BMW just officially unveiled its all-new 2012 BMW 6 Series coupe after the released of the convertible model at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show in January. The hard-top 2012 BMW 6 Series coupe will make its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show this April in China.
Although the 2012 BMW 6 Series coupe is based on last year’s BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe, from the look, it is rather subtle and bland. In addition, the new 2012 6 Series coupe is much bigger than its predecessor with 4,894 mm long, 1894 mm wide and 1,369 mm tall; the new four-seater 6 Series coupe is about 75 mm longer, 39 mm wider and 5 mm lower, and has a longer wheelbase to provide more cabin space.
As for the interior, the 2012 BMW 6 Series has the same layout and design as the convertible version, which has large display on the center console to provide engine information as well as the infotainment system.
On the powertrain department, BMW will offer customers with a choice of two engine configurations for the new 2012 BMW Series coupe. Starting with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six for the 640i model, it produces 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to propel from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds and with electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.
And the 4.4-liter V8 engine for the 640i model produces 407 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, which allowing it to sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds and with an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph as well. However, the V8 engine for the U.S. will be a bit slightly less power with 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines for the 2012 BMW 6 Series 640i and 650i coupes will receive the same standard eight-speed automatic transmission that comes with shifter paddles mounted on the steering wheel to manually shift power for spirited driving. BMW is catering to U.S. customers with an addition of a 6-speed manual transmission for the 650i coupe as well.
BMW has announced that the 2012 BMW 6 Series coupe hard-top will go on sale in Europe this fall, and with only the 650i coupe initially available in the U.S. by this fall.