2016 BMW 6 Series/M6 updated

By Matt DeLorenzo on December 10, 2014 9:50 AM


The entire lineup of the 2016 BMW 6 Series including all M6 variants has been updated and introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit boasting exterior design refinements and mechanical upgrades. The 6 Series returns in three body styles: 2-door coupes and convertibles as well as 4-door Gran Coupes and all available as high performance M6 models.

Among the design changes, the 6 Series features a more prominent nose treatment with the distinctive kidney grille having larger inlets by reducing the number of bars from 10 to nine. In addition to revamped grille opening, the lower fascia now features a single opening that extends all the way across the front of the car and is topped by LED foglamps on each corner. Standard adaptive full LED headlamps also feature a new look.

Aerodynamics improved

New exterior details, like the redesigned rearview mirrors with integrated side marker lights, helps improve the aerodynamics of all 6 Series models. Other refinements to the exterior include a new surround on the Gran Coupe's greenhouse along with redesigned badging at the foot of the C-pillar. The rear of the car has a redesigned fascia with expanded openings for the larger exhaust tips. All models can be equipped with 20-inch wheels sporting a new design.

Inside, the cockpit has new sweeping surfaces accented by gloss black and chrome trimmed elements. LED lighting is used for ambient lighting in the foot wells, door exits and glove compartment. Optional trim includes a new Fineline Brown wood option, and buyers can also opt for Dakota or Nappa leather upholstery as well as two-tone schemes including white/black and cognac/black.

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New option packages

Among the new options is a Black Accent Package which uses high gloss black on the grille bars and exhaust tips, while the interior is finished with the wood trim and cognac/black leather seating. The option also includes multi-spoke 19-inch wheels in black and light alloy.

For more performance-oriented buyers, there is the new M Sport Edition that combines the upscale content such as a leather-covered dash from the Executive Package with items like 20-inch rims, sport steering wheel and exterior aerodynamic bits. BMW Individual also offers several bespoke features including full Merino leather upholstery and unique exterior paint treatments including a Frozen Brilliant White matte shade.

Twin turbo power 

The 6 Series lineup includes twin turbocharged inline-6 and V8 engines. The 640i with the straight six produces 315 horsepower, while the V8 powered 650i makes 445 horses. All are equipped with an 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission. In addition to standard rear-drive, buyers can opt for BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system, which enables both the 650i xDrive Coupe and Gran Coupe to accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

The powertrain lineup is enhanced by a new sport exhaust system which comes as standard equipment. The exhaust features a switchable valve that reduces backpressure and delivers a richer note when the vehicle is in the Sport or Sport+ mode. Pricing for the freshened 6 Series range will be released closer to the on-sale date early next year. 

M6 model enhancements

Keying off the changes made to the standard 6 Series coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe, the 2016 range of M6 models also receive subtle exterior upgrades. The nose sports standard full LED headlamps which flank the M-specific double-bar kidney and large lower inlets, while the sides feature the traditional M side gills, lower rocker skirts and 19-inch M light alloy wheels (20-inch rims are used on the Gran Coupe). The rear features an integrated diffuser, two sets of dual tailpipes and the M6 logo on the rear decklid. The coupe and Gran Coupe showcase a lightweight contoured carbon fiber roof.

Power for the M models comes from a twin turbo 4.4-liter V8 producing 560 horsepower and that output is delivered to the wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch or a 6-speed manual transmission. Both the M6 Coupe and Gran Coupe accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, while the convertible model is a tenth behind at 4.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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