BMW have finally released information on the new 6-Series Coupe and there are a large number of exclusive and segment firsts to look forward to. First up, the new 2012 BMW 6-Series coupe is the only car in its segment to offer a combination of top-class sporting ability, touring comfort and 460 litre luggage compartment. It is also the only car in its segment that is available with Electric Power Steering and option integral Active Steering. And lastly; it is the first car in its segment to come with Adaptive LED Headlights, including low and high beam, cornering function, fog lamps and rear lights.
Looks wise, the 2012 BMW 6 series coupe hasn’t changed all too much, although it has under-gone a minor sporty facelift thanks to a 39 mm increase in width and a 5 mm reduction in height.
2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe offers two enginesOnto the good stuff, at release the 6-series coupe will be available with two engine options, a 640i and a 650i. The 640i comes with a 6 cylinder petrol engine and pumps out 235 kW (320 hp) and 450 Nm max torque at 1 300 - 5 800rpm. This translates into the 640i completing 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds and capping out at 250km/h. The fuel economy is surprisingly good as well, coming in at just 7.7 litres/100km.
The 650i naturally packs a little more heat, its V8 petrol engine produces 300 kW (407 hp) with a max torque of 600 Nm at 1 750 – 4 500 rpm. This extra power means the 650i completes 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds but has the same top speed of 250km/h. All this extra power does have a negative hit on the fuel economy though, with the 650i clocking in at 10.4 litres/100km which is a little on the high side.
BMW do note that these fuel economy figures are provisional though, so we will have to wait till closer to the release for the final figures. Expect the 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe to be available in South Africa later in the year.