AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
BMW has announced pricing on their new 640i coupe and convertible, pricing both models around $9,400 less than the V8-powered 650i. The six-cylinder coupe starts at $74,475 while the convertible can be had for $81,975, both of which are expected to reach dealers sometime in October.
For those that think the 640i is a significant downgrade from the V8 650i, the inline-six features BMW’s popular N55 3.0L turbocharged engine with 315-hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Another plus of the 640i is its lighter weight compared to its 650i V8-equipped counterpart. Unfortunately the 640i isn’t available with a manual transmission or BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. But those that can live without those options should still have plenty of fun with a 640i, especially with the price savings.
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]
The next-generation BMW 6 Series will be offered with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine as well as an all-wheel drive V8 model. According to a BMW employee posting on BimmerPost, the 2012 6 Series will initially be offered as a 650 model in both coupe and convertible form with production starting in early to mid 2011, with 640 and 650xi models heading into production in September. We expect the 640 to use the same turbocharged inline-six found in the new 740i.
Also noteworthy is the fact that the second-generation BMW X3 will also get a turbocharged inline-six. Launching as a 2011 model year crossover, the X3 will go into production in December of 2010 with an X3 xDrive28i model offered as well as the 300-hp turbocharged x3 xDrive35i.