similar rear passenger space dimensions while having a larger trunk (14 cubic feet versus 16.2 cubic feet).
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Early models include 640i, 640d, 650i, 650 xDrive.
The Chinese models were unveiled in Auto China 2012. Early Chinese models include 640i, 650i, 650i xDrive.
A version of 6 Series Gran Coupe with Frozen Bronze Metallic body colour was unveiled in Monaco Yacht Show 2012.

M6 Gran Coupe (2013 -)

2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupé front view
2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupé rear view
M6 Gran Coupe includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, leather trim, heated driver and front passenger seats, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with hi-fi loudspeakers, optional 4-zone system with a control panel in the rear compartment, such as an M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Other options include M multifunction seats, heated rear seats, Comfort Access, a heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, electrically operated sun blinds, the new generation of the Professional navigation system, a Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.
Sales begin in May 2013, with US model sales beginning in summer 2013.

Body Style

Petrol engines

Model
Coupe
Convertible
Gran Coupe
640i
2012–
2012–
2012–
640i xDrive
2013–
2013–
2013–
650i
2012–
2012–
2012–
650i xDrive
2012–
2012–
2012–
M6
2012–
2012–
2013–
Diesel engines
Model
Coupe
Convertible
Gran Coupe
640d
2012–
2012–
2012–
640d xDrive
2012–
2012–
2013-

Engine

Petrol engines

Model
Years
Type/code
Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
640i
2012–
2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30)
320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) @5800–6000, 450 Nm (332 lbft) @1300–4500
640i xDrive
2013–
2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30)
320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) @5800–6000, 450 Nm (332 lbft) @1300–4500
650i
2012–
4,395 cc (268.2 cu in) V8 twin turbo (N63B44)
450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) @5500, 650 Nm (479 lbft) @2000–4500
650i xDrive
2012–
4,395 cc (268.2 cu in) V8 twin turbo (N63B44)
450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) @5500, 650 Nm (479 lbft) @2000–4500
M6
2012–
4,395 cc (268.2 cu in) V8 twin scroll twin turbo (S63B44(tü))
560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp) @6000-7000, 680 Nm (502 lbft) @1500–5750

Diesel engines

Model
Years
Type/code
Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
640d
2012–
2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 twin turbo (N57D30TOP)
313 PS (230 kW; 309 hp) @4400, 630 Nm (465 lbft) @1500–2500
640d xDrive
2012–
2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) I6 twin turbo (N57D30TOP)
313 PS (230 kW; 309 hp) @4400, 630 Nm (465 lbft) @1500–2500

Transmissions

Petrol engines

Model
Years
Types
640i
2012–
8-speed automatic with Steptronic
640i xDrive
2013–
8-speed automatic with Steptronic?
650i
2012–
Coupe: 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
Convertible: 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
Grand Coupe: 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
650i xDrive
2012–
8-speed automatic with Steptronic
M6
2012–
7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic

Diesel engines

Model
Years
Types
640d
2012–
8-speed automatic with Steptronic
640d xDrive
2012–
8-speed automatic with Steptronic
Manual transmissions are not available in North America models.

Marketing

As part of 6 Series Gran Coupé launch, a cross-media campaign features a total eclipse of the sun as its central theme was produced. The associated print and TV media campaigns began in second quarter 2012. The print ads also feature the natural phenomenon of a total eclipse of the sun in aesthetic and artistic visuals, while the text also highlights the special nature of the moment. The TV commercial shows the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé from three different angles, beginning with a total eclipse of the sun, the contours of the model barely recognisable. As the eclipse progresses, the new coupé gradually becomes more visible, until its full beauty is finally revealed in the daylight. The TV ad was directed by London-based director Sam Brown.

Engines

Petrol engines

Model
Years
Engine code
Power
Torque
640i
2011-present
N55HP
235 kW (315 hp) @5800
450 Nm (332 lbft) @1200–4500
650i
2011-2012
N63B44
300 kW (402 hp) @5500
600 Nm (443 lbft) @1750–4500
650i
2012-present
N63B44TU
327 kW (439 hp) @5500
649 Nm (479 lbft) @1750–4500
M6
2012–present
S63B44TU
408 kW (547 hp) @6600
680 Nm (502 lbft) @1500–5750

Diesel engines

Model
Years
Engine code
Power
Torque
640d
2011-present
N57D30
239 kW (321 hp) @4400
630 Nm (465 lbft) @1500–2500
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Last updated on 11 June 2013 at 18:25.

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