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0ed12015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe 001 Revised 2015 BMW 6 Series family shows its tweaked face to the world

3504BMW 6 Series Convertible 028 Revised 2015 BMW 6 Series family shows its tweaked face to the worldBMW is unwrapping refreshed versions of its luxurious 6 Series family for the 2015 model year, and the range features some styling tweaks inside and out, along with new standard tech.

The biggest change for 2015 is a redesign at the front end to make the 6 look even sharper than before. Only BMW superfans might notice one of the reasons why, though. There are now nine slats in the kidney grille instead of 10 to create larger openings. In addition, all versions get standard Adaptive full-LED headlights with a slightly more angular shape. They’re joined by new side mirrors with integrated indicators in thin strips of lights. Lower down, a revised front air dam boasts a tweaked design and LED foglights at each top edge. Updated side window surrounds are exclusive to the four-door model and feature the Gran Coupe name embossed into them near the rear doors. Buyers of any of the models can choose among a palette of new colors including: Jatoba metallic, Cashmere Silver metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Mediterranean Blue metallic and Melbourne Red metallic.

For 2015, the interior revisions are subtle. There’s high-gloss black trim covering the center console, and LEDs are used for some lighting. Navigation, heated front seats, two-zone climate control, dynamic cruise control and heated exterior mirrors all come standard for all models, though. If the regular leather doesn’t suit you, then there are now Ivory White/Black and Cognac/Black two-tone Nappa options.

Mechanically, the 6 Series family carries over from last year. That gives the 640i a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six making 315 horsepower and the 650i a turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 445 hp. The M6 carries over its 560-hp version of the V8, too. Standard models get an eight-speed automatic with optional all-wheel drive, and the M has a seven-speed dual-clutch.

If all this isn’t enough for some buyers, there are also two new optional packs. The Black Accent Package adds high-gloss black parts for the grille, window surrounds and pipes, plus includes Cognac/Black leather inside with wood trim. The M Sport Edition brings an M body kit, steering wheel and 20-inch wheels, along with cabin additions like a leather dashboard, ventilated seats and soft-close doors. Read all the details about the latest crop of 6 Series models in BMW’s verbose press release below.

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0ed12015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe 001 Revised 2015 BMW 6 Series family shows its tweaked face to the world w/video

3504BMW 6 Series Convertible 028 Revised 2015 BMW 6 Series family shows its tweaked face to the world w/videoBMW is unwrapping refreshed versions of its luxurious 6 Series family for the 2015 model year, and the range features some styling tweaks inside and out, along with new standard tech.

The biggest change for 2015 is a redesign at the front end to make the 6 look even sharper than before. Only BMW superfans might notice one of the reasons why, though. There are now nine slats in the kidney grille instead of 10 to create larger openings. In addition, all versions get standard Adaptive full-LED headlights with a slightly more angular shape. They’re joined by new side mirrors with integrated indicators in thin strips of lights. Lower down, a revised front air dam boasts a tweaked design and LED foglights at each top edge. Updated side window surrounds are exclusive to the four-door model and feature the Gran Coupe name embossed into them near the rear doors. Buyers of any of the models can choose among a palette of new colors including: Jatoba metallic, Cashmere Silver metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Mediterranean Blue metallic and Melbourne Red metallic.

For 2015, the interior revisions are subtle. There’s high-gloss black trim covering the center console, and LEDs are used for some lighting. Navigation, heated front seats, two-zone climate control, dynamic cruise control and heated exterior mirrors all come standard for all models, though. If the regular leather doesn’t suit you, then there are now Ivory White/Black and Cognac/Black two-tone Nappa options.

Mechanically, the 6 Series family carries over from last year. That gives the 640i a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six making 315 horsepower and the 650i a turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 445 hp. The M6 carries over its 560-hp version of the V8, too. Standard models get an eight-speed automatic with optional all-wheel drive, and the M has a seven-speed dual-clutch.

If all this isn’t enough for some buyers, there are also two new optional packs. The Black Accent Package adds high-gloss black parts for the grille, window surrounds and pipes, plus includes Cognac/Black leather inside with wood trim. The M Sport Edition brings an M body kit, steering wheel and 20-inch wheels, along with cabin additions like a leather dashboard, ventilated seats and soft-close doors. Read all the details about the latest crop of 6 Series models in BMW’s verbose press release below, and while you’re there, check out an official BMW video.

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81172013 bmw 6 series gran coupe 001 Next BMW 6 Series, M6 to take aim at Porsche

Since BMW reintroduced the 6 Series line back in 2003, the big two-door has happily sat as the brand’s de facto grand tourer. That will allegedly change come 2017, as Car is reporting that Munich will put its coupe on a diet with the so-called G15 generation, allowing the 6 to go after the likes of Porsche.

All three of the current 6’s body styles will be carried over for 2017, with the base 640i Coupe trimming over 500 pounds of body fat, to around 3,450 pounds. Even the droptop is getting some lipo, dropping from 4,255 to around 3,750 pounds. It’s unclear how much the Gran Coupe will be lightened, as it will be the only member of the 6 Series family that’s growing in size. BMW will stretch the wheelbase of its fullsize, four-door coupe, which should make it decidedly more sedan like.

The weight savings come thanks to a new modular architecture that promises a “more advanced material mix.” That means carbon fiber, high-strength steel and aluminum elements, and even some titanium and magnesium bits.

Along with xDrive all-wheel drive, Car is promising new six- and eight-cylinder engines, with the 640i’s 3.0-liter, turbocharged gas engine producing 347 horsepower while the diesel mill turns out 333. The 4.4-liter V8 of the 650i will deliver 476 ponies, while the range-topping M6’s twin-turbo V8 will reach the magical 600-hp figure.

Of course, we can expect to hear more about the next 6 in the coming months and years. In the meantime, though, let us know what you think of Car‘s positing below, in Comments.

Next BMW 6 Series, M6 to take aim at Porsche originally appeared on BMW Top News on Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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37fa518474134 3 628 420 Check out the trick way you access the tire valve on this BMW Alpina B6

The wheels are one of the first things you notice when checking out the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe. The 20-inch aluminum alloy rollers have 21 spokes that spray out from their hubs, creating one of Alpina’s signature design features. But there’s also plenty of function to go along with the stylistic form of this hotted-up BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

By rotating the Alpina roundel and unlocking the center hub, you gain access to the tire valve and bolts, which are hidden inside. They’re literally kept under lock and key, and they protect your Alpina’s wheels from the elements and theft. This unique center-fill system employing a hollow spoke isn’t a new setup for the favored BMW tuner, but since BMW Top News had one in our offices this week, we thought we’d take the opportunity to show the unique mechanism in case you haven’t seen it before. Check it out in our brief video below.

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Because Four Is Greater Than Three

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Say what you will about the name 4 Series, there is a method to BMW’s madness. On one hand, it’s easy enough to just buy into the logic that odd numbers are reserved for sedans and wagons, and that even numbers are reserved for coupes and convertibles. On the other hand, consider the idea that the higher numbers are used to separate the more dynamic, more engaging vehicles that use the same platform. It’s that sort of separation that differentiates the 6 Series so nicely from its 5 Series roots, after all. And if we’re being cynical, it also allows BMW to charge a bit more money for its lower-volume offerings.

So with the new two-door version of the 3 Series, BMW has gone the route of strengthening the dynamic virtues of its F30 chassis to create a car that’s more removed from its sedan kin than one might think. And after spending some time with the new 4 Series on the roads around Lisbon, Portugal, as well as the famous Circuito do Estoril racetrack, it’s increasingly clear that calling this car a 3 Series Coupe simply wouldn’t be fair.

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2014 BMW 4 Series originally appeared on BMW Top News on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Act And The Exclamation

290b01 628 2013 BMW M6 Coupe *UPDATE

The 2013 BMW M6 is a rolling obscenity – one that begins with the capital letter “F.” It is both the act and the exclamation, the curse and the encouragement. It courts no logic. It is all want and no need, and it is unbecoming of the BMW roundel. Whereas the brand’s products once strove to unite man and machine in a duet of blissful performance, the M6 seems built solely to stand between the driver and the road. You are very clearly in its way every second you’re behind the wheel, slowing it down and generally being the Monday morning to its two-day trance festival. It’s clear this car is very fast, but it has no interest in making you fast in the way that the M3 or even the M5 are wont to do.

But somehow, all that doesn’t stop the car from stoking every last lick of lust in your gut. A 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 will do that for you.

Driving Notes

  • I think this may very well be the most beautiful machine in the BMW stable right now. The fascia, wheels and carbon fiber roof of the M line all help sharpen the standard 6 Series nicely, turning the car from an awkward bubble into a lithe and purposeful grand tourer. It snatches eyeballs like a cleptomaniac Doctor Frankenstein at the optometrist’s office: with both purpose and glee.
  • The real magic of this car is at its heart: a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with 560 horsepower 500 pound-feet of torque. The thrust out of this engine is fiendish in its delivery, and you can’t help but get the sense that the only thing keeping this powerplant from leaping out of the coupe’s nose and terrorizing the countryside is you. The car strains against the brake pedal at every stop light, and the exhaust burbles and pops in some of our favorite anti-social tones. It is the rolling embodiment of Skynet.
  • Our tester came with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. The logic can be switched between “sane” and “why am I in the next county?” There is no middle ground, but the paddle shifters feel great. The shift lever, meanwhile, might as well have been imported from another planet. In the future. In an alternate dimension. It’s that counterintuitive.
  • Speaking of switches, there are independent controls for the shift logic, dampers and steering. You can save your presets by plowing through the iDrive system or by pressing and holding a button on the steering wheel, but it all feels like an unnecessary added step. The M6 doesn’t simply remember which settings the driver preferred from one jaunt to the next. The result is a car that’s in your way more often than not. It’s either the best or worst first world problem in the history of our species.
  • BMW didn’t hold back with the carbon fiber on this machine. Our tester came with a composite roof and carbon-fiber trim indoors. It originally wore the optional carbon ceramic brakes as well, but some yokel had already roasted the rotors off of the car. BMW went back with steel. At $8,700 for the option, we don’t blame them.
  • This all sounds like a lot of bellyaching, but don’t misunderstand. There are only a handful of cars out there that can evoke the sort of emotion this one does, and most of them carry price tags more than double the $123,345 of our tester. That’s not saying it’s worth the coin, but the car has its place.

*UPDATE: BMW informs us the carbon-ceramic brake option was removed due to the fact that that this particular model was manufactured in 2012. The carbon-ceramic rotors were only available on models built in 2013. While the vehicle’s Monroni showed the option at $8,700, BMW says the brakes are available for $9,250, but are covered under the company’s four-year, 50,000 mile maintenance program.

2013 BMW M6 Coupe *UPDATE originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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4b50bmw gran lusso coupe 628 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and Concept 90 pics from Villa dEste

b68dbmw concept 90 250 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and Concept 90 pics from Villa dEsteRoyalty and the ultra-wealthy rubbed damp shoulders at this past weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, but even the rain couldn’t extinguish the excitement generated by the millions of dollars of cars and bikes on display. Nowhere was this more true than with BMW, which marked the occasion with the reveal of two stunning concepts with six wheels between them – the shark-nosed Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and the retrosexual Concept 90 motorcycle.

Conceived with Italian design house Pininfarina, the Gran Lusso Coupe is a power broker on 21-inch wheels. While we’re not completely sold on every element of its design, this twelve-cylinder two-door concept moves us more than the current 6 Series, and not just because it has four more cylinders underhood and 48,000-year-old kauri wood paneling inside. BMW is sadly mum on production hopes, but we’re not entirely optimistic – the company has graced us with a number of attractive concepts at Villa d’Este before, only to pack them away again without ever affording them a production future.

If one of these concepts has a better shot at finding its way into dealers, we have to believe it’s the Concept 90 under the BMW Motorrad umbrella. Designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of BMW’s R 90 S, we think this Roland Sands Design air-cooled boxer would look fantastic on today’s streets, especially with the rising popularity of vintage motorcycles and cafe racers.

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and Concept 90 pics from Villa d’Este originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 30 May 2013 13:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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