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The updated BMW 6 Series and M6 get subtle styling changes and higher-quality interiors, with prices starting from £59,430
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28 May 2015

The facelifted BMW 6 Series coupé, cabriolet and GranCoupé will cost from £59,430 while the similarly tweaked respective M6 siblings will cost up to £97,300.

Receiving their first public airing at the Detroit motor show prior to the start of UK sales early this year, the changes brought to the six-strong line-up are so slight that they are likely to be barely detectable to all but the most ardent of 6 Series aficionados.

The biggest clue to the facelifted model is the exterior, which receives a series of subtle alterations. Included is a lightly reprofiled front bumper with a newly designed kidney grille, revised headlights boasting a standard LED main beam function, a reworked rear bumper and newly designed wheels (17in on six-cylinder models, 18in on more powerful V8 models).

BMW has also reacted to criticism of the interior by providing the facelifted model with higher-quality surface materials. New two-colour leather trims are among a long list of options which also includes the latest incarnation of the German car maker’s head-up display function.

The engine line-up for the 6 Series remains the same as before. However, an improvement in efficiency brings EU6 compliance across the line-up while providing marginal gains in acceleration and in-gear performance together with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The petrol engines also receive a sports exhaust with a switchable flap as standard for what BMW describes as a “more alluring soundtrack”.

The petrol units include a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder that develops 316bhp and 332lb ft in the 640i, and a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 with 444bhp and 479lb ft in the 650i, which is claimed to hit 62mph 0.3sec faster than before at 4.6sec while going on to a top speed limited to 155mph in rear-wheel drive coupé guise.

Also available is a sequential turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine. It produces 309bhp and 464lb ft in the 640d, which is claimed to offer a 2.0mpg improvement in combined cycle fuel consumption at 54.3mpg, allied to average CO2 emissions of 146mpg in the standard rear-wheel drive coupé.

As before, all new 6 Series models come as standard with an eight speed automatic gearbox boasting remote steering wheel mounted shift paddles. A raft of fuel-saving features from BMW’s EfficientDynamics program also feature, including automatic stop-start and a coasting function as part of the Eco Pro driving mode – one of five different modes from which the driver can choose.  

Buyers can also specify BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system. While adding 75kg to the kerb weight, it serves to enhance traction, bringing about an improvement in the standing-start acceleration on each of the new 6-series models.

The fastest-accelerating of all is the 1855kg 650i xDrive coupé with a claimed 0-62mph time that undercuts that of the standard rear-wheel-drive 650i coupé by 0.2sec at 4.4sec.

In line with standard 6 Series models, the new M6 coupé, cabriolet and GranCoupé continue to run BMW M division’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with 552bhp and 501lb ft of torque.

Eschewing the eight-speed torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox of lesser 6 Series models, the rear-wheel-drive-only M6 channels drive through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and electronically controlled M-differential.

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Performance and economy remain the same as before, with the facelifted M6 coupé boasting a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.2sec, a limited 155mph top speed, combined fuel consumption of 28.5mpg and average CO2 emissions of 231g/km.

As before, buyers of the M6 can opt for an optional Competition Package. It raises peak power by 15bhp to 567bhp, bringing about a 0.1sec improvement in 0-62mph acceleration. Further changes include detailed suspension tweaks, more direct steering ratio and unique 20-inch wheels.

All 6 Series models come in the same trims as before, with SE, Sport, M Sport offered on the standard cars. All models all come with LED headlights included while the SE models get a new leather instrument panel with contrast stitching. The Sport models add the contents of the old Sport pack as well as bi-colour Nappa leather comfort seats with lumbar support and 19in alloys. M Sport models get Nappa leather upholstery.

The equivalent coupe and four-door Gran Coupe models cost the same throughout the range, ranging from £59,430 for the 640i SE to £72,390 for the 650i M Sport. The equivalent convertible model adds between £5600 and £5900 to the price.

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Peter Cavellini 29 May 2015

Ho hum........

Having drive a 630i about 8 yrs ago i quite enjoyed it,it was a loan till they finished prepping my M3,i almost changed my mind,the reason?,i have three kids!
Peter Cavellini 13 January 2015

M4 and half......?

In that color and having seen an M4 getting caned on a popular motoring Show,the M6 looks like an M4 on steroids!
Fox Terrier 13 January 2015

Weight (again)

As heavy as these cars are, they have remarkable fuel economy for their size. I have to admit having a soft spot for the 6 series - big, powerful and comfy. I test drove a 640d convertible a couple of years ago and came away mightily impressed. One of the few convertibles that doesn't ruffle my barnet with the top down. Just buy second hand or ask for a massive discount.

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