BMW has kindly announced the entire new 6 Series line up in one fell swoop, allowing us to share with you details of the 6 Series Coupé, Convertible, Gran Coupé and the M6. Sitting comfortably?
The 6 Series has undergone a gentle facelift to keep it fresh. There’s a nine-bar kidney grille instead of the old ten bars as well as a new air intake, reprofiled front bumper, revised headlights with LED main beam as standard, reworked rear bumper and a fresh choice of alloy wheels ranging from 17- to 20-inches.
There are 640d, 640i, 650i and M6 models to choose from. The 640d diesel has 313hp, 630Nm of torque, 0 to 62mph time of 5.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph. CO2 emissions and fuel economy are 139g/km 54.3mpg, respectively, in Coupé form.
The 640i petrol, meanwhile, has 320hp and 450Nm of torque. 0 to 62mph and the top speed are the same as in the diesel, while fuel economy takes a drop to 38.2mpg. CO2 is rated at 172g/km.
Up next is the 650i and its 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo, which gets a healthier 450hp and 650Nm, helping bring that 0 to 62mph sprint down to 4.6 seconds. Expect 155mph, 32.9mpg and 199g/km of CO2 emissions at best.
Last up is the mighty M6, which gets a ridiculous 560hp and 680Nm of torque. That’s substantially more than the M4 Coupé and Convertible and M3 Saloon. 0 to 62mph is, however, similar at 4.2 seconds, while 28.5mpg and 231g/km of CO2 means it will be more expensive to run.
BMW has seen fit to include a sports exhaust with a switchable valve for the petrol engines so there should be no complaints of an artificial engine note like in the M4. An eight-speed automatic is standard except on the M6, which gets its own seven-speed dual clutch M automatic and M-differential. Four-wheel drive can be specified at a cost and 75kg weight penalty.
In response to complaints over the interior quality, better materials have been used. Now you can expect a leather dashboard, high-gloss black centre console and a choice of either Dakota, Nappa or Merino leather trim. You also get ConnectedDrive on all models, which means full navigation and infotainment goodness.
A choice of five new metallic paintjobs for the Convertible and Coupé will be available, as well as a range of safety features including Active Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Braking – the latter able to stop the car without any input from the driver up to 37mph if a pedestrian steps out in front of the car.
Exact UK specifications and pricing will be revealed nearer the 1st of March, 2015 on sale date. In the meantime, here’s our BMW M4 Convertible video review.