lb-ft @ 3400 rpm
hp @ 6300 rpm
hp per liter
(convt) & 5.6 (cpe) secs
(from BMW Group Press
Release) 2008 BMW 6 SERIES: The Authentic, Progressive Grand Touring
Automobiles with Newly Updated Styling, Interior Refinements and New
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - June 26th, 2007... Featuring highly attractive
modifications to their characteristic design, interiors 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 Coupe and the BMW 6 Series Convertible
offer a greater thrill and more style than ever before.
Indeed, through their looks and style, combined with cutting-edge
technology, both models are authentic representations of the classic
Grand Touring automobile featuring modern highlights together with
Brilliant performance is delivered by the eight-cylinder powerplant
in the BMW 650i Coupe and the BMW 650i Convertible. Developing 360
hp from an engine capacity of 4.8 liters, this power unit allows
truly dynamic performance combined with incomparable smoothness and
The new six-speed Sport Automatic transmission is tailored perfectly
to the character of the BMW 6 Series, combining comfortable cruising
with the option at any time to use the full power and muscle of the
engine for all-out acceleration and driving dynamics.
Style and sport are indeed inherent characteristics of the BMW 6
Series: either as an elegant Sports Coupe in the proud tradition of
a genuine Grand Touring Coupe or as a dynamic Luxury Convertible
enabling the driver and passengers to enjoy the wind rushing by in
an incomparable manner. Both models combine their strengths with the
convincing everyday driving qualities of a large and spacious
The BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible stand 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.
The history of dynamic driving pleasure with nothing but the sky
above was originally introduced in the BMW 327 Convertible, the BMW
335 Convertible, and the BMW 503 Convertible, all of them milestones
in technology and design, with a strong and lasting impact on the
ongoing development of the brand and its products.
The 6 Series today also plays a significant role within BMW’s model
portfolio. It is indeed the benchmark for innovation, and a powerful
expression of progress in technology. Cars of this kind establish a
particularly active relationship between the manufacturer and the
customer, with the dedicated 6 Series owner showing a clear
preference for the BMW brand and, at the same time, a strong
affinity for innovations in technology, premium quality, and
An attitude of this kind creates a particularly close relationship
with the product and its features not only prior to, but also after
purchasing the car. Innovations of this standard endorsed and
acknowledged by the critical customer of this caliber have the
potential to define the progress of the entire brand. This, in turn,
makes the BMW 6 Series a role model not only in design, but also in
its control and operating concept, its comfort functions, chassis
and suspension technology, and driver assistance systems.
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
Clearly dynamic: new highlights in exterior design.
The BMW 6 Series boasts powerful innovations characteristic of the
brand and its leadership over the competition not merely through its
power unit. For in their design and style, both the 6 Series Coupe
and the 6 Series Convertible offer a level of quality only the
development process applied by the BMW Group is able to achieve.
While the engineers responsible for developing the drivetrain
benefit from skills and the art of engineering going back decades in
enhancing the level of perfection through new technologies such as
EfficientDynamics, the success of BMW design lies in the ability to
interpret the traditional values of the brand with supreme
creativity in looking into the future. Hence, the design and styling
of the BMW 6 Series clearly reflect the highly dynamic, refined,
top-quality and progressive technical standard of the car as a truly
authentic rendition of this supreme standard.
The overall design and look of both models, offering perfect harmony
and balance to the last detail, is borne out in particular by the
sculptural look of both cars, providing a perfect match of all lines
and design features. Indeed, the smooth, uninterrupted flow of all
characteristic lines on the 6 Series ensures harmonious interplay of
the front section, the sides and rear sections of the car, the
generous and powerfully curved surfaces all coming together to
provide a harmonious picture to be admired in its sporting elegance
and dynamic class from every angle and every perspective.
Offering this unique design language, the BMW 6 Series Coupe stands
out as a modern and innovative interpretation of the classic Grand
Touring Coupe. And in the same way, the BMW 6 Series Convertible,
through its design, is a proud symbol of sporting and elegant
driving pleasure with nothing but the sky above.
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 form 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
Through their striking contours, the headlights give the front end
of the BMW 6 Series a clear, focused look, with new light technology
adding further brilliance. The standard 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
With its long wheelbase, the long and sleek engine compartment lid,
the greenhouse moved far to the back and the low roofline tapering
out gently to the rear of the car, the BMW 6 Series has all the
proportions of a classic Coupe. And thanks to its unique finned
roof, the BMW 6 Series Convertible also offers the same, dynamically
The light edge on the side-sills is even more pronounced and
distinctive than before, offering extra volume and contours to
highlight the sporting character of the car. The new metallic paint
colors, Deep Sea Blue and Space Gray, as well as new light-alloy
rims, offer further options in rounding out the sporting elegance of
the new BMW 6 Series according to the customer’s individual
In the process of modifying the rear 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 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.
The harmony of lines on the luggage compartment lid, the rear lights
and reflectors is likewise more intense and striking than before,
the line formed by the lower edge of the rear spoiler sweeping
gently downwards, where it is taken up by the outer contour of the
rear lights. Then, following the design of the lights, the spoiler
line, while still moving down, sweeps to the inside, where it is
taken up by the contour of the low, even more stretched-out and
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. Bearing a clear analogy to the exterior design of the car,
the concept of dynamic harmony forms clear, flowing lines and tense,
muscular surfaces. 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. Both the driver and front passenger are
therefore enveloped by tense, even exciting design elements
continuing all the way to the center console between the rear seats,
thus emphasizing both the sophisticated style and elegance of the
interior in a genuine visual and tangible experience.
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,
Featuring a combination of leather and Pearl Grey chrome, the iDrive
Controller matches the look of the new rotary buttons, thus
additionally enhancing the overall harmony of the car’s design.
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 serve
to make 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 Sport Automatic transmission and shift paddles on the steering
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 Sport
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 manually in sequential mode either
via the gear selector lever or by means of paddles on the steering
wheel. A further option is to shift gears manually directly from the
paddles. Pressing the Sport 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 Sport 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.
Both the BMW 6 Series Coupe and the Convertible are characterized by
sporting and superior driving characteristics at all times and under
all conditions. Featuring a high-performance power unit, rear-wheel
drive, excellent axle load distribution, and an ultra-modern
all-aluminum suspension, the BMW 6 Series offers a supreme driving
experience under all conditions. The principle of lightweight
construction ofthe chassis and suspension, in turn, guarantees
supreme stability with low weight and minimizes the car’s unsprung
The high-performance floating-caliper brakes with inner-vented brake
discs are controlled hydraulically on the BMW 6 Series, now acting
even faster and more precisely than before in guaranteeing maximum
stability and full brake power at all times.
Dynamic Stability Control with optimized control action.
Offering a wide range of functions, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
supports the driver in the process of handling his BMW safely and
with superior style. First and foremost, DSC can apply the brakes
individually on the car’s various wheels as required, or intervene
in engine management in order to counteract any over- or understeer
DSC also includes the ABS anti-lock brake control system as well as
Automatic Stability Control, which helps prevent the drive wheels
from spinning on loose or slippery ground, as well as Brake Assist,
and Cornering Brake Control to help avoid under- or oversteer in
Further functions include Brake Fade Compensation when the brakes
become particularly hot, Brake Drying to optimize the car’s stopping
power in wet weather, and Start-Off Assistant, enabling the driver
to set off smoothly and without the car rolling back on an uphill
gradient, without having to use the handbrake.
A further innovation is Brake Standby, whose pre-loading brake
function moves the brake pads closer to the discs for immediate
build-up of brake pressure, thus avoiding the slightest delay in the
process of applying the brakes. In the event of an emergency braking
maneuver, this precaution enables the brakes to build up their
maximum stopping power much faster than usual, making stopping
distances shorter and offering valuable safety reserves.
The Brake Assistant in the new BMW 6 Series, part of the DSC control
system, is networked with the car’s other driver assistance systems,
interacting with the optional Active Cruise Control with its Stop &
Go function in order to detect the need for extra stopping power in
good time. This is done by radar sensors incorporated in the system,
with the brakes being pre-loaded by reducing the normal activation
thresholds on the hydraulic Brake Assistant.
Activated at the touch of a button, Dynamic Traction Control serves
to raise the DSC response threshold for even more dynamic
performance. Specially optimized in the new BMW 6 Series, this DTC
mode enhances traction on slippery surfaces and ensures an even
higher standard of sporting performance under dynamic driving
Unique: Active Steering and Active Roll Stabilization.
Standard on the BMW 6 Series, Servotronic power steering provides
appropriate assistance on the hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering as
a function of road speed. Further enhancement of steering comfort is
provided by optionally available Active Steering, unique in the 6
Series segment, varying the steering ratio appropriately to provide
a larger steering angle at low speeds with the same movement of the
steering wheel than at higher speeds. In practice, this allows the
driver to maneuver the car with less effort and with an even
smoother steering effect. At higher speeds, Active Steering makes it
easier for the driver to remain steadily on course, harmonizing the
feeling of the steering.
By way of yaw rate control, Active Steering stabilizes the car when
applying the brakes on surfaces with different traction levels
side-to-side, counter-steering as required for superior safety and
Another innovation reflecting the character of the BMW 6 Series is
Active Roll Stabilization. This suspension control system features
active anti-roll bars with hydraulic swivel motors on the front and
rear axle, enabling the car to almost completely eliminate body roll
movements in bends and in a sudden change of direction. A further
benefit is appropriate control of the car’s steering behavior in a
lane change or in hard maneuvers to avoid an obstacle on the road.
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go.
Active Cruise Control with its Stop & Go function offers the driver
better support and greater assistance at the wheel than ever before.
This innovative system now available as an option in the new BMW 6
Series – on models with automatic transmission – features automatic
distance control, allowing the driver to comfortably cruise along
the highway or on a country road as well as in stop-and-go traffic
at very low speeds, while constantly maintaining an appropriate
distance to the vehicle ahead.
As soon as the distance pre-set by the driver can no longer be
maintained, the system adjusts the speed of the car by intervening
in drive management and building up brake pressure, thus taking
current traffic conditions into account. Then, as soon as the road
ahead is free again, Active Cruise Control increases the speed of
the car to the limit set by the driver. The system even reduces the
speed of the car to a standstill whenever necessary based on current
traffic conditions, bringing the car to a halt and holding it in
The maximum deceleration generated by Active Cruise Control with
Stop & Go is 0.5g. Should the driver be required to intervene
because the vehicle ahead is applying the brakes extremely hard, he
will be alerted to do so by appropriate visual and acoustic signals.
New: Lane Departure Warning with vibration signal on the steering
To support driver awareness, the new BMW 6 Series Coupe and the new
BMW 6 Series Convertible are available with a newly developed
assistance system helping to prevent the driver from inadvertently
departing from the correct lane on the road. Referred to as Lane
Departure Warning, this sophisticated system identifies movement of
the car from the correct lane and gives the driver a discreet but
noticeable signal at the most important point in steering the car –
on the steering wheel itself.
The Lane Departure Warning System is made up of a camera fitted near
the interior mirror on the windscreen, a control unit for comparing
data, and a signal transmitter generating a vibration signal in the
BMW Night Vision
BMW Night Vision, available as an option, offers a higher level of
safety when driving at night. The “heart” of this unique system is a
thermal imaging camera able to detect people, animals and objects
emitting heat at a distance of up to almost 1,000 feet down the
road, then transmitting a high-contrast image to the central Control
Display also used by the navigation system.
As an option, the BMW 6 Series Coupe and BMW 6 Series Convertible
are 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.
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,
in the event of a possible rollover, move upward automatically
within fractions of a second from behind the rear headrests.
Active headrests for an even higher standard of occupant protection.
The BMW 6 Series Coupe and 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 enhance the
standard of passive safety in both models. The headrests develop
their protective effect in the event of a rear-end collision by
automatically moving closer to the occupant’s head, helping to
reduce the risk of neck injury for the driver and front passenger.
To ensure this effect, the headrests are moved forward by 60
millimeters or 2.36´´ and upward by 40 millimeters or 1.57´´ as soon
as the airbag control unit registers an impact at the rear of the
BMW 6 Series and sends out a signal for pyrotechnical activation of
the system. This, in turn, releases two springs moving the
upholstered sections of the headrests into position to immediately
help cushion the heads of the occupants.
Top-end navigation and audio systems.
As a particular highlight in the interest of motoring comfort, 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
High-quality audio systems and telematics functions serve to enhance
touring comfort and driving pleasure in the new BMW 6 Series. BMW’s
optional Premium Sound Package continues to include a 6 disc CD
changer and Logic 7. A USB interface is also available as an option
for linking external audio sources. 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.
The range of multi-media features and options is rounded off by BMW
Assist telematics services including TeleService, which enables
customers to make service appointments with their BMW center.
Leather upholstery with SunReflective Technology on the Convertible.
One of the particular highlights offered by the BMW 6 Series
Convertible is the use of a newly developed type of leather for the
seat upholstery and interior panels. In this case, so-called “cool
pigments” are integrated into the material in a process referred to
as SunReflective Technology, reflecting infra-red radiation in the
sunlight. This very effectively reduces undue overheating of the
seat surfaces when the car is open, providing a difference in
temperature compared with conventional leather of up to 36 °F in the
case of dark colors.
2008 BMW 6 Series: The Authentic, Progressive Grand Touring
Together with the characteristic design of both models and their
impressive standard of driving dynamics, the comprehensive range of
multi-faceted features helps to give the BMW 6 Series its truly
authentic and unique identity. Indeed, the new BMW 6 Series Coupe
and the new BMW 6 Series Convertible belong to the small group of
cars fulfilling the greatest demands in every respect and setting
new benchmarks everywhere. Given the sheer magnitude of their
qualities, both models stand out clearly in their respective
segments, reflecting the ideals of the discerning motorist dedicated
either to the refined dynamics of a four-seat Grand Touring Coupe or
the unique driving pleasure only a Luxury Convertible is able to
BMW Ultimate ServiceTM:
providing owners with incredible value and peace of mind
Every 2008 BMW 6 Series vehicle will be provided with BMW Ultimate
ServiceTM, a suite of services that includes the BMW Maintenance
Program (formerly called Full Maintenance), Roadside Assistance, the
New Vehicle Limited Warranty and BMW AssistTM with TeleService.
BMW Ultimate ServiceTM includes:
The BMW Maintenance Program is the only no-cost maintenance program
in the industry that covers wear and tear items like brake pads and
rotors for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. BMW
owners pay nothing for all scheduled inspections, oil changes, brake
pads, wiper blade inserts and other wear-and-tear items.
BMW Roadside Assistance is one of the industry’s most comprehensive
plans available. Not only is it no-charge for the first 4 years, but
there is no mileage limit. BMW drivers enjoy the assurance of
on-the-road help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the
United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. This includes everything from
flat tire changes, emergency gasoline and lock-out assistance, to
towing, alternative transportation and even trip-interruption
benefits. This service also includes valuable trip routing advice.
BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty: All 2008 BMW 6 Series vehicles are
covered by BMW’s excellent Limited Warranty, which includes:
• New-vehicle warranty – 4-year/50,000-mile coverage of the vehicle.
• Rust-perforation warranty – 12-year/unlimited-mileage coverage.
BMW AssistTM provides the driver with services that enhance
on-the-road security and convenience, for added peace of mind. The
BMW AssistTM Safety Plan is standard on all 5, 6, and 7 Series
models, including M5 and M6, and is included in the Premium Package
or available as a stand-alone option on all other models. Starting
with MY 2007 vehicles, BMW is the only manufacturer that will offer
this service for 4 years at no additional cost. Most other
manufacturers cover only the first year of service.
The in-vehicle equipment for BMW AssistTM includes GPS technology
and hands-free communication functions accessed via buttons in the
overhead or center console. Vehicle occupants may request emergency
or other services simply by pressing a button; the BMW AssistTM
system then transmits the location and vehicle information to the
BMW AssistTM Response Center. A response specialist will then speak
with the occupants to coordinate dispatch, notify emergency contacts
on file, and link BMW Roadside Assistance or emergency services as
needed and requested. A severe accident automatically activates the
BMW AssistTM call as well. The BMW AssistTM Safety Plan also
includes Remote Door Unlock 1 and Stolen Vehicle Recovery services,
which can save the owner time and money.
TeleService 1 automatically notifies the BMW center when a vehicle
will need service. This feature allows the Service Advisor to
proactively set up a customer appointment and have the needed parts
BMW AssistTM subscribers can also enroll in the BMW AssistTM
Convenience Plan (available at an additional cost of $199 per year)
to avail themselves of many BMW AssistTM Concierge services, from
travel planning to dining reservations, shopping assistance and
event tickets, as well as receive directions, and traffic and
weather information. On many models produced September 2006 and
later, a selected destination and its phone number can be sent
directly to the on-board navigation system and Bluetooth®–linked
mobile phone, after a push of the new Concierge button. The
Convenience Plan also includes Critical Calling, a new service that
connects the driver in case their mobile phone is not in the vehicle
or its battery is discharged. After pushing the SOS button, a BMW
AssistTM response specialist will link the driver to his requested
party for up to five minutes and for up to four events per year.
As before, the BMW AssistTM system includes Bluetooth® hands-free
phone connectivity with hands-free phonebook access and dialing by
name or number via the steering wheel controls. Use of this feature
requires a customer-provided compatible Bluetooth® mobile phone.