Fresh new styling and more interior space marks out this new BMW 6-series. It has a wheelbase that is 74mm longer than the previous model (now 2855mm) as well as being 74mm longer in total, 39mm wider and 9mm lower than the previous model. It is 4894mm long, 1984mm wide and 1365mm tall making it more spacious than the previous model although luggage capacity is still the same at 350liters roof up and 300liters with the roof down. Incidentally the roof opens up in 19seconds and closes into the boot in 24 seconds or more than enough time to irritate other road users during traffic light stops.
For now, the 6-series cabriolet will come with the 3.0liter turbocharged straight-six that makes 320bhp and 450Nm of torque. This base 640i will have a 0-100km/h time of 5.7seconds and will have a maximum speed of 250km/h. The other model at launch is the 650i. This will run a 4.4liter turbocharged V8 pumping out 407bhp and a very neat 600Nm of torque. It’ll get to 100km/h in 5seconds flat and get the same 250km/h limited tops speed.
The range will be expanded later with a 286bhp turbodiesel and the planned M6. This may be produced with the rumored 4.8liter twin turbocharged V8 that could produce something in the region of 550bhp. No more normally aspirated M6 I suppose. The previous one had the 500bhp 5.0liter V10 but having a smaller 4.8liter V8 means that emissions are slightly curbed, which is what most EU regulators want these days. But the torque for the new turbocharged engine should blow away the V10 engine by a fair bit.
But anyway, this new 6 series is indeed a looker. It is so much better looking than the previous one which looked like it had a Porsche 911 sloping rear end with a boot tacked on top of it if you looked at its side profile as well as other totally out of sync design cues.