BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)
|Designer||Nader Faghihzadeh (2008)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Grand tourer/executive coupe|
|Body style||2-door convertible
|Layout||FR or F4|
|Related||BMW 5 Series (F10), BMW 7 Series (F01)|
4.4 L V8
3.0 L (313 hp) I6
|Transmission||8-speed ZF 8HP automatic
|Wheelbase||Gran Coupe: 2,968 mm (116.9 in)
Convertible & Coupe: 109.4 in (2,779 mm)
|Length||Gran Coupe: 5,007 mm (197.1 in)
Convertible: 192.8 in (4,897 mm)
Coupe: 192.7 in (4,895 mm)
|Width||Gran Coupe: 1,894 mm (74.6 in)
Convertible & Coupe: 74.6 in (1,895 mm)
|Height||Gran Coupe: 1,392 mm (54.8 in)
Convertible: 53.7 in (1,364 mm)
Coupe: 53.9 in (1,369 mm)
|Curb weight||1,735–2,055 kg (3,825–4,530 lb)|
The BMW F06/F12/F13 6 Series is a grand tourer/executive coupe automobile manufactured by BMW. BMW unveiled information and pictures in September 2010 of the Concept 6 Series, which was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The third generation BMW F13 (coupé) and F12 (convertible) were released for the 2012 model year at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and New York Auto Show.
Early 6 Series Coupe models include 640i, 650i. 640d, 650i xDrive were later added.
6 Series Convertible was unveiled in 2011 BMW 2011 North American International Auto Show. Early US model include 650i.640i was also available.
European models of 6 Series Coupe (640i xDrive, 650i xDrive, 640d xDrive), 6 Series Convertible (640i xDrive, 650i xDrive, 640d) were unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW revealed the 6-Series Convertible on 18 November 2010. The folding top is still cloth as compared to the E93 3 Series convertible which is equipped with a metal roof. On 13 March 2011, BMW released pictures and details about the Coupe.
The new 6 Series convertible is outselling the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SL 25 to 1.
For the 2014 model year, the 6-series received a light facelift and updated engines.
Available in Coupe and Convertible body variants, it includes 4.4-litre V8 twin scroll twin turbo engine, Seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, M-specific Dynamic Damper Control, DSC stability control incl. M Dynamic Mode, M Servotronic steering, body strengthening using special panels, lightweight compound high-performance braking system (optional M carbon-ceramic brakes), M double-spoke leather steering wheel, M gear selector and car set-up controls on the model-specific centre console, exclusive M sports seats with integrated belt system (optional M multifunction seats), Merino leather upholstery with extended features, exclusive carbon-fibre interior trim strips, illuminated door sill finishers with model lettering, M-specific instrument cluster with black-panel technology, 2-zone automatic climate control with extended features, ambient lighting; BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific information.
M6 Coupe was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and later in Auto China 2012.
M6 Convertible was unveiled in 21st Auto Mobil International Leipzig 2012.
In Europe, the 6 Series is available only with an 8-speed automatic gearbox
Beginning in July 2012, 6 series include following changes:
- No Passing Info supplements Speed Limit Info from BMW ConnectedDrive. It serves to avoid potentially hazardous overtaking manoeuvres by identifying signposted routes on which overtaking is banned and when the ban is lifted.
- BMW 650i xDrive includes Auto Start Stop function as standard.
- The BMW 650i's biturbo V8 engine adds Valvetronic with an increase in output to 443 hp and 480 lb ft of torque.
Beginning from spring 2013, BMW ConnectedDrive includes Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection becomes standard on all BMW 6 Series models. New models include BMW 640i xDrive (Convertible, Coupe, Gran Coupe), 640d xDrive Gran Coupe.
The Gran Coupé (F06) is the fruition of the BMW CS Concept, a vehicle that was intended to slot at the top of BMW's lineup alongside the 7-Series flagship sedan. The CS Concept never made it to production due to the worsening economy in 2008, which also saw the retirement of BMW M development executive Gerhard Richter. The Gran Coupe has often been compared with the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class in the four-door executive coupé market. However, the Gran Coupe is larger and more expensive than the CLS and A7 and is priced close to the Porsche Panamera. Pricing for the BMW 640i Gran Coupe is slightly higher than the BMW 740i, with the Gran Coupe positioned as a more stylish alternative to the conservative 7 Series.
Before the Gran Coupe, the closest rivals to the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS in BMW's current lineup was the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (F07) (2010–present), which combines four doors with coupe-like features such as frame-less doors and a sloping rear roof. The 5 Series GT, positioned more for utility with its bi-modal trunk/hatchback, was criticized for its aesthetics in comparison to its sleeker rivals and did not sell as well as BMW executives had expected.
The Gran Coupé shares the front and rear fascias with the other 6 Series body styles. Compared to the two door 6 Series Coupé, the Gran Coupé's wheelbase is longer by stretched 4.5 inches (the wheelbase is the same as the F10 BMW 5 Series) while the body is 4.4 inches longer. This makes the Gran Coupé longer (by 4.0 inches) and wider (by 1.3 inches) than the BMW 5 Series sedan (F10). The extra length, compared to the two-door 6 Series, gives the Gran Coupé a 4+1 seating arrangement, as the rear has two fullsize outboard seats and a middle seat for occasional passengers. The Gran Coupe has a different center console though its dashboard is shared with the Coupé and Cabriolet. Compared to the short-wheelbase BMW 7 Series (F01), the Gran Coupé has similar rear passenger space dimensions while having a larger trunk (14 cubic feet versus 16.2 cubic feet).
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Early models include 640i, 640d, 650i, 650 xDrive.
The Chinese models were unveiled in Auto China 2012. Early Chinese models include 640i, 650i, 650i xDrive.
A version of 6 Series Gran Coupé with Frozen Bronze Metallic body colour was unveiled in Monaco Yacht Show 2012.