BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)

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BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)
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Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Production
  • March 2011 – February 2017 (coupé)
  • June 2011 – February 2018 (convertible)
  • June 2012 – October 2018 (Gran Coupé)
Model years2012 – 2019
AssemblyGermany: Dingolfing
DesignerNader Faghihzadeh (exterior)
Christian Bauer (interior)
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style
Layout
RelatedBMW 5 Series (F10)
Alpina B6 (F12)
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • 2,968 mm (116.9 in) (F06)
  • 2,855 mm (112.4 in) (F12/F13)
Length
  • 5,007 mm (197.1 in) (F06)
  • 4,894 mm (192.7 in) (F12/F13)
Width1,894 mm (74.6 in)
Height1,365–1,392 mm (53.7–54.8 in)
Curb weight1,660–1,980 kg (3,660–4,365 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 6 Series (E63)
SuccessorBMW 8 Series (G15)

The BMW F06/F12/F13 is the third generation of the BMW 6 Series range of grand tourers, and was launched in late 2011 as the successor to the E63/E64 6 Series. The body styles of the range are:

  • 4-door sedan (F06 model code, marketed as "Gran Coupé")
  • 2-door convertible (F12 model code)
  • 2-door coupé (F13 model code)

The F06/F12/F13 uses a shortened version of the F10 5 Series platform and shares many features with the 5 Series.

The M6 version is powered by the S63 twin-turbocharged V8 engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.[1][2] It is the first M6 to use a turbocharged engine.

Coupé models ended production in February 2017,[3] although the convertible and Gran Coupé variants are still available outside of Europe.[4][5]

Development and launch[edit]

BMW 6 Series Coupé concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

The new 6 Series was first shown as the "BMW Concept 6 Series" coupé concept car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.[6][7] The exterior was designed by Nader Faghihzadeh,[8][9] and the interior by Christian Bauer.[10]

Unusually for BMW, the production version of the convertible was released before the coupé. The convertible version was officially introduced in January at the 2011 North American Auto Show, while the coupé was introduced in April at the Shanghai Auto Show and New York Auto Show. The Gran Coupé was introduced at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Initial models included the 640i and 650i, while 640d and 650i xDrive models were later added to the lineup.[11]

Body styles[edit]

Gran Coupé (F06)[edit]

The F06 Gran Coupé is the four-door coupé variant of the 6 Series, and was launched on June 2012 at the Geneva International Motor Show.[12] The design of the Gran Coupé was inspired by the 2007 BMW CS Concept.[13][14][15]

The wheelbase of the Gran Coupé is 117 mm (4.6 in) longer than the F13 coupé,[16] and the same length as the BMW F10 5 Series. Compared with the F13 coupé, the body is 112 mm (4.4 in) longer, and 23 mm (0.9 in) taller.[17] The Gran Coupé has a 4+1 seating arrangement, meaning there are two full-size rear seats, and one smaller rear middle seat.[18]

Convertible (F12)[edit]

The first convertible models were released in March 2011.[19]

Coupé (F13)[edit]

The first coupé models were released in June 2011.[20]

Equipment[edit]

F12 650i convertible interior

Available equipment includes LED headlights, a Bang and Olufsen sound system, and a 10.2-inch satellite navigation screen.[21]

Transmissions[edit]

Most models were only available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The M6 models were available with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (called "M-DCT"), and a 6-speed manual transmission in the United States.[22]

The available transmissions are:[23][24]

Models[edit]

The official specifications of the coupé are shown below.[25][26][27]

Top speed for all models is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), except for the Alpina B6.

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h
640i 2011–2018 N55B30
3.0 L I6 turbo
235 kW (315 hp)
at 5,800–6,000 rpm
450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)
at 1,300–4,500 rpm
5.4 s
650i 2011–2013 N63B44
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
300 kW (402 hp)
at 5,500–6,400 rpm
600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750–4,500 rpm
4.9 s
2013–2018 N63TUB44
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
330 kW (443 hp)
at 5,500–6,000 rpm
650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft)
at 2,000–4,500 rpm
4.6 s
M6 2012–2018 S63B44T0
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
412 kW (553 hp)
at 6,000–7,000 rpm
680 N⋅m (502 lb⋅ft)
at 1,500–5,750 rpm
4.2 s
Alpina B6
(Gran Coupé)
2014 N63 M2/1
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
397 kW (532 hp)
at 5,200–6,250 rpm
730 N⋅m (538 lb⋅ft)
at 2,800–5,000 rpm
3.9 s
2015–2018 N63 M2/2
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
441 kW (591 hp)
at 6,000 rpm
800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft)
at 3,500–4,500 rpm
3.8 s

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h
640d 2011–2018 N57D30
3.0 L I6 twin-turbo
230 kW (308 hp)
at 4,400 rpm
630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft)
at 1,500–2,500 rpm
5.5 s

Special models[edit]

M6 version[edit]

F13 M6 coupé

The M6 version was produced in convertible (F12), coupé (F13) and four-door coupé (F06) body styles. It was launched in the coupé body style alongside the standard 6 Series Gran Coupé at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show,[28] and at the Auto Mobil International Leipzig in convertible form.[29]

It is powered by the S63 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8. In most countries, the only transmission offered was a Getrag 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (called "M-DCT"). In the United States, a 6-speed manual transmission was also available.[30]

Compared to the standard car, the M6 features M-styling, merino leather upholstery, an M-specific head-up display, and a carbon fibre roof.[31]

Alpina B6 Gran Coupé[edit]

2014 Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Gran Coupé

The B6 Gran Coupé xDrive was launched in 2014 and is a high performance model based on the 650i, made by Alpina.[32] It shares the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the B5 BiTurbo and produces 397 kW (532 hp) and 730 N⋅m (538 lb⋅ft), with a top speed of 318 km/h (198 mph).[33] B6 models receive 20-inch alloy wheels, aerodynamic elements, and exclusive trim and paint options.[34] In 2015, the B6 was refreshed and received performance improvements of 59 kW (79 hp) and 70 N⋅m (52 lb⋅ft), and now has a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph).[35]

The B6 is manufactured alongside the regular 6 Series in Dingolfing, and is then completed with remaining components at the Alpina factory in Buchloe, Bavaria.[36][37] It is sold by BMW in the United States and Canada, and is also independently sold by Alpina in other countries.

Model year changes[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

The following applies to models produced after spring of 2013:

  • Intelligent Emergency Call with vehicle location and accident severity detection becomes a standard feature.[41]
  • 640d xDrive Gran Coupé and 640i xDrive models are introduced.[42]

2015 facelift[edit]

2014 facelift (coupé)
2015 facelift (Gran Coupé)

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, BMW introduced the F06/F12/F13 facelift models for the 2016 model year.[43]

Exterior changes include redesigned hood, front and rear bumpers, LED fog-lights, adaptive headlights, turn signals on the wing mirrors, revised wheel design and new paint colours.[44][45]

All models were available with xDrive and met the EU6 Exhaust Emissions standard.[46][47] Fuel economy figures were improved.[48] Additional ride comfort settings were added to the electronically-adjustable dampers.[49]

2017[edit]

  • Coupé models were discontinued in February, although convertible and Gran Coupé models remain in production

Production volumes[edit]

The F06/F12/F13 6 Series is produced at the Dingolfing BMW plant.

The following are production figures for the F06/F12/F13:[50]

Year Total
2011 9,396
2012 23,193
2013 27,687
2014 23,988
2015 20,962
2016 13,400
2017 11,052
Total: 129,678

Awards[edit]

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