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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 March 2011 – present
Assembly Germany: Dingolfing
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
Transmission 6-speed manual
8-speed automatic
7-speed (DCT)
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)
Width 1,894 mm (74.6 in)
Height 1,365–1,392 mm (53.7–54.8 in)
Curb weight 1,660–1,980 kg (3,660–4,365 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, 6 Series coupé models ended production, although the convertible and Gran Coupé variants are still available.[2][3][4]

The F06/F12/F13 M6 is powered by the S63 twin-turbo V8 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.[5][6] 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" coupé concept car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.[7][8] The exterior was designed by Nader Faghihzadeh[9][10] and the interior by Christian Bauer.[11]

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.

Initial models included the 640i and 650i, while 640d and 650i xDrive models were later added to the lineup.[12]

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.[13] The design of the Gran Coupé was inspired by the 2007 BMW CS Concept.[14][15][16]

The wheelbase of the Gran Coupé is 117 mm (4.6 in) longer than the F13 coupé,[17] 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.[18] The Gran Coupé has a 4+1 seating arrangement, meaning there are two full-size rear seats, and one smaller rear middle seat.[19]

Convertible (F12)[edit]

The first convertible models were released in March 2011.[20]

Coupé (F13)[edit]

The first coupé models were released in June 2011.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

The available transmissions are:[24][25]

Models[edit]

The official specifications are shown below.[26][27][28] Top speed for all models is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h
640i 2011–2017 N55B30
3.0 L I6 turbo
235 kW (315 hp)
@ 5,800–6,000 rpm
450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,300–4,500 rpm
5.4 s
650i 2011–2013 N63B44
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
300 kW (402 hp)
@ 5,500–6,400 rpm
600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,750–4,500 rpm
4.9 s
2013–2017 N63TUB44
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
330 kW (443 hp)
@ 5,500–6,000 rpm
650 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,000–4,500 rpm
4.6 s
M6 2012–2017 S63B44T0
4.4 L V8 twin-turbo
412 kW (553 hp)
@ 6,000–7,000 rpm
680 N⋅m (502 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,500–5,750 rpm
4.2 s

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h
640d 2011–2017 N57D30
3.0 L I6 twin-turbo
230 kW (308 hp)
@ 4,400 rpm
630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,500–2,500 rpm
5.5 s

M6 version[edit]

F13 M6 coupé

The M6 version was produced in convertible (F12), two-door 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,[29] and at the Auto Mobil International Leipzig in convertible form.[30]

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.[31]

Compared to the standard car, the M6 features M-styling, merino leather upholstery, an M-specific head-up display, and a carbon fibre roof.[32]

Model year changes[edit]

2012[edit]

F06 640i Gran Coupé (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.[36]
  • 640d xDrive Gran Coupé and 640i xDrive models are introduced.[37]

2015 facelift[edit]

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, BMW introduced the F06/F12/F13 facelift models for the 2016 model year.[38]

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.[39][40]

All models were available with xDrive and met the EU6 Exhaust Emissions standard.[41][42] Fuel economy figures were improved.[43] Additional ride comfort settings were added to the electronically-adjustable dampers.[44]

2017[edit]

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

Production volumes[edit]

F13 BMW 640d coupé (facelift)

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

The following are production figures for the F06/F12/F13:[45]

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
2017 11,052
Total: 129,678

Awards[edit]

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