BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)

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BMW 6-Series
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Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2011–
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Designer Nader Faghihzadeh (2008)
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer/executive coupe
Body style 2-door convertible
2-door coupé
4-door sedan
Layout FR or F4
Related BMW 5 Series (F10), BMW 7 Series (F01)
Powertrain
Engine Petrol:
3.0 I6
4.4 L V8
Diesel engine:
3.0 L (313 hp) I6
Transmission 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase Gran Coupe: 2,968 mm (116.9 in)
Convertible & Coupe: 109.4 in (2,779 mm)
Length Gran Coupe: 5,007 mm (197.1 in)
Convertible: 192.8 in (4,897 mm)
Coupe: 192.7 in (4,895 mm)
Width Gran Coupe: 1,894 mm (74.6 in)
Convertible & Coupe: 74.6 in (1,895 mm)
Height Gran Coupe: 1,392 mm (54.8 in)
Convertible: 53.7 in (1,364 mm)
Coupe: 53.9 in (1,369 mm)
Curb weight 1,735–2,055 kg (3,825–4,530 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor BMW 6 Series (E63)

The BMW F06/F12/F13 6 Series is a grand tourer/executive coupe automobile manufactured by BMW.[1] BMW unveiled information and pictures in September 2010 of the Concept 6 Series, which was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.[2]

Initial release[edit]

The third generation BMW F13 (coupé) and F12 (convertible) were released for the 2012 model year at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and New York Auto Show.[3]

Early 6 Series Coupe models include 640i, 650i.[4] 640d, 650i xDrive were later added.[5]

6 Series Convertible was unveiled in 2011 BMW 2011 North American International Auto Show. Early US model include 650i.[6] 640i was also available.[7]

European models of 6 Series Coupe (640i xDrive, 650i xDrive, 640d xDrive), 6 Series Convertible (640i xDrive, 650i xDrive, 640d) were unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[8]

BMW revealed the 6-Series Convertible on 18 November 2010. The folding top is still cloth as compared to the E93 3 Series convertible which is equipped with a metal roof. On 13 March 2011, BMW released pictures and details about the Coupe.

The new 6 Series convertible is outselling the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SL 25 to 1.[9]

For the 2014 model year, the 6-series received a light facelift and updated engines.

2014 BMW 650i xDrive, facelifted model

M6 (2012)[edit]

Available in Coupe and Convertible body variants, it includes 4.4-litre V8 twin scroll twin turbo engine, Seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, M-specific Dynamic Damper Control, DSC stability control incl. M Dynamic Mode, M Servotronic steering, body strengthening using special panels, lightweight compound high-performance braking system (optional M carbon-ceramic brakes), M double-spoke leather steering wheel, M gear selector and car set-up controls on the model-specific centre console, exclusive M sports seats with integrated belt system (optional M multifunction seats), Merino leather upholstery with extended features, exclusive carbon-fibre interior trim strips, illuminated door sill finishers with model lettering, M-specific instrument cluster with black-panel technology, 2-zone automatic climate control with extended features, ambient lighting; BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific information.[10]

M6 Coupe was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show,[11] and later in Auto China 2012.[12]

M6 Convertible was unveiled in 21st Auto Mobil International Leipzig 2012.[13]

Models[edit]

Petrol
640i

650i

Diesel
640d
640d was introduced along with Coupe body style.

Transmissions[edit]

In Europe, the 6 Series is available only with an 8-speed automatic gearbox

Production Figures/Sales Figures[edit]

The following are the units produced according to BMW's Annual Reports. The following figures include all 640i, 650i models.

Year Total Coupe Convertible Gran Coupe Notes
2011 9,396 2,937 6,459 - The 6 Series Gran Coupe was not released yet.
2012 23,193 8,480 7,880 6,833 The 6 Series Gran Coupe was released as a 2012 model year.
2013 27,687 6,278 5,496 15,913 -
Total 60,276 17,695 19,835 22,746

As of 2014 (excluding all cars sold in 2014), a total of 60,276 BMW F06/F12/F13 6 Series's were produced, of which: 17,695 were Coupes, 19,835 were Convertibles and 22,746 were Gran Coupes.

2012 update[edit]

Beginning in July 2012, 6 series include following changes:[14]

  • No Passing Info supplements Speed Limit Info from BMW ConnectedDrive. It serves to avoid potentially hazardous overtaking manoeuvres by identifying signposted routes on which overtaking is banned and when the ban is lifted.
  • BMW 650i xDrive includes Auto Start Stop function as standard.
  • The BMW 650i's biturbo V8 engine adds Valvetronic with an increase in output to 443 hp and 480 lb ft of torque.[15]

Beginning from spring 2013, BMW ConnectedDrive includes Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection becomes standard on all BMW 6 Series models. New models include BMW 640i xDrive (Convertible, Coupe, Gran Coupe), 640d xDrive Gran Coupe.[16]

Gran Coupé[edit]

BMW’s 6 Series Gran Coupé and the Paranal Observatory[17]
BMW 6 Gran Coupé at Motorshow Geneva 2012

The Gran Coupé (F06) is the fruition of the BMW CS Concept, a vehicle that was intended to slot at the top of BMW's lineup alongside the 7-Series flagship sedan. The CS Concept never made it to production due to the worsening economy in 2008, which also saw the retirement of BMW M development executive Gerhard Richter.[18] The Gran Coupe has often been compared with the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class in the four-door executive coupé market.[19] However, the Gran Coupe is larger and more expensive than the CLS and A7 and is priced close to the Porsche Panamera.[20] Pricing for the BMW 640i Gran Coupe is slightly higher than the BMW 740i, with the Gran Coupe positioned as a more stylish alternative to the conservative 7 Series.[21][1]

Before the Gran Coupe, the closest rivals to the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS in BMW's current lineup was the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (F07) (2010–present), which combines four doors with coupe-like features such as frame-less doors and a sloping rear roof.[22] The 5 Series GT, positioned more for utility with its bi-modal trunk/hatchback, was criticized for its aesthetics in comparison to its sleeker rivals and did not sell as well as BMW executives had expected.[22][23][24]

The Gran Coupé shares the front and rear fascias with the other 6 Series body styles. Compared to the two door 6 Series Coupé, the Gran Coupé's wheelbase is longer by stretched 4.5 inches (the wheelbase is the same as the F10 BMW 5 Series [2]) while the body is 4.4 inches longer. This makes the Gran Coupé longer (by 4.0 inches) and wider (by 1.3 inches) than the BMW 5 Series sedan (F10).[15] The extra length, compared to the two-door 6 Series, gives the Gran Coupé a 4+1 seating arrangement, as the rear has two fullsize outboard seats and a middle seat for occasional passengers. The Gran Coupe has a different center console though its dashboard is shared with the Coupé and Cabriolet.[23] Compared to the short-wheelbase BMW 7 Series (F01), the Gran Coupé has similar rear passenger space dimensions while having a larger trunk (14 cubic feet versus 16.2 cubic feet).[3]

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Early models include 640i, 640d, 650i, 650 xDrive.[25][26][27]

The Chinese models were unveiled in Auto China 2012. Early Chinese models include 640i, 650i, 650i xDrive.[28]

A version of 6 Series Gran Coupé with Frozen Bronze Metallic body colour was unveiled in Monaco Yacht Show 2012.[29]

M6 Gran Coupé (2013-)[edit]

M6 Gran Coupé includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, leather trim, heated driver and front passenger seats, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with hi-fi loudspeakers, optional 4-zone system with a control panel in the rear compartment, such as an M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Other options include M multifunction seats, heated rear seats, Comfort Access, a heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, electrically operated sun blinds, the new generation of the Professional navigation system, a Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.

Sales begin in May 2013, with US model sales beginning in summer 2013.[30][31]

Body styles[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Coupe Convertible Gran Coupe
640i 2012– 2012– 2012–
640i xDrive 2013– 2013– 2013–
650i 2012– 2012– 2012–
650i xDrive 2012– 2012– 2012–
M6 2012– 2012– 2013–
Diesel engines
Model Coupe Convertible Gran Coupe
640d 2012– 2012– 2012–
640d xDrive 2012– 2012– 2013–

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
640i 2012– 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
640i xDrive 2013– 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
650i 2012– Coupe: 8-speed automatic with Steptronic

Convertible: 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
Grand Coupe: 8-speed automatic with Steptronic

650i xDrive 2012– 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
M6 2012– 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic or 6-speed manual
Diesel engines
Model Years Types
640d 2012– 8-speed automatic with Steptronic
640d xDrive 2012– 8-speed automatic with Steptronic

The M6 in all forms is the only 6-Series available with an optional six-speed manual in North America.

Marketing[edit]

As part of 6 Series Gran Coupé launch, a cross-media campaign features a total eclipse of the sun as its central theme was produced. The associated print and TV media campaigns began in second quarter 2012. The print ads also feature the natural phenomenon of a total eclipse of the sun in aesthetic and artistic visuals, while the text also highlights the special nature of the moment. The TV commercial shows the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé from three different angles, beginning with a total eclipse of the sun, the contours of the model barely recognisable. As the eclipse progresses, the new coupé gradually becomes more visible, until its full beauty is finally revealed in the daylight. The TV ad was directed by London-based director Sam Brown.[32]

2015 Facelift (Life-Cycle-Impulse)[edit]

Details of the facelifted 2015 BMW 6 Series were released on the Internet on December 11th 2014, a month before its official release in the Detroit Auto Show.

Standard Exterior Changes include: One removed slat from each Kidney Grille, a slightly redesigned Full-LED Adaptive Headlights, three distinct LED's in the fog lights, integrated indicators in the accent strip cutting across the top of the headlight unit, a larger and lower front air intake (for the front bumper) with a lip running across the entire end, the exterior mirrors get indicators, and new colours have been added including Jatoba Metallic, Cashmere Silver Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Mediterranean Blue Metallic and Melbourne Red Metallic. A new matte BMW Individual colours has been added called Frozen Brilliant White. The facelifted BMW 6 Series comes with a newly designed 20-inch multi-spoke wheels, and a BMW Individual 20-inch forged light alloy with a V-Spoke design as options. The Hofmeister Kink in the BMW 6 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe has been slightly redesigned. There is also a new chrome strip that sits in between the exhausts in the lower rear bumper and the style for the model designation badges has also been slightly changed.

In the Interior, changes include: A new trim called Finalize Brown Wood, and Harmon Kardon Hifi System and the Bang & Olufsen high-end surround-sound systems are available as options. The facelifted BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe can be ordered with rear and side window sun blinds, and can also be ordered with heated rear seats. Customers can also specify for either Dakota or Nappa Leather with extended features - This means that Bi-Colour variants of Ivory White/Black and Cognac/Black can be ordered.

All facelifted BMW 6 Series xDrive models get Hydraulic Steering Assistance, and all models are available in xDrive variants which improves the 0-60 times. All (640i/d and 650i) models come with BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology, and all models meet the EU6 Exhaust Emissions standard. The 650i Coupe and Gran Coupe feature 445hp, and can go from 0-60 in only 4.3s.

A new package called the 'Black Accent Package' can also be ordered on all facelifted models - The changes include: High Gloss Black Kidney Grille Bars, a BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line trim, high-gloss tailpipe tips and 19-inch Bi-Colour light alloy wheels with an exclusive multi-spoke design. Cognac/Black bi-colour Nappa leather highlighted by Fineline Brown Wood is also included in the 'Black Accent Package'. The 'M Sport Edition' gets 20-inch M Wheels, a M Sport Steering Wheel and a M Dynamic exterior. The interior changes from the 'M Sport Edition' includes ventilated front seats, soft close doors and (like its pre-facelifted model) contrast stitching and a leather dashboard.


All 640i models get exclusive features as well. All facelifted BMW 640i models have a Sports Exhaust System, which features a switchable exhaust valve and can be adjusted via the 'Driving Experience Control Switch'. This means that whenever the car is in the SPORT or SPORT+ mode, the valve opens in order to reduce the exhaust backpressure, and thus generates a 'dramatic' and aural response. The engine management system also allows further acoustic optimisations including Dynamic Load-Reversal Damping. Also, all facelifted BMW 640i models burn 0.2litres less fuel per 100km than its pre-facelift model.

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine code Power Torque
640i 2011-present N55HP 235 kW (315 hp) @5800 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) @1200–4500
650i 2011-2012 N63B44 300 kW (402 hp) @5500 600 N·m (443 lb·ft) @1750–4500
650i 2012-present N63B44TU 330 kW (443 hp) @5500 650 N·m (479 lb·ft) @2000–4500
M6 2012–present S63B44TU 412 kW (553 hp) @6600 680 N·m (502 lb·ft) @1500–5750

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine code Power Torque
640d 2011-present N57D30 239 kW (321 hp) @4400 630 N·m (465 lb·ft) @1500–2500

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