BMW 6 Series (E63)

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BMW 6-Series (E63)
BMW 6er Coupé (E63) Facelift front 20100814.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Production2003–2010
AssemblyDingolfing, Germany
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)
DesignerAdrian van Hooydonk (2000)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door convertible
2-door coupé
PlatformBMW E64
Powertrain
Enginepetrol
3.0 L I6
4.4 L V8
4.8 L V8
Diesel
3.0 L I6
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed (SMG)
7-speed (SMG)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,778 mm (109.4 in)
Length4,831 mm (190.2 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height1,373 mm (54.1 in)
Curb weight1,690 kg (3,726 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 6 Series (E24)
SuccessorBMW F12/F13
 
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BMW 6-Series (E63)
BMW 6er Coupé (E63) Facelift front 20100814.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Production2003–2010
AssemblyDingolfing, Germany
6th of October City, Egypt(BAG)
DesignerAdrian van Hooydonk (2000)
Body and chassis
Body style2-door convertible
2-door coupé
PlatformBMW E64
Powertrain
Enginepetrol
3.0 L I6
4.4 L V8
4.8 L V8
Diesel
3.0 L I6
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed (SMG)
7-speed (SMG)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,778 mm (109.4 in)
Length4,831 mm (190.2 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height1,373 mm (54.1 in)
Curb weight1,690 kg (3,726 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 6 Series (E24)
SuccessorBMW F12/F13

The BMW E63/E64 is the second generation of the BMW 6 Series of luxury coupés, introduced in Autumn 2003 in Frankfurt Motor Show by German car manufacturer BMW. It comes as either a coupé or cabriolet (convertible) and in several engine variants ranging from a 3 litre straight-6 to 5 litre V10 in the M6 model. Production ended on July 8, 2010.

In 1989 the original 6 Series was supplanted by the more expensive and higher performance 8 Series. In late 2003, the 6 Series was reintroduced as a 2004 model as a coupé (E63) and cabriolet (E64) platforms. The E63/64 itself is based on the BMW E60, the latter which forms the fifth iteration of the 5 Series sedan.

2006-2007 BMW 650Ci convertible (US)
2008-2010 BMW 650Ci convertible (US)

The styling of the new 6 Series has generally received a warm welcome from the BMW community. The new 6 Series was designed to look like a shark, and many have acknowledged the resemblance. The controversial rear styling by Adrian van Hooydonk is considered to work somewhat better on the shapely E63 than on the E65 7 Series model which was controversial. However, most owners and enthusiasts of the E24 6 Series have disliked the E63.

The development cycle of this vehicle was documented in a 3-part Discovery Channel Canada series Birth of a Sports Car (later known as BMW: Birth of a Sports Car on Speed Channel). The design process showcased in the documentary was frozen and green-lighted for production in 2001.

The 645i was used as a pace car at each round of the 2006 Moto GP

Model lineup[edit]

ModelModel YearE63
Coupé
E64
Cabriolet
630Ci/630i2004-2010
645Ci2004–2005
650i2006-2010
M62006-2010
635d2007-2010

Mid-generational refresh [Life Cycle Impulse (LCI)][edit]

In the autumn of 2007 BMW debuted an updated BMW 6-Series Coupe and Convertible. They feature new LED turn signals in the headlights, slightly restyled rear tail lamps with an LED turn signal, and a redesigned third LED brakelight that has been enlarged and moved to the top of the trunklid.

Engines[edit]

ModelEngine codePowerTorqueNotes
630i / 630CiN52B30190 kW (255 hp) @6600300 N·m (220 lb·ft) @2500–4000Not sold in USA or Canada
645CiN62B44245 kW (329 hp)450 N·m (330 lb·ft) @3600
650iN62B48270 kW (362 hp) @6300490 N·m (360 lb·ft) @3400[1]
635dM57D30T2213 kW (286 hp) @4400580 N·m (430 lb·ft) @1750Europe only

Transmissions[edit]

Transmission choices are either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic "Steptronic". There was also an option of a 6-speed Getrag SMG II single-clutch semi-automatic transmission on the 630i. The 6-speed SMG was only available for a limited 2 year period, 2006 - 2008. For the high-performance M6, the 7-speed Getrag SMG III single-clutch semi-automatic transmission was initially the only transmission but it later became optional a year afterward when a 6-speed manual unit was made available. The SMG III also was optional on V8-engined 6-Series (645Ci/650i) until after the 2008 model year.

M6[edit]

2009 BMW M6 convertible

In 2005, an M6 version of the new 6 Series was introduced. It shares the E60 BMW M5's engine and transmission (500 hp). In the third quarter of 2006, BMW announced the M6 convertible as an upcoming 2007 model. The 2008 model year M6 Coupé and Cabriolet both benefited from the standard 6-Series refresh during the fall of 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMW AG : Products : 6 Series Coupé". Bmw.com. Retrieved 2010-02-10.