BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)

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BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)
BMW 640d Gran Coupé (F06) – Frontansicht, 7. September 2013, Münster.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2011–present
Assembly Dingolfing, Germany
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer (S)
Body style 2-door convertible
2-door coupé
4-door sedan
Layout FR layout,
F4 layout (xDrive)
Related BMW 5 Series (F10)
Powertrain
Engine Petrol:
3.0 L N55 I6 turbo
4.4 L N63 V8 twin-turbo
4.4 L S63 V8 twin-turbo
Diesel:
3.0 L N57 twin-turbo
Dimensions
Wheelbase F06: 2,970 mm (117 in)
F12/F13: 2,860 mm (113 in)
Length F06: 5,010 mm (197 in)
F12/F13: 4,890 mm (193 in)
Width 1,890 mm (74 in)
Height 1,360–1,390 mm (54–55 in)
Curb weight 1,660–2,050 kg (3,660–4,519 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor BMW 6 Series (E63)
Successor F12/F13: BMW 8 Series (G14/G15)[1]

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 BMW E63/E64 6 Series. The body styles of the range are:

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

As of February 2017, the BMW 6 Series Coupé is no longer on sale, although the convertible and Gran Coupé models are still in production.[2][3][4]

The F06/F12/F13 M6 is powered by the S63 twin-turbo V8 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It is the first M6 to use a turbocharged engine.

Development and launch[edit]

The F06/F12/F13 was first shown as the "BMW Concept 6 Series" coupe concept car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.[5][6] The exterior was designed by Nader Faghihzadeh[7][8] and the interior was designed by Christian Bauer.[9]

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

Initial models included the 640i and 650i, while 640d and 650i xDrive models were later added to the lineup.[10]

Body styles[edit]

Gran Coupé (F06)[edit]

The BMW F06 6 Series Gran Coupé is the four-door coupé variant of the 6 Series, which was launched on June 2012 at the Geneva International Motor Show.[11] The design of the Gran Coupé was inspired by the 2007 BMW CS Concept.[12][13][14]

The wheelbase of the Gran Coupé is 117 mm (4.6 in) longer than the F13 coupe,[15] and the same length as the BMW F10 5 Series. Compared with the F13 coupe, the body is 112 mm (4.4 in) longer, and 23 mm (0.9 in) taller.[16] The Gran Coupé has a 4+1 seating arrangement, meaning there are two full-size rear seats, and one smaller rear middle seat.[17]

Convertible (F12)[edit]

The first convertible models were released in March 2011.[18]

Coupe (F13)[edit]

The first coupe models were released in June 2011.[19]

Equipment[edit]

2011 650i interior

Available equipment includes LED headlights, a Bang and Olufsen sound system, and a 10.2-inch satellite navigation screen.[20]

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.[21]

The available transmissions are:[22][23]

Models[edit]

The official specifications are shown below.[24][25][26] Top speed for all models is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque
640i 2011-2017 N55B30
3.0 L I6 turbo
235 kW (315 hp)
@ 5800-6000 rpm
450 N·m (332 lb·ft)
@ 1300-4500 rpm
650i 2011-2013 N63B44
4.4 L V8 turbo
300 kW (402 hp)
@ 5500-6400 rpm
600 N·m (443 lb·ft)
@ 1750-4500 rpm
2013-2017 331 kW (444 hp)
@ 5500-6000 rpm
650 N·m (479 lb·ft)
@ 2000-4500 rpm
M6 2012-2017 S63B44
4.4 L V8 turbo
412 kW (553 hp)
@ 6000-7000 rpm
680 N·m (502 lb·ft)
@ 1500-5750 rpm

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque
640d 2011-2017 N57D30
3.0 L I6 turbo
230 kW (308 hp)
@ 4400 rpm
630 N·m (465 lb·ft)
@ 1500-2500 rpm

M6 version[edit]

F13 M6 coupe

The M6 version was produced in convertible (F12), two-door coupe (F13) and four-door coupe (F06) body styles. It was launched in the coupe body style alongside the standard 6 Series Gran Coupé at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show,[27] and at the Auto Mobil International Leipzig in convertible form.[28]

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.[29]

Compared to the standard car, the M6 features M-styling, merino leather upholstery, an M-specific head-up display, and a carbon fibre roof.[30]

Model year changes[edit]

2012[edit]

6 Series Convertible (facelift)

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.[34]
  • 640d xDrive Gran Coupé and 640i xDrive models are introduced.[35]

2015 facelift[edit]

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, BMW introduced the F06/F12/F13 facelift models for the 2016 model year.[36]

Exterior changes include redesigned front and rear bumpers, LED fog-lights, adaptive headlights, turn signals on the wing mirrors, revised wheel design and new paint colours.[37][38]

All models were available with xDrive and met the EU6 Exhaust Emissions standard.[39][40] Fuel economy figures were improved.[41] Additional ride comfort settings were added to the electronically-adjustable dampers.[42]

Production volumes[edit]

Facelift BMW 640i Gran Coupe (Australia)

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

The following are production figures for the F06/F12/F13:[43]

Year Total Coupé Convertible Gran Coupé
2011 9,396 2,937 6,459 -
2012 23,193 8,480 7,880 6,833
2013 27,687 6,278 5,496 15,913
2014 23,988
2015 20,962
2016 13,400
Total: 118,626

Awards[edit]

2011 Red Dot Award (6 Series Convertible)[44]
2011 Good Design Award (6 Series Coupé and Convertible)[45]
2012 iF Gold Award for Outstanding Design (6 Series Coupé)[45]
2012 iF Product Design Award (6 Series Convertible)[45]
2012 Red Dot Award (BMW 6 Series Coupé and Gran Coupé)[45]

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