Usually the coupe version of a car is revealed ahead of its convertible model. But it was vice versa for the new BMW 6 Series. First we got the cabrio and then in a few months the highly anticipated coupe arrives.
As one of the world’s best Grand Tourers, the 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe maintains the good qualities of the old model while trying to address its issues. The main issue with the old one was the way it looked. Some people thought it was horribly ugly while others liked it and called it groundbreaking. It was certainly a fascinating car, but it was rally vulgar!
The new one gets a more normal design with proper head and taillights and and no massive bits on the trunk lid. They’ve dialed down the lunacy so the new 6er looks more grown up and frankly more elegant. But the same group of people who liked the old one are going to be disappointed by the 2012 model. They will find it, well, boring.
BMW 6 Series coupe has got the recipe for a perfect GT spot on. It is big and imposing and luxurious and comfi and spacious, and it comes with a big engine, and it goes like a stabbed rat! It has 75 millimetres longer wheelbase than the predecessor model enhancing seating comfort for rear passengers; extremely sporty appearance thanks to a 39-millimetre increase in width and 5-millimetre reduction in height.
The car will launch with two models, 640i and 650i. The V8 powered 650 gets eight-cylinder powerplant (300 kW/407 hp) while the 640 benefits from a six-in-line petrol unit (235 kW/320 hp). Both engine variants come as standard with an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox and BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. The 640 gets Auto Start-Stop function and ECO PRO model.
The 6er has always been a truly over engineered car and the new one is no exception. They’ve tweaked almost everything and used a newly developed chassis. It is the only car in the segment available with Electric Power Steering and optional Integral Active Steering; Drive Dynamic Control fitted as standard, Dynamic Damper Control and Adaptive Drive optional. It is also first car in the segment with Adaptive LED Headlights for low and high beam, including cornering function, foglamps and rear lights also with LED technology.
It also gets a new verison of BMW iDrive system that gets BMW ConnectedDrive features, including latest-generation BMW Head-Up Display (with high-definition, full-colour-spectrum graphics), rear-view camera, Surround View, Speed Limit Info, BMW Night Vision and Parking Assistant. Other unique features and options include comfort and sports seats, active seats, seat ventilation, Exclusive Nappa leather, ceramic applications, and a newly developed and model-specific Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System.