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Powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 445-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, the 650i will have a starting price of $87,395 while the xDrive variant will be available for a hefty $90,395. That’s a $10,500 premium over the 640i that has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo with 315-hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
And in typical BMW fashion, pricing was also released for the plethora of packages that will be made available for the Gran Coupe model. The Driver Assistance Package is priced at $3,700 while the Luxury Seating Package sports a $3,600 price tag. Those looking for a sportier look and feel can opt for the M Sport Package that’s available for $4,200 while cold weather drivers will have to fork out a $1,000 premium for BMW’s Cold Weather Package.
Drivers seeking the ultimate in luxury amenities can reach for the $8,300 BMW Individual Composition package which comes complete with 19-inch wheels (20-inch available for $1,300), full LED headlights, an Alcantara headliner, and more. Lastly, upgraded sound can be had for $950.
BMW also released EPA-rated fuel-economy figures for the 640i Gran Coupe at 20-mpg city, 30-mpg highway for a 24-mpg combined figure. The 650i Gran Coupe numbers will come in the near future.
GALLERY: BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
The 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year short list has just been announced, and women motoring writers from around the world will begin voting for their top picks.
Cutting a list of contenders from 300 down to 32, judges will now allocate points to the nominated cars that fall into four categories: Family Car, Luxury Car, Sports Car and Economy Car. Just one of the 10 criteria that cars are allotting points for is Child Friendliness, which is something vehicles aren’t usually judged on in a competition.
Winners of the 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year will be announced before the end of March, and awards will be presented at the Paris Motor Show in September. You can check out the complete short list after below.
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]
Hamann is bringing a trio of Germany’s finest to the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, unveiling the Porsche Panamera Paragon program, a new tuning program for BMW‘s 6-Series Cabriolet, and rounding off the big German three will be a new version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Hawk. While this isn’t the first time Hamann has brought the SLS AMG Hawk out to play, it is the first time we’ll be presented with this configuration, featuring a white exterior and black wheels.
While the 6 Series program is expected to be tame, Hamann has a history of some wild creations and with a short list of products already available for the Panamera, the Paragon could be something special, or especially strange.
[Source: GT Spirit]
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
BMW has confirmed that the U.S 6-series 640i, will receive a six-cylinder. The 6-series in the U.S, the 650i, has traditionally received an eight cylinder. This exciting new 640i will receive a 320-hp version of BMW’s single-turbo inline-six engine.
The 640i will be offered only in rear-wheel drive but the 650i will get an all-wheel drive option. There will likely be a manual-transmission available for the six-cylinder model. With the six-cylinder option, pricing will be significantly lower than before. In the 7-series, the smaller engine saves about $13,000 or 16 percent decrease over the eight-cylinder. The 640i will likely be priced around the mid-$70,000 range.
[Source: Car and Driver]
BMW reportedly considered creating a stripped-out CSL version of its M6 luxury coupe, but ended up axing the project after the company could not justify a business case for the car.
The CSL would have had an active aerodynamics package, 220 lbs stripped from the car and upgraded power levels, but BMW ended up nixing the car, along with a prototype X5M that featured a rear-drive layout, SMG transmission and an unspecified V8 engine. BMW revealed the cars on Monday, as part of a collection of classic M vehicles.
While an M6 CSL sounds great on paper, the M6 was always more of a Grand Tourer, with an emphasis on luxury and rapid pace rather than outright performance. A CSL version would have run counter to the car’s mission, and judging by the amount of convertible M6s in existence, would likely have found few takers.
Purists may scoff at the 4-door MINI Countryman and its betrayal of “brand values”, but BMW’s bean counters are laughing all the way to the bank as the company credits the newest MINI with helping profits surge 15-fold in 2010. BMW’s net income was recorded at 3.23 billion euros in 2010, up from 210 million euros in 2009.
BMW also credited increased demand for the 5-Series, particularly in China, as well as the new X1 crossover. The launch of the re-designed X3 and 6-Series should help BMW deliver a record 1.5 million vehicles in 2011.
With the 2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible already unveiled at Detroit, BMW needs to throw a bone to its markets in the far east, and will likely unveil the 2012 6-Series Coupe at the Shanghai Auto Show at the end of April.
Powertrains are likely to be identical to the 6-Series Convertible, though the extra rigidity should help the car drive a bit better. Make no mistake, this is still transportation for the plutocratic elite, and your local Z-list celebrity douchebag. That means they can get to the night club or country club with BMW’s 4.4L turbocharged V8 or a 3.0L turbocharged I6. And get away faster from the paparazzi or a disgruntled ex-wife.
The Motor City is absolutely frigid this time of year, but the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible, unveiled today at the Detroit Auto Show, has us dreaming of warmer climates that would be appropriate for the Bavarian firm’s newest droptop boulevard cruiser.
Powered by BMW’s newest 4.4L twin-turbo V8, the 650i will put its 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft to the ground thanks too a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic. 60 mph comes up in 4.9 seconds, while the top can be lowered in only 19 seconds. A 10 inch LCD screen dominates the cabin, while a heads-up display is optional.
Compared to the awkward styling of the previous 650i, the new car has grown into its hefty shape, with an aggressive new front end and a less pear-shaped rear end. No mention of a hardtop version, but we wouldn’t doubt it considering the coupe’s long history. We were a little surprised that a hardtop convertible wasn’t offered like the 3-Series, but evidently there’s a method to BMW’s madness.
GALLERY: BMW 650i Convertible
First up will be a slightly tweaked version of the current 1-series coupe and convertible, which is getting a face-lift. The recently announced 1-series M Coupe will also be present at the show, which will surely get the enthusiasts pulse racing.
But this won’t be the only new M-edition car on the stand, as BMW will also be showing a version of its new X3, with an M-sport package. (An X3 M model, rumored to be in the future product lineup, is illustrated above).
Unfortunately it won’t be packing any extra grunt, but it will have a sportier appearance, thanks to revised bumpers and sills, and it will also be wearing 20-inch alloy wheels. Since it is just an appearance package, it will be available with any engine option and considering the X3 xDrive35i already makes 300-hp, it’s not exactly a slouch.
In addition, the all-new 6-Series Convertible will officially be revealed with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 400-hp and will send power to its rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Check back January 10th for complete coverage of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
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.
BMW let the public catch a glimpse of their 6 Series Concept, a car that’s been widely previewed online in advance of its debut. Although it’s been labeled a “design study”, you can be sure that 95% of what’s shown here will make it to the showrooms.
Technical details are scarce, but BMW touts full LED headlights and an all-new iDrive system as big innovations. Expect turbocharged 6 and 8 cylinder engines, as well as BMW’s EfficientDynamics mild hybrid system to appear in Bavaria’s flagship coupe.
Hit the jump for more details
Gallery: BMW 6 Series Concept
BMW‘s 6-Series Coupe “Concept”, is about as much of a concept as the earth is flat. BMW has released a couple videos in addition to the photos previously leaked, with one showing the car’s exterior and the other detailing the slightly more interesting interior improvements.
Just like the current 6-Series set the trend for BMW’s styling, the next generation should do the same, incorporating elements of the 5-Series GT and 7-Series. Inside, a new dashboard with a bisected center console are the most significant improvements, as is the new Bang & Olufsen stereo.
Hit the jump to see the videos
Let’s cut through the marketing fluff; the BMW 6-Series Concept is a concept car in name only. If this car doesn’t accurately preview BMW’s next large coupe, we will eat our collective hats.
Taking strong cues from the BMW Gran Coupe concept, the next 6 looks like an evolution of current BMW design themes, including the weird looking front ends designed to comply with European pedestrian safety standards. The interior looks like a warmer, more inviting place, with organic shapes and wood replacing the hard lines and aluminum trim of the current BMWs.
Expect the brand’s turbocharged six and eight cylinder engines to give the car some oomph, with a range topping 550 horsepower M V8 in the new M6. The production car will be in dealers in the 2012 calender year.
Check out AutoGuide’s coverage of the BMW 6-Series Concept at the Paris Auto Show
Gallery: BMW 6-Series Concept
Reports say that BMW is looking to re-brand the 6-Series lineup as the 5-Series Coupe and Convertible, to better align themselves with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range.
The E-Class Coupe and Convertible were once known as the CLK, but Mercedes decided bring them under the E-Class lineup. Having already built up significant brand equity in the 6-Series nameplate, the 6-Series would become the nameplate for the BMW Gran Coupe, positioned against the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.
A post from a “BMW Insider” on web forum E90 Post is reporting that the BMW Gran Coupe will go into production as a sub model of the 6 Series lineup. An M model as well as an “Active Hybrid” model will be available, and we can expect BMW’s 4.4L twin turbo V8 and twin turbo straight 6 motors to appear as well. The strangest tidbit of news is that a Shooting Brake (think two door station wagon) has been announced as a design study.
We’re not sure why BMW needs yet another model in its lineup, but at least the Gran Coupe is an attractive design. The Gran Coupe is set to bow at this September’s Paris Auto Show, and AutoGuide will be on hand to cover the launch.
[Source: E90 Post]