The first 6 Series saw daylight in 1976 as the E24 chassis. This two-door coupe lasted until 1989, at which point BMW discontinued production, waiting another 14 years before resurrecting it as the E63 and E64. As of 2014, the 6 Series is now in its third generation as the F12, F13, and F06 chassis, with over 80,000 units sold since the release of the convertible model in March of 2011. The latest iteration is slated to make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show, arriving in showrooms for the first quarter of 2015. The 6 Series comes in three discrete body styles: a two-door coupe, a convertible, and a sloped four-door known as the Gran Coupe. Featuring a longer wheelbase, plus a rear end that is short and sharply slanted, the Gran Coupe takes the convenience of four doors and adds the styling cues of a two-door model. It’s a vehicle philosophy that seeks to combine luxury, performance, and functionality into one handsome package.
Updates for the 2016 model year are minimal, but include exterior styling tweaks and additional options for the interior and body color paint scheme. Beyond that, all the luxury and performance you’d expect from a world-class Bavarian import is present and correct.
Has BMW maintained its position as the “Ultimate Driving Machine?" Click past the jump to decide for yourself.
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The 2014 BMW 6 Series is a hot commodity. With three different models — a two-door coupe, a GranCoupe with four doors, and a convertible — BMW offers plenty of choices for consumers looking to drop some considerable change for this sporty, luxurious car. Engine offerings start with a 3.0-liter, 315-horsepower, twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six, dubbed the 640i. Next up is the 650i, with a 4.4-liter V-8, also featuring a twin-scroll turbo design, which is good for 445 horsepower. The mighty M6 comes with a more powerful version of the 650i’s V-8, producing an almost-crazy 560 horsepower. Performance is blistering, regardless of engine choice, and typical BMW luxury and top-notch fit and finish adorn the interior. While the 2014 6 Series Convertible is certainly fresh, this didn’t stop BMW from updating the lineup for the 2015 model year.
With three more model years to cover until a brand-new 6 Series arrives, BMW slapped a revised front end to its largest drop-top, as well as a couple of new features for the interior aside from the enhanced options list. Naturally, new exterior colors and redesigned wheels are also up for grabs. Find out more about it below.
Updated 12/11/2014: BMW unveiled the first details on the revised 6 Series lineup, with just a few weeks before the car’s official debut in Detroit. Details after the jump.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
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BMW’s Individual program is the epitome of customization, carrying with a dramatic styling treat that really covers the needs and whims of its customers.
So with two new models in its fold — the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe — BMW quickly followed those releases up with Individual programs for both of the new M models.
As far as the latter is concerned, the modifications cover a wide range of new exterior and interior features, none more distinct than the Azuirte black exterior paint and the fancy wood trims on the interior.
Both the M3 Individual and its M4 counterpart will make their public debuts at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. That’s enough time for us to enjoy the holiday season and get ready for what promises to be an action-packed new year.
BMW seems to agree and what better way to jump start 2014 than to present special edition programs for its two newest models.
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BMW Individual is defined by genuine exclusiveness combined with the most exclusive materials and colors. So, it was expected to see these exclusive features applied to the recently launched M3 sedan and M4 coupe. Both models will be displayed in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the standard M3 and M4 versions.
The BMW M4 Coupe Individual will be painted Mineral White and, even though there is no official confirmation on this just yet, we expect it to also get some elements seen on previous BMW Individual models, including special wheels and a black-chrome exhaust system.
The interior is trimmed in a sexy brown finish combined with high-quality wood. The seats are wrapped in a special leather that features a sharp cinnamon look, while some nice aluminum elements spice up the cabin and take the M4’s luxury up another notch — as if it really needs it.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M4 Coupe.
BMW has already begun revitalizing its lineup with the future 3 Series Coupe and Convertible getting tagged under the 4 Series line. This treatment is also spilling over to the 1 Series, as the three- and five-door models will remain under the 1 Series name, but starting in 2014, the coupe and convertible models become the new 2 Series lineup.
When compared to the 1 Series Coupe — the model it replaces — the new 2 Series Coupe is larger, giving increased interior room for the front and rear passengers. Additionally, the U.S.-spec 2 Series loses the six-cylinder engine used in the 1 Series Coupe and makes use of a new four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and easier on fuel.
BMW will display the new 2 Series Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but it has revealed most of the information ahead of its public showing.
It will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2014 at a base price of $33,025. Upon initial release, there will only be two variants available in the U.S.: 228i and M235i. You can see the full review for the high-performance, 2014 BMW M235i here.
Updated 12/16/2013: The BMW 2 Series’ ordering guide has leaked onto the Internet, showing all of the intricate pricing details, including a $500 premium for metallic paints, a $1,450 premium for Dakota leather and all of the optional packages. You can see the guide, after the jump.
Updated 05/30/2014: A leaked ordering guide document revealed prices for the 2015 2 Series. As expected things will remain pretty much unchanged, with the RWD 228i and M235i being priced from $32,100 and $43,100 respectively. AWD option will add another $1,800. New for 2015 model year is the Track Package priced at $2,200. (carscoops)
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The BMW M3 and the M4 Coupe are understandably getting all the attention today, but BMW is quick to point out that those aren’t the only two models that it’s proudly showcasing.
A special-edition BMW Z4 is also getting some love ahead of its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The model is called the Pure Fusion Edition and while it lacks in any kind of noticeable exterior changes, it does showcase the company’s new Pure Fusion Design equipment package, which is all sorts of incredible if you’re the type to enjoy your luxury with plenty servings of sportiness to go with it.
That, essentially, is what BMW is trying to sell with the Z4 Pure Fusion Design. You get your sports car in full blast and add a special interior that has more leather than you’d expect.
Kudos to Bimmer for killing two birds with one stone. It’s cars like this that can really draw interest back to an aging model, like the Z4.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design
BMW has added a new entry-level model to its 3-Series lineup and it has debuted it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. That’s right, the 320i returns yet again…
The new 320i brings back the tradition of Bimmer using the engine size in the model numerals, as the new entry-level model boasts a 2.0-liter four-banger. With BMW now excelling with advanced twin-scroll turbocharger technology, we expect this model to be a top performer in its class – both in speed and efficiency. The 320i will sit just below the current base model, the 328i, meaning we expect it to come in well below that models $36,850 base price.
As is typical for BMW, it can’t just offer up one base model and leave it at that, so it is also offering up a 320i xDrive model, which will feature BMW’s famed all-wheel-drive system. We also anticipate a slew of optional features and packages to come along for the ride, making the entry-level 3-Series even more desirable.
The real test is whether the 320i can stick around this time or if it will disappear yet again.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 320i Sedan.
While we are all waiting for the next-generation Z4, it looks like BMW has slid in a refreshed version for the 2014 model year for good measure. The model has been caught testing in many times and now it will be making its world debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show.
BMW’s decision to update for the current generation Z4 Roadster shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. First, the current-gen Z4 has been on the market since 2009 and secondly, a final decision on a third-generation Z4 is still to be made.
Of course, the updates on the 2014 Z4 aren’t very impressive; in fact, the U.S. market will be the only one not receiving the biggest update — a new entry-level model that features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. Other updates will be limited to the exterior, and will include updated LED headlights and two new set of wheels… That’s pretty much it!
Updated 12/18/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 12/26/2012: BMW has unveiled two very cool video for their new Z4 Roadster set to be revealed in Detroit. The new video show the car in action, but also a few exterior and interior design elements.
In addition to the number of world premieres BMW is dropping at the 2013 NAIAS, a new equipment package, dubbed the Limited Edition Lifestyle package, will also be in attendance.
The package is set to be offered to both the 1-Series Coupe and the 1-Series Convertible, and comes with a slew of exclusive and high-quality equipment details that have been designed to add more style and substance to the exterior and interior of the 1-Series.
The package will come with a choice of three colors, including a Mineral White metallic paint that obviously gives the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models the kind of added shine that makes it stand out from the crowd.
On top of the color options, the program also includes a new set of 18-inch light-alloy wheels and an interior that has been dressed up in brown leather trim with white contrast stitching, a brown leather sports steering wheel, specially badged door sill strips, and what BMW is calling as "Fineline Stream" fine wood trim. Taken all together, the Lifestyle Edition program is really more about classing up the 1-Series than anything else.
The convertible model goes one more by adding in a brown soft top with silver pigments to give it that Twilight-vampire-like shimmer in the sunlight. Okay, maybe not that drastic, but still a cool effect nonetheless.
No word yet on how much the program will set you back, but we expect more details of it when the cars bearing the mods make their debuts at the 2013 NAIAS.
We’ll update you with all of the details as they roll out.
We already know that beginning with the next-generation 3-Series, the coupe and the convertible versions will no longer be offered as a 3-Series model. Instead, BMW will add a new model to its lineup known as the 4-Series.
We are all eagerly anticipating a production version of the 4-Series to show up soon, but BMW will start off with a little teasing, as it will first release a concept model. The 4-Series concept will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and BMW has just released the first official details of the upcoming concept.
The new 4-Series will take its design inspiration from the 6-Series Coupe and it will offer "greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation" from the 3-Series. It will also be longer and feature a lowered roof line.
BMW offered no details on the engine lineup just yet, but the production version will be offered with the same engine lineup as the 3-Series sedan.
Update 12/7/2012: BMW has just launched a video outlining the all-new BMW 4-Series Concept with higher ups at Bimmer talking about the improvements of the new Coupe.
UPDATE 02/18/13: Leave it to BMW to leave us dumbfounded about a new promo video for the new BMW 4-Series Coupe. It’s in German, which we don’t really understand, but a quick browse through Google Translate seems to suggest that the promo video is saying the that the 4-Series Coupe is "the Ultimate Driving Machine". And who are we to disagree. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept.
BMW is set to unveil the facelift version of the 1 Series, both coupe and convertible, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, but before the drapes fall, BMW has decided to offer the first details on the new models just a few weeks earlier.
For the 2012 model year, the 1 Series has received carefully selected design modifications, optimized aerodynamics, and attractive equipment features. What we don’t know about yet is the engine lineup, but we assume that it will be coming in the same setup as before. The only modifications that may be made are for the 135i, which will see its 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine dropped in favor of a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine.
For the interior, the standard version now includes a wide range of features that further reinforce the strong sense of quality and refinement. The interior trim strip range has been revised and now includes an Alpine White version.
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The 2012 1-Series comes with just a few exterior changes. While the body remains generally the same as the current generation, there is new, redesigned headlights and tail lights. The headlights will include the same LED lights that will be also featured in the future 1-Series M. Customers will also have new colors to choose from.
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When BMW revealed the new Z4 Roadster, the new retractable hard top came with some bad news: there will be no M version. However the Z4 sDrive35is that is set to be revealed in January 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show is just as good as any other M model.
The new Z4 sDrive35is is faster and better than any other model in the Z4 line-up: powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six with increased air flow and more boost pressure. The result is an output of 335 HP at 5,900 RPM and a peak torque of 332 lb-ft from 1,500 RPM to 4,500 RPM. The sprint from 0 to 60 MPH is made in just 4.7 seconds, while the car’s top speed is limited to 155 MPH. The engine is mated to a 7 speed Double-Clutch Transmission with SPORT and SPORT+ modes for crisper shifts and more performance driving.
The Z4 sDrive35is borrows the M Aerodynamics and adaptive M Suspension from the larger cars. The new Z4 rides on lightweight 18 inch five spoke alloy wheels, a striking front bumper with a matte aluminum trim bar in each outer air intake, a rear bumper with accentuated surrounds on the tailpipes, and a rear diffuser finished at top in body color and black textured surface underneath. On the interior BMW added a new M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, an M driver’s footrest, and sport seats.
Updated 01/29/10: BMW today announced prices for the Z4 sDrive35is. Sales will begin in the Spring at a price of $61,925 including $875 Destination & Handling. By comparison, the MY2011 Z4 sDrive30i and Z4 sDrive35i start at $46,875 and $52,775 respectively.
UPDATE 06/28/2010: Check out our review of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is by clicking here.
Press release after the jump.
The German car builder BMW unveiled their Concept ActiveE at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Based on the 1-Series Coupe, the ActiveE features an electric drive system that offers owners a range of up to 100 miles. The EV power train generates a maximum output of 170 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque from the battery powered motors that will accelerate the ActiveE Concept from 0 to 60 MPH in a reasonable 8.5 seconds and will reach a top speed limited to 90 MPH all without emitting a single pollutant. Quite possibly the most attractive aspect of any premium compact.
The lithium ion batteries found in the BMW Concept ActiveE have their own liquid cooling system and an intelligent battery management system which are the key elements to increasing both storage capacity and longevity of the electricity storing cells. They also ensure that the EV Bimmer’s rather long range is guaranteed independent of external conditions. The unique BMW derived ActiveE’s high storage capacity electric drive system is the only reason that the Concept can achieve the kind of autonomy that it is capable of, allowing up to 100 miles of driving on a single charge. With this concept BMW is making a strong charge to get Americans excited about premium efficiency in compact packages.
Updated 12/01/10: New video added: Detroit Auto Show revealing. Check it out!
Press release after the jump.
The German automaker BMW is showing that efficiency can be fun their EfficientDynamics lineup will grow by two new models, a 135i Coupe and Convertible. At the heart of these compact sports cars is a 3.0 Liter BMW straight six boosted by a pair of twin scroll turbochargers and the integration of VALVETRONIC throttle less intake technology as well as VANOS variable valve timing, offering better throttle response and improved fuel efficiency while still making 300 HP and 300 lb-ft of torque. The motor is mated to an all new DCT 7 speed Double Clutch Transmission with dedicated paddle shifters where he driver has to pull back on the right lever to shift up and tug on the left one to downshift. Meanwhile creature comforts are taken car of with a top of the line Harman Kardon Surround Sound System as optional equipment.
The 2010 BMW 135i Coupe an Convertible will arive in dealer’s showrooms later on this Spring.
Press release after the jump.
BMW announced today the North American debut for the 740i and 740Li. Both models will go on sale in Spring 2010 and prices will be announced at a later date.
Both the 740i and 740Li are powered by a twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine that deliver a total of 315 hp at 5800 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque from 1600-4500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers power to the rear wheels.
Both models will feature all-aluminum construction, High Precision direct fuel injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft technology, and Brake Energy Regeneration. M-Sport Package, Driver Assistance Package, Luxury Seating Packages, Rear Entertainment Package, and even the BMW Individual Composition Package will also be available for both of them. The 740i is priced at $71,025 and the long wheelbase 740Li at $75,425.
UPDATE 06/04/2010: We got a chance to drive around in the luxurious BMW 740Li. Check out our review here.
Press release after the jump.
Welcome back BMW. The last Z4 looked like a merger of compromise. It brought together round designs and aggressive cuts that made the car never too cuddly and never too aggressive. It was the girlfriend you went out with not because of how she looked, but because she had a good personality.
Now that’s all changed. There is only one look to this car, and its pure evil. The body now has more better proportioned design, and with the new hard top up, the rear half has a profile that resembles the previous generation Z4 coupe. The most important part is the front. The new Z4 has an intimidating and shark-like look that wants to say, "I have a secret...and that is I could kill you."
The interior has improved slightly. The new Z4 has switched the position of the radio and climate controls from the previous generation, and everything comes closer to looking like the BMW Z8’s interior (without the confusing center-mounted dials.)
The new Z4 comes in two models for North America, both using the same 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine. The sDrive30i has 255 hp, and the sDrive35i uses twin-turbos (one turbo designated for three cylinders each) to upgrade to 300 hp. All variants of the new BMW Z4 come as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. As an option, the BMW Z4 sDrive35i is available with BMW’s newly developed double-clutch sport automatic gearbox.
The BMW Z4 sDrive35i makes the 0 to to 60 mph sprint in 5.1 seconds with the manual transmission and 5.0 seconds with the seven-speed double clutch sport automatic. The sDrive30i accelerates from a 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a manual and 6.0 seconds with the automatic. Both models are limited to a top speed of 130 mph (150 mph with the optional Sport Package).
The new Z4 will be seen in the flesh next month at the Detroit Auto Show, and sales will begin on May 9th.
Full details in the press release after the jump
BMW will once again introduce a ground-breaking idea to the world and the creation of a new segment with the debut of its all-new X6 Sports Activity Coupe at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January. The all-new vehicle redefines the very notion of a coupe — with five doors and four sculpted seats, a higher ride and loads of cargo space. It defies coupe conventions in one jaw-dropping look, combining coupe agility and SAV versatility, taking the coupe to a higher level.
BMW has announced details of the revised 5 Series Saloon and Touring range . From its launch in 2003, the E60 5 Series delivered year-on-year sales records and received numerous accolades. The new 5 Series is set to build on that success with more performance, efficiency, practicality and owner appeal. Offering new engine technology to increase performance yet improve economy by up to 25 per cent, and class-leading comfort-focused equipment such as Lane Departure Warning System, the new 5 Series is set to remain the benchmark Executive car.
Spring 2007 marks the introduction of BMW’s new 3 Series Convertible. Available initially in 325i and 335i guises, but followed closely by smaller engined variants and diesel-powered models, BMW’s new open-top will deliver the ultimate in performance and refinement thanks to a number of innovations. Featuring the first electronically operated folding hard-top roof offered by BMW, the world’s first car to be offered with SunReflective seat cooling leather and a brace of all-new powerplants, the 3 Series Convertible is set to remain the segment leader.
Following its debut six months ago, the new BMW M5 has already made its mark, garnering raves like this from Automobile’s January â€˜06 All-Stars awards: “Having vanquished other sport sedans, BMW decided to make the latest M5 a supercar.“ Now, with all the power, technology and road mastery of the M5 packed into the elegantly sporty 6 Series Coupe, the new M6 makes yet another statement for BMW and BMW M: lighter and lower-built than the M5, possessed of an even sportier attitude. Customers will look at both, feel their preferences, make their choice. Either way, they get the full measure of BMW M’s performance capabilities and technological sophistication. In a comparison test of these two M masterpieces, Road & Track (February â€˜06) put it this way: “If you need space, the M5 is the one. For those who don’t, the M6 performs ever so slightly better according to the numbers.“
Twelve-cylinder engine with a unique combination of direct fuel injection and Valvetronic. Engine output is of 438 horsepower (SAE net) and maximum torque of 444 lb-ft. With its combination of four-valve technology, Valvetronic, double-VANOS and direct fuel injection, the BMW 760Li remains unique in the marketplace. Valvetronic ensures the engine’s very high level of fuel economy under partial load. Direct fuel injection, in turn, serves to increase both torque and output.