BMW 6 Series (E63)
|BMW 6-Series (E63)|
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)
Adrian van Hooydonk (2000) Exterior DesignDavid Carp (2000) Interior Design
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-Door convertible
|Platform||BMW 5 Series (E60)|
3.0 L I6
4.4 L V8
4.8 L V8
3.0 L I6
|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)|
|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 the BMW E63/E64 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. The BMW E63/E64 ranges from a 3-Litre Straight 6 (found in 630i and 635d models) to a 5 Litre V10 which can be found in E63/E64 M6 models. 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, and also had one of the largest Residual Value Drops at 19%, as it had few changes since 2006. Production started in 18 March 2004, and ended in July 31, and the BMW E63/E64 was replaced by the BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13) in 2011.
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'.
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 respectively.
- 1 Initial Release
- 2 Model Lineup
- 3 Year to Year Changes
- 4 MotoGP
- 5 M6
- 6 References
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.
Alongside the facelift in September 2007, BMW introduced three trims to the BMW E63/E64 6 Series family. The three trims included the SE, Sport and Edition Sport trim. Each trim does not affect any options or power.
The design of the BMW E63/E64 was approved in early-mid 2001. Before production, a very slight noise from the glovebox had to be supplied with another part, and the leather dashboard did not originally fit in one of the speaker holes. Pre-Production and very early 645Ci Coupe and Convertible models did not feature a cupholder, and also had old-styled rims.
Coupe (2004 January-)
The 645Ci Coupe was launched in January 2004 being the only 6 Series Model available at the time.
Convertible (2004 March-)
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 car looked slightly cloudy and because the rubber seal (in where the convertible gets stowed) did not seal correctly, allowing a bit of moisture.
The exterior of the BMW E63/E64 was designed by Adrian van Hooydonk and the interior was designed by David Carp. The exterior design had to be based on the Z9 concept (by Chris Bangle), and Adrian van Hooydonk was chosen. The BMW E63/E64 featured the typical design from its time, also called the Bangle Era. The BMW E63/E64 featured the controversial rear styling called the Bangle Butt was considered to work better than the BMW E65 7 Series (on which the Bangle Butt first appeared on). The BMW E63/E64 featured a shortened chassis from the BMW E60 5 Series, and design cues can be seen. Neb Baulmeister was responsible for choosing the leather colour and trims that went into the car. The different shades of possible leather colours were tested under different types of light (to simulate different weather lighting in a the real-world).
The BMW E64 6 Series Convertible had a non-conventional convertible roof design, and other supercar manufacturers have copied the design as well. The roof design has made it onto cars such as the Audi R8, Lamborghini Murcielago and many more. The BMW E64 6 Series Convertible's roof design had a in-built wind deflector, and can be raised or lowered at any speed. During Top Gear, when reviewing the Jaguar XK Convertible, Mercedes SL350 and the BMW 650i Convertible, Jeremy Clarkson had shown distate for the roof's design and called it a 'tramps hat'. His opinion had changed over the years, when supercar companies mimicked the roof design.
During the 'Bangle Era', BMW's Head of Design - Chris Bangle, had created controversy over the cars he had led the design to. The controversy was over (what the BMW community have nicknamed;) Flame Surfacing, which was the idea that smooth lines would connect with rough edges. This has been replaced with what BMW calls Layered Surfacing (the latter appeared on the BMW i8). During the Top Gear news segment, Jeremy Clarkson stated that the BMW E63/E64 6 Series was a beautiful and fun car to drive, but you would have to drive out of your friends driveway the other way so that he couldn't see the back of the car.
iDrive CCC (which was BMW's first generation of iDrive) was used in the early BMW E63/E64 6 Series models. This version of iDrive has been controversial due to the illogical layout, and because it makes the driver keep their eyes off of the road for too long. iDrive CIC (BMW's second generation of iDrive) was first fitted on the 2009 BMW F01 7 Series, and has been fitted on 2009 BMW E63/E64 model's (or 2010 BMW E63/E64 model's in the US). You cannot update iDrive CCC to iDrive CIC at all, so retrofitting had became a big industry. There were no cameras at all in the BMW E63/E64 6 Series, so retrofitting cameras had also became a big part of the industry as well.
Alongside the standard facelift in September 2007, BMW introduced two trims to the BMW E63/E64 family - The two trims included the SE and Sport trim. The Sport trim sat above the SE trim in price, and featured Style 249 rims and Ruthenium Grey trim. In 2008, BMW introduced another trim that sat on top of the SE and Sport trim called Edition Sport. The Edition Sport trim included stiffer anti-roll bars, anti-roll stabilisation system (found in many M Division cars, additional exclusive colours and 19" Style 288 rims, and an additional contour in the bonnet (connected to the window washers). 650i Edition Sport models feature a new exhaust system. As well as in the Sport models, all Edition Sport models feature a special M steering wheel, but unlike in the Sport trim, all Edition Sport models do not feature an aluminium part on the steering wheel and is black.
Standard equipment did not vary much depending on model and trim. Standard Equipment on all cars included Adaptive Xenon Headlights, Fog-Lights, Automatic Wipers, Parking Sensors with Pictogram Display or Park Distance Control (PDC), 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 Auxiliary 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 exclusively feature a Power Soft Top with a Retractable Power Rear Window, Sun (Heat) Reflective Leather Upholstery and Rollover Hoops.
Standard exterior metallic colours 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 the Brushed Aluminium interior trim was standard in the Sport trim as well.
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 equipment including 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 drivers to use all 2 keys provided with the car at least once a year in a long journey to charge the battery in the keyfob.
Prior to 2009 when all cars had iDrive CCC, the iDrive system system could be controlled via the controller and the additional two buttons below it. The two buttons sent you back to the Main Menu and the other button activated the Voice Control. Most BMW E63/E64 6 Series models produced prior to 2006 featured a Pie-Dish looking controller and only had the Menu button, with some models featuring another button activating the Voice Command system. In 2007, the iDrive controller got an update, and featured a flat surface on top with leather.
The Voice Command system was somewhat controversial as the commands had to be said percisely. The issue was fixed when iDrive CIC was fitted into models produced after 2009 (2010 for American markets). iDrive CIC featured a redesigned menu layout, graphics and iDrive controller. The Navigation System in iDrive CIC was hard-disc based, and didn't require a disc. There were also 6 programmable buttons below the CD/DVD player.
The exterior of the BMW E63/E64 was made out of many different materials. The bonnet (hood) and the doors were made out of aluminium, and the trunklid (bootlid) and front wing were made out of plastic. On the BMW M6 Coupe, the roof of the car is made purely out of Carbon Fibre (which was exclusive to every M Division car), to reduce weight and to give the car a lower centre of gravity. The Carbon Fibre pattern can be seen from the outside of the car.
Early optional technology that could be ordered on the BMW E63/E64 includes Heads-Up Display and Active Steering. Active Steering meant that you did not have to turn the wheel as much when approaching a tight corner. A standard feature includes Adaptive Headlights, which makes the headlights turn in the same direction of the steering wheel, allowing drivers from around the corner able to see you coming.
Later BMW E63/E64 models featured BMW's Efficient Dynamics programme which meant several technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration. This meant that the car's batteries would be charged whenever the car was braking. On 630i models, they featured something called High-Precision Direct Injection which ensured precise fuel dosage to the engine for a more efficient and cleaner combustion. Also, 630i and 635d (and not 645Ci and 650i models because they featued V8's and not Straight 6's) models featured a Twin Turbo engine (the engine featured two turbo's). This meant that at low speed the smaller turbo would be used, and than at higher speeds the bigger turbo would activate. This meant that there wouldn't be turbo lag because of the immense amount of power from one turbo only.
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 activated 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 for the BMW E63/E64 6 Series.
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 only (unlike the BMW F06/F12/F13 6 Series), and there was no All Wheel Drive (or xDrive as BMW would call it) option available.The fuel tank capacity for most BMW E63/E64 models is 70 litres.
All 630Ci/630i models feature a 3.0 litre Straight-Six engine patented by BMW. Production for all 630Ci (prefacelift models) was 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 does not damage the engine.
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. All 630Ci and 630i models could be ordered with a 6-Speed Manual transmission or a 6-Speed Sports Automatic transmission.
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 was the only and first Diesel Gran Tourer at the time. The 635d features more power, torque and better fuel efficiency (due to the fact of it being a diesel) compared to the 630i. 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. Alongside the 650i, the 635d is the one of the only car in the BMW E63/E64 range to have Lane Departure Warning as a Standard Feature, and not an option.
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. 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.
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
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!
|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).
|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|
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
|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.
|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|
|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|
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.
|Fuel Tank Capacity||Turning Circle|
|6 Series Coupe||42in / 1067mm||30.1in / 765mm||56.4in / 1432mm||49.4in / 1254mm||37.6in / 956mm||35.6in / 905mm||450 dm3 / 15.9 cu ft||70litres / 18.5gallons||11.4m / 37.4 ft|
|6 Series Convertible||42in / 1067mm||29in / 737mm||56.4in / 1432mm||49.4in / 1254mm||37.8in / 959mm||36.5in / 926mm||350 dm3 (300 dm3)||70litres / 18.5gallons||11.4m / 37.4 ft|
The carmaker Alpina has also built several BMW E63/E64 6 Series 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 more powerful B6 S features a V8 but 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 4.7 seconds 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 4.4 seconds and a Top Speed on 198mph.
The Alpina B6 can be easily distinguished from a normal BMW E63/E64 6 Series by several features including; the front and rear bumper, the dual quad exhausts, the trunk integrated spoiler, the wheel design, the Alpina side vinyl's and the Alpina B6 badge at the back of the car. Like the BMW E63/E64 6 Series, the facelift for the Alpina B6 debuted in late 2007 and exterior changes included LED front and rear lights and a redesigned front and rear bumper. Pre-Facelifted Alpina B6 models with the third brakelight was not integrated into the spoiler, but Facelifted Alpina B6 models feature an integrated third LED brakelight.
Alpina B6 GT3
Alpina also made a racing version of the facelifted Alpina B6 called the B6 GT3 in Buchole, Germany. In 2009, Alpina returned to the ADAC GT Masters competition with the B6 GTS, and Alpina won the championship in 2011. In 2012, Alpina retired from the competition however, as of 2014, the Alpina B6 GT3's are still engaged by private teams in other competitions. The Alpina B6 uses a 4.4-litre supercharged V8, that produces 535hp and 535lb-ft of torque and allows the car to go to 62mph in 3.9 seconds. The weight of the B6 GT3 is said to be less than 3,000 pounds, and has a claimed top speed of 177mph.
Year to Year Changes
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)
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.
The 645Ci Coupe was used as a Pace Car at each round in the 2006 MotoGP.
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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|1 Series||E82/ E88|
|E81 / E87||F20|
|Compact executive||3 Series||E21||E30||E36||E46||E90 / E91 / E92 / E93||F30|
|4 Series||F32 / F33 / F36|
|Executive||5 Series||E12||E28||E34||E39||E60 / E61||F10 / F11|
|Luxury||6 Series||E24||E63 / E64||F06 / F12 / F13|
|7 Series||E23||E32||E38||E65 / E66 / E67 / E68||F01 / F02 / F03 / F04|
|Roadster||Z Series||E30 (Z1)||E36/7 & E36/8 (Z3)||E85 / E86 (Z4)||E89 (Z4)|
|M||1 Series M||E82 M|
|M3||E30 M3||E36 M3||E46 M3||E90/92/93 M3||F80 M3|
|M5||E28 M5||E34 M5||E39 M5||E60/61 M5||F10 M5|
|M6||E24 M635CSi/M6||E63/64 M6||F06/F12/13 M6|
|M Roadster||E36/7 (Z3) M||E85 (Z4) M|
|M Coupé||E36/8 M Coupé||E86 M Coupé|
|Sports car||E26 (M1)||E52 (Z8)|
|X6||E71 / E72|