BMW 6 Series (E63)

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BMW 6-Series (E63)
BMW 6er Coupé (E63) Facelift front 20100814.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2003–2010
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)
Designer Adrian van Hooydonk (2000)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door convertible
2-door coupé
Platform BMW E64
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 2,778 mm (109.4 in)
Length 4,831 mm (190.2 in)
Width 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height 1,373 mm (54.1 in)
Curb weight 1,690 kg (3,726 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor BMW 6 Series (E24)
Successor BMW F12/F13

The BMW E63/E64 is the second generation of the BMW 6 Series of luxury coupés, introduced in Autumn 2003 in Frankfurt Motor Show by German car manufacturer BMW. It comes as either a coupé or cabriolet (convertible) and in several engine variants ranging from a 3 litre straight-6 to 5 litre V10 in the M6 model. Production ended on July 8, 2010.

In 1989 the original 6 Series was supplanted by the more expensive and higher performance 8 Series. In late 2003, the 6 Series was reintroduced as a 2004 model as a coupé (E63) and cabriolet (E64) platforms. The E63/64 itself is based on the BMW E60, the latter which forms the fifth iteration of the 5 Series sedan.

2006-2007 BMW 650Ci convertible (US)
2008-2010 BMW 650Ci convertible (US)

The styling of the new 6 Series has generally received a warm welcome from the BMW community. The new 6 Series was designed to look like a shark, and many have acknowledged the resemblance. The controversial rear styling by Adrian van Hooydonk is considered to work somewhat better on the shapely E63 than on the E65 7 Series model which was controversial. However, most owners and enthusiasts of the E24 6 Series have disliked the E63.

The development cycle of this vehicle was documented in a 3-part Discovery Channel Canada series Birth of a Sports Car (later known as BMW: Birth of a Sports Car on Speed Channel). The design process showcased in the documentary was frozen and green-lighted for production in 2001.

The 645i was used as a pace car at each round of the 2006 Moto GP

Model lineup[edit]

Model Model Year E63
Coupé
E64
Cabriolet
630Ci/630i 2004-2010
645Ci 2004–2005
650i 2006-2010
M6 2006-2010
635d 2007-2010

E63/E64 Timeline[edit]

2004:

  • The 645i Coupe and Convertible Models are Introduced

2005:

  • The 630i Coupe and Convertible Models are Introduced (and are not sold in USA and Canada)
  • The 645i ceased production (in the end of 2005)

2006:

  • All E63/4 models now include a Start/Stop Engine Button, a new Keyfob
  • The 650i models replaced the 645i Models

2007:

  • The 635d model is introduced (and is only sold in Europe)
  • Late 2007 models are Facelifted

2010:

  • All Models receive the New-Generation iDrive
  • Production for all E63/4 models end (at the end of the year)

Facelift [Life Cycle Impulse (LCI)][edit]

In the autumn of 2007 (late 2007), BMW debuted an updated BMW 6-Series Coupe and Convertible. The changes Include:


Cosmetic Changes (All facelifted E63/4 Models):

  • LED Headlights (and Taillights)
  • Third Brakelight (located on the top of the rear trunklid)
  • A redesigned Front and Rear Bumper
  • New Generation iDrive (with the exception of models prior to 2009)
  • A newly designed Gearshifter
  • Paddleshifters
  • New Trims


Performance Updates (for facelifted Cars):

  • 630i models get Increased Power and Torque (and improved Fuel Economy)
  • A 635d model is introduced (and is only sold in Europe)

Engines[edit]

Model Engine code Power Torque Notes
630i / 630Ci N52B30 190 kW (255 hp) @6600 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) @2500–4000 Not sold in USA or Canada
645Ci N62B44 245 kW (329 hp) 450 N·m (330 lb·ft) @3600
650i N62B48 270 kW (362 hp) @6300 490 N·m (360 lb·ft) @3400[1]
635d M57D30T2 213 kW (286 hp) @4400 580 N·m (430 lb·ft) @1750 Europe only

Transmissions[edit]

Transmission choices are either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic "Steptronic". There was also an option of a 6-speed Getrag SMG II single-clutch semi-automatic transmission on the 630i. The 6-speed SMG was only available for a limited 2 year period, 2006 - 2008. For the high-performance M6, the 7-speed Getrag SMG III single-clutch semi-automatic transmission was initially the only transmission but it later became optional a year afterward when a 6-speed manual unit was made available. The SMG III also was optional on V8-engined 6-Series (645Ci/650i) until after the 2008 model year.

M6[edit]

2009 BMW M6 convertible
Main article: BMW M6

In 2005, an M6 version of the new 6 Series was introduced. It shares the E60 BMW M5's engine and transmission (507 hp). In the third quarter of 2006, BMW announced the M6 convertible as an upcoming 2007 model. The 2008 model year M6 Coupé and Cabriolet both benefited from the standard 6-Series refresh during the fall of 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMW AG : Products : 6 Series Coupé". Bmw.com. Retrieved 2010-02-10.