2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

Although we've already sunned ourself behind the wheel of the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible, we've been eagerly awaiting its 6 Series Coupe companion. BMW had led us to believe that only the twin-turbo V8 650i would make its way to North American consumers, but apparently, that ain't necessarily so. While we will indeed receive the 650i Coupe shown above on October 1 (slightly ahead of the rest of the world, we might add, which gets it mid-month), Autoblog has learned that buyers will also get the chance to own the less costly 640i model.

The 640i incorporates BMW's N55 twin-scroll single turbo six-cylinder and includes features not found on the V8 model, including a fuel-saving start-stop function. In European spec, the TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter delivers 316 brake horsepower and 332 pound feet of torque through a standard ZF-source eight-speed automatic. (For comparison's sake, the 650i musters 400 hp and 450 lb-ft). In addition to the 640i, European Editor Matt Davis reports that a grips-at-all-corners xDrive variant will come on-line this fall, but only if you splurge for the V8 model.

The 650i Coupe will make its North American debut during the Pebble Beach festivities in Monterey, California this August, but the 640i won't be shown. Instead, your dealer will be able to place an order for you in September, with the very first customer cars expected to trickle in at the end of October.


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      erhcanadian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I liked it better when BMW's numbers meant something. A 530 had a 3.0 liter engine, and a 540 had a 4.0 liter engine.
        MANARC100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @erhcanadian
        i agree the new system is wack. What did it used to be for a turbo/super? 850Csi vs 850ci. It should be the 330i and 330si. 530i, 530si and 545 (i can give them a little lattitue on that if 544 was too odd sounding) 730si, 630Csi, 645Ci, M6
      Susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      You are all to harsh; this is a handsome car. Remember the X6? The 5GT? The 3GT which (I hope) we never see here?
      ofsalesmen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can someone explain why the model will be called the 640i instead of the 635i? The current N55, being a 3.0-liter engine, is currently used in the 135i, 335i, 535i, and the X3 sDrive-whatever 35i. These models all have the "35" designation to represent the effective displacement of 3.5-liters that occurs with turbocharging. So shouldn't this be the 635i? Granted, this new N55 makes a bit more power, but it hardly justifies the lofty 640i name. When I hear 640i, I can't imagine anything but a V8...
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ofsalesmen
        You swear any of the buyers even know the difference between an inline 6 and a V8. If you're lucky they'll say they have a V6.
        John Hughan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ofsalesmen
        Probably because the new 3er will be called the 340 even though its engine will be the same size or perhaps smaller; gotta keep those numbers going up to show progress, after all.
      Thefundu
      • 3 Years Ago
      This nose of BMW is pretty nice and looks different from the traditional ones.
      PoMoMangler
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice "Porgy & Bess" reference AB
      X
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Cabriolet is much more Handsome (not beautiful) looking in person.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        PoMoMangler
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's funny you say that. I always thought the 8 Series looked a bit like the contemporary Ford Probe.
          Aki. I
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PoMoMangler
          i dont know, man. i owned a probe and the only resemblance i see between them is the 2 doors and 4 wheels
      rty
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a fugly pig...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        For the 6 series, that doesn't make sense for the target market. It's supposed to be a sports luxury coupe and convertible, and there hasn't been much of a market for sports hybrids - or really any market for sports hybrids. For the 7 series, while hybrids do make sense for some applications and buyers - specifically those buyers who often travel at low speeds in urban centers, like embassies and so on, since all electric is very quiet - it's not their entire market. Some of the executive class simply would not want a hybrid, and that's who they're selling to. While a hybrid 7 does make sense, going all hybrid would hurt sales.
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hideous coupe for over-compensating and unhappy financiers. Yea, no thanks. I'll take the 1M and put the savings towards a small sailboat.
      detGT
      • 3 Years Ago
      V12, V10, V8 or V6 .... they can keep it. it's ugly, boring and not worth the $$$. you will be able to find it in the certified pre-owned lot in two yrs for half the price.
      • 3 Years Ago
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