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2014 BMW 6-Series

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The third-generation BMW 6-Series was unveiled back in 2011 and for the 2014 model year BMW has announced a series of updates. The biggest one will be of course the addition of the new Frozen Brilliant White Edition , but next to it BMW is also offering a series of updates, mainly on the car’s technology features.

The 640i Gran Coupe will now be offered with BMW’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, and the navigation system will now be offered with a revised design and honed operating system. Other updates include redesigned navigation displays, new special functions for the interactive map and new functions for the split screen in the central information display. The navigation system will now be offered with a full speech-recognition function and optimized voice-control system.

No changes have been made under the hood, so customers will have to choose between the usual 3-liter six-cylinder and the 4.4-liter V-8 engine.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW 6-Series.

Exterior

BMW 6-Series

No updates have been made on the exterior so, the 2014 6-Series will continue with the same unmistakable design. Up front a large and slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille dominates the view and it continues with a V-shaped hood that perfectly contours the headlights, grille and wide air intakes.

At the rear, the 6-Series features a pair of two-part, L-shaped taillights, plus a trunk lid with flatter surfacing.

Interior

BMW 6-Series

On the interior, the 2014 6-Series continues to offer the same level of luxury, but it receives a series of technology updates. The navigation system receives a revised design and honed operating system, the menu now offers new functions and the interface offers revised graphics and 3D elements.

The map has additional function bars that allow the driver to customize it without leaving the map. The map also features an iDrive Controller that offers a quick and easy access to a host of options. The split screen offers new functions, including displaying the chosen location and a new zoom function that helps you see if the destination shown is indeed the right one.

The navigation system now offers a full speech-recognition function and optimized voice-control system. The new function includes a dictation function, which gives drivers the opportunity to dictate text freely and compose short text-based messages simply by saying what they wish to write.

Drivetrain

BMW 6-Series

Under the hood, the 2014 6-Series keeps the usual engines. The 640i is powered by a 3-liter six-cylinder engine equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. This engine delivers a total of 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the 640i will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 135 mph.

The 650i is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 445 horsepower and a peak torque of 480 pound-feet. The 650i goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 135 mph.

All models are now offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission and, for the first time ever, the 640i Gran Coupe will be offered with BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system.

Type/valves per cylindersTwinPower Turbo Inline 6 / 4
Displacement2,979 cc
Bore/stroke3.30/3.50 inch
Nominal output @ rpm315 horsepower @ 5800-6000 rpm
Maximum torque @ rpm330 pound-feet @ 1400-4500 rpm
Compression ratio10.2:1
Type/valves per cylindersTwinPower Turbo V-8/4
Displacement4395 cc
Bore/stroke3.50/3.50 inch
Nominal output445 horsepower @ 5500-6000 rpm
Max. torque480 pound-feet @2000-4500 rpm
Compression ratio10.0:1

Prices

Prices for the 2014 BMW 6-Series will be announced at a later date.

Competition

The list of competitors remains unchanged and since each model delivers pretty much the same amount of power and luxury we would say it will be just a matter of personal choice.

Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible

Jaguar XK and XKR

The XK is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 385 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The XK is also limited to 155 mph, giving it a 20 mph advantage over the 6-Series. If we refer to the 2013 model year, both models are priced at around $83k, so nothing different here.

Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Mercedes E-Class Coupe

In the U.S. market, the E-Class Coupe is offered with a choice of two engines: a direct-injected, 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine that delivers a total of 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque or a twin-turbo, direct-injected 5.5-liter V-8 producing 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will be offered with a 7-speed automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever and shift paddles.

Conclusion

BMW 6-Series

With the exception of xDrive being added to the 640i Gran Coupe, the 2014 6-Series received very few updates. To be completely honest with you, though, it really didn’t need any major improvements. Still, with all the technology improvements, the 6-Series manages to remain in front of its competitors.

LOVE IT
  • New special edition
  • Improved technology
  • 8-speed transmission
LEAVE IT
  • No exterior updates
  • No engine improvements

Press Release

The BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe models will enter the 2014 model year with a stronger line-up than ever, thanks to new enhancements and a limited edition of the Convertible model sure to make heads turn.

Limited to only 100 copies, the new 2014 BMW 6 Series Convertible Frozen Brilliant White Edition will be produced in April and early May, 2013, and will be instantly recognizable both inside and out. Available as a rear-wheel drive 650i, or 650i xDrive model featuring BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, the Frozen Brilliant White Edition will have a starting MSRP of $106,695 and 110,095, respectively (prices include $895 Destination & Handling), and will arrive at Authorized BMW Centers this May. Contents signature to the Edition include BMW Individual Frozen Brilliant White Metallic exterior matte paint, Frozen Black wing mirror caps, black BMW kidney grilles, and 20-inch bi-color Ferric Gray / gloss-turned BMW M Performance light-alloy wheels.

Other 6 Series equipment specified to the Edition includes Black Nappa leather upholstery, a black Convertible soft top, and Gray Poplar wood trim. The M Sport Package and Executive Package are also included, and xDrive models will benefit from the Cold Weather Package.

Additionally, the BMW 6 Series Convertible Frozen Brilliant White Edition will mark the US-debut of BMW’s new Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, which allows the “personality” and presentation of the car’s instrumentation to change substantially with each of the various BMW Driving Dynamics Control modes.

2014 640i Gran Coupe now available with xDrive all-wheel drive

The 640i, 650i, and M6 models become the latest models to benefit from the latest-generation HMI, BMW iDrive 4.2. BMW navigation system which features a revised design and honed operating system. All 2014 BMW 6 Series models except M6 feature BMW’s superb 8-speed automatic transmission and are available with xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. BMW xDrive will be available on the 2014 640i Gran Coupe, joining other 640i and 650i Gran Coupe models available with xDrive.

BMW’s iDrive4.2. Display and control in the third dimension.

The newest BMW navigation system features a revised design and honed operating system. The menu-driven navigation system has been augmented by new functions. The user interface includes revised graphics and now comprises 3D elements, while the entire architecture of the individual menus is now presented in virtual, three dimensional spaces. Its 1.3 GHz processor and dedicated 3D graphics card, bring new levels of animation and dynamic transitions.

Along with the menu presentation, the navigation displays have been revised and enhanced. The map displays and guidance information are now depicted with even greater brilliance and sharpness than before. Additional function bars allow the map view to be customized quickly and simply without having to leave the map. The new function bars are superimposed as an extension of the original map bar and open up additional options. This allows for Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) or weather updates to be superimposed, points-of-interest to be displayed, or the map to be quickly switched from top view to perspective view. Standardization of the control bars in the multimedia sphere facilitates operation of a wide range of audio sources.

The Pie menu: greater operating convenience at a click.

The interactive map view also comes with the option of selecting special functions directly from the map. Using the iDrive Controller, the driver can mark a spot in the interactive map to open the Pie menu. This radial menu offers quick and easy access to a host of options. Depending on the information stored, the driver can have points-of-interest in the area flagged, read up on any stored details, start navigation to any of the points-of-interest, alter the map view and have the current location or destination displayed. If further information on a point-of-interest – such as the telephone number – is also stored, the driver can instantly access it and make a call.

Split-screen display with more detailed guidance views.

The split screen in the central information display also adds newfunctions. While entering the destination byselecting the state, city and road, the chosen location is also displayed in the map view on the split screen. The zoom functioncan be used to verify whether the destination shown in the relevant section of the map is the intended one.

For the navigation process itself, the familiar arrow guidance in the split screen has now been joined by a high-level guidance feature. This is automatically activated when the driver reaches a certain point ahead of the next navigation instruction. From a specified distance, which varies according to the category of road, the arrow display turns into a schematic, perspective view of the surroundings. This gives the driver even better orientation thanks to an enhanced depiction of the location and precise lane guidance. For an optimal picture, the perspective view changes in stages to a top view of the junction or intersection as the vehicle approaches it, while a dynamic vehicle indicator pinpoints the car’s current position.

The new 3D city model offers another view of select cities to aid navigation. If the 3D representation is available, a highly realistic depiction of the surrounding streets and buildings makes it easier for the driver to find their way around.

The mobile office: dictation function, voice memos and voice control.

The latest-generation navigation system features a full speech recognition function and optimized voice control system to complete the portfolio of office functions offered by BMW ConnectedDrive as BMW. The full speech recognition system now includes the dictation function which gives drivers the opportunity to dictate text freely and compose short text-based messages simply by saying what they wish to write. Just a few seconds after dictation has been completed, the transcribed text appears in the display and can be read out if desired. Drivers also have a number of simple-to-use, speech-based editing tools available to them for putting the final touches to e-mails and SMS messages easily and, most importantly, safely. The multilingual system can recognize six languages including English and Spanish.

An additional speech-based option to enhance office functionality is voice memos which can be sent directly by email. The advantage to the driver is the ability to quickly store ideas or to-do items and send them to the relevant addressee(s) – without being distracted. The recorded memos can be stored on a USB stick for use outside the car.

The navigation system now allows additional menu functions to be called up through simplified voice commands. The system is able to recognize contact data irrespective of the format in which it is stored, and thus independently of first name and surname order. Additional submenu functions can now be activated or actions specified by speech input – from adjusting the radio and entering a destination to changing the route criteria. Voice control is becoming even easier to use.

Rounding off the new office functions is the enhanced facility for simultaneously pairing two phones to the car at the same time. The contact data of both phones are now transferred to a shared list which is then available for making phone calls and sending emails. High-performance hardware means that calendar and contact information is displayed without delay, ensuring that both telephones are quickly ready for wide-ranging use in the vehicle.


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