BMW officially revealed 2012 6-Series Coupe

by Alex

Ahead of the world premiere event scheduled to be held in April at the Shanghai Auto Show in China , BMW have unveiled their Coupe model which is part if their lineup of the 2012 6-Series. It is evident that BMW have put their top capability and ability into this model. This one follows close at heels to the convertible model from BMW that they unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show held in January this year.

BMW design boss Adrian van Hooydonk has been responsible for the premium GT and its making and styling. He has based his works on the ‘BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe’ which came up last year. Adrian van Hooydonk has replaced Chris Bangle in 2009 at BMW. There is a pronounced front end that has been given the new 6er and this also gives it a more bland style than the controversial styling that its predecessor had faced. There is also a set of headlamps and auxiliary lights along with the roofline being low.

By dimensions the car is 4,894mm long, 1894mm wide and 1,369mm tall. If we compare we find the 2+2 coupe is 75mm longer, 39mm wider and 5mm lower than its predecessor. The wheelbase is also 75 mm longer measuring 2,855 mm and this allows for more space to the passengers at the rear along with the boot capacity also measuring 460 liter or 16.24 cu.ft.

Interior design changes are not much when compared to the soft top model and has the same driver oriented cockpit as well as large display on the center console.

There would be the option of going for the 3.0 liter turbocharged inline six for the 640i or a 4.4 liter twin turbocharged V8 for the 650i, which is what the 6-series coupe would be available with at the time of launch. The cars irrespective of engine fit would be rear wheel drive and have a standard eight speed Sports automatic gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles for transmission. There would be the option of a 6 speed manual gearbox for the 650i Coupe that would be for the US market.

Power factors of the cars are 320 hp at 5,800 rpm and 450 Nm which is 332 lb ft of peak torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm for the 640i fit cars. In this case the acceleration reading would be 5.4 seconds for the 0 to 100 kmph or 62 mph run. Top speed would be 250 kmph or 155 mph and is electronically limited. Fuel consumption at test time read 7.7 liter per 100 km which translates to 30.6 mpg for US consumers. CO2 emission is 179 g/km.

The 650i on the other hand in the EU version delivers 407 hp from its 4.4 litre displacement between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 600Nm or 443 lb-ft between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. Acceleration factor is 4.9 seconds for the 0 to 100 kmph or 62 mph rush. Top speeds in this case are 250 kmph or 155 mph electronically limited. Fuel consumption details are 10.4 lt/100km (equal to 23.1 mpg US) and CO2 emission reads 243 g/km.

In the US version the 650i V8 engine units delivers 400 hp between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm, and makes peak torque of 450 lb-ft between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm.

Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph or 96 kmph is achieved in 4.8 seconds. Option is available for either a 6 speed manual or the 8 speed automatic transmission system.

Sales of the 640i and 650i Coupes in Europe would start in the fall while that of the 650i Coupe in the US would also start the same time.

Source: carscoop

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