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2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe Unleashed

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe

The outgoing generation of the BMW 6-Series has to be one of the ugliest cars ever made by the German automaker. I never thought that the company could launch such a poorly designed car. We can now forget about that one because BMW has revealed the 2012 6-Series Coupe, ahead of its official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show.

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe

Designed in order to be the ultimate “dream car”, the new 6-Series Coupe has a “shark-nose” front-end with bi-xenon headlights and a forward-slanting grille, making the car look way better than the outgoing generation. The car has been fitted with frameless windows, chrome accents, along with a C-pillar with the distinctive Hofmeister kink. The back is dominated by the dual exhaust system, the LED taillights and a trunk lid that has an integrated spoiler – no point in saying that the back look is 10 times more attractive than the fat bottom of the outgoing model.

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe

As far as the cabin is concerned, high quality materials and premium amenities dominate the interior. It comes with Dakota leather seats, high-gloss black trim (wood and brushed aluminum trims are also available), a freestanding 7-inch iDrive display and a generous boot that can hold up to 460 liters of your belongings. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, heated / ventilated seats, GPS navigation with an upgraded 10.2-inch display and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe

Technology-wise, the 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe is available with a head-up display, night vision assist (with pedestrian recognition), rear-view camera, and lane departure / lane change warning system and parking assist.

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe

At first there are going to be only two engines available for the model. The 640i model will come with a 6-cylinder turbocharged 3.0-liter engine that produces 315 hp (320 PS / 234 kW) and 332 lb.-ft (450 Nm), mated to a 8-speed automatic gearbox, which will allow the car to do the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The fuel consumption is not bad at all, as the 640i can do 30.5 mpg (7.7 liters / 100 km), while the CO2 emissions stand at 179 g/km.

2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe

A more powerful model is the 650i which is going to be fitted with a twin turbo V8 4.4-liter plant that will output 402 hp (407 PS / 300 kW) and 442 lb.-ft (600 Nm) of torque, good enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).  With this engine, the car will do 22.6 mpg (10.4 liters / 100 km) and CO2 emissions of 243 g/km.

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The 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe will hit the North American dealerships this fall. No word about the price list, but the automaker will probably tell us at the Shanghai Auto Show. Stay tuned.


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