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The New BMW 6 Series Arrives in Australia

December 18th, 2007


The BMW 6 Series Coupé burst onto the world stage in 2003 and arrived in Australia at the Melbourne Motor Show together with the 6 Series Convertible in March 2004.

Powered initially by a 4.4-litre V8, for the 2006 model year the 270 kW engine from the 7 Series was transplanted into the 6 Series to create the now famous 650i in Coupé and Convertible guises.

Now, mid-way through the model life of these eye-catching luxury Grand Tourer and convertible models comes a subtle refreshing of the exterior with enhanced cosmetics and a raft of technological updates. The result is unbeatable driving excitement and pleasure.

The 270 kW 4.8-litre VALVETRONIC V8 engine in the 650i Coupé is unchanged fundamentally, yet picks up detail improvements that cuts the 0-100 km sprint time from 5.5 seconds to 5.2 seconds.

Performance in the new 650i Convertible continues to be on the exhilarating side of impressive, with acceleration from rest to 100 km/h now achieved in 5.6 seconds, compared with 5.8 seconds previously.

“The BMW 6 Series is the epitome of luxury and style in a high-performance sporting package,” said Guenther Seemann, Managing Director of BMW Group Australia.

“The 650i Coupé and Convertible will appeal to successful entrepreneurs who want to enjoy the finest in V8 power, sumptuous luxury and state-of the art technological features,” he said.

The new 650i Coupé and Convertible also benefits from a newly developed six-speed sports automatic transmission, paddles on the steering wheel and a sports button, which when selected provides the driver with faster gearshifts, optimised throttle mapping as well as adjusted control map for the Servotronic power steering.

The standard specification level for both vehicles has been further enhanced with the addition of Comfort Access, Soft Close automatic doors, cruise control with brake function, as well as USB/audio interface.

New options include a Lane Change Warning System, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Premium sound system and Variable Light Distribution Technology (subject to final government approval).

Since the 6 Series went on sale in March 2004, more than 80,000 Coupé and Convertible models have been built for worldwide markets making it one of the most successful luxury sports cars in the world.

In the three and a half years since its launch, the current generation 6 Series has sold almost as many as the previous generation (86,216) over its 13 year life span.

Australian deliveries amount to 689 units since 2004 (to the end of November 2007), with 62 percent being Coupé and 38 percent Convertible.

The new 650i Coupé is priced from $212,000 and the 650i Convertible is $228,800. The updated M6 is priced from $279,400 (Coupé) and $299,000 (Convertible).

Complete set of 6 Series images available in Photo Library.

Click here to view the Australian press kit for the BMW 6 Series

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