Third Go-Around for the BMW 6 Series

New BMW 6 Series is Loaded wtih Innovations

Arriving in the fall of 2011, BMW?s third generation 6 Series again elevates the level of the world market of 2+2 coupes with its long sweeping hood, short front overhang and set-back passenger compartment.? The new 6 gets stretched from the previous iteration by nearly three inches in wheel base and length, plus it?s 1.5 inches wider.

The innovations in the new BMW 6 Series Coupe also extend to lighting technology, in the shape of Adaptive LED Headlights. Their bright white light provides an extremely intense and evenly spread illumination of the road.

Other features that set the new car apart from its rivals are the BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems and mobility services. The rear-view camera, Surround View, Parking Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Change Warning System are joined on the list of available equipment items by the new generation of the BMW Head-Up-Display. The latest incarnation of the system uses a full spectrum of colors to display the information projected onto the windshield. The standard BMW iDrive control system, is the operating portal for the navigation, communications and infotainment functions. The high definition, trans-reflective technology Control Display is centrally mount high on the sweeping dash and emulates a freestanding flatscreen. Finally, the optional Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System provides a feast of aural pleasure seldom experienced inside a car.

The 650i is powered by a 400-hp 4.4-liter V-8 engine with two turbochargers positioned in the V-area between the cylinder banks.? The engine can be paired with either BMW?s new 8-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or BMW?s traditional 6-speed manual transmission. The Coupe sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with either transmission . Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. This engine also boasts extraordinary efficiency for a model in its output class. EPA figures will be available closer to the on-sale date in mid 2011.

The double wishbone front axle and the multi-link rear axle are made predominantly from aluminum. The chassis is geared to the requirements of drivers with sporting intentions, although the dampers also respond sensitively to bumps in the road surface under high lateral acceleration. The optional Active Roll Stabilization combines with the standard Dynamic Damper Control to offer the driver even more precise responses and perfectly flat cornering ability. The electronically controlled shock absorbers adapt to the road surface and the driver?s style to perfectly control the car?s body motions.

The new BMW 650i Coupe is the first car in its class available with Integral Active Steering. This system combines the Active Steering system for the front axle (available on the previous generation 6 Series Coupe) with a new, steerable rear axle. Precisely harmonized steering angle movements at both axles create a virtual lengthening or shortening of the vehicle?s wheelbase, which fosters greater high-speed stability and enhanced maneuverability for parking and city use.

The new BMW 650i Coupe is designed to be a 2+2-seater. Its interior offers individually tailored seats for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. ?The central section of the instrument panel, containing the iDrive system?s Central Display, the air vents and the controls for the audio system and air conditioning, are all angled slightly towards the driver.

The new BMW 650i Coupe is available with a great variety of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive. The comprehensive Driver Assistance Package includes Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Rear and Top View cameras, Parking Assistant, and a new three-dimensional, full-color Head-Up Display. Also available are BMW?s Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection and Active Cruise Control with stop-and-go capability.

The all-new third generation 650i Coupe will join the 650i Convertible in the US market this fall as a 2012 model.? Retail and option pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.