BMW has revealed an all-new version of the 6 Series Coupé – following on from the new 6 Series Convertible that debuted earlier this year.
The new BMW 6 Series Coupé is longer, lower and wider than the car it replaces, as well as more efficient and better equipped. It debuts at the Shanghai motor show next month, but doesn’t arrive in the UK until the end of the year.
Read our first look at the new BMW 6 Series Convertible
2011 BMW 6 Series: bigger and better?
In terms of styling, the new BMW 6 Series is very much an evolution of the previous car.
Greater use of LED lighting means it may actually be easier to spot the difference at a glance in the dark – but in terms of passenger comfort, the increased wheelbase and improved front and rear headroom can only be good news.
Back seat passengers also get more elbow and shoulder room, thanks to the individual rear seats. The 460-litre boot can apparently accommodate three golf bags, or two medium-sized suitcases and a flight case.
Further updates here include a cornering function for the headlights, and an Easy Entry system – meaning a quick button-press automatically moves the new lightweight front seats as far forward as possible to give better access to the rear.
Powerful engines with surprising economy
At its initial launch, the new 6 Series is being offered with a choice 640i and 650i turbo petrol engines.
The 640i is a single-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six producing 315bhp, in combination with a relatively low 179g/km CO2. It can hit 62mph in 5.4 seconds and is electronically limited to 155mph, with claimed fuel consumption of 36.7mpg combined.
Helping to achieve this, the 640i has start-stop as standard (in combination with an eight-speed automatic gearbox), plus an automatic active air flap behind the grille to improve aerodynamics when engine cooling isn’t required.
It’s also has a new Eco Pro fuel-saving mode, which comes as part of the 640i’s Drive Dynamic Control system. This sets up the engine management, throttle and automatic gearbox to achieve improved economy – relying on low revs and engine torque (pulling power) for relaxed progress instead of sporty, snappy response.
The 650i does without Eco Pro. But then, it has a 401bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, capable of 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds – so perhaps BMW didn’t think it worth the effort. Top speed is again limited to 155mph, with CO2 emissions of 243g/km and a claimed 27.2mpg.
Read more about Eco cars here
Higher specification than ever
BMW says the new 6 Series has more standard kit than ever before.
This includes 18-inch alloys on the 640i, (19-inch on the 650i), leather interior, electric seats with memory function, satellite navigation, xenon headlights, LED front fog lights and all-round parking sensors.
The suspension components are mostly made from aluminium for better responsiveness, while the Drive Dynamic Control allows you to set the steering, throttle and gearbox responses to suit your mood. This can be combined with an Adaptive Drive system with anti-roll stabilisation and electronically controlled dampers.
Other options include a highly sophisticated – not to mention loud – Bang & Olufsen surround-sound stereo system with 16 speakers, head-up display, Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Park Assist, and various lane guidance technologies.
The new BMW 6 Series Coupé is scheduled to arrive in UK dealerships this October. Prices will be confirmed nearer the time.
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