Preceding the arrival of the awesome 10-cylinder M6, a revised V8 version of the 6 Series enters the fray in September. The BMW 650i is powered by the same 4,799cc engine as that in the BMW 550i. However, as a result of advanced lightweight technology in the 6 Series there are improvements in performance between the two models. The BMW 650i posts a zero to 62mph time of 5.4 seconds (5.7 seconds for the Convertible), maximum speed is still limited to 155mph while fuel consumption is 23.7mpg (21.9mpg) on the combined cycle.
The BMW 650i replaces the BMW 645Ci in the range with prices for the new car starting from £52,115. The introduction of a 367hp 6 Series occurs at the same time as a Sport model is offered across the Coupé and Convertible ranges. While retaining exactly the same striking lines of the existing 6 Series, Sport versions feature a unique multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheel, M leather Sports steering wheel, Sports seats, anthracite headlining, high gloss shadow line exterior trim and dark birch wood interior trim. Prices for the 6 Series Sport range starts at £48,485 for the BMW 630i Sport Coupé rising to £59,365 for the BMW 650i Sport Convertible.
Like the 5 Series, all 6 Series models will now come as standard with a revised iDrive controller and Start/Stop button. Optional equipment new to the 6 Series range includes High Beam Assist , the headlight function that always maintains the optimum depth of headlight illumination depending on oncoming traffic and front airbag deactivation. Two new colours are also offered, Monaco Blue and Barbera Red.Published 6 August 2005