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BMW 6-Series (E63)
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Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Production2003–2010
Model years2004-2010
AssemblyDingolfing, Germany
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)
Designer

Adrian van Hooydonk (2000) Exterior Design

David Carp (2000) Interior Design
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer
Body style2-Door convertible
2-Door coupé
PlatformBMW 5 Series (E60)
Powertrain
Enginepetrol
3.0 L I6
4.4 L V8
4.8 L V8
Diesel
3.0 L I6
Transmission6-speed Manual
6-speed Steptronic
6-speed (SMG)
7-speed (SMG)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,780 mm (109.4 in)
Length4,820 mm (189.8 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height1,374 mm (54.1 in)
Curb weight1,650–1,995 kg (3,638–4,398 lb) (630i-M6)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 6 Series (E24)
SuccessorBMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)
 
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BMW 6-Series (E63)
BMW 6er Coupé Facelift 20090808 front.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Production2003–2010
Model years2004-2010
AssemblyDingolfing, Germany
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)
Designer

Adrian van Hooydonk (2000) Exterior Design

David Carp (2000) Interior Design
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer
Body style2-Door convertible
2-Door coupé
PlatformBMW 5 Series (E60)
Powertrain
Enginepetrol
3.0 L I6
4.4 L V8
4.8 L V8
Diesel
3.0 L I6
Transmission6-speed Manual
6-speed Steptronic
6-speed (SMG)
7-speed (SMG)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,780 mm (109.4 in)
Length4,820 mm (189.8 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height1,374 mm (54.1 in)
Curb weight1,650–1,995 kg (3,638–4,398 lb) (630i-M6)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 6 Series (E24)
SuccessorBMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13)

The BMW E63/E64 is the chassis designation for the second generation BMW 6 Series Luxury Coupe and Convertible respectively. The BMW E63/E64 replaced the BMW E24 6 Series 14 years after it had gone out of production, whilst adding a Convertible to the BMW 6 Series lineup. The BMW E63/E64 itself was based on the BMW E60, which forms the fifth generation of the BMW 5 Series sedan, and the BMW E63/E64 was designed by Adrian van Hooydonk (who designed the exterior based on the BMW Z9 concept by Chris Bangle), and David Carp (who designed the interior of the car). The BMW E63/E64 was introduced in the Autumn of 2003 in the Frankfurt Motor Show by German Car Manufacturer BMW, as the successor of the BMW E24 6 Series. The BMW E63/E64 ranges from a 3-Litre Straight 6 (found in 630i and 635d models) to a 5 Litre V10 which can be found in E63/E64 M6 models. In 2010, the M6 was the second most expensive BMW sold in the US with an MSRP of $108,150 (US Dollars) for the Convertible, and also had one of the largest Residual Value Drops at 19%, as it had few changes since 2006. Production started in 18 March 2004, and ended in July 31, and the BMW E63/E64 was replaced by the BMW 6 Series (F06/F12/F13) in 2011.

The 1999 BMW Z9 Concept, which the BMW E63/E64's design is based on.


Early E63/E64 models feature a 'C' after the Model Designation Number and before the 'i' letter. Meaning that early E63/E64 models would be called 645Ci and not 645i models, this was the way BMW had named their vehicles at the time, and later models did not feature the 'C' and only the 'i'.

The Development Process of the BMW E63/E64 was documented in a 3-Part Discovery Channel Canada Series; Birth of a Sports Car. The 3-Part Episodes were organised from Design, Testing and Production respectively.




Initial Release[edit]

The Style 249 19" Run Flats exclusive to the Sport trim.

The BMW E63/E64 premiered in the North American International Auto Show, and the BMW 645Ci Coupe and Convertible were showcased, as it was the only available 6 Series Model at the time of the premiere.


In late 2007, BMW introduced trims to the BMW E63/E64 family. The trims included the SE trim and the Sport trim. The Sport trim sat above the SE trim, and cost more but only affects the driving feel, sound and cosmetic elements of the car and does not add any extra power. In 2008, BMW introduced a special trim that sat above both the SE and Sport trim called the Edition Sport. The Edition Sport trim included stiffer anti-roll bars, anti-roll stabilisation system found in many M Division cars. The Edition Sport trim also featured a different bonnet design, additional exclusive colours and 19" Style 288 rims. 650i Edition Sport models feature a new exhuast system. As well as in the Sport models, all Edition Sport models feature a special M steering wheel, but unlike in the Sport trim, all Edition Sport models do not feature an aluminium part on the steering wheel and is black.

The design of the BMW E63/E64 was approved in early-mid 2001. Before production, a very slight noise from the glovebox had to be supplied with another part, and the leather dashboard did not originally fit in one of the speaker holes. Pre-Production and very early 645Ci Coupe and Convertible models did not feature a cupholder, and also had old-styled rims.

Coupe (2004 January-)[edit]

The 645Ci Coupe was launched in January 2004 being the only 6 Series Model available at the time.

Convertible (2004 March-)[edit]

The intricate Roof Design on a BMW E64 645Ci, can also be seen on many supercar manufacturer's convertibles.

The 645Ci Convertible was Green-Lighted for Production in March. The delay for the release of the Convertible (compared to the Coupe), was due to several problems. One of the problems was because the coat of paint on the car looked slightly cloudy and because the rubber seal (in where the convertible gets stowed) did not seal correctly, allowing a bit of moisture.

Styling[edit]

The Controversial Bangle Butt on a 645Ci Coupe

The exterior of the BMW E63/E64 was designed by Adrian van Hooydonk and the interior was designed by David Carp. The exterior design had to be based on the Z9 concept (by Chris Bangle), and Adrian van Hooydonk was chosen. The BMW E63/E64 featured the typical design from its time, also called the Bangle Era. The BMW E63/E64 featured the controversial rear styling called the Bangle Butt was considered to work better than the BMW E65 7 Series (on which the Bangle Butt first appeared on). The BMW E63/E64 featured a shortened chassis from the BMW E60 5 Series, and design cues can be seen. Neb Baulmeister was responsible for choosing the leather colour and trims that went into the car. The different shades of possible leather colours were tested under different types of light (to simulate different weather lighting in a the real-world).

The BMW E64 6 Series Convertible had a non-conventional convertible roof design, and other supercar manufacturers have copied the design as well. The roof design has made it onto cars such as the Audi R8, Lamborghini Murcielago and many more. The BMW E64 6 Series Convertible's roof design had a in-built wind deflector, and can be raised or lowered at any speed. During Top Gear, when reviewing the Jaguar XK Convertible, Mercedes SL350 and the BMW 650i Convertible, Jeremy Clarkson had shown distate for the roof's design and called it a 'tramps hat'. His opinion had changed over the years, when supercar companies mimicked the roof design.

Controversy[edit]

The Controller Knob that functions the Controversial iDrive CCC Version

During the 'Bangle Era', BMW's Head of Design - Chris Bangle, had created controversy over the cars he had led the design to. The controversy was over (what the BMW community have nicknamed;) Flame Surfacing, which was the idea that smooth lines would connect with rough edges. This has been replaced with what BMW calls Layered Surfacing (the latter appeared on the BMW i8). During the Top Gear news segment, Jeremy Clarkson stated that the BMW E63/E64 6 Series was a beautiful and fun car to drive, but you would have to drive out of your friends driveway the other way so that he couldn't see the back of the car.

iDrive CCC (which was BMW's first generation of iDrive) was used in the early BMW E63/E64 6 Series models. This version of iDrive has been controversial due to the illogical layout, and because it makes the driver keep their eyes off of the road for too long. iDrive CIC (BMW's second generation of iDrive) was first fitted on the 2009 BMW F01 7 Series, and has been fitted on 2009 BMW E63/E64 model's (or 2010 BMW E63/E64 model's in the US). You cannot update iDrive CCC to iDrive CIC at all, so retrofitting had became a big industry. There were no cameras at all in the BMW E63/E64 6 Series, so retrofitting cameras had also became a big part of the industry as well.

Equipment[edit]

This is the updated 2007 iDrive CCC Controller. The difference was the added leather on the top of the controller

Standard equipment did not vary much depending on model and trim. Standard Equipment on all cars included Adaptive Xenon Headlights, Fog-Lights, Automatic Wipers, Parking Sensors with Pictogram Display, Folding Electric Power Mirrors with Memory, Power Electric Front Seats with 2 person Driver Memory, a Power Tilt and Telescoping Steering Wheel with driver Memory, Automatic Dimming Mirrors, Dual Zone Climate Control, iDrive (with the controller), Hard-Drive Navigation System, Bluetooth, Eight Speaker CD/DVD/MP3 Stereo with an Auxiliary Jack, Voice Recognition Command System, Dynamic Traction Control, HD Radio, All-Wheel Antilock Disc Brakes, Stability Control, Front Seat Knee Airbags and Active Head Restraints. Convertible models exclusively feature a Power Soft Top with a Retractable Power Rear Window, Sun (Heat) Reflective Leather Upholstery and Rollover Hoops.

Standard exterior metallic colours include: Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue, Space Grey and Titanium Silver. The SE trim gets an exclusive metallic colours including: Atlantic Blue, Barbera Red, Mineral Silver, Monaco Blue and Stratus Grey and gets Ruthenium Metallic as a standard interior trim colour. Metallic Carbon is also exclusive to the Sport trim, and the Brushed Aluminium interior trim was standard in the Sport trim as well.

BMW E63/E64 Sport models get 19" Star-Spoke Style 249 rims. All 630i and 635d SE models come with 17" Star-Spoke Style 117 rims, whilst all 650i models come with 18" V-Spoke Style 248 rims. All BMW E63/E64 models come with Run Flat tyres. All 635d and 650i models come with a Lane Departure Warning System as a standard feature.


The BMW E63/E64 could be ordered equipment including Active Steering, Dynamic Drive, Dynamic Drive Package, Heated Steering Wheel, Universal Remote Control, Model Designation Deletion, Comfort Access System, Soft Close Automatic for Doors, Graduated Tinted Windscreen, Climate Comfort Laminated Glass, Automatic Dimming Rear-View Mirror, Ski Bag, Sports Seats, Adaptive Headlights, High Beam Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go Function, TV Function, Navigation System (Professional), Heads Up Display, BMW Night Vision, Extended Voice Control, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation with Telematics, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, DAB Digital Radio, BMW Professional Radio, Six-Disc CD Changer, Logic7 Sound System, Metallic Paintwork and BMW Service and Maintenance.

Lane Departure Warning was also an Option for all BMW E63/E64 models, with the exception of all 635d and 650i models which the option came standard with. This feature featured on all of the later models, and works via a Special Camera in front of the Rear View Mirror. The Camera will check for any visible White Lines, and when the car crosses over the line, the Steering Wheel will Buzz to warn the driver. This technology will not work if the line are worn, or if it is covered by snow, meaning if the lines are not visible and clear the technology will not work. The Lane Departure Warning will also appear on the optional Heads Up Display feature as well, and can be configured in the iDrive 'Heads Up Display' menu.

Keyless Access/Keyless Entry and Keyless Go are also options on the newer BMW E63/E64 models. With Keyless Access you can Lock and Unlock your car's doors and with Keyless Go you can Start the car's Engine and go without having to use your key. However, BMW advise drivers to use all 2 keys provided with the car at least once a year in a long journey to charge the battery in the keyfob.

The design of the BMW iDrive Controller for iDrive CIC (prior to iDrive 4.2), and features Extra Shortcut Buttons.

Prior to 2009, iDrive CCC was mainly controlled via the Controller Knob, with available Voice Command's as well. The original controller design looked like a 'Pie Dish' and had a 'Menu' button beneath it. Later models fitted with iDrive CCC also featured a second button which activated the Voice Control. The Voice Control was controversial, as the commands had to be precise. This was fixed with iDrive CIC. 2007 and 2008 BMW E63/E64 model's featured a minor update to the controller, with a more square shape and with leather on the top of it.

Models fitted with iDrive CIC featured a re-designed interface and 6 programmable buttons on the dashboard. The updated controller knob featured extra shortcut buttons around it. The controller knob on the BMW E63/E64 is not BMW's latest controller design, as 2014+ cars featured iDrive 4.2, with a bigger controller and a touchpad on top of it.

Technology[edit]

An example of the Heads Up Display in a BMW E60 5 Series, that can also be seen on a BMW E63/E64.

The exterior of the BMW E63/E64 was made out of many different materials. The bonnet (hood) and the doors were made out of aluminium, and the trunklid (bootlid) and front wing were made out of plastic. On the BMW M6 Coupe, the roof of the car is made purely out of Carbon Fibre (which was exclusive to every M Division car), to reduce weight and to give the car a lower centre of gravity. The Carbon Fibre pattern can be seen from the outside of the car.

Early optional technology that could be ordered on the BMW E63/E64 includes Heads-Up Display and Active Steering. Active Steering meant that you did not have to turn the wheel as much when approaching a tight corner. A standard feature includes Adaptive Headlights, which makes the headlights turn in the same direction of the steering wheel, allowing drivers from around the corner able to see you coming.

Later BMW E63/E64 models featured BMW's Efficient Dynamics programme which meant several technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration. This meant that the car's batteries would be charged whenever the car was braking. On 630i models, they featured something called High-Precision Direct Injection which ensured precise fuel dosage to the engine for a more efficient and cleaner combustion. Also, 630i and 635d (and not 645Ci and 650i models because they featued V8's and not Straight 6's) models featured a Twin Turbo engine (the engine featured two turbo's). This meant that at low speed the smaller turbo would be used, and than at higher speeds the bigger turbo would activate. This meant that there wouldn't be turbo lag because of the immense amount of power from one turbo only.

Safety[edit]

The BMW E63/E64 features many safety equipment and technology including BMW's Advanced Safety System, which in a crash will decide the most effective deployment of the cars airbags. The BMW E63/E64 also features Active Head Restraints which helps reduce risk of neck injuries in the event of a rear-end collision (this applies to front seat passengers only). Also in a crash, all Passive Safety Systems are activated in a fraction of a second, the fuel pump is switched off; central locking unlocks the doors; and the hazards are automatically switched on. Also, more Standard safety equipment includes All-Wheel Antilock Disc Brakes, Stability Control, Front Seat Knee Airbags, Active Head Restraints, Electronic Stability and a Traction Control System. The BMW E63/E64 is also aided by something called Active Roll Stabilisation Technology, which uses hydraulic Anti Roll Bars to counter body roll in turns. Also, in the Convertible you get Pop-Up Rollover Hoops. The BMW E63/E64 also has sensors in the seat detecting for any weight so that passengers have to put on their seatbelt, although it will mistaken bags (for example) as people. Also when braking hard in a BMW E63/E64, the car detects this and will illuminate additional brake light surfaces, warning the people driving behind you to stop.

There are no EuroNCAP crash Safety Ratings for the BMW E63/E64 6 Series.

Model Lineup[edit]

The entire BMW E63/E64 range consisted of 5 different Engines (including the M6), and 2 different body types. All BMW E63/E64 models are Rear Wheel Drive only (unlike the BMW F06/F12/F13 6 Series), and there was no All Wheel Drive (or xDrive as BMW would call it) option available.The fuel tank capacity for most BMW E63/E64 models is 70 litres.

Models[edit]

630Ci/630i[edit]

All 630Ci/630i models feature a 3.0 litre Straight-Six engine patented by BMW. Production for all 630Ci (prefacelift models) was from 1 October 2005 to 31 August 2007, and production for all 630i (facelifted models) ended in 31 July.

In earlier 630Ci models (and only in 630Ci models), produced before November 2008 feature something called a Hydraulic Valve Adjuster problem. This meant that with cars fitted with the 3.0 litre Straight-Six engine before November 2008 would hear an occasional ticking or rattling noise from the engine at Cold Starts or during Frequent Short Distance Driving. This problem does not damage the engine.

All facelifted 630i models, the car featured more power. This change was not caused from a different engine (as the engine stayed the same), but the extra power, torque and fuel economy was from a slightly changed/tuned computer for more efficiency. The engine code for the engine of the 630Ci/630i is N52B30, and all 630Ci/630i models came in both Coupe and Convertible form. All 630Ci and 630i models could be ordered with a 6-Speed Manual transmission or a 6-Speed Sports Automatic transmission.

635d[edit]

The 635d was introduced as a Coupe and Convertible form in 2007, and like the E63/E64 630Ci/630i, it features a 3.0 litre Diesel Straight-Six engine. According to BMW, it was the only and first Diesel Gran Tourer at the time. The 635d features more power, torque and better fuel efficiency (due to the fact of it being a diesel) compared to the 630i. Unlike the BMW 630i though, the engine featured in the 635d did not get any performance upgrades in the Standard Facelift. The engine code for the BMW 635d is M57D30T2, and the 635d is only sold in Europe. The 635d has the highest amount of torque out of all the BMW E63/E64's at the time with 430 lb-ft of torque, which is 70 more than the quicker 650i model. Alongside the 650i, the 635d is the one of the only car in the BMW E63/E64 range to have Lane Departure Warning as a Standard Feature, and not an option.

645Ci[edit]

The 645Ci was the earliest BMW E63/E64 model available. The engine is a 4.4 litre V8 producing 329HP and 330 lb-ft of torque. The engine code is N62B44. The 645Ci did not get a facelift, as the 645Ci was only present in the BMW lineup for only 2 years - 2004 and 2005, before being replaced by the bigger and quicker 650i in 2006. The 645Ci came in Coupe and Convertible models (like all BMW 6 Series's after 2004). 21,040 645Ci's were sold in its first year of production. Very early 645Ci models did not feature a Cupholder. In 2004 and 2005 645Ci's were the only available 6 Series model available (with the exception of the M6) in the US at the time.

650i[edit]

The 650i replaced all 645Ci models in 2006. The engine was a 4.8L V8 producing 360HP and 360 lb-ft of torque, which is more than the 645Ci. The 650i came in Coupe and Convertible models (like all the other E63/E64's), and (like the 645Ci), was the only available 6 Series at the time of production (with the exception of the M6). The 650i did feature the Standard Facelift in September 2007 (like all models with the exception of the 645Ci), but still featured the same amount of power as before the facelift.

Production Figures/Sales Figures[edit]

The following are the Units Sold according to BMW's Annual Reports. The following figures include all 630Ci/630i, 645Ci and 650i Models and EXCLUDE ALL M6 MODELS!

YearTotalCoupeConvertibleNotes
200421,04012,3328,708Coupe Models launched in January and Convertible Models were launched in March.
200523,34012,44710,893Annual Report listed a 10.9% Sales Increase
200621,94711,94110,006Annual Report listed a 6.0% Sales Decrease
200719,6269,9679,659Annual Report listed a 10.6% Sales Volume Decrease due to the Facelift, which came in September 2007.
200816,2998,3377,962Annual Report listed a 17% Sales Decrease
20098,6484,5014,147Annual Report listed a 46.9% Sales Decrease
20105,8483,0502,798Annual Report listed a 32.4% Sales Decrease
Total116,74862,57554,173A total of 116,748 BMW E63/E64's were produced. 62,575 were Coupe's and 54,173 were Convertible's.

A total of 14,153 BMW E63/E64 M6's were produced. 9,087 of them were M6 Coupe's and 5,065 of them were M6 Convertible's. M6's were not included in the chart listed above. Production rates for the BMW E60 5 Series Sedan are so high, that they produced 1,238,916 BMW E60 5 Series's more than the BMW E63/E64 6 Series's 130,901 total (M6 vehicles included).

Engines[edit]

ModelYearsEngine CodeEngineCylinder CapacityPowerTorqueNotes
630Ci2005-2007N52B30Straight 62996cc190 kW (258 PS) 255HP@ 6600RPM221 ft-lb (300Nm)@2500-4000RPMPre-Facelift 630Ci Model
630i2007-2010N52B30Straight 62996cc200 kW (272 PS) 268HP@6700RPM236 ft-lb (320Nm)@2750-3000RPMFacelifted 630i Model
635d2007-2010M57D30T2Straight 62993cc210 kW (286 PS) 282HP@4400RPM428 ft-lb (580Nm)@1750-2250RPM635d's came with an Automatic Transmission ONLY
645Ci2004-2005N62B44V84398cc245 kW (333 PS) 329HP@6100RPM332 ft-lb(450Nm)@3600RPMReplaced by the 650i Model
650i2006-2010N62B48V84799cc270 kW (367 pS) 362HP@6300RPM361 ft-lb(490Nm)@3400RPMNo Power difference between Pre-Facelift and Facelift Model

Transmissions[edit]

After the facelift, models fitted with an Automatic Gearbox will feature a new Completely Electronic Gear Selector, and faces toward the Driver. Also, Automatic Transmission models get Paddleshifters in the side of the steering wheel, to allow quicker shifting. According to BMW, the time it takes to shift gear using Paddleshifters is so fast, that is cannot be recorded.

TransmissionModel AppearancesTransmission YearsNotes
6-Speed Manual TransmissionAll E63 and E64 Models2004-2010The Manual Transmission was Standard until 2008
6-Speed Sport Automatic (Steptronic) TransmissionAll E63 and E64 Models2004-2010The Automatic became a Standard Option after 2008
6-Speed Getrag SMG II Single-Clutch Transmission630Ci/630i Models2006-2008This was an Option only Available for a Short 2-Year Period.
7-Speed Getrag SMG III Single-Clutch TransmissionM62006-2010This initially was the Only Transmission until it became an Option when the 6-Speed Manual was made Available.
SMG III645Ci and 650i2004-2010This Transmission became an Option until after the 2008 Model Year.

Extra Model Information[edit]

Abbreviation Meanings
M6 = Manual 6 Speed Transmission
A6 = Automatic 6 Speed Transmission
S = Super (Fuel Type)
SP = Super Plus (Fuel Type)
D = Diesel (Fuel Type)

The following information listed in the 2 tables below were all retrieved from BMW's Annual Reports (with the exception of all the Weight and 0-60 times). Please keep in mind that the Weight, Fuel Economy and Power will differ between Trim model, the amount of Load carried inside the car (such as people or luggage), and Driving Style. The Fuel Economy figures (from BMW), may be a bit 'optimistic' and aerodynamics and wind flow are not taken into consideration whilst calculating the Fuel Economy.


The figures listed in the table below are only for all Pre-Facelift BMW E63/E64 models only, and keep in mind that the figures will differ depending on driving situation.

ModelCylinder Capacity
cc
Power Output
Kw
Gearbox
M6/A6
Fuel Type
S/SP/D
Urban
l/100km
Extra Urban
l/100km
Combined
l/100km
CO2 Emissions
g/km
Weight
kg (lbs)
0-60
Time
630i Coupe2996cc190M6S13.16.79.02161490 kg (3285 lbs)6.2s
630i Coupe2996cc190A6S13.97.09.52261505 kg (3318 lbs)6.4s
630i Convertible2996cc190M6S13.67.39.62291685 kg (3715 lbs)6.6s
630i Convertible2996cc190A6S14.27.59.92391700 kg (3748 lbs)6.9s
650i Coupe4799cc270M6S17.68.611.92861730 kg (3814 lbs)5.2s
650i Coupe4799cc270A6S16.38.111.12671735 kg (3825 lbs)5.3s
650i Convertible4799cc270M6S19.19.312.92381850 kg (4078 lbs)5.5s
650i Convertible4799cc270A6S17.28.511.72811855 kg (4090 lbs)5.6s


The figures listed in the table below are only for all Facelifted BMW E63/E64 models only, and keep in mind that the figures will differ depending on driving situation.

ModelCylinder Capacity
cc
Power Output
Kw
Gearbox
M6/A6
Fuel Type
S/SP/D
Urban
l/100km
Extra Urban
l/100km
Combined
l/100km
CO2 Emissions
g/km
Weight
kg (lbs)
0-60
Time
630i Coupe2996cc200M6S11.26.07.91881980 kg (4365 lbs)6.0s
630i Coupe2996cc200A6S11.05.87.71841990 kg (4387 lbs)6.1s
630i Convertible2996cc200M6S11.86.38.31981740 kg (3836 lbs)6.4s
630i Convertible2996cc200A6S11.66.08.11921750 kg (3858 lbs)6.7s
635d Coupe2993cc210A6D9.25.66.91832100 kg (4630 lbs)6.0s
635d Convertible2993cc210A6D9.65.87.31901860 kg (4101 lbs)6.3s
650i Coupe4799cc270M6S17.88.111.72792100 kg (4630 lbs)4.9s
650i Coupe4799cc270A6S15.97.410.52492100 kg (4630 lbs)5.0s
650i Convertible4799cc270M6S19.28.812.62991860 kg (4101 lbs)5.3s
650i Convertible4799cc270A6S16.57.710.92581860 kg (4101 lbs)5.4s

Dimensions[edit]

For Exterior Dimensions, please refer to the Infobox at the top right corner of this Wikipedia page. The exterior dimensions are the same with all BMW E63/E64 models, meaning there is no size difference between Coupe and Convertible models and with Pre-Facelift and Facelift models as well. For the Interior there is a slight size difference with the Headroom and Legroom in the Back Seats (depending on whether it is a Coupe or Convertible). Also, please note that the Legroom in the back seats are dependent on the adjustment of the front seats.


Interior Dimensions

Model
(All Versions)
Legroom
(Front Row)
Legroom
(Second Row)
Shoulder Room
(Front Row)
Shoulder Room
(Second Row)
Headroom
(Front Row)
Headroom
(Second Row)
Trunk Space
Roof Up/ Roof Down
Fuel Tank CapacityTurning Circle
6 Series Coupe42 in (1067 mm)30.1 in (765 mm)56.4 in (1432 mm)49.4 in (1254 mm)37.6 in (956 mm)35.6 in (905 mm)450 dm3 (15.9 cu ft)70litres (18.5gallons)11.4m (37.4 ft)
6 Series Convertible42 in (1067 mm)29 in (737 mm)56.4 in (1432 mm)49.4 in (1254 mm)37.8 in (959 mm)36.5 in (926 mm)350 dm3/ 300 dm3 (10.6ft/ 12.4ft)70litres (18.5gallons)11.4m (37.4 ft)

Alpina models[edit]

An Alpina B6 S, with a 'ALPINA' logo in the rear.

The carmaker Alpina has also built several BMW E63/E64 6 Series variants called the B6. All B6 models come in both Coupe and Convertible forms, and the model lineup includes a B6 and a B6 S. The standard B6 engine features a V8, whilst the more powerful B6 S features a V8 but with more power. There is no size difference between the BMW E63/E64 and the Alpina B6. The B6 Coupe and Convertible were introduced to the public in the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, and started production in 2006. All Alpina B6 models were equipped with a V8 engine producing 500hp and a total of 700Nm of torque, which meant 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and a Top Speed of 193mph. The B6 S Coupe and Convertible were introduced to the public in the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, and started production in the same year. The Alpina B6 featured a V8 engine producing 530hp and 725Nm of torque, which meant 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a Top Speed on 198mph.

The Alpina B6 can be easily distinguished from a normal BMW E63/E64 6 Series by several features including; the front and rear bumper, the dual quad exhuasts, the trunk integrated spoiler, the wheel design, the Alpina side vinyl's and the Alpina B6 badge at the back of the car. Like the BMW E63/E64 6 Series, the facelift for the Alpina B6 debuted in late 2007 and exterior changes included LED front and rear lights and a redesigned front and rear bumper. Pre-Facelifted Alpina B6 models with the third brakelight was not integrated into the spoiler, but Facelifted Alpina B6 models feature an integrated third LED brakelight.

Alpina B6 GT3[edit]

Alpina also made a racing version of the facelifted Alpina B6 called the B6 GT3 in Buchole, Germany. In 2009, Alpina returned to the ADAC GT Masters competition with the B6 GTS, and Alpina won the championship in 2011. In 2012, Alpina retired from the competition however, as of 2014, the Alpina B6 GT3's are still engaged by private teams in other competitions. The Alpina B6 uses a 4.4-litre supercharged V8, that produces 535hp and 535lb-ft of torque and allows the car to go to 62mph in 3.9 seconds. The weight of the B6 GT3 is said to be less than 3,000 pounds, and has a claimed top speed of 177mph.

Year to Year Changes[edit]

2004: The 645Ci Coupe and Convertible models start production in January and March respectively.

2005: The 630Ci Coupe and Convertible models start production (and are not sold in the US or in Canada). At the end of 2005, all 645Ci models ceased production. The M6 was also introduced.

2006: The 650i replaced all 645Ci models, and all BMW E63/E64 models now feature Push Button Ignition (Start/Stop Engine Button), and a newly designed keyfob to compliment the new Engine Button.

2007: The 635d Coupe and Convertible models start production (and are only sold in Europe). Also, all models produced after September 26 2007 feature the standard Facelift (Life-Cycle Impulse). Also, in early 2007 all BMW E63/E64 models featured an Auxiliary Port as a standard feature and can be found under the Armrest.

2009: Most models receive the New-Generation CIC iDrive (some models in the US still feature the old iDrive until 2010).

2010: All models receive the New-Generation CIC iDrive. Production for all E63/E64 models end in the 31st July 2010.


Facelift (Life-Cycle Impulse)[edit]

The rear of a Facelifted BMW E63 Coupe.

In September 27 2007, BMW debuted a facelift for the whole BMW E63/E64 lineup.

Cosmetic changes from the Standard Facelift (for all BMW E63/E64 models) include LED Headlights and Taillights, a Third Rear Brakelight that sits in the middle part of the top part of the Trunk Lid, a Redesigned Front and Rear Bumper and Front Fog Lights, a newly designed Electronic Gearshifter (with all cars with an Automatic Transmission), Paddleshifters mounted on the Steering Wheel (which appears in all cars with an Automatic Transmission). Also more Interior Trims and Colours were added.

All 630i (Convertible and Coupe) models got performance updates, with an increased power output, increased torque and also improved fuel economy (refer to the Engines section of the Wikipedia Page).


Most BMW E63/E64 models still featured a Third Brakelight before the Standard Facelift in September 27 2007 (although there were many exceptions), however the brakelights can still be distinguished from coming from a Pre-Facelift or Facelift model. Pre-Facelift models with the Third Brakelight sit at the Bottom Part of the very top of the trunklid, whilst Facelift models have their Third Brakelights sitting in the middle of the top of the trunklid.

MotoGP[edit]

The 645Ci Coupe was used as a Pace Car at each round in the 2006 MotoGP.

M6[edit]

BMW M6 Coupe

The BMW E63/E64 M6 forms the Second Generation M6 in BMW engineered by the BMW M Division. All models are powered by a 5.0-litre V10 producing 500HP@7,750RPM and 383 lb-ft@6,100RPM. The M6 differs from the normal 6 Series from the M Sports Seats, ///M Odometers, the (optional) ///M Heads Up Display, Illuminated ///M Door Sill Plates, and special and exclusive trims. The Front Bumper and Number of Exhausts are also different from the ones on the Standard BMW E63/E64 6 Series.

When Top Gear was testing the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, they went to the Isle of Man to compare it with the Porsche 911 and the BMW M6 Coupe (as they are competitors), and Jeremy Clarkson (despite his hate for the Bangle Butt), said he would rather have the M6 over the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, but would rather buy the M5 Saloon with his own money.

The E63 M6 Coupe was introduced at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show, and the E64 M6 Convertible was introduced at the 2006 Paris Mondial de L’Automobile, and a total of 9,087 M6 Coupes, and 5,065 M6 Convertible’s were built. A total of 14,153 M6’s produced.

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