BMW 6-Series

BMW 6-Series

  The BMW 6-Series began its life back in 1976 with the E24 6 Series and saw its second generation unfold in 2003 with the E63/E64 6 Series. This generation 6-Series was powered by a 3.0L inline-six engine (petrol and diesel), a 4.8L V8, and a 5.0L V10 BMW M6 engine. These engines were mated to a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic, and a seven-speed SMGIII. The third generation of the 6-Series is nearing with the first model appearing as the 650i Convertible. The vehicle will be powered by two gas engines: a 6 cylinder twin turbo engine producing 320hp at 5800rpm and a V8 twin turbo engine producing 407hp at 5500 rpm.

Just a few days ago BMW has unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupe - competitor for Mercedes famous CLS luxury four-door coupe. And, as Mercedes has promised a CLS Shooting Break - set to be released in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show - of course there might be a possibility for BMW to offer a Touring version for their Gran Coupe model.

Of course that exactly like with the CLS Shooting Brake the BMW Gran Touring model will add some extra space, but will feature the same design language and technology as with the sedan version.

If built, the Touring model will be powered by a TwinPower turbo 6-cylinder engine with an output of 315 HP at 5,800 to 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 330 lbs-ft delivered between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and will hit a top speed of 155 mph.

As an added bonus to the unveiling of the new 6-Series Gran Coupe , BMW has also released details on the model equipped with the M-Sport package. The new package will be offered right when the new 6-Series goes on sale in the summer of 2012.

The M-Sport package adds a uniquely designed front fascia, side skirts, and a new rear fascia to the elongated body of the Gran Coupe. The package also includes black chrome exhaust tips, black-painted brake calipers, LED foglamps, a sports exhaust system for the BMW 650i Gran Coupe, and 19-inch light-alloy wheels in an M double-spoke design. The customers may also opt to get 20-inch light-alloy wheels in the M double-spoke design, as well as a choice between Carbon Black Metallic and Imola Red Non-Metallic paint finishes.

The interior is also given a few new touches, including special M Alcantara/leather sports seats with blue contrast stitching, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles, and an aluminum hexagon interior trim.

While many are sitting back, patiently waiting for the arrival of the BMW M6 , German tuner Alpina has been hard at work on a project that will shed some light on the future model. Their new B6 Biturbo Coupe may not be as impressive as the upcoming M6, which is rumored to deliver about 600 HP, but it’s here now. Plus, we’re sure Alpina left enough room for a new tuning package for the M6.

But back to their Alpina B6 Biturbo Coupe. The B6 is an evolution of the old 507 HP B6 cabrio , but uses an aluminum twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, equipped with MAHLE pistons and a high-performance cooling system. This setup is give for a total output of 540 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. With the extra power, the B6 Biturbo will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and will hit a top speed of 198 mph. Alpina has also opted for a Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that will make the car sound better than ever and, of course, a new set of 20" Alpina Classic rims fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

For the aerodynamic updates, the B6 BiTurbo Coupe has been fitted with a front spoiler, an integrated carbon fiber front splitter, and a rear spoiler with an optional rear wing. The interior was also revamped with a sport steering wheel, hand-stitched in LAVALINA leather, blue illuminated entry sills, a navigation system with preparation for Bluetooth mobile phone, USB audio interface, Xenon lights, and LED fog lights.

When it comes to updating BMW models, German tuner AC Schnitzer always does an amazing job. So when BMW unveiled the new generation 6-Series Coupe , we knew it would just be a matter of time before AC Schnitzer found something to improve upon. The complete BMW 6-Series project will be displayed at the Essen Motor Show.

They can do almost anything they want on the exterior, but the real deal is under the hood. AC Schnitzer did exactly what we would have expected from them by raising the output up to 540 HP, from the standard 407 HP. They have also added an exterior package to improve upon the BMW’s aerodynamics for better performance. These changes help the 6-Series Coupe sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, an improvement over the standard 4.8 seconds.

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW 6-Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer.

The 2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible , a car that was only introduced to us at the start of the year, is about to get its second tuning program courtesy of Hartge, following in the footsteps of the work done by Hamann , which made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month.

The scope of Hartge’s program may not catch the uninitiated at first glance, but it’s still significant enough to warrant some attention, something that we think was an intentional move done by the German tuning firm to maintain the car’s extravagant yet aggressive look. Among the items equipped to the new 6-Series Cabrio include a stainless steel sport exhaust system, lowering springs that drops the car’s ride height by 30mm in the front and 25mm in the rear, and a set of 19" or 21" alloy wheels.

Always the type to leave their imprint on their works, Hartge gave the interior of the 6-Series Convertible new aluminum pedals, special floor mats, and a number of Hartge emblems, including one on the steering wheel and on the front and rear where the BMW logo used to plastered on.

Under the hood, Hartge did an engine conversion the 6-Series Convertible’s 4.4-liter V8 engine, remapping the car’s ECU to spike the output from the standard 400 horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque all the way up to a mouth-watering 490 horsepower and 531 lb/ft of torque.

In what seems to be a bit of a backwards order, BMW has now released their 650i Coupe model six months after the German manufacturer unveiled their 6-Series Convertible version. The third generation 650i Coupe will arrive in US showrooms in Fall 2011.

The BMW 6-Series Coupe will be offered in a couple of different versions, but the US market will only be privy to the more powerful 650i version with a 400 HP V8 engine. European buyers will get their choice from this same model, plus a 640i version powered by a 320 hp six-in-line petrol unit.

The new 650i Coupe features a more stunning design and even sharper driving dynamics than its predecessor, along with optimized comfort levels and extra space. The Coupe is actually 2.9 inches (74 mm) longer with a 2.95 inch (75 mm) longer wheelbase. The car is also 1.5 inches wider, but sits 0.36 inch lower.

UPDATE 07/17/11: BMW has officially launched the new online configurator for the 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe! If you’re interested in scoring a piece of this new model, it might be a prudent idea to jump to the configurator and see what kind of trim and package will suit your tastes the best. It’s now up at the BMW website so step to it and start playing, folks!

UPDATE 10/07/11: The new BMW 6-Series Coupe made its debut on the British market, giving BMW the perfect opportunity to unveil a new set of high reg images and a new video showing the car in action. One thing is for sure: the car looks great in white. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW 650i Coupe.

The press days for the Frankfurt Motor Show have come and gone and Alpina , finally made the long awaited preview of their tuning program for the BMW 6-Series Convertible. .

Called the ’B6 Bi-Turbo Cabrio’, Alpina has improved the luxury cabriolet’s performance capabilities by adding its own twin-turbo system - hence the name - together with MAHLE pistons and a high-performance cooling system.

As a result, the 6-Series Convertible’s 4.4-liter V8 engine gained some significant ponies, pushing the standard output of 400 horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 500 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 516 lb/ft of torque between 3,000 and 4,750 rpm. Alpina also revised the gearbox on the car, putting in a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Together with this revised gearbox, the 25% increase in output allows the Alpina-tuned ’B6 Bi-Turbo Cabrio’ to hit 0-62 mph in just 4.8 seconds (up from 4.9) with a top speed hitting an impressive 193 mph, a stark improvement from the standard model’s electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

On top of that, the Alpina-tuned 6-Series Convertible averages 10.9 L/100km (25.9 mpg UK / 21.5 mpg US) and emits 255 g/km, impressive numbers for a car of this stature.

The car will make its official debut in Geneva next March, but at the very least, we’re getting a good idea on what Alpina has done to improve on the 6-Series Convertible’s already impressive performance capabilities.

Following the recent passing of Hamann Motorsports founder, Richard Hamann , the company is abiding by his wishes of continuing with business as usual by releasing their first tuning package for the recently launched BMW 6-Series Convertible . This new package was just debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and comes with exterior and interior modifications, as well as a massive engine update.

Hamann dressed up the exterior of the new 6-Series with sporty-dynamic front and rear spoilers, new LED daytime running lights, new side skirts, and a set of Hamann’s EDITION RACE ANODIZED and ANNIVERSARY EVO wheels available in different sizes and designs depending on the customer’s request. The interior also received a transformation with components made of the finest black anodize aluminum, personalized foot mats, and pretty much anything else the customer so chooses.

The best part, though, comes as part of the engine setup. Hamann has juiced up the 6-Series’ 4.4-liter V8 engine by adding a sport exhaust system with four stainless steel tail pipes, as well as an ECU upgrade to increase the total output from 400 to 510 HP. Then they added a special suspension that drops the cabriolet’s center of gravity by up to 30 mm.

If there was something the Frankfurt Motor Show missed, it definitely was not tuning packages. TechArt , Hamann , Brabus , and Alpina , among others, all came out to play. AC Schnitzer was also there with not one, but two impressive packages: the 1-Series M Coupe and the second kit based on the BMW 6-Series Convertible .

For the 6-Series Convertible, the tuner is offering a performance upgrade that will increase the V8’s engine output from 407 to a whopping 540 HP. With the extra 133 HP, the BMW will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, a 0.5 second improvement from the standard 4.9 seconds.

This power increase has been combined with a twin sports rear silencer with chromed "Sport Trim" tailpipe trims, an 8-pot high performance brake system for the front, and an AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit.

For the exterior, the tuner is offering a new front spoiler, a chromed front grille and chrome decor strips, a rear skirt insert, and loading lip protection film. Then there’s the new set of 21" Type VIII forged alloy wheel in BiColor to round out the look from the outside. The interior gets covered in a matte space grey, and benefits from a sports airbag steering wheel, an AC Schnitzer "Black Line" aluminum cover for the i-Drive system controller, and AC Schnitzer aluminum foot rests and pedals.

BMW Gran Coupe M-Sport

The standard BMW Gran Coupe has been on many people’s wish lists since the concept first took to the floor of the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. However, those fans may want to put their purchases on hold for just a bit longer because our spy photographers have just captured the next variant of the 4-door Coupe while testing. The Gran Coupe fitted with the company’s M-Sport package should arrive just a few short months after the standard model’s 2012 debut and should be priced a little north of the standard model’s $75,000.

The standard Gran Coupe will be inspired by the Gran Coupe concept and will be built on the same platform as the 5-Series , meaning it will sit 4.4 inches longer than the 6-Series (116.8 vs 112.4). It will be powered by either a turbocharged Inline-6 developing 300 HP and 300 lbs/ft at 1400 rpm or a twin turbo V8 that puts out 400 HP and 450 lbs/ft at 1750 rpm.

As with all the other BMW models, the M-Sport package will add a bevy of accessories, including an M aerodynamic body styling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, a High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, and black brake calipers. For the interior, the Gran Coupe with the M-Sport package will see sport seats and an M Sport multi-function leather trimmed steering wheel.

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