2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe Packs More Thrust, Less Thirst [w/ Videos]
BMW has had a rather star-crossed history in the premium coupe segment. The E9-body 3.0CS and the original E24 6 Series were taut, relatively light GTs with serious racing pedigree, but the E31 8 Series went down the high-tech, high-dollar and, regrettably, high-fat road. But when the time came to replace the 8er, BMW made the decision to revive the 6 Series moniker for the E63 chassis (Convertibles were designated E64).
Now the third generation 6 Series (codenamed F12 for coupes, F13 for ragtops) has arrived, wearing more subdued sheetmetal that eschews its predecessor’s Bangle Butt (or, more accurately, van Hooydonk Badonk-a-donk). But the new 6er coupe’s beauty is far more than skin deep.
The new coupe will initially be available with one of two engines: The 640i with a 3.0L turbocharged straight-six producing 320hp, and the 650i with a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 rated at 400hp. However, only the V8 will be offered in the U.S. for now. (What? Americans buying large luxury coupes aren’t allowed to pinch pennies on fuel?) The only transmission that will be offered at launch is an 8-speed automatic, plus a start-stop function that automatically switches the engine off when the vehicle is stationary. The result is estimated combined gas mileage in the mid-20s for the V8, and mid- to high-30s for the six.
But the tech toys aren’t just under the hood. Every 2012 6 Series comes with Dynamic Drive Control – which allows for the adjustment of multiple mechanical and electronic parameters – and other wizardry like electric power steering and Dynamic Damper Control are optional. In other words, you can give your 6er as many personalities as your little heart desires…if you’re, you know, into that kind of thing.
The Bavarians are being coy about pricing for the moment, but if its predecessor is any indication, it will be noticeably cheaper than its larger rival, the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class. Oh, and one more thing: Those of you waiting on the next M6 will have to wait at least another year or so, but with rumors swirling of a 550hp+ version of the 650i’s turbo V8 lurking under the hood, you can bet your patience will be rewarded. Now sit back and watch some vids of the normal 6 Series doing its thang and look at more pretty pictures.
2012 BMW 6 Series Photo Gallery
2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe Videos