BMW has unveiled the 6-Series coupe, ahead of its debut at Auto Shanghai 2011.
Designed to be the ultimate "dream car," the coupe features a "shark nose" front-end with bi-xenon headlights and a forward-slanting grille. Further back, the profile boasts frameless windows, chrome accents, and a C-pillar with the distinctive Hofmeister kink. Lastly, in the rear, there's a dual exhaust system, LED taillights, and a trunk lid with an integrated spoiler.
Inside, the cabin is awash with high quality materials and premium amenities. Highlights include Dakota leather seats, high-gloss black trim (brushed aluminum and wood trim are also available), a freestanding 7-inch iDrive display and a spacious boot which can hold up to 460 liters (16.24 cubic feet) of luggage. On the options list, customers can order heated / ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, and GPS navigation with an upgraded 10.2-inch display.
In the tech department, the car offers a head-up display, a rear-view camera, night vision assist (with pedestrian recognition), parking assist, and a lane departure / lane change warning system.
At launch, two engines will be available. The 640i features a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six that develops 315 hp (235 kW / 320 PS) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. When paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite the impressive performance, the engine is relatively frugal as the average fuel consumption is 7.7 L/100km (36.7 mpg imp / 30.5 mpg US) and CO2 emissions are 179 g/km.
On the other hand, the 650i has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 402 hp (300 kW / 407 PS) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to run from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Furthermore, owners can expect to average 10.4 L/100km (27.2 mpg imp / 22.6 mpg US) and have CO2 emissions of 243 g/km.
Pricing information hasn't been released, but the redesigned model will go on sale in the United States this fall.