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.