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BMW Teases New M6 Gran Coupe

Plenty of power, plenty of space.

by on Dec.13, 2012

BMW will join the fray in Detroit to formally introduce the new M6 Gran Coupe.

BMW has been signaling for some time plans to add an M version of the well-reviewed new 6-Series Gran Coupe. And it’s giving us a first look ahead of the new models debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

The M6 Grand Coupe will fill one of the few blank spaces left in the Bavarian maker’s performance line-up. Of all its wide range of offerings, BMW has said it has no intention of adding an M7 – instead turning to Alpina for a performance version of its flagship sedan.

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The new M6 Gran Coupe shares powertrains with the M5 and M6 models, drawing power from a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 producing a neck-snapping 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – which hits its peak at just 1,500 RPM, BMW notes.  That’s enough to launch the 4-door variant of the 6-Series coupe from 0 to 60 in just 4.1 seconds – on the way to a limited top speed of 155 mph.


First Look: BMW’s 4-Door, 6-Series Gran Coupe

The lines between coupe and sedan grow fuzzier.

by on Dec.12, 2011

BMW adds a coupe-like sedan to the 6-Series line-up for 2013.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to figure out where to classify some vehicles.  Take the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.  By definition, a 6-Series has traditional been a 2-door, whether with a sweeping hardtop or convertible soft top.  So, what to make of the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe?

The latest entry into the 6-Series line-up will feature four doors and 4+1 seating, joining a rapidly expanding list of “coupe-like sedans,” such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera.

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Set for introduction early this summer, the initial BMW 640i Gran Coupe will measure 197 inches, nose-to-tail, a modest 4.4 inches longer than its 2-door sibling – most of the added space devoted to the rear passengers, a good news considering the back seat of the conventional 6-Series coupe is little more than an afterthought.  To put things into perspective, the new Gran Coupe is precisely 4 inches longer than the BMW 5-Series – and also 1.3 inches wider and 2.8 inches lower.


First Drive: 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe

2-door lovers, rejoice!

by on Jul.01, 2011

BMW has been building coupes for more than 80 years.

This review has been updated to reflect new information about pricing and the U.S. availability of the BMW640i Coupe.

BMW aficionados know the Bavarian brand has a long tradition of building coupes – dating back to 1928, shortly after the onetime aircraft maker entered the automotive business.

It all began with the Model3, which was based on a design borrowed from Austin’s Dixi 3. It took nearly another decade before BMW was ready to go it alone, introducing the 327, its first coupe in the modern sense, in 1937. In total only 179 units were built before production was ended, in 1941, as war swept through Europe. But it established BMW’s reputation for building some of the world’s most desirable 2-doors, an image that it intends to bolster with the upcoming launch of the all-new 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe.

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The launch of the coupe follows the debut of the well-received 6-Series Cabriolet, which BMW wisely chose to roll out first, hoping to catch buyers desperate to enjoy the summer sun.  Two Coupe versions will be available, initially, the big, V-8-powered 650i, and the smaller, but still peppy 640i.

Other variants will follow, including an all-wheel-drive offering, though there appear to be no plans – at least not yet – to bring the 640d, with its 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder diesel, to the States.  All-Wheel-Drive, or as BMW prefers, xDrive, will be added to both Coupe and Convertible in September 2011.


First Drive: 2012 BMW 650i Cabriolet

This is one quick, comfortable shark.

by on May.16, 2011

BMW introduces a more classically aggressive design with the 2012 650i Cabriolet.

Heading up a steep grade, we squeeze the throttle of the new BMW 650i Cabriolet and its twin turbo V8 is only too happy to respond, the roar echoing through the canyons of stone bleached white by the relentless sun.  Mile after mile, we tear through blind switchbacks that wend their way up and back down the hills, finally emerging onto a long flat stretch, the Sea of Cortez suddenly emerging into view, where we can push the new convertible to triple digit speed.

We’ve come to the Southwest tip of the continent to get our first sense of what BMW has delivered with the latest iteration of the legendary 6-Series.  The new line will be rolled out in phases, starting with the 650i Cabriolet’s arrival, well- timed for warm weather.  The 6- Coupe will make its debut later in the year followed by the M6.

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For BMW aficionados the design of the 2+2 should seen familiar, though in some ways, the 2012 650i Cabriolet harkens back to an earlier version of the 6-Series, rather than the model it immediately replaces.  There’s the classic shark’s nose, its lower twin-kidney grille framed by new LED headlamps.  The 2012 remake feels sculpted, rather than stamped of sheet metal, capturing the rippled muscles of an athlete.  Low and wide, the new convertible is the visual definition of aggressiveness.


First Look: BMW 6-Series Coupe

Shanghai show to bring official debut.

by on Mar.15, 2011

The new BMW 6-Series Coupe is scheduled to make its debut at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show.

No car manufacturer can get around the fact that China is rapidly becoming an essential part of the global auto show circuit. Indeed, BMW has recognized that perhaps better than any foreign maker.  It went there, several years ago, to reveal an advanced styling exercise, one of the very first major foreign products launched at a Chinese car show.

Now it is heading back for the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show which – unfortunately – coincides with the annual New York Auto Show.  But China has won, it seems, a reflection of the reality that the Asian nation is now the world’s largest national car market.  So the all-new version of the BMW 6-Series Coupe will make its big debut in Shanghai.

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The third-generation 6-Series Coupe is the fraternal twin brother of the BMW 6-er Convertible that debuted in Detroit last January, and which will arrive on the North American market in May, just in time for open air season.

Just like the Convertible, the Coupe has jumped in size compared to the predecessor that debuted in 2004. It grows 2.9 inches in length and 1.5 inches in width, while the wheelbase increases nearly 3 inches, to 112.6 inches.


First Drive: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

Good timing.

by on Jan.26, 2011

Put away your mukluks and roll the top down on your new BMW 650i Convertible.

BMW is nothing if not ambitious, and this year is aiming for record global sales — rolling out the products it thinks can get it there, including the 2012 BMW 650i Cabriolet.

We got the chance to take the convertible for a drive around balmy Cape Town, South Africa, sharing some seat time with senior officials including BMW board member Klaus Draeger, who is confident the market for premium convertibles will remain stable, as it has been since the boom year of the last decade.

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Perhaps that explains why BMW reversed the normal cadence of its product program, first rolling out the cabrio version of the new 6-Series, which will hit U.S. showrooms in May.  The 2-door will follow later this year, and a distinctive 4-door coupe will only be ready in 2012.

The new 6-er Convertible grew by 3 inches in length and 2 inches in width, though its roof is 0.31 inches lower compared to the outgoing model. This was possible, since the height of the dashboard could be lowered because of the use – for the first time – of a free standing 70-inch navi display.


New 6-Series Convertible One Of Three BMW World Premieres In Motown

Maker also rolling out updated 1-Series, 1-er M Coupe – and more.

by on Dec.23, 2010

BMW is set to unveil the new 6-Series Convertible at next month's Detroit Auto Show.

BMW officials better brush up on their speed-reading because the teleprompter will be moving fast during their 25-minute news conference at the Detroit Auto Show, next month.

The Bavarian maker will launch the new year with some significant news – starting with the premiere of the next-generation 6-Series Convertible, as well as the updated 1-Series line-up and the all-new 1-Series M-Coupe, the latest offering from BMW’s celebrated sports division M GmbH. (Click Here for more on the 1-Series M…or Here for the full story on the new BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible.)

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As if that won’t be getting things going at a rapid pace, the maker will preview the new X3 with the M Sports package, as well as the 5 Series new xDrive versions.  And, if you haven’t run out of breath, there’ll be the new BMW Individual colours and wheels.

The world premiere of the 6-Series Convertible will be one of the highlights of the 2011 North American International Auto Show. The topless variant precedes the new Coupe that is expected to roll out over the summer – even though you might think it would be the other way around: a Coupe for snowy Detroit and a Convertible for New York in spring.

BMW also will reveal the updated 1-Series.

The Convertible will make its North American debut in the form of the 2012 BMW650i, which features the direct-injected V8 TwinPower Turbo engine that delivers 407 hp with a choice of a six-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic sports transmission.

The pictures of the 1-Series M Coupe, that were released earlier this month, already show the new design for the face lifted 1-Series Coupe and Convertible.

The latest M variant is the first in the compact class and is aimed at young buyers who are interested in the M models, but who thought though could not (yet) afford one. With a base price in Germany of 50,500 euros the 1-Series M Coupe offers 340 hp.

The new X3 gets the M Sport Package.

Visitors to Detroit’s Cobo Hall will be able to also see the new X3 with M Sport package, a variant of the new X3 model with standard xDrive all-wheel-drive that now adds sports suspension calibration, M aerodynamics and M components, such as Performance Control and 18-inch alloy wheels.

It will be a very busy year for BMW.  Consider that:

  • In 2011, the 2 Series gets new versions and new options.
  • The maker launches the 535i XDrive Sedan with 8-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic and auto Start/stop function.
  • BMW Individual, the Bavarians’ customization line, debuts new colors and Merino leather trim and 19-inch V-spoke alloy wheels with absolutely massive new tires.
  • Another first for the 5 Series is the introduction of the optional full-colour HUD (head-up display).

Partially disguised, we get our first drive of the 2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe...which will be shown, without camouflage, in Detroit.

While products like the new X3 are likely to be big draws, the maker is also lifting the covers on some significant technical innovations, one of them the new BMW Connected Drive Services. This network system links the driver to the outside world, offering various possibilities for increased safety and comfort with some significant new infotainment features available at a touch of a button or a twist of the iDrive knob.

The 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models will begin the roll-out of the new technology, with the ability to actually access iPhone apps through the Connected Drive system, making  it possible to show Facebook and Twitter on the display and access it with the iDrive controller.

While many of the features will only be accessible when the car is stopped, drivers will be able to tune into web radio as another alternative source of mobile entertainment.

BMW’s New 6-Series a High-Visibility No-Show at L.A. Auto Show

We have the pics, the details, but where’s the sheet metal?

by on Nov.19, 2010

BMW pulls a sneak preview for the new 2012 650i Convertible, which goes on sales early in 2011.

The much-anticipated L.A. Auto Show preview of the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible may have happened but no one seems to know where.  Despite a press release suggesting the debut took place, the German maker didn’t show up on the media preview schedule, nor did it pull it off a surprise unveiling by, say, hijacking some other manufacturer’s timeslot.

That said, we’ve got the details and pictures of the 6-Series drop-top and are pleased to pass them along.

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Set to launch next year as a 2012 model, the next-generation cabriolet is a decidedly cleaner and more elegant-looking offering than the old 6-er convertible.  The basic dimensions are classic BMW, with the long hood, rear-set passenger compartment and muscular fenders.  The vehicle is a bit larger than the outgoing convertible in most dimensions, the overall length, for example, growing 2.9 inches, to 192.6 inches.


BMW Revealing Next-Gen 6-Series in Paris

Thinly disguised “concept” coupe among unveilings scheduled for debut at 2010 Mondial de l'Automobile.

by on Sep.21, 2010

An all-new version of the BMW 6-Series debuts in concept form at the Paris Motor Show.

Call it a “show car,” if you wish, but the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe making its debut at the Mondial de l’Automobile, next week, is little more than a thinly-disguised version of the next-generation BMW 6-Series, the maker’s premium 2+2 seater.

The genesis of the show car will be readily apparent to anyone who makes it to the 2010 Paris Motor Show, at least if these advanced-release pics are any indication.  The sheet metal is a little more elegant and subtle than the prior model, which went out of production earlier this month.  Four character lines give the new coupe shape and dimension.

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There’s also less of the so-called “Bangle-butt,” the high rear deck nicknamed for former BMW design chief Chris Bangle, who introduced the wind-cheating shape on the 7-Series a decade ago.  The overall look, with the addition of 20-inch wheels, is sporty and aggressive.  While the tail is vaguely reminiscent of the 5-Series GT, the concept is decidedly coupe- rather than crossover-like.

The thinly-disguised 6-Series coupe should soon reach production.


BMW Teases Batmobile-sh Test Mule

Web site tells bloggers to stay away, but real goal is to create an Internet frenzy.

by on Sep.09, 2010

BMW tells us "don't blog about this," but that's just to create an Internet ing frenzy.

The Web site clearly says that bloggers aren’t supposed to pay any attention to this, but in reality, it’s an attempt to get them to do just that.

BMW registered the domain name to raise up a frothing Internet frenzy, creating hype for a series of images which look like a BMW 6-Series, even though the automaker won’t even offer it stateside in 2011.

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But a closer look reveals this is more than just a tease for a new 6-Series variant. Clues include skinny, low-profile 195-width tires – with the word “test” stamped on them in yellow – covering aerodynamic-looking wheels. The tires and wheels are large enough to fill the height of the wheel wells, but significantly narrower than any recent 6-Series has worn. As narrow as they are, the rear wheels protrude from the body, requiring crude fender extensions.