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At 4.4 inches longer than the 6 series two-door coupe, the first four-door Gran Coupe available in the United States will be in 640i trim, utilizing BMW’s N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six and will produce 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. A 650i Gran Coupe will be available next, providing a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, making 445-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The 650i Gran Coupe will be available in rear wheel drive and xDrive all wheel drive as well. Both the 640i and 650i will receive an 8-speed automatic transmission.
From the inside, the sporty, luxurious, and tech loaded interior of the 6 series Gran Coupe is certainly on par with its trendy competitors. While the photo gallery clearly displays a rear center console, a common design for four-passenger four-door coupes, the seat-belt placement suggests that the rear seating can provide room for three in a pinch, where the middle passenger must straddle the console.
As BMW will likely organize the debut of its new 3 Series at the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the debut of the 2013 6 Series Gran Coupe will likely be slated for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show instead.
GALLERY: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
New rumors are surfacing regarding BMW‘s new M6 and the possible M6 Gran Coupe, now speculated to make its debut before the M6 Coupe and Convertible variants.
Rumor has it the M6 Gran Coupe could make its debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show around March. The M6 Coupe and Convertible would then make its debut sometime in June. It’s really all pure speculation at this point, but it will be interesting to see if the M6 Gran Coupe can compete with Mercedes-Benz‘s CLS and Audi‘s A7. It may seem that will be late to the party, but there’s never any questioning an M-model’s performance once it makes it onto the street.
[Source: GT Spirit]
The announcement comes after the initial debut earlier this month in Munich and reveals that there will be the standard and M Sport packages along with three new lines: sport, luxury and modern.
The exterior design is courtesy of Christian Weil, who also designed the 5 Series GT, while the interior comes from Christian Bauer who designed the current generation 6 Series coupe and convertible, ultimately offering a melting effect that shares features of both designers previous projects.
The exterior design builds on the pervious model’s rounded shaping but there’s a new face to look at. The headlights now stretch to the nose, just touching the grill, which also has a more pronounced and aggressive look borrowed from the 6 Series. The rear end will stay much the same, maintaining BMW’s L-shaped design.
The interior materials will vary based on trim level, but an instrument cluster tilted seven degrees towards the driver will add to the driver-oriented feeling of the car.
GALLERY: 2012 3 Series
BMW is expanding its offerings on the new 6-Series Coupe and Convertible by adding the ever-popular M-Sport package, a diesel option, and for the first time in the 6-Series model’s history, an xDrive all-wheel-drive variant. The 640d Coupe and Convertible models will be powered by a 3.0L straight-six with 313-hp and a whopping 464 ft-lbs of torque while claiming around 43-mpg (on the European cycle).
The 407-hp turbocharged V8 6-Series will also have the xDrive option available on the 650i, which has been a fairly popular option across all the other BMW models that currently offer it.
Most exciting, however, is the addition of an M Sport package to the 6-Series, giving it a sportier appearance. The package comes complete with an M-aerodynamics kit with all new front and rear bumpers, LED foglights, 19-inch M-alloy wheels, sport seats with Alcantara/leather upholstery and an M-leather steering wheel. Those that wish to take part in BMW’s Individual range program can also order their vehicle in custom paint shades, wheels and other options.
Pricing has yet to be announced and look for all models (except the diesel) to be offered in the U.S.
GALLERY: BMW 6-Series M-Sport
In the world of crazy conversions, we’ve seen quite a few. Some are horrendous and some are respectable, given the scope of what they did with their project. This one definitely fits into the horrendous pile, even if it’s not nearly as bad as it could be.
This car began life as was a standard BMW 6-Series coupe. But after more extensive modifications to its exterior than Heidi Montag, it’s now a little Bugatti Veyron wanna-be. And while it might pass of as just that to some folks, those who know will just shake their heads in disgust. Truth be told though, the detail and amount of work that’s put into this project is overwhelmingly respectable. For the most part the conversion is well executed, and like we said, it could pass as a Bugatti Veyron to an unsuspecting layman.
We respect the work and the concept, but would we ever be caught dead driving this thing? Um… no!
[Source: GT Spirit]
Video available after the break.
While the focus at the BMW stand at the New York Auto Show will no doubt be the new M version of the X6, BMW has also announced that it will display “freshly updated” versions of the 5 Series and 6 Series for 2010.
There is no word on if this update will include any design changes, something both models could certainly use to stay current. The last time with 5 Series underwent an update was in 2007 for the 2008 model year, when it received new front and rear bumpers as well as LED taillights.
What we do know is that all 2010 5 and 6 Series models will get an improved navigation system (the same one found in the current 7 Series). This new system provides access to Google Maps points-of-interest when the car is equipped with BMW Assist.