2015 NAIAS: BMW 6 Series Convertible Facelift

6-series, Auto Shows | January 12th, 2015 by 2
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BMW’s big debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is the mid-cycle update of entire 6 Series line. BMW has reworked the third generation 6 …

BMW’s big debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is the mid-cycle update of entire 6 Series line. BMW has reworked the third generation 6 Series for the second half of its production run. The overall look of the 2015 6 Series is very similar, taking a trained eye to spot the subtle enhancements to the 2015 BMW 6 Series appearance. The biggest changes come to the front and rear aprons. There are a host of tech upgrades as well as more standard equipment.

The 6 Series compromises three different body styles. A 6 Series Coupe, 6 Series Convertible and the beautiful 6 Series Gran Coupe are available. The 6 Series Gran Coupe has been the best selling model, representing approximately half of all 6 Series sold.

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Design changes

Ready for the shocker?  The new 6 Series grill now has 9 slats, instead of 10. All joking aside, the overall effect of this is that the new 6 Series grill is even more prominent. The front and rear aprons have been changed but their design is more a refinement than new statement. In the front there is now a single air intake. The 6 Series’ side mirrors have been revised too.

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BMW’s fantastic LED headlights are now standard across the 6 Series line. The low beam light is emitted from the two upper reflectors, the high beam light from the two lower reflectors. The Gran Coupe now announces itself with Chromed Lettering at the back of the back door at the Hofmeister kink. New 20 inch wheels as well as new colors are available.

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The BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe will continue in the US in the 650i and 640i models. The new models will begin hitting showrooms some time in the second quarter of 2015. The 6 Series line remains an exclusive car, having sold just 80,000 worldwide since its market launch.

Powertrain

The engine and transmission soldier on unchanged in the 2015 BMW 6 Series LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) update. Powering the 650i is the TwinPower Turbo N63 V8 that produces 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission, accelerating from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.4 seconds. The 640i version is powered by the N55 BMW’s TwinPower Turbo inline six which twists out 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The 640i is also mated to an 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission, and can go 0 to 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds. In all but the M versions, BMW offers xDrive.

Technology

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BMW has always been on the forefront of in car tech, all 2015 BMW 6 Series models feature full-LED headlights as standard equipment. These new headlights feature integrated signal indicators BMW again offers head up display, lane departure warning, active cruise control and the latest iDrive with touch controller.

New Option Packages

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New to the 6 Series is the Black Accent Package is a comprehensive treatment and includes a BMW kidney grille with high-gloss black bars, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, and even high-gloss black tailpipe tips. Also included are a 20-inch bi-color light-alloy wheels with a multi-spoke design. The interior features for the Black Accent Package are a new Cognac/Black bi-color Nappa leather highlighted by Fineline Brown fine wood. BMW now offers a M Sport Edition where the Executive and M Sport packages which when combined offer savings.

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