The New 6 Series Coupe | Part Three (2003)

The New 6 Series Coupe


Driver and front passenger seat coming as standard with memory function Electrically adjustable and with a triple memory function featured as standard, the driver and front passenger seats also serve to optimise the car's ergonomics. To provide equally supreme surface quality, the seats are finished in the finest and most supreme Dakota leather. Sports seats available as an option also with electrical control have firmer padding and offer even better body support as well as adjustable thigh support particularly for dynamic motoring.

A fully-fledged 2+2-coupé

For a coupé even the passengers at the rear enjoy supreme luxury: Although coupés generally have a lower and sleeker roof line than a saloon, even adults sitting on the rear seats of the 6 Series will enjoy ample space and motoring conditions giving them the most wonderful experience in the BMW coupé. And they will also benefit from good side support in the two body-contoured leather seats separated from one another by an elevated cushion in the middle.

Thanks to the extra-comfortable vehicle access system on the driver's and front passenger's seats, both rear seats are easy to reach without having to unduly bend your body. This again makes the new 6 Series a fully-fledged 2+2-coupé for all purposes.

Yet another practical feature of the 645Ci is remarkable luggage capacity of 450 litres taking up a complete set of one large, one medium-sized and one small hard-shell suitcase or one large suitcase and two 46-inch golf bags all accommodated with absolute ease.

Large panorama roof made of glass

The unusually large panorama vent roof made of glass is a particular highlight in every sense of the word, giving the interior a truly generous and bright ambience. Apart from its extra-large 806 x 578-millimetre (31.7 x 22.8´´) opening, the glass roof also comes with an electrically retracting roof liner guaranteeing the highest standard of climate control and soundproofing through its aluminium sandwich structure, without unduly reducing the occupants' headroom.

V8 power unit for dynamic driving pleasure beyond all doubts

The new BMW 6 Series spells out pure emotion not only through its design. For the sensational 4.4-litre eight-cylinder makes the aficionado of refined power units wax lyrical in every respect, maximum output of 245 kW/333 bhp and maximum torque of 450 Newton-metres/332 lb-ft raising the 645Ci beyond any discussion on performance and motoring refinement. Indeed, this is clearly confirmed by the International Engine of the Year 2002 Award presented to BMW for this unique V8.

Infinite adjustment of virtually all relevant parameters such as valve timing (bi-VANOS), valve lift (VALVETRONIC) and even intake manifold length enables the eight-cylinder to adjust perfectly to every situation. The customer benefits from this technical masterpiece from Munich through supreme output and fuel consumption of only 11.7 litres premium plus/100 km (24.2 mpg Imp) very low indeed for an eight-cylinder of this calibre (with manual gearbox). And it is almost superfluous to add that BMW's new coupé complies in full with the currently most demanding EU4 emission standard not required by law on new cars until the year 2005. In Germany and Sweden this means that the 645Ci qualifies for a reduced level of taxes, and in the USA the new coupé meets the LEV emission standard.

BMW 6 Series | Part Four
Published 25 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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