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2014 BMW 6-Series

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  • BMW 6-Series
  • Year:
    2014
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    445
  • Torque @ RPM:
    480
  • Displacement:
    4.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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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.

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Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW's Ass

Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW’s Ass

It really has to suck for BMW to get beat out so badly by a Korean economy brand.

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2018 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition

2018 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition

A one-off creation based off of a special edition model!

The BMW 6 Series is reportedly on its way out now that BMW appears to be set on bringing back the 8 Series. It’s a bittersweet moment for fans of the 6er, especially those who have been loyal fans of the range since it was reintroduced in 2003. Fortunately, certain models of the 6 Series remain popular to this day, including a special version created by recognized BMW tuner Alpina. The model is called the BMA Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe and believe it or not; it’s been around for a few years now, receiving yearly updates like any true Bimmer model. This time, BMW and Alpina took it a step further by creating a one-of-a-kind Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, specifically for the BMW Car Club of America.

The model itself carries the obnoxiously long BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition name. Its very existence is owed to the fact that it was built to be the grand prize for an upcoming raffle draw organized by BMW CCA. In keeping with its one-off status, the Alpina B6 BMW CCA Edition carries plenty of exclusive features, not the least of which include bespoke touches on the exterior and interior of the car. It also carries a signature Alpina paint finish, the likes of which we never get to see on any other BMW model. It’s a legitimate bespoke Alpina B6, a fitting grand prize for an event that’s also raffling off a BMW M2 and a BMW M240i, among other exciting goodies.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Gets BMW M Performance Parts

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Gets BMW M Performance Parts

There’s a lot of choices to be made in this regard so owners of the 6 Series GT should choose wisely

BMW is good for a lot of things these days, and when it comes to introducing performance add-ons masquerading as extra options, the German automaker is as good as it gets in the business. In fact, M Performance parts have become staples among a long list of BMW models and it’s no surprise that we’re here to once again talk about another model getting the same goodies.

This time, the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo gets its turn in the spotlight, receiving its own line of M Performance goodies for the first time ever. As you might expect, the “extra” parts are all about enhancing the 6 Series GT’s looks and performance capabilities. The parts and accessories may be short on actual engine upgrades, but for the most part, the pieces are there to give the massive sedan the necessary modifications that will enhance the car’s aesthetic and aerodynamic features. Even better, Bimmer says that prospective customers of the 6 Series GT stand to get the full spec of accessories made available to them as soon as the model hits the market. There’s a long list of parts to choose from so owners with budgets might have to choose wisely which bits and bobs they’d like to put on their 6 Series GTs. That or they could just get everything. BMW probably doesn’t mind either scenario.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

The Replacement for the 5 Series GT is here!

Do you like the idea of combining a sports sedan, an SUV, and a wagon? If so, then you’ll be happy to know that we’re finally getting details of BMW’s latest model: the 6 Series Gran Turismo. Set to go on sale in November of 2017, the 6 Series GT is initially available in three different variants, each of which gets their own engine. Power output ranges from 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet up to 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet. But wait, there’s a ringer here too, as the 6 Series GT will be available at lunch with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that’s good for 265 horsepower and a staggering 457 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the board, but all-wheel drive will be available on select trim levels if you’re willing to pony up some extra dough.

But, before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s just put it all on the table and point out that the 5 Series GT, the model this 6 Series replaces, performed horribly on the sales front, serving as one of the brand’s least popular models. So, BMW’s answer was to make it bigger and more luxurious and to pit it against models like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. So, will a bigger Gran Turismo sell better than the 5 Series GT it replaces, or should BMW give up on trying to make the Gran Turismo a thing? Let’s take a look at what we know so far and talk more about it.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Unveiled

2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Unveiled

A niche offering without the SUV stance

The Bavarians just revealed the new 6 Series Gran Turismo, a four-door liftback that combines “the long-distance comfort of a luxury sedan with alluring coupe style,” according to BMW. As an evolution of the outgoing 5 Series Gran Turismo, the 6 Series GT is aimed at competitors like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.

Outside, the new 6 Series GT is longer and lower than before, while inside you’ll find an ultra-plush cabin, premium materials, and a slick layout. Three engines will be available at launch, with RWD as standard and AWD offered on select models. An eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission comes as standard. Power options include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 258 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. There will also be a 3.0-liter six-cylinder creating 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, which reduces the sprint to 62 mph to 5.4 seconds. Finally, a 3.0-liter six-cylinder oil burner will also make the options list, offering up 265 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a 6-second run to 62 mph. Top speed for all variants is governed at 155 mph. Pricing is set at around $70,000, with a market launch slated for November of this year and a public debut this September at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. We’ll have a full review posted soon, but in the meantime, read on for the full press release and a few more nitty gritty details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

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The BMW 6 Series Coupe has Been Quietly Executed

The BMW 6 Series Coupe has Been Quietly Executed

BMW stopped production back in February 2017 and kept quiet about it until now

The BMW 6 Series Coupe has been in our lives for six years. That’s a long time for any one specific model in this business that turns over models faster than it takes me to cook scrambled eggs. You’d think then that when the time comes for the 6 Series Coupe to get axed, BMW would at least say something about, right? Well, either BMW forgot, or it just didn’t think it was newsworthy enough; the 6 Series Coupe was actually discontinued three months ago. No announcements. No press releases. No posts on social media. Nothing.

The German automaker’s decision to stop building the 6 Series Coupe didn’t just fly under the radar; it never even flew because BMW didn’t give it a chance to. It’s only now, three months later, that we’ve caught wind of it and it probably wouldn’t have even happened had a BMW spokesman not confirmed to Road & Track that the 6 Series Coupe did in fact silently go out of production back in February 2017. To be fair, BMW has said in the past that it planned on discontinuing the 6 Series lineup and bring back the 8 Series to take its place as the company’s flagship model. But nothing about those announcements indicated that the company would axe the 6 Series Coupe quietly without even telling somebody about it. It had a good run and it probably deserved at least a passing mention.

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2017 BMW 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition

2017 BMW 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition

Special edition models come to life for some different reasons, one of which is to keep a specific model relevant until an updated version, or a next-generation model arrives in the near future. That appears to be the case with BMW after the German automaker announced a new special edition 6 Series called the M Sport Limited Edition. It’s not a coincidence that this new special edition is arriving as we wait patiently for the fourth-generation 6 Series to arrive later this year.

To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with the 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition. BMW is well within its bounds to offer it as a way of keeping the current 6 Series relevant. It’s actually a good strategy in a lot of ways, especially for customers who aren’t keen on waiting for the next-gen 6 Series to arrive. A special edition version of the current 6 Series is a pretty good alternative to have. The 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition is made even more appealing by the fact that it’s available in all body styles of the 6er, be it the Coupe, Convertible, or Gran Coupe variant.

Apart from that, potential customers can also look forward to the special edition 6 Series receiving a host of exclusive features (another good selling point!) to go with extra standard options and some M bits and pieces, giving the M Sport Limited Edition a more exclusive look and feel to it. The upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, but they do add up to create a unique 6 Series that could help keep the current-generation model relevant until the next-gen model arrives. Consider this special edition model a success if it does end up doing that.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible

2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible

The 6 Series Convertible will be up for a generational shift in the near future

The BMW 6 Series is currently in its third-generation and went through a minor update for the 2015 model year. Just recently our photographers caught the next-gen 6 Series Coupe doing some real world testing, and just weeks later, we finally got our hands on shots of the next-gen 6 Series Convertible. The exterior of the next-gen model will change a little to freshen things up, but the real news is what’s happening below the skin. The new 6 Series is expected to shed a few pounds in the chassis department, get some new technology on the inside, and get a healthy selection of powerplants that will produce enough power to keep competing models like the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet at bay.

But, the 6 Series has one major problem, and that’s its starting price point. While similar offerings from the likes of Mercedes and Audi start out in the $60,000 range, the 6 Series starts out closer to $90,000. That’s a hard sell in any market, but with the next-gen model expected to debut as a 2018 model, it will at least be fresh inside and out, and will hopefully come out of the gate a little quicker thanks to that lighter chassis. We still have a while to wait before we get to see the new 6 Series in the metal, but let’s take a good look at the first round of spy shots and talk a little more about what’s coming in 2018.

Update 01/18/2017: The upcoming 6 Series convertible was caught taking advantage of the cold weather and got to play in the snow a bit. Check out our review below to see the newest spy shots and to see what else we know about the next-gen 6 Series.

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BMW 6 Series Convertible Shows Detroit that New isn't Always Better

BMW 6 Series Convertible Shows Detroit that New isn’t Always Better

BMW’s new Sonic Speed Blue color is a show stopper!

Major auto shows like Detroit, Geneva, and Paris are usually packed with loads of brand-new cars and spectacular concepts. This makes it very difficult for not so new cars to get the attention they deserve, but sometime we stumble across older models that stand out for one reason or another. This is also the case of the BMW 6 Series Convertible that the German brand brought to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Around since 2011, the 6 Series is one of the oldest Bimmers on the market and it’s rather long in the tooth compared to the competition. The grand tourer did receive a facelift for 2015, but that didn’t do much in terms of aesthetics, so the 6 Series remained pretty much the same inside and out. With the current model moving fast toward the end of its life-cycle, the Munich-based firm is trying to keep it fresh by adding new kit and equipment. At Detroit, BMW introduced a new exterior color Sonic Speed Blue.

While new body finishes aren’t exactly big news, especially on old models, this new shade of blue is exactly what made the six-year-old 6 Series stand out at the BMW booth. Making things even better, BMW opted for white seating upholstery and white inserts on the dashboard and door panels, giving the grand tourer a color combination that reminds me of the 1970s and the wild color combinations that American carmakers used to offer.

This combo obviously doesn’t change the fact that the 6 Series Convertible is in dire need of a replacement, but it proves that new isn’t always better and that a good color combination turns heads no matter the car it’s used on. Many companies that showcased new products in Detroit should learn something from this.

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2017 BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport

2017 BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport

BMW looks to pull in some extra Yen for another lightly modified Celebration Edition model

BMW has been celebrating its 100th birthday for 2016, and as such has released a number of lightly modified models with the name “Celebration Edition” attached to them. The most relevant models that come to mind are the BME 750Li Celebration Edition, BMW 320d Celebration Edition, and the BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition. A now, BMW has announced yet another model that bears the celebration name specifically for the Japanese Market: The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport. It’s based on the BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe 640i and, like the others that bear the name, has just a few extra features here and there to set it apart from the standard production model. Things like special wheels, Nappa leather, and Black trim make up the majority of the list.

This specific model goes on sale on November 19, 2016, at BWM dealers in Japan, and will be limited to just 33 examples. Other celebration models for the Japan market have brought very little in terms of overall modification while commanding a pretty hefty premium. These models have been looked at as money grabbers that BMW created only because fanboys are willing to pony up extra money to have something with a special name, but will this model be any different? Well, let’s dive on in and check out the details to find out for ourselves.

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2018 BMW 6 Series

2018 BMW 6 Series

Faster, lighter, and more cutthroat

The BMW 6 Series was first introduced in 1976 as a replacement for the E9 Coupe. The original 6 Series production run lasted more than a dozen years, eventually seeing the axe in 1989. After an extended period on the shelf, the nameplate made its return in 2003, offered as a stopgap for the discontinued 8 Series. A third generation would follow in 2011, and now, it’s looking like a fourth gen is just around the corner. Originally speculated to receive a downsize to help it fight the Porsche 911, it’s now believed the new 6 Series will continue on as a quick but comfortable GT car. The revelation arrives alongside new spy shots, which show us a possible 6 Series mule undergoing what appears to be the final testing phase on public streets. Under the skin is expected a new, lightened chassis, while the recently unveiled 5 Series provides the powerplant selection. New tech will adorn the cabin, and the styling looks to get a refresh as well.

It’s also possible that what we’re seeing here is in fact the new 8 Series, the large-and-in-charge full-size slated to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe and upcoming Audi A9 coupe. However, this tester is looking a little too small for that, but not small enough to beat the 911, leading us to believe its business as usual for the 6 Series.

Details are still up in the air at this point, but read on for our take on what the new 6 Series will bring to the table.

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2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe by Fostla

2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe by Fostla

Body wrap specialist gets some help in building a multi-faceted tuning program

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is on the clock now that there are reports of BMW replacing the model with the 8 Series in 2020. But that’s still four years and away so owners of these models need not fret. Some can even opt to have their cars tuned to their heart’s content, and it just so happens that Fostla, one of the industry’s flashiest body wrap specialists, has prepared an all-encompassing tuning program for the 6 Series Gran Coupe, one that includes an improved output of 562 horsepower and 579 pound-feet of torque.

This program is a welcome surprise because Fostla is mostly known for its audacious body wraps. That’s still evident in this kit but the tuner went above and beyond its own specialization to provide new wheels, chassis and suspension upgrades, and an engine tuning kit that drives up the 6er’s power and performance capabilities.

In a lot of ways, this kind of program reflects what’s so awesome about the tuning industry. Sure, there’s still inherent competition in the business, but there’s also room for collaboration, especially when it comes to companies that offer different specializations. The ability and willingness to come together results in a program that customers can feel good at. After all, the whole industry’s objective is to provide the best aftermarket kits for cars like the 6 Series Gran Coupe and Fostla was able to do that with the help of some of its industry buddies.

That said, is this the best tuning program for the 6 Series Gran Coupe? That’s subject to differing opinions, but in our case, this one has to be one of the flashiest programs we’ve seen for the performance coupe in a while.

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BMW 6 Series Coupe to be Replaced by New 8 Series In 2020

BMW 6 Series Coupe to be Replaced by New 8 Series In 2020

The 6 Series Convertible will also exit to make way for the 8 Series Convertible

The BMW 8 Series is set to make its long-awaited comeback and while that is all set to happen, questions on when it’s going to arrive have yet to be answered. Well, we now have an idea regarding a timetable for the 8 Series, at least according to BMW Blog, who says that BMW’s new flagship model will hit the market in late 2019 or early 2020. But that’s not all. Turns out, the arrival of the 8 Series will come at the expense of both the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible.

Both the high-end coupe and convertible variants are apparently on the chopping block as BMW seeks to field a legitimate rival to the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet. The void left behind by the departure of the two models will be filled up by the 8 Series. There’s no word yet on whether the arriving 8er will strictly be a two-model lineup, but a previous report by Auto Express touched on the possibility of an entire family of models coming out of the 8 family. The same report also listed a number of trademarks that BMW filed with global intellectual property regulators pertaining to possible names for cars that will be given the 8 Series badge.

The 8 Series is also reportedly getting a series of of engines that will include a 3.0-liter straight six that produces 450 horsepower and a more powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that can develop as much as 650 horsepower without breaking a sweat. The twin-turbo V-8, it seems, is the engine that the German automaker plans to use for the car that will eventually have its eyes set on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe.

As for the 6 Series, the exit of both the 6 Series Coupe and 6 Series Cabriolet isn’t the beginning of the end for that lineup. Instead, BMW is reportedly keen on turning that lineup into its de-facto sports car family, one that will include a two-seater sports car that will compete against the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes-AMG GT.

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2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by G Power

2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by G Power

German tuner has power options for discerning M6 Gran Coupe owners

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe represents the pinnacle of the Bimmer’s 6 Series family. In a lot of ways, it’s also the model that represents everything BMW stands for as a pioneer in the auto industry, bridging the sporting performance of the M family with the luxury credentials of the 6 Series lineup and the technological pioneering of the German automaker as a whole. So the M6 Gran Coupe is an important model for BMW, which is why it is surprising that we don’t see a lot of tuning kits for the model compared to other BMWs.

So thank goodness for G-Power, right? The German tuner made its bread by building programs for BMW models and this latest kit is another step towards strengthening that legacy. It doesn’t have any aerodynamic kits to speak of. It doesn’t even have any interior modifications. But neither of those things are G-Power’s forte. The tuner’s meal ticket are its engine modules and it’s given plenty of other BMWs the extra power they’ve needed to really become instruments of power, luxury, and performance.

Now it’s the M6 Gran Coupe’s turn and for better or worse, the variety of engine programs that are available should give owners plenty to choose from. Good, better, best; it doesn’t matter. G-Power has you covered whichever direction you take.

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2015 BMW 650i By M&D Exclusive

2015 BMW 650i By M&D Exclusive

The BMW M6 GT3 is the kind of car that elicits bittersweet feelings among BMW fans. On one hand, it’s an incredibly appealing race car. On the other hand, it’s not meant for the streets, which eliminates the thought of seeing it in public roads. Fortunately, German wrap shop M&D Exclusive, in partnership with noted kit builder Prior Design, has found a way to around that dilemma by transferring the BMW M6 GT3’s stylistic appeal into the BMW 650i.

The program, called the PD6XX GT3, is all about dressing up the 650i in a similar vein to the M6 GT3, complete with a bespoke wide-body aerodynamic kit that gives the 650i the physical attributes resembling the mighty M6 race car. The appropriate liveries are there and the aforementioned aero kit provides more than just improved looks to the car. It also has an impressive performance update, although this particular detail seems to have gotten lost in the detailed and expressive physical transformation of the 650i.

Give M&D Exclusive a lot of credit. Even if it’s not one of the most well-known aftermarket shops in Germany, it’s still able to have the chops to turn a standard 650i into one that physically resembles its M6 racing brethren. Having Prior Design in the fold also helps in that regard. It still won’t be as powerful as the M6 GT3, but for what it’s worth, owners of the 650i can now have their cake and eat it too.

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2015 BMW 640i M Performance Edition

2015 BMW 640i M Performance Edition

It’s been less than a week since BMW launched the limited-edition 5 Series Grace Line model in Japan, and the Bavarian automaker has announced yet another special-edition car exclusive to the same country. This time around it is based on the 6 Series and goes by the name 640i Coupe M Performance Edition.

As its lengthy, official name suggests, it’s a mid-range 640i model powered by a 3.0-liter, inline-six engine rated at 315 horsepower. What sets it apart from the version you can buy at any U.S. dealership is the M Sport package that adds an array of special features inside and out.

Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are famous for launching several limited-edition models in Japan over the course of a model year. In essence, these cars are basically regular models equipped with all sorts of packages you can buy just about anywhere else in the world, but the trick here is that they cost less than they would with all those features added as separate options.

The fact that most of them are limited to less than 100 units likely attracts customers looking for something a bit more exclusive. All told, it’s a good marketing scheme BMW should be using more often in Europe and the U.S., as many enthusiasts would love to have access to a highly optioned, limited-run model. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 640i M Performance Edition.

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2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition

2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition

BMW is no stranger to special-edition versions of its cars, but customers in Abu Dhabi are getting an extra special treat. As a special collection of various BMW Individual options, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is an exquisite showcase of how much customization that is available for the right price. Better yet, with the 6 Series Gran Coupe having been on the market for a few years now, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is a good way to potentially keep this vehicle fresh in the growing segment of “four-door coupes.”

The key element of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is its expensive Pure Metal Silver paint job. Introduced late last year on the BMW M5, this chrome-effect color contains aluminum flakes within the water-based paint, and it goes through a special paint process (different than all other paint jobs) to ensure protection. The paint material alone is 40 times more expensive than conventional paint, and when combined with the added work that goes into applying the hue, the end result is a paint option north of $10,000. If you’re looking for a unique color that is deep and brilliant, this is your car.

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BMW N63 Customer Care Package: A Recall That BMW Refuses to Call a Recall

BMW N63 Customer Care Package: A Recall That BMW Refuses to Call a Recall

With 2014 being officially known in the automotive world as the "year of the recalls," it is no wonder that certain carmakers are trying and steer away from being put in the same boat as those offering cars with Takata airbags. BMW is one of those brands, with the Bavarian automaker currently trying to pass a voluntary recall as a much fancier "customer care package." The recall involves just about every BMW with the N63 engine ever built, although probably not all cars will need to have the same amount of work done to them.

For those unfamiliar with BMW engine terminology, the N63 powerplant is the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 with 402 horsepower that saw use in every 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X5, and X6 model that have names ending with "50i" and were manufactured between 2008 and 2013. Having the service bulletin number B001314, the recall may take several days for each vehicle involved and could include replacement of the fuel injectors, mass airflow sensors, battery, crankcase vent lines, fuel pressure sensor, the engine’s vacuum pump and last, but certainly not least, replacement of the timing chain.

If all that didn’t sound like enough, all cars using this exact variant of the N63 engine will no longer be a part of the BMW long-life service intervals, instead requiring a service check every 12 months or 10,000 driven miles. Everything is not as grim as it sounds though, since it seems that affected BMW owners will receive a replacement car for the time that their vehicles are in the shop. Plus, the carmaker will also offer to buy-back the affected vehicle and offer a new one at a discounted price.

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2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

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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2016 BMW 6 Series Convertible

2016 BMW 6 Series Convertible

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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2014 BMW 6 Series By Prior Design

2014 BMW 6 Series By Prior Design

Prior Design is a well-known tuner that specializes in upgrading German metal. Many recent Mercedes, Audi, and BMW models have gone under Prior Design’s knife and come out modified quite handsomely. We recently reviewed the BMW M6 GranCoupe, customized by Prior Design and came away very impressed. Its latest offering is for the true two-door version of the 6 Series. Prior Design upgrades are marketed as mostly aerodynamic enhancements, but these upgrades simultaneously give the modified cars a stunning, show-worthy, tuner look.

This Prior Design BMW 6-series is a prime example. While the stock 6 Series is one of the better-looking BMWs of today, with clean lines and a slippery shape, the Prior Design team dramatically increases this already-pretty car’s street presence, all the while helping it cut through the wind in an even easier fashion with sharp, functional aerodynamic upgrades.

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2014 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe And M6 Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

2014 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe And M6 Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW Individual has continued its torrent pace of releasing new programs for its models. Not even recent releases can stop the Bavarian automaker from unveiling a new one, this time for the BMW 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe.

This time around, BMW enlisted the help of Bang & Olufsen to give the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe a unique and luxurious sound system befitting the status of the high-end audiophile. But that’s not where the upgrades end.

Both the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe received a new Sophisto Grey metallic paint finish, further driving up the class of both luxury models. The Opal White, fine-grain Merino leather adds a nice complement to the black exterior while the Alcantara headliner and piano black interior trim pieces provide the latest touch of luxury. BMW Individual continues to be identified as a division that can really make something good and turn it into something great.

Updated 06/06/2014: BMW announced prices for the new 6 Series Bang & Olufsen Edition which will be limited to just 100 units. Prices will be $116,240 for the 650i version, $119,240 for the 650xi version and $152,423 for the M6 version.

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BMW Outlines its ConnectedDrive Prototypes at CES

BMW Outlines its ConnectedDrive Prototypes at CES

BMW came to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with two prototypes — 2 Series and 6 Series — equipped with all kinds of automated driving technology. Offered with the ConnectedDrive nomenclature, these two cars are the company’s attempt to develop autonomous-driving prototypes.

The two prototypes are equipped with BMW ActiveAssist, which "will make a significant contribution to bringing the vision of safe and accident-free mobility another step closer to reality."

BMW has been working on this ActiveAssist system for long time now, and in 2009, it unveiled its first Track Trainer research project that it successfully tested around the Nürburgring race track. Then, in 2011, BMW developed a new test vehicle capable of traveling 40 miles of accelerating, braking and overtaking other cars without any driver intervention at speeds of up to 81 mph.

Updated 1/7/2014 @ 3:30 p.m.: BMW just released a video showing the s Series ConnectedDrive getting its track shakedown on. Needless to say, watching this Bimmer drift itself is freaking awesome!

Now BMW announced that it is working on its first fleet trial of highly automated models and hope to have it ready for 2015. Also, starting in 2020, BMW hopes to offer highly automated driving in series-produced vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new ConnectedDrive technology.

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2013 BMW MH6 700 By Manhart Performance

2013 BMW MH6 700 By Manhart Performance

Back in March, Manhart Racing revealed its first tuning kit based on the new-generation BMW M6. Today Manhart offers a second look to the sports coupe and came up with a more powerful, more aggressively looking M6 coupe.

The new kit is called MH6 700, which is a clear indication of the 700-plus horses at play under the hood. In order to obtain this amazing power increase, the Manhart equipped the 4.4 liter, V-8 engine with a "Stage 4" performance kit that includes a remapped ECU, a Carbon-Air-Intake-System, and a new exhaust system with downpipes, sports catalytic converters and sports rear silencers made of stainless-steel.

Thanks to all these updates, the V-8 engine delivers a total of 743 horsepower and 702 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power in tow, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph now only takes 3.8 seconds and it can now hit a top speed of 198 mph.

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2013 BMW 6 Series Bullshark by Vilner

2013 BMW 6 Series Bullshark by Vilner

Bulgarian tuner Vilner doesn’t nearly get the love it deserves. But the company continues to produce some ridiculous programs over the years and this time around, it’s prepared something that it has described as its biggest project to date.

It’s also the first model Vilner has reworked completely, making it that much more significant in the eyes of a lot of people. It’s called the Bullshark, and it’s based on the second-generation BMW 6 Series Coupe and with a name that fits the billing, this bad-boy is one insane Bulgarian-tuned masterpiece.

The length by which Vilner reworked the model is evident by the fact that only the doors and the roof were kept stock. Everything else was changed, including a host of new aerodynamic components, all of which were made entirely from carbon fiber.

Inside, brown and beige accidents dominate the seats, which goes well with blue belts and matching stitching. Cowhide was the material of choice, further highlighting the exclusivity of the program, while the steering wheel, seats and gear shifter were also all rebuilt. Finally, an 11-speaker audio system was installed, which included a pair of amplifiers and a trunk-mounted subwoofer for a little extra boom.

Finally, an engine upgrade was also given to the 6er Coupe, resulting in a modest increase to the output of the car’s 4.4-liter, V-8 engine from 333 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque up to 370 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The improved numbers allow the Bullshark to hit 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 173 mph.

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Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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2014 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe by Kelleners

2014 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe by Kelleners

In 2013, BMW unveiled the 6 Series Gran Coupe and for 2014, Bimmer added all-wheel drive to the 640i, and improved the iDrive controls and 3D navigation across the model line. Despite its relative youth on the market, German tuner, Kelleners Sport, decided to tweak the four-door coupe.

Kelleners Sport started by updating the output level in the 640i and 640d, so both models now deliver 20-percent more power. For the 640d version the power was increased by 53 horsepower to a total of 366 horsepower, while the peak torque goes from 464 to 543 pound-feet. For the 640i, the tuner offers a power increase from 320 to 374 horsepower and the from 331 to 388 pound-feet of torque.

Alongside the power increase, Kelleners also offers a new exhaust system with four end pipes that considerable improve the acoustics of the engine.

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2013 BMW 6-Series M Sport Edition

2013 BMW 6-Series M Sport Edition

BMW announced today the addition of a new M Sport edition offered for the entire 6-Series lineup: Coupe, Convertible and Grand Coupe. The new edition will be available from June 2013 at a starting price of $80,625.

According to BMW, the new special edition "delivers a driving experience that assuages the most discerning requirements while also offering an attractive price advantage." The new 6 Series M Sport Edition will be distinguished by tons of M-specific elements, like an aerodynamic kit, wheels and exhaust system.

The interior has also been optimized with numerous M elements, like M leather steering wheel, M door sill finishers and sports seats in Alcantara/Nappa leather.

As a first for the 6 Series, BMW is also offering a Sakhir Orange metallic M paintwork combined with an interior trim in BMW Individual leather Merino fine grain Opal white with contrast seams in Sakhir Orange.

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2013 BMW MH6 S Biturbo by Manhart Racing

2013 BMW MH6 S Biturbo by Manhart Racing

Most people don’t take a look at the 2013 BMW M6 and think “this car needs to be faster.” However, the mad tuners over at Manhart Racing have decided to do just that.

They are working on a program for the M6 called the MH6 S Biturbo. The program sets the tuner loose on the car working to take its performance to the moon.

After they finish with the car, it will put 700 horsepower to the pavement and an Earth-moving 664 pound-feet of torque. We believe that all this power should be enough to launch the MH6 from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.5 seconds. We also expect an Autobahn-dominating top speed of around 198 mph.

To accomplish the higher output a high-performance twin-turbo system replaces the stock system on the otherwise stock 4.4-liter V-8 engine. In order to keep the exhaust flowing freely, MAnhart installed a complete exhaust system, including a new catalytic converter and Manhart’s end-silencer to keep the exhaust sounding throaty, but not overbearing.

All the straight-line performance is great on a drag strip, but what happens when you decide to take it on a curvy road? Well, to keep the car handling well in the twist, the tuner fitted a complete coilover kit to the car.

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2014 BMW 6 Series GranCoupe by Alpina

2014 BMW 6 Series GranCoupe by Alpina

One of the biggest surprises on the German public roads this week was an Alpina version of the 2014 6-Series GranCoupe. As you can see, the model is wearing camouflage only in the parts rumored to be updated, because as usual, Alpina is preparing the biggest updates under the hood.

As you can see from these spy shots, Alpina will use a 650i version for its project. While in the standard version the 4.4-liter V-8 engine delivers a total of 450 horsepower, Alpina is rumored to add at least an extra 100 horsepower. We expect this extra power to significantly improve the car’s current 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds.

Next to the engine upgrades, Alpina will also offer a few styling changes, an updated interior and.a new set of wheels, of course.

Expect the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe by Alpina to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2014 BMW 6-Series

2014 BMW 6-Series

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.

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2014 BMW 650i Frozen Brilliant White Edition Convertible

2014 BMW 650i Frozen Brilliant White Edition Convertible

The 2014 BMW 6-Series will be heading to dealers soon and BMW has just announced an all-new special edition for folks who happen to think the 2014 650i just won’t be enough car for them. This new model is dubbed the Frozen Brilliant White Edition and you can order it in two trim levels: 650i Convertible or 650i xDrive Convertible.

On the outside, there is plenty to distinguish this new model from the normal 6-Series. The most distinguishing element is its exclusive Frozen Brilliant White Metallic matte paintjob, but the Frozen Black mirror caps, black BMW kidney grilles and 20-inch BMW M Performance light-alloy wheels in a bi-color paint scheme also help set it apart. Contrasting the exterior color perfectly is the black cloth top.

Inside the cabin, this new special edition includes black Nappa leather upholstery trimmed out with Gray Poplar wood. The Frozen Brilliant White Edition also includes the Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, which is making its debut in the U.S. Basically, this system changes its look and what it displays to match the Driving Dynamics Control Mode you select.

In addition to these exclusive additions, BMW is also tossing in the M Sport Package, which includes an increase in the top-speed limiter, Shadowline exterior trimming, body-colored front and rear bumpers, and an M Steering wheel. Also added in is the Executive Package, which adds ceramic controls, a heads-up display, ventilated front seats, smartphone integration, soft-close automatic doors and BMW Apps. Lastly, BMW adds the Cold Weather Package standard, which adds in a ski bag and a heated steering wheel. In 2013, these kits combined would cost you a whopping $8,100 and you get them “free.”

Under the hood, there are no changes from the base 650i, so we would expect it to carry the same 4.4-liter V-8 that punches out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The only difference between this and the base 650i Convertible is that the M Performance package jumps its top speed from 130 mph to 155 mph.

As for pricing, the 650i Frozen Brilliant White Edition will come in at $106,995 and the xDrive model will hit $110,095. Production is set to start in April or May of 2013 and only 100 models will be produced.

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2013 BMW 640d Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer

2013 BMW 640d Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer

It looks like the 2013 Geneva Motor Show will bring together not only the most impressive supercars, but also a pretty impressive lineup of tuned cars. The latest announcement has been made by the German tuner AC Schnitzer, which will unveil a pretty impressive 640d Gran Coupe equipped with a M Performance package.

Under the hood, the tuner managed to increase the standard 313 horsepower to 360 horsepower. For this the tuner modified the ECU and installed a new exhaust system with twin sports rear silencer with chromed "Sports Trim" tailpipes.

For the exterior, the tuner prepared a pretty impressive aerodynamic kit that includes a carbon front spoiler and a carbon rear diffuser, a new front spoiler with optional chrome line set and a rear skirt extension. There is also a chromed front grille and bonnet vents, and a rear skirt protective film. The car will sit on a set of wheels sized 19 or 20 inches, depending on the customer’s wishes.

Helping drag the Bimmer to a halt is a set of eight-piston high-performance brake calipers.

For the interior, AC Schnitzer is offering a "Black Line" aluminum cover for the i-Drive system controller, aluminum footrests and pedals, and velour floor mats.

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Hamann Updates the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupè M Package

Hamann Updates the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupè M Package

When BMW unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupè it also announced an M aerodynamic packet that would further update the look of the four-door coupè. Hamann has just announced an individualization program that adds exclusive parts for models with the M aerodynamic packet, making the 6-Series Gran Coupè even more stylish.

The package includes a competition front spoiler which increases the down-force and an insert for the rear bumper that offers space for four tailpipes. Along with these updates, the tuner is also offering a front bumper, rear spoiler, tailgate cover and side skirts. The tuner is also offering a wide range of new wheels, plus a series of updates for the interior.

Up to this point, Hamann announced no engine upgrades for the model, but for sure things are going to change in the next few weeks. By that time we are hoping to also learn the price for the new updates offered by the tuner.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Cars Launched in 2012

Top 5 Most Beautiful Cars Launched in 2012

One of the key selling points to any car’s success is its design. Even if the brand of a car is unknown, with the help of a good design, it can grab positive attention from the most discerning of critics. This focus on beauty is the main reason so many brands invest millions of dollars in design studios.

One of the most important steps toward the success of any project is to get the design right. It should not be pretentious but also should not be too bland. Nowadays, automobile designing is one of the toughest jobs in the industry. People who can draw and have passion for automobiles simply cannot call themselves a designer. It takes a certain skillset and experience to make a mark. The toughest part in designing a vehicle is balancing key elements such as aerodynamics with modern design that pays homage to the brand’s original design language. Take for instance the Jaguar F-Type. It’s a car that, Chief designer Ian Callum says, ushers in a whole new design language for the Leaping Jag while still keeping certain elements of the legendary E-Type alive. Customers of today’s world not only want a head-turning design but also a design that is recognizable.

This year, we have witnessed quite a few cars that have amazed the public through soulful beauty without compromising on aerodynamics and brand image. Here is a list of five cars that we think are the most beautiful cars, launched this year.

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2012 BMW 6-Series M Package by Hamann

2012 BMW 6-Series M Package by Hamann

Hamann is already offering upgrade packages for the 6-Series, both coupe and convertible model, but today the German tuner turned its attention to the models equipped with the M aerodynamic package. And while this new package offers no upgrades for the engine, it surely makes the 6-Series looking better than ever.

The package starts with a new competition front spoiler which
increases the down-force, while at the rear a new bumper offers space for
four exhaust tail pipes. The package also includes a new front bumper, rear spoiler, tailgate cover and side skirts.

And if you add to this updates the one already offered by the M package: black chrome exhaust tips, black-painted brake calipers, LED foglamps and a sports exhaust system then you will obtain a very sporty-looking 6-Series.

Hamann announced no updates under the hood, so customers will get the standard engines offered by BMW: a 400 HP V8 engine and a 320 HP six-cylinder inline.

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2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe Art Car

2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe Art Car

German automaker BMW has never been one to turn down a dealership looking to add some color to one of its vehicles. It’s the tried-and-tested "art car" treatment that BMW has come to be known for.

Yeah, we remember Jeff Koons’ work on the M3 GTS. That car even competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, although it didn’t have the kind of finish it was hoping for. Now another BMW art car has come out of the woodwork, except this time, it comes by way of the Umm Al Nar dealership in Abu Dhabi.

Unlike Koons’ M3 GTS, this 650i Gran Coupe Art Car is being shown only as part of the "Road is your Easel" art event, which will run until December 6, 2012.

As expected with an art car, the 650i Gran Coupe features a cacophony of colors that starts off with a purple and blue treatment on the front end before an abstract string of designs and colors take over and extend all the way to the rear. There aren’t any performance mods performed on this 650i Gran Coupe Art Car, which means that you can expect to see the same 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque that the standard model comes with.

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2013 BMW 650xi Gran Coupe by Manhart Racing

2013 BMW 650xi Gran Coupe by Manhart Racing

This much we know, noted BMW tuner. Manhart Racing, has produced some of the finest programs for the German automaker. Its combined expertise and years spent working on these cars have given it a reputation that’s unmatched in the industry.

That being said, even subtle modifications, like the one they just released for the 650xi Gran Coupe, is worth a lot of attention.

There are a lot of exterior modifications on this program, highlighted by the addition of a front spoiler, a rear spoiler, side skirts, and a diffuser. From there, Manhart Racing fitted MHR stainless steel downpipes with no valve control on the exhaust. The matching end pipes can also be had, although that comes in different sizes, depending on the customer’s request.

An MHR sport central silencer and sport rear silencer are also part of the program, as is the set of 20-inch M5 Forged wheels, which can be replaced with 19-inch versions for the wintertime.

For all the modifications fitted into the luxury saloon, the highlight of the program is the MHR software, which boosts the 650xi Gran Coupe’s engine output from the standard 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 543 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque.

For a car with the kind of respected esteem as the BMW 650xi, adding more power to it is enough to bring a smile to any owner’s face.

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The Future BMW M6 GranCoupe Fully Exposed

The Future BMW M6 GranCoupe Fully Exposed

BMW will unveil the new M6 GranCoupe online next month and the world debut will be made in January 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. Just recently, the M56 GranCoupe was fully exposed during an event at Nurburgring. Fortunately for us, some savvy folks had the chance to shot some images of the M6 GranCoupe and shared them with the rest of the world.

The next M6 GranCoupe will be powered by the same engine as the standard M6 models, which is a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with an output of 553 horsepower and a peak torque of 501 foot-pounds delivered between 1,750 and 5,750 rpm. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) that will send the power to the rear wheels.

When compared to the standard 6-Series GranCoupe, the M6 version will get a more aggressive front and rear fascias with the usual M-type elements, larger wheels, and a quad-exhaust system.

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2013 BMW 6-Series Coupe Frozen Silver Edition

2013 BMW 6-Series Coupe Frozen Silver Edition

BMW USA has added yet another Frozen Silver Edition to its line-up, but while the first version was based on the BMW M3, this new edition is based on the 6-Series Coupe. The model will be limited to only 55 units and will be offered in two trims: the 650i Coupe priced at $99,295 and the 650i xDrive Coupe priced at $102,695. Deliveries will begin in mid-January 2013.

As its name suggests, the BMW 6-Series Coupe Frozen Silver Edition will be painted in the high-maintenance BMW Individual Frozen Silver exterior paint with contrasting black mirror caps and a new set of 20" bi-color Ferric Gray/gloss M Performance wheels. The interior of both versions will combine Black Nappa leather and Gray Popular wood, while the xDrive version will also get the Cold Weather Package, which adds a heated steering wheel and ski storage bag.

The model will be offered with a standard M Sport package that includes an M steering wheel, an M aerodynamic kit, a Shadowline exterior trim, an anthracite Alcantara headliner, a sport exhaust system, dark chrome exhaust tips, black painted brake calipers, an M driver’s side footrest, and M door sill finishers.

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Spy Shot: Would You Happen to be the BMW M6 Gran Coupe?

Spy Shot: Would You Happen to be the BMW M6 Gran Coupe?

Okay, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is really not a big secret. Heck, some savvy photographers caught it frolicking in the snow a few months ago. At that time, the Gran Coupe was all covered up with psychedelic livery, so you couldn’t make out what was really going on with the body.

An even savvier photographer recently caught an image of what appears to be the M6 Gran Coupe up in the air at BMW being worked on (above). There is a small chance that this is simply a 6-Series Bimmer converted into an M6 Gran Coupe. If that’s the case, then that is the cleanest conversion we’ve ever seen, so a conversion is doubtful. What’s even better is that this spy shot has no camouflage at all, so we get a look at this alleged 560-horsepower beast in all of its glory.

Granted, most of the cool stuff is under the hood and it pretty much looks like a 6-Series with flashy M6-like rims, but still, it’s an uncovered shot nonetheless. So salivate away guys and gals, as this is probably the cleanest shot that we’ll see of this beauty until BMW decides to unveil it to us.

We’ll continue to scrounge around for more images of this upcoming Bimmer.

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2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

The most awaited BMW of the time its finally out! As a response to models like the Mercedes CLS-Class and the Porsche Panamera, BMW has launched the 6-Series Gran Coupe - a production version of the Gran Coupe concept unveiled at the beginning of 2010. On the US market, the new 6-Series Gran Coupe will be offered in a 640i version first, but a 650i and a 650i xDrive version will join the line-up later in the summer of 2012.

The new Gran Coupe will be immediately recognized as a 6-Series, but adding a unique combination of top-class sporting dynamics, stunning design, and luxurious touring comfort. However, compared to a standard 6-Series coupe, the new Gran Coupe version was built on a wheelbase that is 4.5 inches longer and its distinctive profile is dominated by its four-door, elegantly stretched roof line.

The 640i - the first to be offered on the US market - is 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.

UPDATE 08/24/2012: BMW has released another video of their five-passenger limousine, but this one follows the vehicle on a trip through Sicily, providing an even closer look at the 6-Series Gran Coupe. Enjoy!

UPDATE 04/22/13: BMW has released a new batch of photos featuring the 6-Series Gran Coupe starring in a burlesque style photo shoot. Check it out by clicking on the gallery after the jump

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2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe by Hamann

2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe by Hamann

In April 2012, German tuner Hamann released their program for the new BMW 6-Series, a car that has been a fixation of ours for quite some time now. But as it turns out, Hamann’s got more up its sleeve with a teaser photo of their latest offering, this time for the 6-Series Gran Coupe.

Nothing much in the way of details have been revealed, but look for some significant modifications from the people who know what it takes to build some serious programs for their cars. Judging from the picture, there appears to be a slew of new components added into the car, including revised bumpers, new side skirts, a boot lid wing, an unmistakable Hamann bonnet, and a new set of Hamann wheels.

Performance modifications - if there are any - are still being kept under wraps so we’ll have to wait for more details on whether Hamann has improvements for the 6-Series Gran Coupe’s 445-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine. Looking at what Hamann showed us, though, we have to say that the components look mighty impressive, to say the least.

UPDATE 12/10/12: Hamann has released a new batch of photos of their 6er Gran Coupe F06 program. Check ’em out in the gallery below!

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2013 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer

2013 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer

The new generation BMW 6-Series already caught AC Schnitzer’s attention in the tuning world, so it was to be expected that the company would also work its magic on the Gran Coupe version. The package announced by the German tuner includes a pretty cool exterior kit, as well as a 40 HP power increase for the 640i version and 47 HP increase for the 640d version.

The exterior kit includes a new front spoiler, a chromed front grille with a chrome strip, a rear skirt extension, and rear skirt protective film, as well as a new set of lightweight forged alloy wheels available in both 19" or 20" sizes. For the interior, the model has received a pretty cool "Black Line“
aluminum cover for the i-Drive system controller, aluminum footrests and pedals, and velour floor mats.

In order to obtain the extra power, AC Schnitzer is offering ECU upgrades, plus a new twin sports rear silencer with chromed "Sports Trim“ tailpipes. As a result, the output for the 640d went from 313 HP to 360 HP and the 640i went from 320 HP to 360 HP.

In order to handle the extra power, the 6-Series Gran Coupe also received an 8-piston high performance brake system for the front which includes 8-piston fixed calipers (left/right), an 8-piece set of brake pads, and brake caliper holders.

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2013 BMW 650i

2013 BMW 650i

The top version for the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is the 650i, which is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 445 HP between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 480 lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. Drop down to the standard 6-Series and that top version 650i gets the same engine, but with only 400 HP. Although completely legit considering the variations between the two models, this difference in power is about to get smaller.

For the 2013 model year, BMW is working on updating the standard 650i in order to put it at same level as the 650i Gran Coupe. The model will maintain the current 4.4 liter V8 engine, but will be equipped with BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve timing system that will boost the engine’s output to match the Gran Coupe, meaning it will have a total of 445 HP and 480 lbs-ft. BMW will also be offering an automatic engine stop-start with a selectable Eco Pro driving mode that will help improve fuel economy.

Expect the new BMW 650i to be put on sale by the end of 2012.

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Bound 550i and 650i Getting a Power Boost for 2013

BMW had already announced to its European buyers that the 5- and 6-Series cars would be getting a power boost, but left out us folks in the U.S. Well, that didn’t last too long, as BMW has formally announced that U.S.-spec 5- and 6-Series models will be getting a healthy boost in the power department too.

The models that are getting the boost will all come in the 2013 model year and they include the 550i, 550i GT, 650i coupe, and 650i convertible. The overall size of the engine in these models will remain at the same 4.4-liters, but the addition of BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve timing is what gives this twin-turbo engine the extra punch it needs.

This extra punch will be a noticeable one too, as the gains are pretty significant. In 2012, the 4.4-liter V-8 pumped out a respectable 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The 2013 models will boast 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, which, barring any significant weight gain, should increase overall performance in a noticeable manner.

The lower level 5- and 6-Series models - the 640i, 528i and 535i - all look like they’ll carryover with their existing power plants. We’ll keep you updated if any more updates come down the line regarding the 2013 5- and 6-Series cars.

We will also keep an eye on whether BMW decides to upgrade all of its V-8-powered models to this new and improved 4.4-liter.

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Your Wish is BMW’s Command, M6 to Get a Manual Transmission Option

In recent years we have all seen three pedal setups going the way of the three-on-the-tree gear shifter, as automakers have pretty much perfected the automatic transmission. Even those looking to save a few bucks in gas don’t even have to opt for the manual transmission anymore, as the difference between the two is negligible and sometimes automatics are even more efficient than their manual counterparts.

The thing is that some people – myself included – just like the feeling of control we have over the car when shifting a manual transmission and no dual-clutch, paddle-shit auto can fulfill our control-freak ways. This became a bit of a problem when BMW decided it was time to bring the M6 back to the States, as our European friends are just fine with its dual-clutch 7-speed automatic and BMW had no need to fit it with a manual. This brought some concern to those looking to snatch up the M6 the second it hits U.S. showrooms.

Well, it looks like BMW still pays a significant attention to its American market, as according to reports, there will be a 6-speed manual option on the America-bound BMW M6. There is a little uncertainty as to whether it will make it in time to be on the 2013 model year or if we’ll have to wait for the 2014 model year to see the 6-speed gearbox.

We’re willing to put a dollar on the fact that it will indeed make it into the 2013 model year, as BMW does not want to lose a portion of its 2013 M6 sales to us three-pedal connoisseurs. Either way, we are happy to see the M6 returning, goofy engine sound effects and all, but we really want to feel that 560 horsepower as we slam through the six gears.

We’ll update you the second we get confirmation on what model year will get the manual option.

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2012 BMW 650i "Shadow Walker" by SR Auto Group

2012 BMW 650i "Shadow Walker" by SR Auto Group

We’ve said this countless times on these pages, but it’s still worth repeating: we love it when a car is dressed in a matte black paint finish.

Even more so if the car in question comes with the kind of fantastic styling exhibited by the new 2012 BMW 650i Coupe. And so, like a prayer from the heavens, one of our favorite tuners decided to dress up the top-of-the-line 6-Series in matte black - to go with other styling enhancements - before giving a nickname befitting its new look: Shadow Walker.

To enhance the stylish two-tone exterior of the Shadow Walker, SR Auto Group combined the gloss black faces on the sports saloon with matte black inserts, resulting in a look that can only be described by our open-eyed stuttering upon seeing the photos of the car. SR Auto Group rounded out the exterior upheaval with a new set of 20" bespoke Niche wheels, further adding a beyond ridiculous, stealthy black look to the 650i Coupe.

More modifications are expected to be offered, but we couldn’t keep these photos of the Shadow Walker away from you. Chances are, it’s going to be somebody’s wallpaper pretty soon.

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2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe by Hartge

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe by Hartge

Shortly after introducing their new program for the BMW 6-Series Convertible, German tuner Hartge has set its sights on the F13 coupe version with a similar styling and performance upgrade.

As part of Hartge’s new digs for the 6-Series Coupe, the German tuner added aerodynamic modifications that include specially tailored spring sets that give the vehicle a lowered stance by 30mm in the front and 25mm in the rear. To go with the suspension tweaks, Hartge also fitted the 6-Series Coupe with four different sets of 19" to 21" wheels wrapped in 295mm wide tires. The wheels, incidentally, are available in a number of color finishes, as well as matte black or glossy finishes that customers can choose to fit into the car.

For the BMW 650i M Sport package, Hartge also added a new stainless steel exhaust system that comes with a stainless steel center silencer, rear silencer, and dual round tail pipes.

For the relative lack of intricate aero upgrades, Hartge more than makes up for it with a significant power boost that takes the 640i’s output from 320 horsepower to 384 horsepower and 398 lb/ft of torque. Likewise, the 650i also gets its own performance uptick, to the tune of 490 horsepower from the standard 407-horsepower output of the standard model.

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2012 BMW 6-Series by Hamann

2012 BMW 6-Series by Hamann

The last time we saw German tuner Hamann work on a BMW 6-Series was at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show when they presented their program for the 6-Series Convertible. Since then, the German automaker has come out and released the 6-Series Coupe and lo and behold, Hamann followed suit with their first styling package for the luxury BMW.

For the 6-Series Coupe, Hamann worked on fitting it with a comprehensive styling package that, while not as outlandish as some of their past programs, still casts a distinctive styling that makes it stand out from the rest of the pack.

The aerodynamic kit starts off with a new front bumper that comes with LED lights, a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser and quad tail pipes, new side skirts, and a rear spoiler. On top of that, Hamann also fitted the 6-Series with a new set of 20" or 21" forged split-rim cross-spoke wheels with titanium screws, progressive sport springs that effectively cut the height of the 6-Series by 30mm in the front and 25mm in the rear, and a new catback exhaust system with four 90mm round stainless-steel exhaust tips.

The interior of the 6-Series was also modified, albeit not as much as the exterior. Of the few changes, the things that stand out are the steering wheel, the pedals, and the Hamann badging.

No mechanical upgrades were mentioned, which means that you can expect the program to still carry the 6-Series Coupe’s 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque.

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2012 BMW 650i Convertible CLR 600 GT by Lumma Design

2012 BMW 650i Convertible CLR 600 GT by Lumma Design

When it comes to updating BMW models, Lumma Design is usually one of the tuning firms that can be counted on to do an amazing job. Their latest project - called the CLR 600 GT - is proof of that. It’s based on the new BMW 650i Convertible, but improved with a power boost of 90 HP.

To achieve the extra power, Lumma Design modified the engine’s electronics and added a new flow-optimized muffler with four stainless steel tail pipes, each 90 millimeters in diameter. As a result, the V8 engine now delivers a total of 490 HP and a peak torque of 531 lb-ft. Top speed has also been increased to 160 mph.

The exterior of the BMW 650i Convertible was also slightly modified, getting a new front spoiler with LED daytime driving lights, new side skirts, and a new rear diffuser, as well as the obligatory new set of 20" alloy rims in a racing spokes design and black surface finish. For the interior, Lumma has covered it in Alcantara and leather, added an ergonomically shaped sports steering wheel, a new set of aluminum pedals, new foot rests, velour floor and trunk mats with a leather trim, and interior trims in embossed carbon leather.

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Most powerful M6 on its way while BMW M subsidiary continues to consider its own supercar

Most powerful M6 on its way while BMW M subsidiary continues to consider its own supercar

The new generation BMW M6 is preparing to rev its way to dealerships in Summer 2012 after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and its promising to be the most powerful super-coupe in BMW’s history. Its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 552 HP and 502 lb ft of torque makes it capable of running its owner to their job on a daily basis, as well as running the track in superior fashion. That being said, a BMW insider has stated that the M6 should not be referred to as a "pure sports car." That designation should be left to the super car that the BMW M Division is trying to develop, again.

"M wants to build its own car. BMW has a great heritage of super-coupés and the M6 is the latest part of that. But we also want to do something that we can call a ’super sports car’."

By the time this M Division super car is ready to be launched, BMW is hoping it will take on vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with ease. BMW and its M Division have been trying to come up with a business case for the future super car for a long time, using the BMW M1 Hommage (pictured above) as a starting point. When that concept first debuted in 2008, it was rumored to get a powerful V10 5.0 liter engine capable of delivering 600+ HP, even though the original 1978 BMW M1 only pushed out 270 HP.

We figure that if BMW can attempt at least a happy medium between the original 270 HP and the rumored 600 HP, then the M Division’s super car may be a tough contender in the tough "pure sports car" market. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Video: BMW 640d M Sport Review

Video: BMW 640d M Sport Review

Right after unveiling the new 6-Series Coupe, BMW unveiled its M-Sport package to jazz up the coupe that much more. British magazine, Fifth Gear, then went out to test whether the added package was worthy of the added price tag.

When equipped with the M-Sport package, the BMW 6-Series gets special M-Sport elements, including a new front bumper, rear diffuser, side skirts, wheels, and dark chrome tail pipes. Fifth Gear tested the 640d model, specifically, which means they were working with a twin turbocharged diesel powerplant that delivers a total of 313 HP and 464 lbs-ft of torque. This engine allows the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph. It delivers a fuel economy of 51.4 mpg.

Fifth Gear’s conclusion was that the BMW 640d M-Sport is an incredible mixture of power, fuel economy, luxury, and excitement. Too bad we won’t be seeing the diesel coupe on our side of the pond anytime soon, if ever.

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2013 BMW Gran Touring

2013 BMW Gran Touring

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.

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2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe M-Sport Package

2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe M-Sport Package

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.

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2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer

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.

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