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Special edition models come to life for some different reasons, one of which is to keep a specific model relevant until an updated version, or a next-generation model arrives in the near future. That appears to be the case with BMW after the German automaker announced a new special edition 6 Series called the M Sport Limited Edition. It’s not a coincidence that this new special edition is arriving as we wait patiently for the fourth-generation 6 Series to arrive later this year.
To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with the 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition. BMW is well within its bounds to offer it as a way of keeping the current 6 Series relevant. It’s actually a good strategy in a lot of ways, especially for customers who aren’t keen on waiting for the next-gen 6 Series to arrive. A special edition version of the current 6 Series is a pretty good alternative to have. The 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition is made even more appealing by the fact that it’s available in all body styles of the 6er, be it the Coupe, Convertible, or Gran Coupe variant.
Apart from that, potential customers can also look forward to the special edition 6 Series receiving a host of exclusive features (another good selling point!) to go with extra standard options and some M bits and pieces, giving the M Sport Limited Edition a more exclusive look and feel to it. The upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, but they do add up to create a unique 6 Series that could help keep the current-generation model relevant until the next-gen model arrives. Consider this special edition model a success if it does end up doing that.
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Major auto shows like Detroit, Geneva, and Paris are usually packed with loads of brand-new cars and spectacular concepts. This makes it very difficult for not so new cars to get the attention they deserve, but sometime we stumble across older models that stand out for one reason or another. This is also the case of the BMW 6 Series Convertible that the German brand brought to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
Around since 2011, the 6 Series is one of the oldest Bimmers on the market and it’s rather long in the tooth compared to the competition. The grand tourer did receive a facelift for 2015, but that didn’t do much in terms of aesthetics, so the 6 Series remained pretty much the same inside and out. With the current model moving fast toward the end of its life-cycle, the Munich-based firm is trying to keep it fresh by adding new kit and equipment. At Detroit, BMW introduced a new exterior color Sonic Speed Blue.
While new body finishes aren’t exactly big news, especially on old models, this new shade of blue is exactly what made the six-year-old 6 Series stand out at the BMW booth. Making things even better, BMW opted for white seating upholstery and white inserts on the dashboard and door panels, giving the grand tourer a color combination that reminds me of the 1970s and the wild color combinations that American carmakers used to offer.
This combo obviously doesn’t change the fact that the 6 Series Convertible is in dire need of a replacement, but it proves that new isn’t always better and that a good color combination turns heads no matter the car it’s used on. Many companies that showcased new products in Detroit should learn something from this.
The BMW 6 Series is currently in its third-generation and went through a minor update for the 2015 model year. Just recently our photographers caught the next-gen 6 Series Coupe doing some real world testing, and just weeks later, we finally got our hands on shots of the next-gen 6 Series Convertible. The exterior of the next-gen model will change a little to freshen things up, but the real news is what’s happening below the skin. The new 6 Series is expected to shed a few pounds in the chassis department, get some new technology on the inside, and get a healthy selection of powerplants that will produce enough power to keep competing models like the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet at bay.
But, the 6 Series has one major problem, and that’s its starting price point. While similar offerings from the likes of Mercedes and Audi start out in the $60,000 range, the 6 Series starts out closer to $90,000. That’s a hard sell in any market, but with the next-gen model expected to debut as a 2018 model, it will at least be fresh inside and out, and will hopefully come out of the gate a little quicker thanks to that lighter chassis. We still have a while to wait before we get to see the new 6 Series in the metal, but let’s take a good look at the first round of spy shots and talk a little more about what’s coming in 2018.
Update 01/18/2017: The upcoming 6 Series convertible was caught taking advantage of the cold weather and got to play in the snow a bit. Check out our review below to see the newest spy shots and to see what else we know about the next-gen 6 Series.
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The BMW 8 Series is set to make its long-awaited comeback and while that is all set to happen, questions on when it’s going to arrive have yet to be answered. Well, we now have an idea regarding a timetable for the 8 Series, at least according to BMW Blog, who says that BMW’s new flagship model will hit the market in late 2019 or early 2020. But that’s not all. Turns out, the arrival of the 8 Series will come at the expense of both the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible.
Both the high-end coupe and convertible variants are apparently on the chopping block as BMW seeks to field a legitimate rival to the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet. The void left behind by the departure of the two models will be filled up by the 8 Series. There’s no word yet on whether the arriving 8er will strictly be a two-model lineup, but a previous report by Auto Express touched on the possibility of an entire family of models coming out of the 8 family. The same report also listed a number of trademarks that BMW filed with global intellectual property regulators pertaining to possible names for cars that will be given the 8 Series badge.
The 8 Series is also reportedly getting a series of of engines that will include a 3.0-liter straight six that produces 450 horsepower and a more powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that can develop as much as 650 horsepower without breaking a sweat. The twin-turbo V-8, it seems, is the engine that the German automaker plans to use for the car that will eventually have its eyes set on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe.
As for the 6 Series, the exit of both the 6 Series Coupe and 6 Series Cabriolet isn’t the beginning of the end for that lineup. Instead, BMW is reportedly keen on turning that lineup into its de-facto sports car family, one that will include a two-seater sports car that will compete against the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes-AMG GT.
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The BMW M6 Gran Coupe represents the pinnacle of the Bimmer’s 6 Series family. In a lot of ways, it’s also the model that represents everything BMW stands for as a pioneer in the auto industry, bridging the sporting performance of the M family with the luxury credentials of the 6 Series lineup and the technological pioneering of the German automaker as a whole. So the M6 Gran Coupe is an important model for BMW, which is why it is surprising that we don’t see a lot of tuning kits for the model compared to other BMWs.
So thank goodness for G-Power, right? The German tuner made its bread by building programs for BMW models and this latest kit is another step towards strengthening that legacy. It doesn’t have any aerodynamic kits to speak of. It doesn’t even have any interior modifications. But neither of those things are G-Power’s forte. The tuner’s meal ticket are its engine modules and it’s given plenty of other BMWs the extra power they’ve needed to really become instruments of power, luxury, and performance.
Now it’s the M6 Gran Coupe’s turn and for better or worse, the variety of engine programs that are available should give owners plenty to choose from. Good, better, best; it doesn’t matter. G-Power has you covered whichever direction you take.
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The great thing about unheralded aftermarket companies like Noelle Motors is that it doesn’t have to live up to the pressure of having a well-recognized name. But, even with the bar not being set as high as most of its established brethren, Noelle Motors’ new program for the BMW M6 Convertible may be just as good – if not better – than what we’ve become accustomed to in the industry. Then again, it’s not like Noelle Motors has no experience whatsoever. A quick look at its website shows a series of impressive programs for the entire BMW model lineup. That’s a pretty good indication that the company, under the leadership of Karl-Otto Noelle (the former head of engine development at Alpina) knows what it’s doing.
So, is there anything worth raving about with this program for the M6 Convertible? As I said, this kit is certified aces. It doesn’t have any of the cosmetic upgrades that some tuners have, nor does it have anything that resembles “improvements” in the cabin of the M6 Convertible. But, what it does have is an engine program that takes the car’s 4.4-liter, bi-turbo V-8 engine and bumps up a power improvement that will make the G-Powers and Alpinas of the world applaud.
A lot of people might not know about Noelle Motors today, but if it can build off of the momentum of this tuning kit, it’ll only be a matter of time before the tuner gets the recognition it deserves.
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As per usual, if you want to see a unique Bimmer, you look at BMW Abu Dhabi collection. The unique model we are featuring this time is a candy apple green BMW 6 Series Convertible and it looks seriously yummy, although we’re not sure about the light beige interior.
It is not BMWAD’s style to showcase a car with only one or two special options. As such, besides the unique paint job, this BMW 6 Series Convertible also features the M Sport body kit which includes sport front and rear bumpers with large air intakes and LED lights up front and a diffuser with integrated tailpipes out back. The wheels are exclusive as well, though not very pretty. Another highlight of the M package is the M6 steering wheel and piano black trims.
This BMW 6 Series Convertible is a 650i model powered by a 450 hp V8 engine which allows for a 0 to 100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds. The performance of this model is so satisfying, it makes the M6 look rather pointless. But you can’t argue with the M6’s superb M body kit which makes this normal 6 Series look like a fat green bear. But if all you want is a four-seat convertible with sophisticated looks, a great engine, and top German quality, the standard 6er will do just fine.
It’s been less than a week since BMW launched the limited-edition 5 Series Grace Line model in Japan, and the Bavarian automaker has announced yet another special-edition car exclusive to the same country. This time around it is based on the 6 Series and goes by the name 640i Coupe M Performance Edition.
As its lengthy, official name suggests, it’s a mid-range 640i model powered by a 3.0-liter, inline-six engine rated at 315 horsepower. What sets it apart from the version you can buy at any U.S. dealership is the M Sport package that adds an array of special features inside and out.
Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are famous for launching several limited-edition models in Japan over the course of a model year. In essence, these cars are basically regular models equipped with all sorts of packages you can buy just about anywhere else in the world, but the trick here is that they cost less than they would with all those features added as separate options.
The fact that most of them are limited to less than 100 units likely attracts customers looking for something a bit more exclusive. All told, it’s a good marketing scheme BMW should be using more often in Europe and the U.S., as many enthusiasts would love to have access to a highly optioned, limited-run model. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 640i M Performance Edition.
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BMW is no stranger to special-edition versions of its cars, but customers in Abu Dhabi are getting an extra special treat. As a special collection of various BMW Individual options, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is an exquisite showcase of how much customization that is available for the right price. Better yet, with the 6 Series Gran Coupe having been on the market for a few years now, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is a good way to potentially keep this vehicle fresh in the growing segment of “four-door coupes.”
The key element of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is its expensive Pure Metal Silver paint job. Introduced late last year on the BMW M5, this chrome-effect color contains aluminum flakes within the water-based paint, and it goes through a special paint process (different than all other paint jobs) to ensure protection. The paint material alone is 40 times more expensive than conventional paint, and when combined with the added work that goes into applying the hue, the end result is a paint option north of $10,000. If you’re looking for a unique color that is deep and brilliant, this is your car.
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The 2015 modelyear version of the BMW 6 Series launches in the UK features a number of styling upgrades like new LED headlights and new metallic colors, and what BMW calls “subtle revisions” that result in a “greater all round package.” The new 6er starts from £59,430 in the British market.
2015 BMW 6 Series comes in four different flavors and three body styles. You can choose between BMW 640d, 640i, 650i, and M6, and Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe. All of them are among the best engineering cars in their segment and gives you lots of driving pleasure and a healthy dose of coolness.
BMW 640d is for the Eco-minded chap who doesn’t want to sacrifice performance and is, in our opinion, the best non-M version of the car. It comes with a 3.0-litre 313hp turbodiesel engine which doesn’t sound particularly intresting, but can still provide a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds. The 640i, meanwhile, comes with a similar-capacity 320hp petrol engine while the 650i gets 450hp V8. The range-topping model is of course the M6 which packs a 560hp 4.4 liter bi-turbo V8 unit.
2015 BMW 6 Series UK Price List:
|BMW 640i||320||450||£59,430/ £65,330/ £59,430|
|BMW 650i||450||650||£69,790/ £75,690/ £69,790|
|BMW M6||560||680||£92,350/ £97,300/ £94,750|
The first thing that usually pops into mind when you see a slammed car sporting a massive wide body kit is OK, so it looks great, but I bet it’s an absolute nightmare to drive. Well, be that as it may, the guys from Vossen wheels decided to prove it is not impossible by driving this Prior Design Widebody BMW 650 all the way from Miami to Los Angeles.
The reason for this cross-country trek was make it in time to L.A. for the 2015 Bimmerfest West, and also to prove these cars are still usable in spite of their extreme looks. The Yas Marina Blue Prior Design Widebody BMW 650 looks absolutely awesome standing still, but it is utterly beautiful on the move.
The ingredients of this unique Bimmer include a wide body kit from Prior Design with custom bumpers, fenders, grilles, and aero parts that make the whole thing look more like an M6, Brembo brakes with red calipers, KW K3 Variant coilovers, Meisterschaft exhaust system, and of course a set of gunmetal Vossen VPS-306 wheels shod with Pirelli P-Zero tires. The car is put together by Ultimate Auto.
There are few things more enjoyable than traveling long miles in a good car surrounded by scenery and amazing driving roads. The only way it could be any better is to attend a cool car show afterwards, and maybe a few parties after that!
In the 2014 model year here in the U.S., BMW added the Competition Package to the M6 lineup. Now, with the 2016 M6 rolling into dealers, the German automaker has released an updated version of the Competition Package that carries a much bigger stick.
It’s odd to see BMW put this much work into the M6, which fits a pretty narrow niche and doesn’t have a plethora of competitors breathing down its tailpipe. However, the 15-horsepower bump and the slight suspension tweaking of the previous Competition Package likely wasn’t too enticing to buyers, so I assume this is the reason for giving it a significant boost for 2016.
So, what does this faster version of the already super-fast 2016 BMW M6 have to offer and will it finally be worth the added scratch that BMW is asking for it?
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Every year since 2003, a single talented MotoGP competitor has been presented with the BMW M Award, an annual honor bestowed upon the rider with the best qualifying results for the season. In addition to bragging rights, the award includes an exclusive, customized M car, making for quite the accolade. This year’s four-wheeled trophy was unveiled at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuito de Jerez in Jerez de la Frontera, and comes in the form of a brand new BMW M6 Convertible decked out in Frozen Blue Metallic paint and practically dripping with high-end extras.
“The BMW M Award is one of the highlights of every MotoGP season – every rider wants to be the one to receive this outstanding prize at the end of the year,” said Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of the Commercial department at Dorna Sports. “The unveiling of the winner’s car here in Jerez has become an important tradition for us. The entire MotoGP family is very excited about it, and BMW M Division has surprised us again this year with a truly breath-taking car.”
2015 will mark the 13th presentation of the award. The recipient is determined via a points system not unlike that used in the championship, with 25 points awarded for pole, 20 points awarded for second place, 16 points for third, and so forth, all the way to one point for 15th. The winner is determined at the end of the season.
Notable past recipients include Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, both of whom have earned the BMW M Award three times. Marc Marquez has two awards to his name, taking the honor as the youngest ever winner in 2013 and following it up with another win in 2014. Jorge Lorenzo also has two BMW M Awards, while Sete Bibernau and Nicky Hayden both have won it once.
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By the time the first-generation M6 made its debut in 1983, BMW had already been racing the 6 Series for the three years. The company’s vehicle of choice for the race track was the 635 CSi, which spent more than a decade on the track between 1980 and 1992. The coupe scored 26 overall wins and 7 class victories in more than 600 races that included many endurance events. Although the 6 Series nameplate returned for the 2006 model year with V-10 and V-8 engines, the new coupe didn’t follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and never made it onto the track on official terms. That will change in 2015, when BMW rolls out a GT3-spec version of the M6 for GT Endurance and Sprint racing.
Based on the road-going model but equipped with an aerodynamic body kit and race-bred internals, the M6 GT3 comes in to replace the venerable Z4 GT3. The latter has been serving BMW factory teams and privateers with great success since 2010, but Munich is ready to add a new chapter to its motorsport saga. Most details are still under wraps as of 10/07/2014, but BMW has released a couple of renderings that preview its next-gen GT3 racer. Read on to have a closer look at the track-prepped M6.
Updated 03/18/20015: BMW dropped a series of new images for the upcoming M6 GT3 taken during an extensive testing program in Monteblanco (ES) and Portimão (PT). The car was tested by Lucas Luhr (DE), Jörg Müller (DE), Jens Klingmann (DE), Dominik Baumann (AT) and Maxime Martin (BE).
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Half a century ago, Alpina was founded in the German city of Kaufbeuren. Originally a producer of typewriters, the company transitioned into the infinitely more interesting business of making fast BMWs, tweaking carburetors and cylinder heads instead of stringing ink ribbons. In the years that followed, Alpina would produce more than a few successful race cars, eventually moving on to concentrate primarily on street cars in the late ’80s.
To help celebrate its long history of hotrod Bimmers, Alpina has introduced the B6 Bi-Turbo Edition 50. Based on the BMW 6 Series coupe and convertible, Alpina laid its hands on just about every aspect of the stock car, with upgrades applied to the exterior styling, interior equipment, and of course, all those mechanical bits under the skin.
Only 50 examples will be built. As a showcase of Alpina’s tuning prowess, the B6 Edition 50 is sure to provide more than a few incentives for those looking for a Bavarian rocket ship that still comes with an original factory warranty.
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German-based car manufacturer Alpina has been making fast Bimmers since the 60s. It takes some of the best that BMW can offer and turns out performance-oriented, tuned-up vehicles laden with go-faster parts and extra luxury. Ctizens of the U.S., however, have had few opportunities for ownership.
It appears as though that’s gradually starting to change. The B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is Alpina’s take on the 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW’s four-door styled as a two-door. This AWD rocket was first seen on American soil last year at the 2014 New York Auto Show, joining the 7 Series-based B7 for Alpina’s two American offerings.
Designated as an exclusive, special-order, limited-production vehicle, the B6 costs a small fortune, but comes with new features and exterior distinctions, not to mention a healthy amount of extra power.
It’s an alternative to an M car, with everything you’d expect from BMW, plus a little more. But is it worth the price?
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