6 Series is Back

BMW have finally revealed the production version of the new 6 Series Coupe. Not since 1989 has BMW had a 6 series in the range, leaving Mercedes to pick up the wealth customers seeking two door, premium fun.

The 4.4 litre V8 is lifted from BMW's 7 series and is good for 333bhp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Top speed as ever is limited to 155mph. The 645 will reach 60mph in 5.6 seconds.

Six speed gearboxes will be standard with manual, automatic and the Sequential Manual Gearbox option with both steering wheel paddles and gear lever.

The new coupe weighs in at a reasonably respectable 1600kg, thanks to extensive use of aluminium and synthetic materials in its construction. In fact the bonnet, doors and the entire front body structure are made of aluminium. The front wings are thermoplastic whilst the boot is made of something called 'Sheet Moulding Compound'.

Car balance should be good with a 50:50 weight distribution and if things to go pear shaped BMW's usual assortment of electronic aids will step in to try and regain traction and stability. Active cruise control will also stop you driving into the car in front if you're busy reading a book or on the phone. Variable ratio steering comes as standard.

This will also be the first BMW to feature a Heads up Display on the windscreen showing navigation instructions, speed etc.

There's no spare wheel clogging up the boot and BMW don't expect you to bluff it with a car of Tyre Weld either. The 6 series comes with run-flat tyres allowing you to drive up to 90 miles at 50mph to get you home.

The new car will be available in the UK from December and the 645Ci will be supplemented by a convertible version next year. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

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  • deanpluthero 11 Jul 2003

    arse like the 5 series! apart from that it seems well spec'd but i bet it'll be pricey!

  • RacerX 11 Jul 2003

    You call this a Six Series???

  • kevinday 11 Jul 2003

    That rear 3/4 view looks like a Pug 406 coupe. I remember when the 8 series came out and Top Gear took it and the Calibra round for peoples impressions. Many people thought the Calibra more expensive looking. Maybe the same with this 6 series, compare the Pug and BMW and what will the result be?

  • Digga 11 Jul 2003

    Yes, yes, yes I agree with all the criticisms above, and I'd add that of late BMW seem to have dispensed with forming body panels with hydraulic presses, in favour of belting the metal into shape with clubs made from ugly tree wood, but I want one.

    It's like the Ferrari 465 and 550/575 - it's not overtly sporting or austentatious in the way other cars of similar price and performance night be, but discretion IMHO is part of the appeal. Less gong, more dinner.

  • gemini 11 Jul 2003

    Now thats nice - gone are the boxey lines of recent big beemers!

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