BMW 6 Series
|BMW 6 Series|
1976 – 1989 |
2003 – present
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size luxury car / Grand tourer (S)|
2-door coupe |
4-door sedan (Gran Coupé)
|Layout||FR / F4 layout (xDrive)|
The 6 Series was initially only available as a two-door coupé, however a convertible body style was later added with the introduction of the BMW E63/E64 6 Series in 2004. A new four-door coupé body style was also introduced in 2012 with the F06/F12/F13 6 Series, as well as a fastback body style with the G32 6 Series in mid-2017.
The first generation 6 Series was derived from the BMW E23 7 Series, and was powered by a range of naturally aspirated inline-six gasoline engines. Following generations have been powered by inline-four, V8, and V10 engines with both natural aspiration and turbocharging. Since 2008, diesel engines have been included in the 6 Series range, with four-wheel drive models on offer since 2012.
First Generation (E24; 1976–1989)
The E24 is the first generation of 6 Series and was produced from 1976 to 1988. It replaced the E9 coupés and was solely produced in the 2-door coupé body style. Aside from the M635CSi/M6 models, the E24 was powered by a range of M30 straight-6 engines.
The E24 M635CSi (called the M6 in North America and Japan) is considered the start of the M6 model line. In most markets, the M635CSi is powered by the M88 straight-6. In North America and Japan, the M6 is powered by the less powerful S38 straight-6 engine.
Second Generation (E63/E64; 2003–2010)
In January 2003, the E63 coupé re-introduced the 6 Series range, 14 years after the E24 6 Series ended production. A few months later, the E64 convertible was released.
The E63/E64 uses a shortened version of the E60 5 Series chassis and shares many features with the 5 Series. The car initially drew criticism, due to its controversial styling and complicated iDrive system.
Third Generation (F06/F12/F13; 2011–present)
The BMW F06/F12/F13 is the third generation 6 Series and was sold from 2011 to 2019. The body styles of the range are a 4-door coupé (F06 model code, marketed as "Gran Coupé"), 2-door convertible (F12 model code) and 2-door coupé (F13 model code).
It was introduced at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and New York Auto Show. A new four-door coupé version of the 6 Series was introduced in 2012, at the Geneva Motor Show; and is based off the 2007 CS Concept. Initial models included a 3.0-litre inline six engine, a 4.4-litre V8, and a 3.0-litre inline six diesel engine, with all-wheel drive variants later added to the lineup.
In 2015, the 6 Series underwent a facelift, featuring design changes and minor performance and fuel economy improvements. On February 2017, it was confirmed that the 6 Series coupé model had ended production, although the convertible and Gran Coupé models are still on sale.
Fourth Generation (G32; 2017–present)
The BMW G32 is the fourth generation 6 Series, which went on sale in 2017. The body style of the G32 is a 5-door fastback and it is marketed as "6 Series Gran Turismo" (replacing the previous generation 5 Series Gran Turismo).
The G32 was first introduced online on 14 June 2017 and launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The range of engines consist of turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol, 6-cylinder petrol and 6-cylinder diesel engines. Most models are rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive (called "xDrive" by BMW) available as an option for some models.
Production and sales
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