BMW 6 Series E63
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2007 sees the middle life update for the BMW 6 Series. Featuring highly attractive modifications to their characteristic design, an interior further refined in many details and boasting new color highlights, as well as innovations in drive technology and driver assistance and safety systems, the new BMW 6 Series E63 Coupé and the BMW 6 Series E64 Convertible offer a greater thrill and more style than ever before.
The BMW 6 Series stands for a heritage of no less than 70 years dedicated to the thrill of mobility and success in motorsport. Cars such as the BMW 327/328 Coupe, the BMW 3200 CS, the BMW 3.0 CSi and the first generation of the BMW 6 Series to this day represent the unique combination of elegance and competition-oriented sportiness so characteristic of BMW.
|2007 BMW 6 Series E63 CoupÉ|
|Power||210kW | 286HP||270kW | 367HP|
|Top Speed||250km/h | 155mph||250km/h | 155mph||250km/h | 155mph|
|Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)|
|City||11.2 | 21||9.2 | 25.5||17.8 | 13.2|
|Highway||6 | 39.2||5.6 | 42||8.1 | 29|
|Combined||7.9 | 29.7||6.9 | 34||11.7 | 20.1|
Source for technical specifications: BMW.com.
Having built over 75,500 cars within the past three years is impressive proof of the close link between the BMW brand and the tradition of the sophisticated, top-quality Grand Touring automobile. In this segment, facing keen competition from a number of high-ranking competitors, the BMW 6 Series, measured in terms of registration figures, ranks a proud second among all luxury sports cars the world over. In other words, right from the start it immediately left the competition with comparable all-round qualities far behind.
Powerful and full of presence from every perspective
Both the Coupe and Convertible now make an even more powerful and striking stance on the road. The strong lines extending all the way from the A-pillars along the entire engine compartment lid to the BMW kidney grille and forming a dynamic arrow further emphasized by the powerfully chiseled bars in the lower air intake.
The air intake itself is even wider than on the former model and borders at the bottom on a new contour edge significantly highlighting the wide track of the car. The newly designed directional indicators, in turn, featuring LED light units with a crystalline effect, provide an even more distinctive signal than before.
Through their striking contours, the headlights give the front end of the BMW 6 Series a clear, focused look, new light technology adding further brilliance. Featured as standard, the bi-xenon dual round headlights are covered by a layer of clear glass at the surface, their corona rings now offering BMW's typical daytime driving light function.
In the process of modifying the rear end of the car, BMW's designers have harmoniously continued and enhanced the concept of ongoing lines extending around the entire vehicle. The section of the luggage compartment lid beneath the spoiler lip is even more concave in design than before, rising up less steeply to provide not only a more dynamic look, but also more distinctive light/shade contrasts, making the entire rear end of the car look even lower and more dynamic.
On both the Coupe and Convertible, the additional brake light is now integrated in the spoiler lip. The inner structure of the rear lights has also been modified to reflect the new lines of the car, with all light sources now being LED units.
BMW 6 Series all the way: harmony of design outside and inside
The stylish and elegant dynamism of the car's exterior design continues smoothly and harmoniously within the interior of the BMW 6 Series. As an example, the sweeping cover above the dashboard starting beneath the windscreen extends back on both sides in an ongoing, dynamic line leading into the door panels and surrounding the armrests.
The unique nature of the new BMW 6 Series is enhanced by appropriate refinements in the quality of materials on specific controls and instruments finished in new Chrome Pearl Grey Design as well as new colors for the interior trim and upholstery.
As an alternative to the standard aluminum trim, optional interior trim strips made of grained maple wood or dark birch wood give the interior either a technical and progressive feel or a sophisticated, stylish and elegant look.
Optional finish in Pearl exclusive leather, with additional leather on the armrests, the door grab handles and the center console, is now also available in Chateau Red and in a new upholstery color, Saddle Brown.
Precise control of the system is further facilitated by a ring around the Controller made of extra-hard rubber, and to ensure even more intuitive use, the iDrive control system in the new BMW 6 Series comes complete with six programmable memory keys allowing direct access to selected functions, such as a favorite phone number or navigation destination.
Unparalleled supremacy: the eight-cylinder in the BMW 6 Series
Once again, the eight-cylinder power unit in the new BMW 6 Series marks the pinnacle in superior power and performance. The 4.8-liter engine develops maximum output of 360 hp at an engine speed of 6,300 rpm, with peak torque of 360 lb-ft at 3,400 rpm.
This cutting-edge aluminium power unit features throttle-free VALVETRONIC valve control, variable double-VANOS camshaft management on the intake and exhaust side, as well as an intake manifold switching to two different settings. Benefiting from these highlights in technology, the eight-cylinder offers superior smoothness and refinement, an immediate and direct response, and a truly powerful torque curve.
The new BMW 650i Coupe accelerates to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds (with manual transmission) while the BMW 650i Convertible completes the same exercise in 5.6 seconds. Engine management, in turn, limits the top speed of both models to 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Fuel economy and emissions optimized on all models
A wide range of fuel-saving features in and around the engine also serve to make all of the power unit in the new BMW 6 Series even more efficient. One example is the Varioserv steering assistance pump that ensures particularly efficient steering support and assistance according to the driver's current requirements.
Further new technologies serving to save fuel provide their superior effect without any intervention by the driver. The belt drive for the a/c compressor, for example, comes with its own clutch automatically disconnecting the compressor as soon as the driver switches off the air conditioning.
New automatic sports transmission and shift paddles on the steering wheel. Engine power on the new BMW 650i is transmitted to the rear wheels in standard trim by a six-speed manual gearbox. Optionally available, at no charge, is BMW's newly developed six-speed Sports Automatic transmission, combining supreme comfort with extremely fast reaction and gearshift times in genuine Grand Touring style. Further advantages are the direct connection of the automatic transmission to the engine and, as a result, dynamic conversion of engine power into driving pleasure and performance.
The driver controls the Sport Automatic by means of an electronic gear selector lever, moving the lever briefly to the left from position D in order to activate the manual gearshift mode. This allows the driver to shift gears either via the gear selector lever or manually in sequential mode by means of paddles on the steering wheel. A further option is to shift gears manually directly from the paddles. Pressing the Sports button positioned behind the gear selector lever, the driver is able to enjoy an even faster and dynamic gearshift. A further benefit is that the Sports button also modifies the progressive action of the gas pedal and, in conjunction with the car's standard steering, the Servotronic control map, providing optimum conditions for dynamic acceleration.
All-aluminum suspension for enhanced agility, safety and comfort
BMW claims that both the BMW 6 Series Coupe and the Convertible are characterised by sporting and superior driving characteristics at all times and under all conditions. Featuring a high-performance power unit, the rear-wheel drive 6 Series represents optimumaxle load distribution combined with an ultra-modern all-aluminium suspension system to deliver both a smooth ride and spirited handling. BMW asserts that the principle of lightweight construction on the chassis and suspension guarantees high levels of stability and minimises the car's unsprung masses.
Another feature of the chassis are the high-performance floating-caliper brakes with inner-vented brake discs. Controlled hydraulically on the BMW 6 Series, the brakes now acting even faster and more precisely than before in guaranteeing maximum stability and full brake power at all times.
Standard on the BMW 6 Series is Servotronic power steering , which changes the ratio of the steering dependant of road speed. Further enhancement of steering comfort is provided by optionally available Active Steering.
Other features for the 6 Series
Other features of the BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible include Active Cruise Control, which changes the speed of the car via radar input. It also has a stop-and-go system for automatically navigating traffic at very low speeds, all the while maintaining an appropriate distance to the vehicle ahead.
As well as the high tech BMW Night Vision system (with the view of the road at night displayed on a small screen), the luxury German grand tourer also offers the Lane Departure Warning system, which has a vibration signal on the steering wheel to alert the driver of inadvertent departure from the correct lane on the road. The Lane Departure Warning system works by accessing information from cameras fitted near the interior mirror on the windscreen.
BMW has revealed that both the BMW 6 Series Coupe and the BMW 6 Series Convertible are optionally available with a Head-Up Display projecting information relevant to the driver such as the road speed of the car or navigation data to the windscreen directly in front of the driver. The cars feature high levels of safety too, with multiple airbags, active headrests, and an advanced substructure to protect occupants.
As a particular highlight in the interest of motoring comfort, both the BMW 6 Series Coupe and the BMW 6 Series Convertible are equipped with the BMW Navigation System, including Real Time Traffic Information. Among other features, the BMW Navigation System features refined graphic presentation on an 8.8-inch Control Display as well as new, particularly reliable voice entry exclusive to BMW cars.
High-quality audio systems and telematics functions also feature, including BMW’s optional Premium Sound Package which includes a 6 disc CD changer and Logic 7 and adds a USB interface. This allows the user to integrate MP3 players such as an Apple iPod into the audio system and to control the various functions by means of the iDrive Controller or the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.
Comfort and safety on all four seats
High-strength load-bearing structures, generous and clearly defined deformation zones front and rear, side impact protection integrated in the doors and rear side panels, and an extremely stiff passenger cell allowing the entire structure around the driver to maintain its function as a survival area in a severe collision – all these features provide the prerequisites for the exemplary standard of passive safety offered by the BMW 6 Series.
Other standard features are three-point seat belts with pretensioners on all seats as well as front and side airbags for the front occupants. The BMW 6 Series Coupe also comes with head airbags, while the BMW 6 Series Convertible features rollbars which move up automatically in the event of a possible rollover within fractions of a second from behind the rear headrests.
Active headrests for an even higher standard of occupant protection. Both the BMW 6 Series Coupe and the BMW 6 Series Convertible come as standard with electrically adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger as well as a triple memory function on the driver’s seat. The front seats on the BMW 6 Series Convertible feature an integrated belt system, while on the BMW 6 Series Coupe the belt anchor points allow comfortable and convenient use of the car’s restraint systems.
Newly developed active headrests on the front seats once again enhance the standard of passive safety in both models, the headrests developing their protective effect in the event of a rear-end collision by automatically moving closer to the occupant’s head, thus preventing any rapid spinning or turning motion of the head, in the process significantly reducing the risk of upper spinal injury for the driver and front passenger.