New Coupe Tops Off the BMW 6 Series

On Thursday, German automaker BMW formally introduced there newest two-door luxury vehicle. A sleek and graceful new BMW 6 Series Coupe worthy of attention, it is somewhat regrettable that much of the 2012-year vehicle is already telegraphed to faithful Bavarian automobile lovers in previous creations.

Aggressive headlamp housings and a more pronounced kidney grille opening are carry-overs from the BMW Gran Coupe concept as well as the BMW 6 Series Convertible. Headlights on the 6 Series are either bi-xenon or a cutting-edge Adaptive LED forward lighting. Through the addition of a hardtop, a truer sense of performance is conveyed through the ultra-sporty roof. Flowing from a well-raked windshield, the new BMW 6 Series roofline allows air to sail towards the short, shapely rear deck lid. In overall height, the 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe rests more than one-eighth of an inch lower than the previous vehicle.

More than 75 millimeters (2.95 inches) longer than the last generation model, the increased length of the new BMW 6 Series is said to be a benefit to rear seat interior room. Still maintained as a 2+2 seater, the forward driver and passenger will continue to enjoy the lion’s share of comfort along with luxury. Options available on the new BMW 6 Series Coupe includes Bang & Olufen surround sound audio system, seat ventilation and Nappa leather. Driver aids offered on the 6 Series Coupe includes Surround View, lane departure warning, Active Cruise Control and BMW Night Vision. BMW iDrive is standard on all 6 Series Coupes with guidance provided through a 9.2-inch center dash screen.

The new BMW 6 Series will be powered by the same line of TwinPower turbocharged engines introduced on the 5 Series sedan. Entry-level performance for the BMW 6 Series will arrive from a 3-liter inline-6 engine. Producing 320 horsepower, the engine is integrated with BMW EfficientDynamics that includes auto start/stop function and an ECO PRO mode maximizing the 6 Series Coupe’s fuel economy. Eight-cylinder power is also available for 0 to 100 kilometer per hour acceleration in just 4.8 seconds. The twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V-8 engine belts out 407 horsepower and over 450 pounds-feet of torque. Maximum torque production of the V-8 powered BMW 6 Series Coupe is located across a wide driving range assuring a strong grunt. Both the six and eight cylinder powerplants found inside of the 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe are controlled through an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission. Powered conventionally with rear-wheel drive, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive will make a model debut on the new 6 Series providing some direct competition to quattro-equipped Audi A5 or the Cadillac CTS Coupe AWD.

New to the redesigned BMW 6 Series coupe and convertible line-up for 2012 is the M Sport trim. Featuring a host of aerodynamic enhancements to the lower body, the M Sport trim package adds fog lamps, sport exhaust, special 19-inch alloy wheels and a dark chrome tailpipe. There is also the addition of two specific colours (carbon black metallic and Imola red) insures the BMW 6 Series Coupes featuring the M Sport package. For the full-blown M car, there is no official news yet on a future BMW M6 but expect one in about mid 2012. Since the BMW 6 Series shares its vehicle platform with the new 5 Series, the recently revealed 560 horsepower BMW M5 already granted us a preview to the complexion of a future M6 Coupe.

To be assembled at the same Dingolfing plant BMW constructs the 5 Series and 7 Series vehicles, the BMW 6 Series Coupe should be approaching North American dealership by fall of this year. The coupe will be the perfect companion when the weather for a 6 Series Convertible turns unpleasant.

Information and photo source: BMW Group

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Admiring automobiles ever since childhood viewership of the TV show Knight Rider, Chris Nagy grew as an enthusiast enroute to become an automotive and motorsport writer. Drawn to the rich world of motoring, Chris discovers charm everywhere in the industry from supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to a Kia Soul. Car design, engineering, performance and the passion itself fuels his daily existence.

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