BMW 6 Series (E63)

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BMW 6-Series (E63)
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Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2003–2010
Model years 2004-2010
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)
Designer

Adrian van Hooydonk (2000) Exterior Design

David Carp (2000) Interior Design
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-Door convertible
2-Door coupé
Platform BMW 5 Series (E60)
Powertrain
Engine petrol
3.0 L I6
4.4 L V8
4.8 L V8
Diesel
3.0 L I6
Transmission 6-speed Manual
6-speed Steptronic
6-speed (SMG)
7-speed (SMG)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,780 mm (109.4 in)
Length 4,820 mm (189.8 in)
Width 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height 1,374 mm (54.1 in)
Curb weight 1,650–1,995 kg (3,638–4,398 lb) (630i-M6)
Chronology
Predecessor BMW 6 Series (E24)
Successor BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)

The BMW E63/E64 is the chassis designation for the second generation BMW 6 Series Luxury Coupe and Convertible respectively. The BMW E63/E64 replaced the BMW E24 6 Series 14 years after it had gone out of production, whilst adding a Convertible to the BMW 6 Series lineup. The BMW E63/E64 itself was based on the BMW E60, which forms the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series sedan, and was designed by Adrian van Hooydonk (who designed the exterior based on the BMW Z9 concept by Chris Bangle), and David Carp (who designed the interior of the car). The BMW E63/E64 was introduced in the Autumn of 2003 in the Frankfurt Motor Show by German Car Manufacturer BMW, as the successor of the BMW E24 6 Series which ceased production 1989. The BMW E63/E64 ranges from a 3-Litre Straight 6 to a 5 Litre V10 which can be found in all E63/E64 M6 models. Production started in 18 March 2004, and Production ended in July 31. In 2010, the M6 was the second most expensive BMW sold in the US with an MSRP of $108,150 (US Dollars) for the Convertible. In the US, the M6 had one of the largest Residual Value Drops at 19%, as it had few changes since 2006. The BMW E63/E64 was replaced by the BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13) in 2011.

The 1999 BMW Z9 Concept, which the BMW E63/E64's design is based on.

Early E63/E64 models feature a 'C' after the Model Designation Number and before the 'i' letter. Meaning that early E63/E64 models would be called 645Ci and not 645i models, this was the way BMW had named their vehicles at the time, and later models did not feature the 'C' and only the 'i'. Very rarely people use, CiC after the Model Designation (for example 630CiC), not to be confused with the iDrive CIC (which is the new generation On-Board Computer featured in all BMW models except the BMW E82/E87/E88 1 Series).

The Development Process of the BMW E63/E64 was documented in a 3-Part Discovery Channel Canada Series; Birth of a Sports Car. The 3-Part Episodes were organised from Design, Testing and Production (in Episode Order).


Initial Release[edit]

The Style 249 19" Run Flats from the 'Sport' Trim

The BMW E63/E64 premiered in the North American International Auto Show, and the BMW 645Ci Coupe and Convertible were showcased, as it was the only available 6 Series Model at the time of the premiere.


The BMW E63/E64 comes in 2 Different Trims- The 'SE' Trim also known as the Standard Trim and the 'Sport' Trim. Both trims do not affect the performance of the car, and the 'Sport' Trim is purely for cosmetic, comfort and sound differences only. For more information about options and differences between the 'SE' and 'Sport' Trim, please refer to the Equipment section of the Wikipedia page. In Europe, most BMW E63/E64's tend to feature the 'Sport' Trim over the 'SE' Trim for facelifted 630i and 635d models. In Europe, there is a £3,890 difference between both trims.

PreProduction[edit]

The Design of the BMW E63/E64 was approved in early-mid 2001 and during production, the whole Paint Process for the BMW E63/E64 takes 18 Hours. Originally for the design of the BMW E63/E64 6 Series, there was a Strip that flows around the top part of the dashboard (the part of the dashboard that is furthest away from the driver and is right beneath the windscreen), but had to be removed for models with the lighter interior colours due to the Sun Reflections that would occur in the windshield in bright sunshine. The Strip can be seen on cars with Red Leather, but on cars with the White Leather colour, the strip is black in colour instead.

A very slight noise was heard, and was later found to be coming from the Glovebox and had to be dealt with by being supplied with another part. Also right before Mass Production, the Supplied Part (the leather part that sits on top of the interior) did not fit correctly, and was slightly larger.

Coupe (2004 January-)[edit]

The 645Ci Coupe was launched in January 2004 being the only 6 Series Model available at the time.

Convertible (2004 March-)[edit]

The intricate Roof Design on a BMW E64 645Ci, this design is also seen on all R8 Convertibles.

The 645Ci Convertible was Green-Lighted for Production in March. The delay for the release of the Convertible (compared to the Coupe), was due to several problems. One of the problems was because the Coat of Paint on the Side of the Car (up in the front, right next to the headlight), looked slightly cloudy. Also, the Rubber Seal (in the trunk area where the Convertible Top gets stored) did not seal correctly, and when the car was tested with getting 3,500 Litres of Water being Poured on it (in the BMW Climate Chamber to simulate a Rainy Day), there was a bit of Moisture. Also, the Side Door Gaps (around the mirror) had to be improved.

Another problem (before production), was when the Wind Deflector (not the built-in Wind Deflector that's from the Convertible Top) was attached and the Front Window could not Close Properly.

Styling[edit]

The Controversial Bangle Butt on a 645Ci Coupe

The exterior of the BMW E63/E64 was designed by Adrian Van Hooydonk and the interior was designed by David Carp, and the design was led by Chris Bangle (who was Head of Design in BMW at the time). The BMW E63/E64's design was based on the Z9 Concept (by Chris Bangle), which was then turned into a 6 Series. The BMW E63/E64 featured the typical traditional BMW Design, featuring the controversial rear styling called the Bangle Butt, but is considered to work somewhat better than the one first seen on the BMW E65 7 Series, although the rear design is still controversial (and sometimes hated). The BMW E63/E64 also featured many design cues from the BMW E60 (which the shortened chassis BMW E60 5 Series comes from in the BMW E63/E64), items such as the front bumper with the Fog Lights are similar to the one seen on the BMW E60 5 Series for example.

Neb Baulmeister was responsible for choosing the Leather Colours that go in the car, this includes the Colour of the Dashboard, the colour of the Leather in the Seats, and also the Colour of the Convertible Roofs. The colours of the Leather were chosen via testing the possible colours under different types of light. Basically, there were a bunch of possible leather colours laid out, and were tested under different types of lighting to simulate different weather situations or areas. Whichever colour looked good in all the different types of lighting would be chosen.

Unlike the BMW E65 7 Series, the BMW E63/E64 6 Series has generally received a warm welcome from the BMW community. The BMW E63/E64 was designed to look like a shark, and many have acknowledged the resemblance. The Audi R8 features the same Roof Design seen on all BMW 6 Series Convertible models, and the R8 was designed in 2004 (the same year as when the 645Ci Convertible came out). Jeremy Clarkson had also shown distaste for the intricate Convertible Roof (with a built in wind deflector), and the Bangle Butt.

iDrive CCC (the name for the earliest iDrive to feature in cars) was also controversial as the design and layout was too messy.

Controversy[edit]

The Controller Knob that functions the Controversial iDrive CCC Version

In the early 2000's, BMW's design (led by Chris Bangle, who was Head of Design at the time) has created some controversy over the BMW community. For example, the Bangle Butt on the BMW E63/E64 6 Series has been controversial for a long time. Jeremy Clarkson joked in one of the Top Gear episodes (during the News Segment), that the BMW E63/E64 is a beautiful car but you would have to drive reversing out of the driveway so that your friend can't see the ugly rear.

iDrive CCC (the old first generation iDrive) used in the early BMW E63/E64 prior to 2009 (2010 for US models), has also been controversial. Many people dislike the illogical layout, and accuse it of being too messy and confusing. iDrive CIC (BMW's second version of iDrive), has been less controversial because of the more logical layout has been fitted to BMW E63/E64's built after 2009 (2010 for US models), and to every BMW model in their lineup (with the exception of the E82/E87/E88 1 Series). iDrive CIC first appeared on the BMW 2009 F01 7 Series. Retrofitting the iDrive CIC in earlier BMW E63/E64 models have been popular for a long time before.

Equipment[edit]

This is the updated 2007 iDrive CCC Controller.

Standard equipment varies depending on the model and trim. Standard equipment on all cars (and BMW E63/E64 models) include: Adaptive Xenon Headlights, Fog-Lights, Automatic Wipers, Parking Sensors with Pictogram Display, Folding Electric Power Mirrors with Memory, Power Electric Front Seats with 2 person Driver Memory, a Power Tilt and Telescoping Steering Wheel with driver Memory, Automatic Dimming Mirrors, Dual Zone Climate Control, iDrive (with the controller), Hard-Drive Navigation System, Bluetooth, Eight Speaker CD/DVD/MP3 Stereo with an Auxillary Jack, Voice Recognition Command System, Dynamic Traction Control, HD Radio, All-Wheel Antilock Disc Brakes, Stability Control, Front Seat Knee Airbags and Active Head Restraints. Convertible models also get a Power Soft Top with a Retractable Power Rear Window, Sun (Heat) Reflective Leather Upholstery and Rollover Hoops.

Standard exterior metallic colours to the BMW E63/E64 include: Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue, Space Grey and Titanium Silver. The SE trim gets an exclusive metallic colours including: Atlantic Blue, Barbera Red, Mineral Silver, Monaco Blue and Stratus Grey and gets Ruthenium Metallic as a standard interior trim colour. Metallic Carbon is also exclusive to the Sport trim, and gets the Brushed Aluminium interior trim as standard.

BMW E63/E64 Sport models get 19" Star-Spoke Style 249 rims. All 630i and 635d SE models come with 17" Star-Spoke Style 117 rims, whilst all 650i models come with 18" V-Spoke Style 248 rims. All BMW E63/E64 models come with Run Flat tyres. All 635d and 650i models come with a Lane Departure Warning System as a standard feature.


The BMW E63/E64 could be ordered with a big amount of equipment. This included: Active Steering, Dynamic Drive, Dynamic Drive Package, Heated Steering Wheel, Universal Remote Control, Model Designation Deletion, Comfort Access System, Soft Close Automatic for Doors, Graduated Tinted Windscreen, Climate Comfort Laminated Glass, Automatic Dimming Rear-View Mirror, Ski Bag, Sports Seats, Adaptive Headlights, High Beam Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go Function, TV Function, Navigation System (Professional), Heads Up Display, BMW Night Vision, Extended Voice Control, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation with Telematics, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, DAB Digital Radio, BMW Professional Radio, Six-Disc CD Changer, Logic7 Sound System, Metallic Paintwork and BMW Service and Maintenance.

Lane Departure Warning was also an Option for all BMW E63/E64 models, with the exception of all 635d and 650i models which the option came standard with. This feature featured on all of the later models, and works via a Special Camera in front of the Rear View Mirror. The Camera will check for any visible White Lines, and when the car crosses over the line, the Steering Wheel will Buzz to warn the driver. This technology will not work if the line are worn, or if it is covered by snow, meaning if the lines are not visible and clear the technology will not work. The Lane Departure Warning will also appear on the optional Heads Up Display feature as well, and can be configured in the iDrive 'Heads Up Display' menu.

Keyless Access/Keyless Entry and Keyless Go are also options on the newer BMW E63/E64 models. With Keyless Access you can Lock and Unlock your car's doors and with Keyless Go you can Start the car's Engine and go without having to use your key. However, BMW advise you use all 2 keys provided with the car at least once a year in a long journey to charge the battery in the keyfob.

The latest design of the BMW iDrive Controller, featuring Extra Shortcut Buttons.

Prior to 2007, using iDrive CCC (within that time period) is mainly controlled using a Controller Knob. The original design for the Controller Knob was a Round Metal Knob with a 'Pie Dish' part at the bottom. Alongside with it are 2 Buttons- One that would send you back to the Menu, and the other Activates the Voice Control Command. The Voice Control Command for iDrive CCC was also controversial, and people disliked the very Precise Phrase you would have to say to activate something. After Late 2006, the Controller Knob for models with iDrive CCC got an updated look and there were Programmable Buttons. The updated Controller Knob features the same design as the one used in iDrive CIC (the newer version of iDrive), but has Leather on the top flat part of the controller.

Technology[edit]

An example of the Heads Up Display in a BMW E60 5 Series, that can also be seen on a BMW E63/E64.

The exterior of the BMW E63/E64 is mainly made out of aluminium (which can be found of the bonnet and doors, for example), and plastic (which can be found on the trunklid and front wing for example). Also on the M6 Coupe, the roof of the car is made out of Carbon Fibre (like all other ///M Coupe Cars), to reduce massive amounts of weight. The Carbon Fibre pattern can be seen on the outside of the car.

Special Technology such as the Heads Up Display and Active Steering were one of the options that could be ordered on 645Ci's right when they were released in 2004. The BMW E63/E64 also features a Twin Turbo engine (the car features 2 Turbos). This means that instead of fitting a Large Turbo Engine (which will create lots of Turbo Lag), at Low Speed the Small Turbo Activates (with no Turbo Lag at all), and then at Higher Speeds a bigger Turbo activates. This makes the car better to drive at Low Speeds (so you won't have to experience the Turbo Lag), and is more efficient at high speeds.

Later BMW E63/E64 models featured BMW's Efficient Dynamics programme. This included Brake Energy Regeneration, which charges the cars batteries when the car is braking. All 630i (630i and Sport Timmed) models also included High-Precision Direct Injection which ensures precise fuel dosage to the engine for a more efficient and cleaner combustion. More Standard Technology (fitted on all BMW E63/E64 models) included Headlights that move according to the direction the Car (or Steering Wheel) is turning. This makes it safer to drive around bends, so it is easier to see and if you are in a 2-Lane-2-Way Road, other drivers will see you coming as well.

Safety[edit]

The BMW E63/E64 features many safety equipment and technology including BMW's Advanced Safety System, which in a crash will decide the most effective deployment of the cars airbags. The BMW E63/E64 also features Active Head Restraints which helps reduce risk of neck injuries in the event of a rear-end collision (this applies to front seat passengers only). Also in a crash, all Passive Safety Systems are acitvated in a fraction of a second, the fuel pump is switched off; central locking unlocks the doors; and the hazards are automatically switched on. Also, more Standard safety equipment includes All-Wheel Antilock Disc Brakes, Stability Control, Front Seat Knee Airbags, Active Head Restraints, Electronic Stability and a Traction Control System. The BMW E63/E64 is also aided by something called Active Roll Stabilisation Technology, which uses hydraulic Anti Roll Bars to counter body roll in turns. Also, in the Convertible you get Pop-Up Rollover Hoops. The BMW E63/E64 also has sensors in the seat detecting for any weight so that passengers have to put on their seatbelt, although it will mistaken bags (for example) as people. Also when braking hard in a BMW E63/E64, the car detects this and will illuminate additional brake light surfaces, warning the people driving behind you to stop.

There are no EuroNCAP crash Safety Ratings.

Model Lineup[edit]

The entire BMW E63/E64 range consisted of 5 different Engines (including the M6), and 2 different body types. All BMW E63/E64 models are Rear Wheel Drive, and there was no All Wheel Drive (or xDrive as BMW would call it) option available, and the option only appeared on the 3 Generation 6 Series Model (F06/F12/F13 models). The fuel tank capacity for most BMW E63/E64 models should be around 70 litres.

Models[edit]

630Ci/630i

All 630Ci/630i models feature a 3.0 litre Straight-Six engine patented by BMW. Production for all 630Ci (prefacelift models) were from 1 October 2005 to 31 August 2007, and production for all 630i (facelifted models) ended in 31 July.


In earlier 630Ci models (and only in 630Ci models), produced before November 2008 feature something called a Hydraulic Valve Adjuster problem. This meant that with cars fitted with the 3.0 litre Straight-Six engine before November 2008 would hear an occasional Ticking or Rattling noise from the engine at Cold Starts or during Frequent Short Distance Driving. This problem, fortunately does not damage the engine.

Also in all facelifted 630i models, the car featured more power. This change was not caused from a different engine (as the engine stayed the same), but the extra power, torque and fuel economy was from a slightly changed/tuned computer for more efficiency. The engine code for the engine of the 630Ci/630i is N52B30, and all 630Ci/630i models came in both Coupe and Convertible form.

635d

The 635d was introduced as a Coupe and Convertible form in 2007, and like the E63/E64 630Ci/630i, it features a 3.0 litre Diesel Straight-Six engine. According to BMW, it is the only and first Diesel Gran Tourer. The 635d features more power, torque and better fuel efficiency (due to the fact of it being a diesel). Unlike the BMW 630i though, the engine featured in the 635d did not get any performance upgrades in the Standard Facelift. The engine code for the BMW 635d is M57D30T2, and the 635d is only sold in Europe. The 635d has the highest amount of torque out of all the BMW E63/E64's at the time with 430 lb-ft of torque, which is 70 more than the quicker 650i model. The 635d is the only car in the BMW E63/E64 range to have Lane Departure Warning as a Standard Feature, and not an option like the rest of the BMW E63/E64 lineup.

645Ci

The 645Ci was the earliest BMW E63/E64 model available. The engine is a 4.4 litre V8 producing 329HP and 330 lb-ft of torque. The engine code is N62B44. The 645Ci did not get a facelift, as the 645Ci was only present in the BMW lineup for only 2 years- 2004 and 2005, before being replaced by the bigger and quicker 650i in 2006. The 645Ci came in Coupe and Convertible models (like all BMW 6 Series's after 2004). 21,040 645Ci's were sold in its first year of production. Very early 645Ci models did not feature a Cupholder that could be stowed in the Passenger's side of the Front Console (sticking out). In 2004 and 2005 645Ci's were the only available 6 Series model available (with the exception of the M6) in the US at the time.

650i

The 650i replaced all 645Ci models in 2006. The engine was a 4.8L V8 producing 360HP and 360 lb-ft of torque, which is more than the 645Ci. The 650i came in Coupe and Convertible models (like all the other E63/E64's), and (like the 645Ci), was the only available 6 Series at the time of production (with the exception of the M6). The 650i did feature the Standard Facelift in September 2007 (like all models with the exception of the 645Ci), but still featured the same amount of power as before the facelift.

Production Figures/Sales Figures[edit]

The following are the Units Sold according to BMW's Annual Reports. The following figures include all 630Ci/630i, 645Ci and 650i Models and EXCLUDE ALL M6 MODELS!

Year Total Coupe Convertible Notes
2004 21,040 12,332 8,708 Coupe Models launched in January and Convertible Models were launched in March.
2005 23,340 12,447 10,893 Annual Report listed a 10.9% Sales Increase
2006 21,947 11,941 10,006 Annual Report listed a 6.0% Sales Decrease
2007 19,626 9,967 9,659 Annual Report listed a 10.6% Sales Volume Decrease due to the Facelift, which came in September 2007.
2008 16,299 8,337 7,962 Annual Report listed a 17% Sales Decrease
2009 8,648 4,501 4,147 Annual Report listed a 46.9% Sales Decrease
2010 5,848 3,050 2,798 Annual Report listed a 32.4% Sales Decrease
Total 116,748 62,575 54,173 A total of 116,748 BMW E63/E64's were produced. 62,575 were Coupe's and 54,173 were Convertible's.

A total of 14,153 BMW E63/E64 M6's were produced. 9,087 of them were M6 Coupe's and 5,065 of them were M6 Convertible's. M6's were not included in the chart listed above. Production rates for the BMW E60 5 Series Sedan are so high, that they produced 1,238,916 BMW E60 5 Series's more than the BMW E63/E64 6 Series's 130,901 total (M6 vehicles included).

Engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Code Engine Cylinder Capacity Power Torque Notes
630Ci 2005-2007 N52B30 Straight 6 2996cc 190 kW (258 PS) 255HP@ 6600RPM 221 ft-lb (300Nm)@2500-4000RPM Pre-Facelift 630Ci Model
630i 2007-2010 N52B30 Straight 6 2996cc 200 kW (272 PS) 268HP@6700RPM 236 ft-lb (320Nm)@2750-3000RPM Facelifted 630i Model
635d 2007-2010 M57D30T2 Straight 6 2993cc 210 kW (286 PS) 282HP@4400RPM 428 ft-lb (580Nm)@1750-2250RPM 635d's came with an Automatic Transmission ONLY
645Ci 2004-2005 N62B44 V8 4398cc 245 kW (333 PS) 329HP@6100RPM 332 ft-lb(450Nm)@3600RPM Replaced by the 650i Model
650i 2006-2010 N62B48 V8 4799cc 270 kW (367 pS) 362HP@6300RPM 361 ft-lb(490Nm)@3400RPM No Power difference between Pre-Facelift and Facelift Model

Transmissions[edit]

After the facelift, models fitted with an Automatic Gearbox will feature a new Completely Electronic Gear Selector, and faces toward the Driver. Also, Automatic Transmission models get Paddleshifters in the side of the steering wheel, to allow quicker shifting. According to BMW, the time it takes to shift gear using Paddleshifters is so fast, that is cannot be recorded.

Transmission Model Appearances Transmission Years Notes
6-Speed Manual Transmission All E63 and E64 Models 2004-2010 The Manual Transmission was Standard until 2008
6-Speed Sport Automatic (Steptronic) Transmission All E63 and E64 Models 2004-2010 The Automatic became a Standard Option after 2008
6-Speed Getrag SMG II Single-Clutch Transmission 630Ci/630i Models 2006-2008 This was an Option only Available for a Short 2-Year Period.
7-Speed Getrag SMG III Single-Clutch Transmission M6 2006-2010 This initially was the Only Transmission until it became an Option when the 6-Speed Manual was made Available.
SMG III 645Ci and 650i 2004-2010 This Transmission became an Option until after the 2008 Model Year.

Extra Model Information[edit]

Abbreviation Meanings
M6 = Manual 6 Speed Transmission
A6 = Automatic 6 Speed Transmission
S = Super (Fuel Type)
SP = Super Plus (Fuel Type)
D = Diesel (Fuel Type)

The following information listed in the 2 tables below were all retrieved from BMW's Annual Reports (with the exception of all the Weight and 0-60 times). Please keep in mind that the Weight, Fuel Economy and Power will differ between Trim model, the amount of Load carried inside the car (such as people or luggage), and Driving Style. The Fuel Economy figures (from BMW), may be a bit 'optimistic' and aerodynamics and wind flow are not taken into consideration whilst calculating the Fuel Economy.


The figures listed in the table below are only for all Pre-Facelift BMW E63/E64 models only, and keep in mind that the figures will differ depending on driving situation.

Model Cylinder Capacity
cc
Power Output
Kw
Gearbox
M6/A6
Fuel Type
S/SP/D
Urban
l/100km
Extra Urban
l/100km
Combined
l/100km
CO2 Emissions
g/km
Weight
kg (lbs)
0-60
Time
630i Coupe 2996cc 190 M6 S 13.1 6.7 9.0 216 1490 kg (3285 lbs) 6.2s
630i Coupe 2996cc 190 A6 S 13.9 7.0 9.5 226 1505 kg (3318 lbs) 6.4s
630i Convertible 2996cc 190 M6 S 13.6 7.3 9.6 229 1685 kg (3715 lbs) 6.6s
630i Convertible 2996cc 190 A6 S 14.2 7.5 9.9 239 1700 kg (3748 lbs) 6.9s
650i Coupe 4799cc 270 M6 S 17.6 8.6 11.9 286 1730 kg (3814 lbs) 5.2s
650i Coupe 4799cc 270 A6 S 16.3 8.1 11.1 267 1735 kg (3825 lbs) 5.3s
650i Convertible 4799cc 270 M6 S 19.1 9.3 12.9 238 1850 kg (4078 lbs) 5.5s
650i Convertible 4799cc 270 A6 S 17.2 8.5 11.7 281 1855 kg (4090 lbs) 5.6s


The figures listed in the table below are only for all Facelifted BMW E63/E64 models only, and keep in mind that the figures will differ depending on driving situation.

Model Cylinder Capacity
cc
Power Output
Kw
Gearbox
M6/A6
Fuel Type
S/SP/D
Urban
l/100km
Extra Urban
l/100km
Combined
l/100km
CO2 Emissions
g/km
Weight
kg (lbs)
0-60
Time
630i Coupe 2996cc 200 M6 S 11.2 6.0 7.9 188 1980 kg (4365 lbs) 6.0s
630i Coupe 2996cc 200 A6 S 11.0 5.8 7.7 184 1990 kg (4387 lbs) 6.1s
630i Convertible 2996cc 200 M6 S 11.8 6.3 8.3 198 1740 kg (3836 lbs) 6.4s
630i Convertible 2996cc 200 A6 S 11.6 6.0 8.1 192 1750 kg (3858 lbs) 6.7s
635d Coupe 2993cc 210 A6 D 9.2 5.6 6.9 183 2100 kg (4630 lbs) 6.0s
635d Convertible 2993cc 210 A6 D 9.6 5.8 7.3 190 1860 kg (4101 lbs) 6.3s
650i Coupe 4799cc 270 M6 S 17.8 8.1 11.7 279 2100 kg (4630 lbs) 4.9s
650i Coupe 4799cc 270 A6 S 15.9 7.4 10.5 249 2100 kg (4630 lbs) 5.0s
650i Convertible 4799cc 270 M6 S 19.2 8.8 12.6 299 1860 kg (4101 lbs) 5.3s
650i Convertible 4799cc 270 A6 S 16.5 7.7 10.9 258 1860 kg (4101 lbs) 5.4s

Dimensions[edit]

For Exterior Dimensions, please refer to the Infobox at the top right corner of this Wikipedia page. The exterior dimensions are the same with all BMW E63/E64 models, meaning there is no size difference between Coupe and Convertible models and with Pre-Facelift and Facelift models as well. For the Interior there is a slight size difference with the Headroom and Legroom in the Back Seats (depending on whether it is a Coupe or Convertible). Also, please note that the Legroom in the back seats are dependent on the adjustment of the front seats.


Interior Dimensions

Model
(All Versions)
Legroom
(Front Row)
Legroom
(Second Row)
Shoulder Room
(Front Row)
Shoulder Room
(Second Row)
Headroom
(Front Row)
Headroom
(Second Row)
Trunk Space
Roof Up/ Roof Down
Fuel Tank Capacity Turning Circle
6 Series Coupe 42 in (1067 mm) 30.1 in (765 mm) 56.4 in (1432 mm) 49.4 in (1254 mm) 37.6 in (956 mm) 35.6 in (905 mm) 450 dm3 (15.9 cu ft) 70litres (18.5gallons) 11.4m (37.4 ft)
6 Series Convertible 42 in (1067 mm) 29 in (737 mm) 56.4 in (1432 mm) 49.4 in (1254 mm) 37.8 in (959 mm) 36.5 in (926 mm) 350 dm3/ 300 dm3 (10.6ft/ 12.4ft) 70litres (18.5gallons) 11.4m (37.4 ft)

Alpina Models[edit]

An Alpina B6 S, with a 'ALPINA' logo in the rear.

The BMW Tuner Company Alpina, has also built several BMW E63/E64 variants called the B6. All B6 models come in both Coupe and Convertible forms, and the Model Lineup includes a B6 and a B6 S. The Standard B6 engine features a V8, whilst the B6 S (the more powerful B6) also features a V8 with more power. There is no size difference between the BMW E63/E64 and the Alpina B6.

The B6 Coupe and Convertible were introduced to the public in the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, and started production in 2006. All Alpina B6 models were equipped with a V8 engine producing 500hp and a total of 700Nm of torque, which meant 0-60 in 4.7seconds and a Top Speed of 193mph.

The B6 S Coupe and Convertible were introduced to the public in the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, and started production in the same year. The Alpina B6 featured a V8 engine producing 530hp and 725Nm of torque, which meant 0-60 in 4.4seconds and a Top Speed on 198mph.

Year to Year Changes[edit]

A BMW USB Keyfob, with the same design of the BMW E63/E64 Keyfob for 2006-2010 models.

2004: The 645Ci Coupe and Convertible models start production in January and March respectively.

2005: The 630Ci Coupe and Convertible models start production (and are not sold in the US or in Canada). At the end of 2005, all 645Ci models ceased production. The M6 was also introduced.

2006: The 650i replaced all 645Ci models, and all BMW E63/E64 models now feature Push Button Ignition (Start/Stop Engine Button), and a newly designed keyfob to compliment the new Engine Button.

2007: The 635d Coupe and Convertible models start production (and are only sold in Europe). Also, all models produced after September 26 2007 feature the standard Facelift (Life-Cycle Impulse). Also, in early 2007 all BMW E63/E64 models featured an Auxiliary Port as a standard feature and can be found under the Armrest.

2009: Most models receive the New-Generation CIC iDrive (some models in the US still feature the old iDrive until 2010).

2010: All models receive the New-Generation CIC iDrive. Production for all E63/E64 models end in the 31st July 2010.


Facelift (Life-Cycle Impulse)[edit]

The rear of a Facelifted BMW E63 Coupe.

In September 27 2007, BMW debuted a facelift for the whole BMW E63/E64 lineup.

Cosmetic changes from the Standard Facelift (for all BMW E63/E64 models) include LED Headlights and Taillights, a Third Rear Brakelight that sits in the middle part of the top part of the Trunk Lid, a Redesigned Front and Rear Bumper and Front Fog Lights, a newly designed Electronic Gearshifter (with all cars with an Automatic Transmission), Paddleshifters mounted on the Steering Wheel (which appears in all cars with an Automatic Transmission). Also more Interior Trims and Colours were added.

All 630i (Convertible and Coupe) models got performance updates, with an increased power output, increased torque and also improved fuel economy (refer to the Engines section of the Wikipedia Page).


Most BMW E63/E64 models still featured a Third Brakelight before the Standard Facelift in September 27 2007 (although there were many exceptions), however the brakelights can still be distinguished from coming from a Pre-Facelift or Facelift model. Pre-Facelift models with the Third Brakelight sit at the Bottom Part of the very top of the trunklid, whilst Facelift models have their Third Brakelights sitting in the middle of the top of the trunklid.

MotoGP[edit]

The 645Ci Coupe was used as a Pace Car at each round in the 2006 MotoGP.

M6[edit]

BMW M6 Coupe

The BMW E63/E64 M6 forms the Second Generation M6 in BMW engineered by the BMW M Division. All models are powered by a 5.0-litre V10 producing 500HP@7,750RPM and 383 lb-ft@6,100RPM. The M6 differs from the normal 6 Series from the M Sports Seats, ///M Odometers, the (optional) ///M Heads Up Display, Illuminated ///M Door Sill Plates, and special and exclusive trims. The Front Bumper and Number of Exhausts are also different from the ones on the Standard BMW E63/E64 6 Series.

When Top Gear was testing the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, they went to the Isle of Man to compare it with the Porsche 911 and the BMW M6 Coupe (as they are competitors), and Jeremy Clarkson (despite his hate for the Bangle Butt), said he would rather have the M6 over the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, but would rather buy the M5 Saloon with his own money.

The E63 M6 Coupe was introduced at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show, and the E64 M6 Convertible was introduced at the 2006 Paris Mondial de L’Automobile, and a total of 9,087 M6 Coupes, and 5,065 M6 Convertible’s were built. A total of 14,153 M6’s produced.

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