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2012 BMW 650i Coupe



At the Detroit Auto Show this January, BMW pulled the wraps off its new 2012 6-Series in Convertible form. Now we're getting the first official look at the 2012 BMW 650i Coupe.

At first glance, the production 650i Coupe actually doesn't look that much different than the Concept 6-Series Coupe BMW showed last year at the Paris show—and that, in turn, isn't far off from the rendering we showed you last summer. Body length and wheelbase have been increased by nearly three inches, and there's 1.5 inches more width, due to increased track width, which helps improve both the vehicle's stance and roadholding. Also enhancing the 650i Coupe's stance, are the more pronounced wheel arches and a somewhat more creased look from the side, with a character line running alongside. And BMW has managed to improve pedestrian protection while mostly keeping the hood flat. At the back, the 6-Series Coupe gets distinctive LED light strips.

The new BMW 650i Coupe packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, making 400 hp (and a peak 450 lb-ft of torque at just 1,750 rpm), and it can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds with either the six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed automatic. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.

Active Roll Stabilization is optional, and it works with the standard Dynamic Damper Control system to provide flat cornering and sharpen the responses of this big coupe without cutting into ride comfort. Integral Active Steering, which has been offered in the 3-Series for several years, is now available in the 650i Coupe, actually steers the rear axle to provide quicker steering response and improved maneuverability, while the standard Driving Dynamics Control includes Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Sport+ modes, with the enthusiast-oriented Sport+ raising the threshold for the stability control system. BMW claims that the driving dynamics of the new 6-Series are even sharper than those of its predecessor.

Inside, the newest 6-Series gets more in synch with the 5-Series sedans—including a highly detailed, wraparound feel for the instrument panel. The high-definition central display is freestanding and now measures 10.2 inches across, with a vivid, flat-screen-monitor look. The latest fourth-generation version of iDrive, which we no longer loathe, is standard.

The 6-Series, as before, is a 2+2 and you won't be having adults sit in back, but for two it offers a good mix of touring comfort, sports-car-like performance, and cargo capacity that's large enough for long weekends. BMW has redone the seating, though; they're new-design lightweight perches with integrated seat belts and standard 20-way multi-contour adjustability, including lumbar. And if that's not enough, you can get active, ventilated seats.

For those willing to check some option boxes, there's plenty to make techno-geeks giddy. Among the features offered are adaptive LED headlights (themselves a distinctive style point), a rear-view camera with surround view, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Warning. A high-end Bang & Olufsen surround sound system is also on offer.

The 2012 BMW 650i Convertible starts at $91,375, including destination. Stay tuned for driving impressions, as well as the official word on pricing, for the 650i Coupe.

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  1. Definitely a lot better then the last one. I think one thing that would be really great is if we got a 6 series with turbo inline 6 engine, if they stuck on in the 7 series for North America, they should do the same for the 6 series.
     
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  2. @NoNameDenton, the 640i Convertible has already been announced with a 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque turbocharged six-cylinder so it's only a matter of time until the coupe gets it too.
    For the record, I actually like the styling of the previous 6-Series better, even though I did hate it when it first came out.
     
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  3. @NoNameDenton, the 640i Convertible has already been announced with a 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque turbocharged six-cylinder so it's only a matter of time until the coupe gets it too.
    For the record, I actually like the styling of the previous 6-Series better, even though I did hate it when it first came out.
     
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  4. Thanks Viknesh, I had not heard about that engine coming, that is welcome news. Also, I did not hate the old design, like other people did, but given the option I would have gone with another car. This one is one I would consider.
     
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  5. Gents, i think the humped rear was the thing thhat put alot of people off the old 6, Bangle has alot to answer for that design. That said. the front was very sexy. low slung and agressive especially on the deepr bored engined series. this looks a lot smoother in design and will pull in alot more fans
     
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  6. WizardsLore you hit the nail on the head, that was my only big styling issue with the last 6 series
     
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  7. oh and another thing, the reason why alot of people arent aware of the ngine lineups for BMW and Merc is because the formally referenced model number woudl always denote the engine capacity, which made it easier. a 640i would in every case refer to a 4.0l V8. a 630i would be slightly more confusing as it coudl refer to a small bore 3.0l V8 or a cleaner V6, or even a diesel.
    having a V6 with a 640i badge is misleading especially when the previous model would confirm the engine size. Note - this woudl mainly apply to those that dont read the manual or even look under the hood hahaha
     
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  8. No V10? If I'm going to spend that kind of money there had better be 10 or 12 cylinders available.
     
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  9. I like the new design but I wish they would have built it so that the rear windows would go down (a la the Mercedes CL.) I understand the B pillar helps stiffen the car but a lowering the rear window helps quite a bit with wind buffeting.
     
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  10. I like the new design but I wish they would have built it so that the rear windows would go down (a la the Mercedes CL.) I understand the B pillar helps stiffen the car but a lowering the rear window helps quite a bit with wind buffeting.
     
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