The BMW 6-Series has had a long history. In the years from 1976 to 1989, German automaker BMW produced the first BMW 6-Series, designated as E24. The original 6-Series range was derived from the first generation BMW 7 Series. The vehicle’s class is best identified as the executive sports coupe, a high-end luxury vehicle intended for wealthy car enthusiasts who have a taste for the most elite amenities and the very latest technological frills.
The second generation of the BMW 6-Series was launched in 2003 and lasted until 2010. This series replaced BMW’s defunct 8-Series and was based in part on the E60 5-Series. One of the fundamental motivations of this 6-Series was pure, unadulterated performance. It featured some incredible engines and transmission options, all without skimping on loads of standard and optional kit.
The third generation of the BMW 6-Series was unveiled in September of 2010 and launched in 2011. In addition to the traditional sports coupe and convertible options, BMW also added a four-door saloon called the Gran Coupe, built to compete primarily with the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The BMW 6-Series range continues to provide incredible luxuries for the price, despite the fact that they invariably cost a bundle.
The original BMW 6-Series sports coupe, launched in 1977 in Australia, featured a 3.2i engine with 145kW of power and 255Nm of torque, plus average fuel consumption of 11.4L/100km. The second-generation BMW 6-Series sports coupe started with a 4.4L V8 engine with 245kW of power and 450Nm of torque plus fuel consumption of 16.3L/100km. These engines feature transmissions choice of either 6-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic known as “Steptronic.”
With occasional updates from 2004 onward, additional engine updates have added more power and torque, plus features like twin turbo diesel. There are ultra-powerful V10 and a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission in the top-of-the-range M6. With the third generation BMW 6-Series beginning in 2011, the range of models features continued engine enhancements.
The new Gran Coupe features a 3L, 6-cylinder engine with 235kW of power and 450Nm of torque. The standard version of this elite four-door sports coupe can accelerate to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, and it has phenomenal fuel consumption of 7.8L/100km. The top of the range Gran Coupe, on the other hand, has a 4.4L V8 650i engine with a whopping 330kW of power and 650Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in only 4.6 seconds. The raw power and performance of the BMW 6-Series is truly something to behold.
The BMW 6-Series has always included an incredible array of standard and optional kit. At the beginning of the third generation, 2012 models came standard with all kinds of technological wizardry, including hi-tech efficient engines, active steering, night vision with pedestrian awareness, parking assistance, smart phone integration, among many others. As for options, there were available items like a 14-speaker B&O sound system, LED headlights, digital radio, and active cornering lights, just for starters.
When it comes to those extras, though, some of them might not justify the high price tag, such as ceramic surrounds on a few knobs that added $1100 to the price. Others, such as Bluetooth music streaming, should probably have been included as standard. Nonetheless, the sheer selection of equipment in these BMW 6-Series models was enough to allow for a uniquely customised and personal vehicle that catered well to all kinds of customers.
As a leading executive sports coupe and convertible, the BMW 6-Series has still seen some heavy competition from fellow coupes and convertibles like the Jaguar XK, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Maserati GranSport or GranTurismo, and the Porsche 911 Carrera. What pushes the BMW 6-Series over the top? Generally, it features unique a balance of value and features for the price.
From the latest technological gadgets to some of the very best performance in its segment, the BMW 6-Series has made quite a name for itself worldwide. For anyone who’s got the money to spend on a vehicle of this calibre, it should be well worth it.