2016 BMW 6 Series: First Look


Competes with: The coupe and convertible compete with Porsche 911 and Jaguar XK; the Gran Coupe competes with Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Audi A7/S7

Looks like: The 6 Series adopts the 4 Series' flared bumper openings

Drivetrain: 315-hp, turbocharged six-cylinder (640i) or 445-hp, turbocharged V-8 (650i) with eight-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive; 560-hp, turbocharged V-8 (M6) with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Subtle updates grace the 2016 BMW 6 Series, which, typical of BMW, still comes in all manner of styles. You can get a 6 Series coupe, convertible or four-door Gran Coupe. Three engines pair with rear- or all-wheel drive and two automatic transmissions. Top among them is the high- performance M6 model, which can still come with a manual transmission to please the sports-car traditionalists.

Related: BMW to Build Plug-in Versions of Several Vehicles

Come January, we’ll see the 2016 6 Series at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. BMW says the car hits dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

By Kelsey Mays | December 11, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Review


"It has coupe-like style and grace in spades, but the 2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe also has a shocking price tag, yet still doesn't include many of the luxury and safety features you'd expect," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2012 BMW Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 156,137 BMW vehicles from the 2010-2012 model years. The recalled models are the 2010-11 128i coupe and convertible; 328i xDrive sedan; 328i sedan, coupe, convertible and sports wagon; and Z4 sDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2011-12 vehicles are the 135i coupe and convertible, 335i sedan, X5 xDrive 35i and X6 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2011 vehicles are the 335i xDrive sedan, 335i coupe and convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xDrive sedan, X3 xDrive 28i and X3 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2010 vehicles are the X3 xDrive 30i and X5 xDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2012 vehicles are the 2012 640i coupe and convertible. Model-year 2010-12 535i Gran Turismo vehicles are also part of the recall.

"In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline-six-cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its recall notice. 

The Problem: The bolts that secure the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit could become loose and may break. This could cause reduced engine power or the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash. BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected bolts for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW will notify owners starting in May. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 6 Series: What's Changed

  • Most significant changes: The introduction of an M6 Gran Coupe; optional six-speed manual, carbon ceramic brakes and all-wheel drive on all non-M6 models
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: Early June
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? An expanded lineup, revised multimedia system and available all-wheel drive make the 2014 model pretty appealing.

With the 2014 model year comes the introduction of the M6 Gran Coupe along with a roster of new and expanded options for the returning members of BMW's 6 Series lineup. Set to launch June 5, the new high-performance, rear-wheel-drive M6 Gran Coupe, which debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will join 2014 versions of the 640i and 650i Gran Coupe, as well as 640i, 650i and M6 coupe and convertible models.

By Matt Schmitz | April 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe: Photo Gallery

BMW's 6 Series Gran Coupe is one of the luxury brand's most striking sedans with its coupe-like styling and sleek profile. The Gran Coupe is enhanced visually as well as under the hood with the newly introduced high-performance 560-horsepower M6 Gran Coupe for 2014. 

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The M6 Gran Coupe features an unpainted, exposed carbon fiber roof to reduced weight, 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels and massive brake rotors. Check out those features and more in the photos below.

By Joe Bruzek | January 14, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and E63 AMG, Audi RS7
  • Looks like: BMW's baddest four-door gets the M treatment
  • Drivetrain: 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Early summer

BMW's sleek, four-door Gran Sport coupe receives a dose of high performance from BMW's M division for 2014. Like the BMW M5 and M5 coupe/convertible, the M6 is powered by an ultra-potent 560-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. There's no manual option like the M5. The engine marks an increase of 115 hp over the non-M BMW 650i Gran Coupe and its less powerful twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8.

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The extra potency results in an expected zero to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. The M6 Gran Coupe channels the engine's power through a dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters and multiple driving modes. A launch control feature is available when the M6 Gran Coupe transmission is in its sportiest setting to allow quick starts from a standstill.

By Joe Bruzek | January 14, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe

Love at first sight is a tricky proposition: Others might treat you better, but this one's just so darn pretty. Such is the risk of handing your heart too hastily to the comely 2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe. It looks like a great catch, but it handles more like the boat you were fishing on, Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says. Despite stunning looks, generous space, comfortable interior and abundant tech, the Gran Coupe's somewhat-oafish handling and delayed acceleration from a full stop make it hard to justify this pricey sport sedan over roomier, better-performing fish in the luxury sea.

2013 BMW 650 Gran Coupe Review
By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Car Seat Check

The 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a head-turner with its matte finish exterior and striking white leather interior. The fun continues under the hood: the swoopy four-door coupe's 445-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine offers pin-you-in-your-seat excitement. Putting two child safety seats in the back of the Gran Coupe was less than fun, however.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 30, 2012 | Comments (9)

2013 BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible: What's Changed

2013 BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible

  • Most significant changes: The 6 Series gets even faster with a more powerful V-8 
  • Price change: $895 increase for 640i; $2,500 increase for 650i 
  • On sale: Late summer 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If 400 hp isn't enough for you, wait for a 2013

For the 2013 model year, the powerful and expensive 6 Series gets a little more juice under the hood and only a slight price increase.

The 2013 6 Series is available as a coupe and a convertible in 640i, 650i and 650i xDrive trims. The four-door 640 Gran Coupe and 650 Gran Coupe are new for 2013 and go on sale later this summer.

Like the 2013 7 Series (750i and 750 Li), the 650i coupe and convertible get a new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, which features an updated Valvetronic system. Power has increased by 45 horsepower, up to 445 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque (an increase of about 30 pounds-feet). All powertrains now have an automatic start/stop system, a feature we've found intrusive on other BMW models. Like the 2013 750i, you should expect fuel economy to increase 20% to 25% on the 650i; the current one gets 15/23/18 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission.

By Colin Bird | July 2, 2012 | Comments (5)

BMW Unveilings in New York Include M6, X1 Crossover

Five new or updated BMW vehicles will be unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show next month. Making their world debuts are the M6 convertible and X1 compact crossover. The X6 M and M6 coupe will make their North American debut, and they will share the stage with the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, which was unveiled earlier this month at the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida.

The high-performance M versions of the 6 Series coupe and convertible return to the lineup after a two-year break. Power for the duo comes from a 560-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8 paired with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

The X1 will slot below the X3 in BMW's lineup and will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. It will use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Updated for model-year 2013 is the X6 M, bringing it in line with the updates the regular M got for 2013.

We'll have more info next month at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 23, 2012 | Comments (1)

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