Friday, August 3, 2012

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BMW is set to add another variant of the Coupe and Convertible to the BMW 6-Series line-up with the arrival of the BMW 640d xDrive Coupe and Convertible in spring 2012. Intelligent all-wheel drive - making its debut in the BMW 6-Series - teams up with a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology to take driving pleasure to another new level. The combination of a diesel engine and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive, which will also be found in the BMW 640d xDrive Convertible, gives the BMW 6-Series a spread of abilities none of its rivals can match.

The new BMW 640d xDrive Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.2 seconds. The 230 kW/313 hp diesel powerplant uses BMW TwinPower Turbo technology to ensure outstanding efficiency, and joins forces with the standard-fitted eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox to deliver exceptionally low fuel consumption and emissions. The xDrive system distributes the power generated by the engine precisely between the front and rear wheels as the situation demands. Pulling the strings behind the scenes is an electronic control unit which links xDrive up with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system to ensure unbeatable traction, maximum safety, top-class handling and optimum power development in all weather and road conditions. The average fuel consumption of the BMW 640d xDrive Coupe stands at 5.7 - 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres / 48.7 - 49.6 mpg imp (in the EU test cycle, depending on the tyre format), while CO2 emissions are 149 - 153 grams per kilometre.

Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in the BMW 6-Series.

The instantaneous responses and pulling power of the diesel unit fitted in the BMW 6-Series enable it to do everything required of an engine fitted in a car with a sharp sporting focus. The output characteristics, acoustic profile, low vibrations and efficiency of the six-cylinder unit offer clear evidence of BMW's expertise in the development of diesel engines.

Rewinding a generation, the introduction - for the first time - of a diesel variant into the previous BMW 6-Series likewise lent an extra dimension to the range. The new BMW 6-Series adds further lustre to the alluring profile of the exclusive and sporty, yet also economical, premium-class Coupe by taking performance and efficiency to new heights and, for the first time, offering the additional benefits of xDrive.

The latest generation of the most powerful diesel engine boasts displacement of 3.0 litres, a low-weight all-aluminium crankcase and the latest development of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. This package of technology comprises multi-stage turbocharging and common-rail direct injection whose piezo injectors work with maximum pressure of 2,000 bar. The car's two-stage turbocharging generates instantaneous and forceful power delivery, while the injection system sprays the fuel into the cylinders in precisely measured quantities to ensure clean and efficient combustion.

Two-stage turbocharging with optimised efficiency.

The latest multi-stage turbocharging technology responds more precisely than ever to the demands of different driving situations. At low revs a smaller turbocharger is activated, its low moment of inertia allowing it to go to work extremely rapidly. The compressed air from this small charger is sent directly to the combustion chambers via a bypass line. As the air no longer flows through the large charger, loss-free development of charge pressure is assured. Only when the driver asks for more power do the electronics prompt the bypass unit to bring the larger turbo into play. Added to which, variable turbine geometry for the smaller of the two turbos optimises the effectiveness of the turbocharging system in responding to the power requirement at any one time.

The result is an ultra-fast response to every movement of the accelerator. The engine delivers its peak torque of 630 Newton metres (465 lb-ft) as low down as1,500 - 2,500 rpm, with maximum output generated at 4,400 rpm. Powerful acceleration from a standstill and dynamic mid-range sprints are therefore dispatched with equal ease. The eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox is tuned precisely to the performance characteristics of the engine, and so allows the driver to exploit its impressive torque - maintained across a high rev band - to the full, for a sporty yet smooth driving experience. By contrast, in ECO PRO mode (likewise standard) the power reserves of the sporty diesel engine play a prominent role in ensuring a relaxed and extremely efficient driving style at low engine speeds.

BMW EfficientDynamics package of technology and Driving Experience Control come as standard.

ECO PRO mode, which is activated via the standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch, carries out adjustments to the engine management, accelerator mapping and the shift characteristics of the automatic transmission. In addition, the output of electrically operated functions such as the climate control system, as well as the seat and exterior mirror heating are carefully regulated to ensure extremely efficient energy management. Special displays inform the driver of the extra range, in kilometres, achieved as a result. The BMW EfficientDynamics technologies fitted as standard on board the BMW 640d xDrive Coupe also include Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start-Stop function, need-based operation of ancillary units and active air flap control.

The Driving Experience Control switch can also be used to call up SPORT, SPORT+ and COMFORT modes, and - if the optional Dynamic Damper Control or Adaptive Drive are selected - COMFORT+. As well as the accelerator progression, engine responses, power steering characteristics, intervention thresholds of the DSC stability control system and shift dynamics of the automatic transmission, this also allows the driver to adjust the damper settings and anti-roll control. Whichever mode he chooses, the driver is activating a pre-configured and coherent overall set-up which includes reproduction of the engine sound. Here, a sound module is used to enhance the engine's natural acoustic components to suit the driving situation and the Driving Experience Control mode selected, and this soundtrack is then transferred into the interior. The system's digital signal processing technology exchanges data directly with the engine management and adjusts its output to the engine's revs, the amount of torque being produced and the car's speed over the road. This gives the driver an impressively accurate impression of how hard the engine is currently working and of the power being unleashed, and provides an even clearer window into the car's responses on the road.

Intelligent all-wheel drive raises driving pleasure another notch.

The introduction of the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system into the BMW 6-Series range adds another alluring dimension to the driving experience on board a top-class premium coupe.

The BMW 640d xDrive Coupe showcases the latest incarnation of the intelligent all-wheel-drive system. In addition to the variable transfer of power to the front and rear wheels, this technology also includes Performance Control, which divides drive between the right and left-hand rear wheels to suit the situation at hand.

In contrast to conventional all-wheel-drive systems, the electronically controlled BMW xDrive is set up not only to optimise traction on low-grip surfaces, but also to enhance dynamic performance through corners. The link-up of the all-wheel-drive system with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) function within the ICM (Integrated Chassis Management) system enables all situations on the road to be identified and evaluated to allow the necessary control interventions to be made at an early stage. These can be carried out by xDrive either on its own or in combination with Dynamic Stability Control or Performance Control. The power is distributed quickly and with great precision to where it is needed, ensuring that the driver enjoys the handling characteristics expected of a BMW - even under extremely dynamic cornering.

The xDrive system has been specially tuned for service in the BMW 6-Series, taking into account the car's specific properties and characteristics. This bespoke set-up is underpinned by the principle of blending the traditional rear-wheel-drive qualities of BMW cars harmoniously with the benefits of distributing power between all four wheels. As with every all-wheel-drive BMW, 60 per cent of the engine's power is sent to the rear axle in normal conditions and 40 per cent to the front wheels. This torque split can be adjusted in an instant to suit changing conditions.

Linking up to allow proactive analysis and precise interventions.

Identifying the risk of traction loss at a very early stage allows wheel spin to be prevented at one or more wheels by varying power distribution. xDrive can therefore be described as an "intelligent" all-wheel-drive system.

This proactive analysis of the driving situation takes into account the data from the engine management system and information on accelerator position, steering angle, wheel speeds and lateral acceleration stored in the ICM system. Based on this extensive information, xDrive is able to finely control the distribution of power between the front and rear wheels to ensure that engine output is fully utilised at all times. This allows xDrive to nip oversteer or understeer in the bud - unlike conventional all-wheel-drive systems, which only react when at least one wheel is already spinning. If the car is threatening to understeer, a greater proportion of drive power is immediately sent to the rear wheels.This makes for sharper turn-in on the entry to a corner; in other words, xDrive improves stability before the driver is even aware of the need. Similarly, the system's proactive capabilities allow it to correct oversteer tendencies at the earliest possible stage by directing surplus power to the front wheels. That means the benefits of all-wheel drive can be enlisted even before traction loss actually occurs.

Intelligently varied power distribution also has benefits for ride comfort; due to the stabilising effect of xDrive, DSC now only needs to intervene in extreme situations. Only when optimal drive power distribution alone is insufficient to keep the vehicle on track does DSC intervene by reducing engine power and selectively braking individual wheels.

Electronic control enables extremely rapid reactions.

The xDrive system's electronic control system allows the power split between the front and rear wheels to be altered almost instantly to suit changing driving conditions. It does this by adjusting the multi-plate clutch in the central transfer case, using a stepper motor. The higher the pressure on the clutch plates, the more power is transferred to the front wheels via a gear system. Conversely, when the clutch is completely open, all power goes to the rear wheels. The electronic control system is capable of varying the torque distribution in record-quick time: it takes just 100 milliseconds to fully open or fully close the clutch.

Performance Control improves these driving dynamics even further. Working with the xDrive control function, this electronic system uses precisely controlled braking and variable torque distribution to counteract the onset of understeer on low-traction surfaces and under particularly dynamic cornering, thereby improving agility. As soon as understeer is detected, the integrated electronic control functions of xDrive and DSC selectively brake the rear wheel on the inside of the corner. The resultant loss of propulsion is compensated for by an increase in drive power.

BMW xDrive now also destined for success in the BMW 6-Series.

BMW has offered its customers all-wheel-drive vehicles for more than 25 years. From the outset, BMW used the transfer of power to both axles not only to optimise traction on loose surfaces and in adverse weather conditions, but also to enhance dynamic performance through corners. Over the years, all-wheel drive has developed from an option initially limited to selected models to a growth driver for the ongoing expansion of the model range.

The worldwide success of xDrive has also been aided by the introduction of the BMW X models. With the BMW X5, BMW X6, BMW X3 and BMW X1, the range now includes four models which set the benchmark in their segments in terms of agility and driving pleasure. In these models, as elsewhere in the BMW range, the all-wheel-drive system not only gives drivers a traction and stability advantage, but also plays a key role in delivering stand-out dynamic performance. Alongside the triumphant progress of the BMW X models, the number of all-wheel-drive variants in other model series has also grown consistently. Today, xDrive models can be found in the BMW 3-Series, BMW 5-Series, BMW 7-Series and now, for the first time, the BMW 6-Series range.

The new BMW 640d xDrive Coupe injects an extra dose of variety into the BMW 6-Series, and the intelligent all-wheel-drive system is also fitted in the BMW 650i xDrive Coupe. In this model, xDrive divides the power generated by a V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology between the front and rear wheels. The power unit underneath the bonnet of the BMW 650i xDrive Coupe develops maximum output of 300 kW/407 hp and peak torque of 600 Newton metres (443 lb-ft), and again links up with the eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox. With the added benefits of xDrive on board, the car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds.

BMW 6-Series Coupe offers greater variety.

With three engine variants (bearing the BMW 640i, BMW 650i and BMW 640d badges), a choice between BMW's traditional rear-wheel drive and intelligent all-wheel-drive technology, state-of-the-art chassis technology and an array of innovative and - in some cases - unique equipment features, BMW brings an exclusive product package to the premium luxury-class coupe table.

The new BMW 6-Series Coupe can also be equipped with a specially developed M Sport package. The aerodynamic, exterior and interior components designed in familiar M style clearly showcase the sports car character of the 6-Series Coupe. Equipment includes an M aerodynamics package with bespoke body components for the front end, side sills and rear apron, exhaust tailpipe embellishers in Chrome Dark, LED front fog lamps and 19-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design can also be ordered as an option. Inside, features such as M-specific Alcantara/leather sports seats in Anthracite with Blue contrast stitching, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles, and Aluminium Hexagon interior trim strips all play their part in creating a full-blooded driving experience. The M Sport package also includes door sills bearing the M logo, as well as an M driver's footrest.

The BMW 6-Series Coupe offers seating for four immersed in a luxurious ambience, while its 460-litre boot can accommodate three 46-inch golfbags or two medium-sized hard-shell suitcases plus a flight case. The comfort-enhancing equipment fitted as standard in the new BMW 6-Series Coupe includes 2-zone automatic climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, electric steering column adjustment, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, Cruise Control with braking function, a rain sensor with automatic headlight range control, a HiFi audio system and the control system iDrive with a freestanding Control Display in flatscreen design. Among the highlights on the options list are Adaptive LED Headlights and the Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.

A rich variety of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive also help to give the new BMW 6-Series Coupe its innovative character. Enhancing convenience during a journey, for example, are services such as a personal assistant who is at your service around the clock and searches for addresses, inputting them as destinations directly into the navigation system. The Real-Time Traffic Information function, meanwhile, transfers extraordinarily precise data and diversion recommendations to the navigation system.

Other supportive functions include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Speed Limit Info, a rear-view camera, Surround View and BMW Parking Assistant. The scope of in-car infotainment, meanwhile, enters a new dimension: the Apps option and BMW Connected application allows Apple iPhone owners to use Facebook, Twitter and the web radio function inside their BMW 6-Series Coupe. And the office functions enable calendar entries, for example, or e-mails on a smartphone to be shown in the vehicle display and read out to the driver. ConnectedDrive features also help to improve safety. The new-generation BMW Head-Up Display offers optimised display quality, with a full spectrum of colours now available for the graphics, allowing extremely realistic-looking symbols to be projected onto the windscreen. Other functions include Advanced Emergency Call with automatic position finding and accident severity detection, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, the Lane Change Warning System and the Lane Departure Warning System.


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Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 BMW M135i Concept | BMW automotive |

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BMW M135i Concept

Simultaneously with the world premiere of the first BMW M Performance automobiles, BMW's concept study of a further model from this new product category will be showcased on the media days at this 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. The BMW M135i Concept consistently utilises the dynamic potential of the new BMW 1-Series for the concept of the first BMW M Performance automobile featuring a straight six-cylinder petrol engine. The body design of the BMW M135i Concept assigns the youthful and sporty looks of the new BMW 1-Series to a three-door compact model, complementing it with the distinctive athleticism so typical of a BMW M Performance automobile.

Concept study with characteristics typical of a BMW M Performance automobile.

With its sporty appearance, the compact three-door car authentically conveys the typical qualities of BMW Performance automobiles to yet another vehicle segment. BMW M Performance automobiles offer an ideal symbiosis of outstanding performance and everyday suitability. Using the expertise gained by the BMW M division from decades of motor racing experience, the supreme performance of its tremendously powerful engines specifically designed to suit each model, the meticulously modified suspension technology and the aerodynamic characteristics are all combined into a harmonious overall concept. As a result, BMW M Performance automobiles have noticeably increased agility, precisely controllable handling characteristics and an emotional design. One look at the BMW M135i Concept and the qualities crucial to that characteristic M Performance feeling are instantly evident.

The employment of a straight six-cylinder petrol power plant featuring M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology with a power output of more than 300 hp creates the ideal prerequisites for maximum dynamics in the premium compact segment and, in conjunction with rear-wheel drive concept still unique in this vehicle class, ensures unsurpassed driving pleasure so typical of a BMW.

Moreover, the characteristic handling precision of BMW M Performance automobiles is obtained through model-specific suspension technology that includes an M sports braking system and is perfectly adapted to match the supreme road performance. 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design additionally complement the concept car's sporting character.

Body features typical M athletic design.

The front apron of the concept car boasts a typical M design, signalising intensive road-orientation, its large air intakes designed to match the cooling requirement of the powerful engine, ancillary components and large brakes. The three-dimensionally designed flaps on the air intakes give indication of the car's direct association with motor racing.

In addition to intense road-orientation, the specific design of the rear end of the BMW M135i Concept emphasises above all the vehicle's width. This is supplemented in particular by the three-dimensional modelling of the surfaces and the lower section of the rear apron finished in Dark Shadow metallic. Furthermore, the rear apron accommodates the exhaust system's double tailpipe that features a dark chrome trim.

The BMW M135i Concept's exterior mirror caps in Ferric Grey and side window surrounds in BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line are a further feature of BMW M Performance automobiles.

Dynamic, stretched appearance. Concept study of the three-door BMW 1-Series.

Compared with the silhouette of the five-door BMW 1-Series, the three-door BMW M135i Concept makes an even more sporting and elegant statement. On the whole, the car has a more dynamic and elongated appearance. Viewed from the side, the car's athletic, low-slung appearance and its nearness to the road are even more intensely expressed by an entirely horizontal contour line in the area of the doorsills. A dynamically rising character line symbolises the BMW M135i Concept's urge to move forwards.

The wide doors are a further characteristic feature of the BMW M135i Concept's body design. Together with the rear side windows, the frameless windows form a coherent window surface reaching back to the rear end, accentuating the body's dynamically stretched appearance.

In addition, the surface design in the area of the rear side panels helps above all to emphasise the powerfully flared wheel arches. The visual accentuation of this part of the body directs the eye to the rear wheels, where the power of the six-cylinder power plant is transformed into driving dynamics in typical BMW manner.

Attractive prospects for the further development of the BMW 1-Series model range.

Thanks to a distinctively sports-oriented appearance, the BMW M135i Concept offers attractive prospects for the further development of the BMW 1-Series model range. At the same time, a clear signal has been given for the expansion of the new product category of BMW M Performance automobiles. The BMW M Performance automobiles being presented at the Geneva Motor Show and shortly to be launched are powered by the world's most high-performing six-cylinder diesel engine available for series production vehicles. The petrol-fuelled models in this product category will also assume a similar unique position. The pre-series concept car BMW M135i Concept offers a fascinating outlook on a corresponding offer in the premium compact segment.


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At the international automobile trade fair Auto China 2012 in Beijing, the German premium automobile manufacturer BMW will not only be presenting its new edition of the BMW 3-Series sedan, but also unveiling a model variant tailored specifically to the requirements of Chinese customers. The new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase is a fascinating marriage of elegant and commanding design and a luxurious interior ambience. Its independent character is also underscored in the rear by the most generous and comfortable space in the competitive field. Besides the long wheelbase BMW 5-Series sedan, it is now the second model of the brand to be offered exclusively on the Chinese automobile market and produced in Shenyang. At the same time, the new, globally available BMW 3-Series sedan with the normal wheelbase enjoys its highest ever status as the sportiest model on the segment. BMW is therefore honing its alignment to the expectations of the various target groups on the Chinese automobile market and promising the driving pleasure so characteristic of this brand in either an emphatically exclusive or consistently dynamic design.

Both variants of the new BMW 3-Series sedan were developed together in Germany and exhibit the typical basic properties of the premium automobiles from this brand: aesthetic design, ultra-modern engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, and progressive equipment, like the BMW Head-Up Display, which is unique in this class. Auto China 2012 will also be presenting the BMW ActiveHybrid 3. This full hybrid model of the new BMW 3-Series will likewise be available on the Chinese automobile market before the year is out.

The combination of pioneering technology from Germany and exclusive production in China will lend an unmistakable character to the new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase. Tailored specifically to the wishes of Chinese customers, independence is guaranteed by the 110 mm longer wheelbase. These elongated proportions not only increase the knee and leg space in the rear, but also contribute greatly to the elegance and presence of the sedan. With its optimised travel comfort and look, the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan has everything needed to convince the serious business traveller and provide hours of leisurely driving pleasure either alone or with all of the family. Additional accents can be set with the BMW Lines, offered for the first time in China, whose precisely compiled design and equipment features underscore either the progressive or the luxurious character of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan.

The new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan is available in three engine versions, delivering 135 kW / 184 bhp in the BMW 320Li, 180 kW / 245 bhp in the BMW 328Li, or 225 kW / 306 bhp in the BMW 335Li. Both the two four-cylinder variants and the top model with its six-cylinder engine are fitted as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Besides the unusually high efficiency of the engines and gears, the extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology also contributes to an excellent relationship between driving performance and fuel consumption in these models developed exclusively for the Chinese automobile market. The standard equipment includes e.g. brake energy regeneration, the automatic engine start-stop function, and the ECO PRO mode, which can be activated at the driving experience switch.

The new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan will be produced by the new Tiexi plant at the Shenyang site. Production proceeds according to the strict quality standards applied to the whole global production network of the BMW Group and in close collaboration with local production partners and parts suppliers. In Shenyang, the BMW Group has been producing automobiles since 2003 with its joint venture partner Brilliance. In order to increase the production capacity, both partners recently passed a motion to invest about a billion euros in both the present and the additional plant at the Shenyang site. This will allow the company to meet the constantly growing demand for premium automobiles in China. In 2011, China was the world's third largest sales market for the BMW Group.

Design: dynamically elongated proportions, elegant lines, precise details.

The BMW 3-Series is the most-sold premium automobile in the world. Based on the sixth generation BMW 3-Series sedan, a new model with a longer wheelbase will now be unveiled that has been developed exclusively for the Chinese automobile market. Its body incorporates the design language of the new BMW 3-Series sedan as an independent interpretation, lending intensity to its elegance and luxury. The proportions characteristic of the brand are shaped by the short overhangs, the long engine compartment, the back-set passenger compartment, and the long wheelbase. Compared with the new BMW 3-Series sedan, both the length of the vehicle (4734 mm) and its wheelbase (2920 mm) were each extended by 110 mm, with the width (1811 mm) and height (1455 mm) following suit.

Balled propulsive power and presence find expression in the design of the vehicle's front section. The contours of the engine compartment lid run in a V shape towards the BMW kidney grille placed right at the front. The contours of the headlamps reach towards the kidney grille, and, together with it, form a horizontal graphical unit that emphasises the width of the vehicle. A hallmark of the brand, the twin circular headlamps present across their tops a partially occluding trim panel, giving rise to the characteristic look of concentration. Depending on the model, chrome elements under the headlamp units and at the transition to the BMW kidney grille underscore the high quality claims of the front view.

Also the air inlet, divided into three segments and embedded between distinctively moulded surfaces, presents a conspicuously wide design, providing a marked distinction from the front view of the BMW 3-Series sedan with the normal wheelbase. Its independent contours are aligned to the look of BMW models from higher segments. At the outer edges of the side inlets, so called air curtains in the form of vertical openings serve to optimise the flow of air in the wheel arches.

A charming play of light and shade effects are provided by the beefy wheel arches, precision-fitted surfaces, and the interaction between the hallmark bead line at the height of the door opener and a suggestive second character line over the front wheel arches. In the characteristic language of BMW, the design presents authentic signs of this sedan's properties. These include a dynamic, wedge-shaped side view and its vibrant run of surfaces representative of marked agility. The beefy rear wheel arches point to the wide track and the drive power acting on the rear axle.

All lines and surfaces have been tuned precisely to the specific dimensions of the new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase. The harmony of proportions characteristic of the BMW 3-Series is therefore maintained. At the same time, the elongated appearance of the side view communicates an elegance known from higher vehicle segments. A new interpretation takes the form of the BMW hallmark Hofmeister kink at the rear end of the side window surrounds. For the first time, the chrome frame proceeds in a straight line from the counterthrust at the base of the C column towards the rear, thereby extending the horizontal run of the window cavity covers. This unmistakable attribute underscores the elegantly elongated side line and hence the extended space.

The rear view of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan is dominated by the horizontal lines and the beefy wheel arches. Also the L-shaped rear lights on the outer sides merge harmoniously into the overall look, emphasising the wide track and therefore the stable roadholding of the vehicle. On the six-cylinder BMW 335Li, this impression is boosted further by the double-flow exhaust system's tailpipes placed at the outer edge. One specific attribute of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan is the chrome trim arranged above the number plate surround on the luggage compartment lid and serving as a link between the rear light units. This is supplemented with additional chrome trim at the bottom of the rear apron.

Interior: driver orientation, luxurious ambience, excellent travel comfort in the rear.

The interior of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan intensifies the experience of the hallmark driving pleasure and the premium character. Designed for enhanced driver orientation, the cockpit presents an instrument cluster based on black panel technology and a steering wheel with multifunction buttons. The centre console is inclined slightly towards the driver, presenting all controls at optimised ergonomic positions. The engine can be activated at the press of the start-stop button as soon as the radio-operated key is inside the vehicle. Next to the gear selector switch for the automatic transmission, there are two cup holders, the driving experience switch for individual setups, and the controller for the iDrive operating system, which also includes the free-standing onboard monitor. The high-resolution flat-screen design optimises the selection and control of vehicle, infotainment, and navigation functions. Fitted as standard, the automatic air conditioning includes temperature and ventilation control that can be set separately for the driver and front passenger sides.

The luxurious ambience is borne by high-quality materials, precision workmanship, and the interior surfaces matched perfectly to the choice of design and colours. In particular the rear presents a travel comfort that is yet to meet its match on the vehicle segment. Designed for enhanced comfort, the rear presents a row of single seats that are setting a new standard for available space. The new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase offers particularly convenient access and generous leg space for rear passengers. The knee space is 90 mm longer than in the new BMW 3-Series sedan with the normal wheelbase and is therefore the best in the competitive field.

The large number of equipment features in the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan underscores its orientation to comfort. The rear presents a centre armrest with integrated compartment and two cup holders, two illuminated vanity mirrors folding out of the roof liner, and BMW Individual reading lights. Also fitted in the rear are ashtrays integrated in the door trim panels and a switch unit that can adjust the front passenger seat. Moreover, the sedan is fitted with a lighting package, including ambient light, and roller sun blinds that are opened and closed electrically on the rear window and mechanically on the side windows.

The safety equipment in the sedan, besides the front and side airbags and side curtain head airbags for both rows of seats, also includes ISOFIX child seat mountings in the rear. The 480-litre luggage compartment can be expanded when needed at the 40:20:40 split and folding rear backrest. In conjunction with the optional Comfort Access, the rear lid can be opened remotely.

BMW Luxury Line: refined elegance and exclusive flair.

The new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan embodies premium quality, driving pleasure, and travel comfort on a level unique to this vehicle segment. Its character is defined by pioneering technology and a luxurious ambience - and both can receive additional emphasis from the BMW Luxury und Modern Lines, offered for the first time in China as an alternative to the basic version. Each of these characterisations is communicated to the full effect by the precisely matched design and equipment features. Likewise the dynamic alignment of the normal wheelbase sports sedan can be lent even greater emphasis from a BMW Line. The BMW Sport Line is offered for the new BMW 3-Series sedan.

As an extra highlight underscoring the classical elegance of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan, the BMW Luxury Line includes exclusive 17" multispoke light-alloy wheels; B column covers and window cavities in High-Gloss Black; grille bars; inlays for the air inlets and tailpipe trims in chrome; and additional applications on the side sills. The inscription "Luxury" can be found on both the side panels and the door sill cover strips. Also the interior lends expression to the exclusive character in the form e.g. of its leather trim in one of three colours; a sports leather steering wheel; chrome surrounds for the centre console and the air conditioning and audio controls; interior strips of fine inlaid Walnut, and an accentuation strip of Glossy Pearl Chrome. In addition, the Luxury Line sedan provides user-definable colour schemes for the welcome and ambient light. A chrome trim can also be found on its vehicle key.

BMW Modern Line: natural charisma, progressive style.

Likewise available for the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan, the Modern Line presents design and equipment features that lend expression to the sedan's style, testifying to its efficiency, sustainable quality, and pioneering technology. This is carried by refined and modern accentuations like tailpipe trims; grille bars; air inlet bars; window frames; aluminium satinated applications on the side sills and roof trim; the B column covers and window cavities in High-Gloss Blach; and the 17" light-alloy V spoke wheels. For the BMW 335Li, the Modern Line also includes 18" turbine design light-alloy wheels.

A particularly harmonious ambience is provided by the light-coloured dashboard and the Dark Oyster steering wheel, supporting a consistent brightness in the interior without stark contrasts. This progressive charisma is underscored further by the Black or Oyster leather trim with decorative seams and the interior strips of Fineline wood with chrome accentuation. Additional features of this BMW Line are the inscription "Modern" on the side panels and door sill cover strips; user-definable colour schemes for the welcoming and ambient light; the chrome surrounds for the air conditioning and audio controls; and the vehicle key unit in Oyster.

BMW Sport Line: dynamic presence, striking accentuations.

Available for the BMW 3-Series sedan with the normal wheelbase, the Sport Line presents striking High-Gloss Black accentuations, underscoring the dynamic presence of this new model. Eight highly stylised, black grille bars lend the front a commanding appearance of particularly sporty flair. The black inlays in the front apron visually magnify the air inlets and underscore the beefy wheel arches. There, the suitable sporty elegance is carried by the 17" light-alloy double-spoke wheels. Like the B column covers and the window cavities; also the exterior mirrors are available in High-Gloss Black. The visual impression of rear width is boosted by the black decorative trim along the bottom edge of the rear lights. The tailpipe trim presents a Black Chrome finish.

The sporty exclusive flair in the interior finds expression in the contrasts between the black and red accentuations. The sporty flair in the cockpit is underscored by red decorative rings and red chrono scaling on the circular instruments, red decorative seams on the sports steering wheel, and High-Gloss Black trim with a coral red accentuation strip. The standard sports seats in leather trim are available in one of three colours with exclusive accentuations. These are joined by the chrome surrounds for the air conditioning and audio controls and the inscription "Sport" on the door sill cover strips. The distinguishing feature of the Sport Line, the ignition key, is black with a red decorative inlay.

Engines: supreme power and pioneering efficiency thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology.

The unique status that premium automobiles from the BMW brand enjoy all over the world is linked closely to the brand's characteristic driving pleasure. In the new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase, this is the result of the outstanding competence the company has brought to bear in the field of drive development. The engines fitted in the models BMW 335Li, BMW 328Li, and BMW 320Li are designed for an impressive delivery of sporty and supreme power. And their pioneering efficiency is equally convincing. Both the inline six-cylinder engine in the BMW 335Li and the four-cylinder drives in the two other models feature the latest development of BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. This includes a twin scroll turbocharger, direct high-precision petrol injection, the variable valve control system VALVETRONIC, and the variable camshaft control system double VANOS.

The BMW 335Li is fitted with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine featuring this technology package. Its supercharging system directs the pulsing gas flow through three separate cylinders arranged in a spiral around the turbine. Arranged directly next to the spark plug, the injectors direct the air-fuel mixture precisely dosed into the combustion chambers. Power delivery and efficiency also benefit greatly from the VALVETRONIC integrated completely in the cylinder head and the camshaft adjustment for the intake and discharge side (double VANOS). In this manner, the multiple-award-winning six-cylinder petrol engine can deliver a max power output of 225 kW / 306 bhp at a speed of 5800-6000 rpm and a max torque of 400 Nm between 1200 and 5000 rpm. The BMW 335Li accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. Its average fuel consumption as determined in the EU test cycle is 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 192 grams per kilometre.

BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology also helps the four-cylinder engine in the BMW 328Li to achieve an extraordinary relationship between performance and fuel consumption. With a capacity of 2.0 litres, the new engine delivers a max power output of 180 kW / 245 bhp between 5000 and 6500 rpm. The max torque of 350 Nm is reached at speeds between 1250 and 4800 rpm. The BMW 328Li sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Its average fuel consumption as determined in the EU test cycle is max 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 167 grams per kilometre.

Delivering 135 kW / 184 bhp between 5000 and 6250 rpm, also the four-cylinder variant with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology provides for sporty performance in the BMW 320Li. Spontaneous power delivery and high-revving properties also characterise this engine, which delivers its max torque of 270 Nm between 1250 and 4500 rpm. The BMW 320Li needs 7.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 160 grams per kilometre.

Unique on the segment worldwide: eight speed automatic transmission.

The BMW 3-Series sedan is the world's first vehicle on its segment to feature an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase is fitted as standard with this innovative power transmission system, providing an extra boost to its sporty flair and efficiency. The fascination of this eight speed automatic transmission lies in its extraordinarily fast gear shifts and a particularly precise control that supports direct downshifting to a specific gear.

Thanks to its unique mount on the wheel set, the eight-speed automatic transmission also exhibits a compact design and a low weight. Its size and weight are therefore comparable with the six-speed automatic transmission fitted in the predecessor model. The equipment includes an optional eight-speed sports automatic transmission that is characterised e.g. by an even higher level of dynamic shifting and also includes shift paddles on the steering wheel.

BMW EfficientDynamics: innovative technology for greater driving pleasure with reduced emissions.

The consistent use of technology serving to cut fuel consumption and emissions is propelling the current BMW models to leading efficiency positions on all segments. In this respect, outstanding performance always goes hand in hand with particularly low fuel consumption. Also the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan is setting standards in this field on its segment. Its engines and transmissions are characterised by extraordinarily high efficiencies, and in addition it is fitted as standard with BMW EfficientDynamics technology.

All variants of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan come with an automatic engine start-stop function as standard. This eliminates idle phases during temporary stops by switching off the engine automatically. As soon as the vehicle comes to a stop, the engine is switched off automatically. When the road ahead clears again, the driver simply has to remove his foot from the brake, and the engine starts without any further delay.

In addition, all engine variants come with the driving experience switch that activates ECO PRO mode. This affects the engine control, the accelerator pedal curve, and the shifting characteristics of the automatic transmission. This supports a fuel-optimised driving style at low engine speeds. Particularly efficient energy management is supported by a controller designed specifically for regulating the power functions like air conditioning, seat heating, and exterior mirror heating. Dedicated displays provide information e.g. on the extended range in kilometres now possible. Details of efficiency-optimised driving are also providing for the current situation in the form of ECO PRO tips that appear on the instrument cluster and control display.

Also a standard feature, brake energy regeneration is an intelligent energy management system that concentrates the generation of onboard electricity over the thrust and brake phases. The BMW EfficientDynamics technology also extends to the needs-based control of auxiliary units and electromechanical steering. Also, intelligent lightweight structures and tyres with reduced rolling resistance contribute to optimised fuel consumption and emission values.

Ideal balance of sportiness and driving comfort.

The new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan combines the brand's hallmark sporty flair with specifically optimised driving comfort. This is carried by the particularly high-quality suspension technology, the perfect support for this successful concept with longitudinal engine, rear wheel drive, balanced axle load distribution, and torsionally stiff body. The sedan features a detailed further development of the two-joint spring strut front axle with extensive use of aluminium components for high rigidity and optimised weight. Also the five-link rear axle is based on an established principle, providing the ideal conditions for a balanced overall setup. At the same time, agility and precision regulated handling are provided together with outstanding suspension comfort.

One essential contribution to the characteristic BMW driving experience also takes the form of the precision steering that provides the driver with exact feedback at all times. This steering system finds the ideal basis in the characteristic BMW drive concept, which shields it from drive effects. In the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan, an electric motor provides the power for the electromechanical hydraulic steering. This is active only when powered steering is actually required. On straight roads and in corners taken at a constant steering angle, no electrical power is therefore consumed.

In addition to the powerful brake system, unrestrictedly effective even under high loads, also the standard Dynamic Stability Control DSC contributes to the agile handling properties of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan. This system includes e.g. the antilocking system ABS, dynamic traction control DTC, cornering brake control (CBC), and dynamic brake control (DBC). Additional functions now also include a brake assistant, fading brake support, a dry brake function, a drive-off assistant, and the electronic locking function for the rear axle differential (active in DCS OFF mode).

All variants of the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan are fitted with light-alloy wheels as standard. These are 16" on the BMW 320Li, 17" on the BMW 328Li, and 18" on the BMW 335Li.

Driving experience switch: vehicle setup at the push of a button.

The driving experience switch fitted as standard on the centre console activates the vehicle setups "COMFORT", "SPORT", "SPORT+", and "ECO PRO". The driving experience switch affects the accelerator pedal progression, the engine response, the characteristic curve of the steering servo, the DSC configuration, and the dynamic shifting properties of the automatic transmission. In each case, the driver activates a preconfigured setup for a harmonised world of experience.

In vehicles fitted with the Professional navigation system, the control display can present the specific details in the "SPORT" and "SPORT+" modes. These details inform the driver of the engine power drawn and the current torque level.

BMW ConnectedDrive: new functions for comfort, safety, and infotainment.

The progressive character of the new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase finds impressive testimony in the wide range of driver assistance systems and mobility services unique in the competitive field. The options provided by BMW ConnectedDrive serve to optimise the comfort, safety, and infotainment in the vehicle over an intelligent network of links. Its highlights include the Surround View system, the BMW Head-Up Display, and the apps facility.

The equipment supplementing Park Distance Control (PDC) includes a reversing camera integrated under the BMW brand logo in the luggage compartment lid and the Surround View system including Side View. The Surround View system also utilises two cameras in the side mirrors in addition to the reversing camera and the PDC sensors. The data thus captured are processed by a central computer. This then generates an image on the control display that shows the vehicle and its environment from the bird's eye view. This depiction allows particularly precise manoeuvring in a confined space.

When the situation demands this, the driver can also make use of the Side View function as a subsystem of the optional Surround View. Side View works with two cameras that are integrated in the front wheel arches and that allow the driver to observe traffic coming from the side. These images are also presented on the control display. This not only simplifies manoeuvring, but also warns the driver of oncoming traffic from the side when the vehicle is leaving confined spaces like back-set gates or multistorey car parks.

Also the BMW Park Assistant is available as an option for the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan. This system assists the driver in manoeuvring safely and comfortably into tight parking spaces aligned parallel to the direction of travel. Featuring ultrasound sensors in the side indicator surrounds, the BMW Park Assistant can also help the driver to find a suitable parking space. While manoeuvring into a parking space, the driver need only control the accelerator and brake pedals and keep an eye out for possible dangers. The Park Assistant also takes over the steering wheel. The driver is given instructions on how to manoeuvre into the parking space.

Optimised display quality is provided by the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, also available for the new, long wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan. The graphics now benefit from the entire colour spectrum, with realistic symbols projected at the optimal ergonomic position on the windscreen. Also the scope of information presented on the Head-Up Display has been expanded. Depending on the vehicle configuration, this may also include check control and status messages from the driver assistance systems in addition to the current road speed and high guiding instructions from the navigation system.

The highest demands for infotainment are fulfilled by a particularly powerful interface technology that safeguards the unrestricted use of external mobile phones and music players in the new BMW 3-Series sedan. This presents the passengers with their personal music library, read from their smartphone or music player in the vehicle. The onboard monitor then presents the saved music titles and their cover art in addition to the playlists. The Apps option provided by BMW ConnectedDrive and the application BMW Connected also allow Apple iPhone users to utilise additional web-based services in the vehicle. These include a web radio function and access to social networks.

The new BMW 3-Series sedan: even greater diversity, consistent sporty flair, and max efficiency with the BMW ActiveHybrid 3.

At the same time the new BMW 3-Series sedan with the long wheelbase will be celebrating its world premiere, Auto China 2012 in Beijing will also be witnessing the presentation of the new, normal wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan produced at the BMW plant in Munich. This new edition of the sportiest four-door model on the segment will be launched as the variants BMW 328i and BMW 320i on the Chinese automobile market. Both models are fitted with the new engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and combined as standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Packing 180 kW / 245 bhp, the BMW 328i accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. Its average fuel consumption is 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 154 grams per kilometre. The BMW 320i, delivering 135 kW / 184 bhp, reaches the 100 km/h mark in 7.6 seconds. It achieves an average fuel consumption of 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 151 grams per kilometre.

At a later time, the range will be supplemented with the BMW 335i xDrive, a six-cylinder model which will be transferring its power to the road via the intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive. Furthermore, also the M Sports package will be available for the new BMW 3-Series sedan. This equipment package includes e.g. the M Aerodynamic package, M Sports package, M light-alloy wheels, M sports seats, and other exclusive features that boost the dynamic character of this model to even greater heights.

Yet another particularly innovative development in characteristic efficiency takes the form of BMW ActiveHybrid 3. Developed on the basis of the new BMW 3-Series sedan, this fully hybrid model will be celebrating its Asian premiere at Auto China 2012. Its drive system consists of an inline six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, an electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The max system output is 250 kW / 340 bhp, and electricity is supplied from a lithium ion battery. The drive technology behind the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 allows purely electrically powered driving in urban traffic and local, zero emissions "sailing" with disconnected combustion engine at speeds up to 160 km/h. Its average fuel consumption is 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres, which is about 12.5% lower than a comparable model with only the combustion engine. Also the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will be available on the Chinese automobile market before the end of 2012.


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BMW M6 Coupe

Classical proportions, the sporty yet elegant lines of the BMW 6-Series and the familiar design language of BMW M Automobiles form the foundations for the eloquent body design of the BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible. Powerfully taut surfaces and precise contours underline the athletic aura of the two models. In addition, a model-specific interpretation of hallmark M styling cues includes design details which are influenced directly by technical considerations - such as the cooling air required, chassis geometry and aerodynamics - and therefore further highlight the cars' outstanding performance attributes. This is a fine example of how the ultra-dynamic character which marks out these sportiest versions of the luxurious Coupe and exclusive Convertible is authentically expressed through their design.

Front view: large air intakes, newly designed M kidney grille.

Wide air intakes, stunningly contoured headlight units and large, smooth surfaces shape the front end of the new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible. Another eye-catching element of the car's nose is its newly designed M kidney grille, which bears an "M6" badge. The grille's black, paired kidney grille slats take their cues from the characteristic double-spoke design of the M light-alloy wheels. The 30-millimetre increase in track width over the two cars' respective 6-Series stablemates is complemented by powerfully flared front wheel arches, which sit flush with the wheels. This extra width offers a clear nod to the optimised roadholding of these high-performance sports cars. The three-dimensional shaping of their air intakes and race-inspired flaps designed to optimise airflow to the outer air intakes likewise underline the cars' forward-surging, dynamic character.

An LED accent light cuts across the tops of the Adaptive LED Headlights fitted as standard on both models. Their bright white, three-dimensional LED light rings are levelled off to striking effect at the top and lower edges. Dipped beam and main beam use both light rings. Providing the light are LED units, which are placed on a horizontal rib running through the centre of the units and feed their light into the reflectors in front of them. This ensures that the distinctive appearance of the twin circular headlights comes across clearly in every situation. The direction indicators - in the form of horizontally arranged LED units - are integrated into the headlight units below the light rings.

Side view: athletically flared wheel arches, side gills, forged M light-alloy wheels.

The familiar M athleticism of both models is also clearly visible from the side. The front side sections of the car feature familiar M gills. Their threedimensional shaping, wide chrome frames and indicator bars - which also bear the M logo - give them an extremely deep-set look. In tune with the wider wheel arches, the character lines around the gills are suitably prominent. Eye-catching creases on the likewise model-specific side skirts sweep upwards, diverting the gaze to the rear wheels.

The new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible are fitted with 19-inch M light-alloy wheels as standard. The forged wheels feature seven double-spokes in a two-tone finish. The optional 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, meanwhile, hint at reduced weight with their five intricate double spokes and allow a clear line of sight through to the powerful braking system.

Powerfully shaped rear, typical M twin exhaust tailpipes.

Broadening towards the road and incorporating horizontal lines and generous surfaces, the design of the rear end hints at the stable roadholding and powerful poise and assurance of the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible. The reflectors, positioned immediately below the L-shaped rear lights, provide an individual expression of sportiness.

The clearest pointer to the unmistakable identity of the two high-performance sports cars are the familiar M twin exhaust tailpipes positioned to either side of the diffuser integrated into the rear apron. The outer air intakes reflect the design of the front apron in their format and the contours of their surrounds.

CFRP roof and soft-top in unmistakable design.

Like its predecessor, the roof of the new BMW M6 Coupe is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic as standard. The dark colouring of the roof gives the two-door car's silhouette an extremely elongated look, which is further emphasised by a dynamic recess in the centre of the roof. The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car's centre of gravity to be lowered, enhancing agility. BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim (standard) draws attention to this optimised weight balance, its dark colouring covering the side window borders (or the waistline in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible) and the base and lower section of the aerodynamically optimised M exterior mirror caps.

The exclusive looks of the new BMW 6-Series Convertible are underlined by the "fin" architecture of the high-quality soft-top roof. Projecting into the rear section, the fins accentuate the car's dynamically sweeping silhouette. The heated, vertical glass rear window, which is situated just behind the rear seats, retracts independently of the soft-top itself.

Customers can choose from one non-metallic and eight metallic shades (including four exclusive M finishes) for the exterior paintwork of both models. The soft-top for the new BMW M6 Convertible is available in Black and Beige, or - as an option - in Anthracite Silver effect.

Drivetrain: Power and character.

The new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible showcase their individual style with a raft of unique styling touches and tweaks to the character of the driving experience. But they draw the output required to serve up their inspirational performance from the same source: a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, longitudinally mounted at the front of the car, whose power is channelled to the rear wheels via a sevenspeed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.

This powertrain combines construction features taken directly from motor sport with innovations developed under the banner of Efficient Dynamics. Its globally unparalleled package of technology comprises two turbochargers working according to the twin-scroll principle (including a cross-bank exhaust manifold), High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. The engine is also served by an extremely powerful cooling system and a wet sump oil supply optimised to work under high lateral forces.

Output increased by 10 per cent, peak torque boosted by 30 per cent, fuel consumption and emissions cut by more than 30 per cent.

The unmistakable, typically M performance characteristics of the 4.4-litre powerplant are defined by its lightning-quick responses and forceful, linear power delivery maintained into the higher reaches of the rev range. Indeed, peak torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The V8 achieves its maximum output of 412 kW/560 hp between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and can spin on to 7,200 rpm. All of which means the rev band available in the new models to generate maximum performance is almost three times wider than that of the engine powering their predecessors.

This instantaneous and sustained power delivery is the key to unlocking the cars' intoxicating acceleration. The new BMW M6 Coupe dashes from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, while the new BMW M6 Convertible reaches the same speed just 0.1 seconds later. The top speed of both models is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Specifying the optional M Driver's Package raises this barrier to 305 km/h (189 mph).

The advances in engine development enshrined in M TwinPower Turbo technology are also reflected in the two new models' significantly greater efficiency compared to their predecessors. The high operating effectiveness of the engine, the standard-fitted Auto Start-Stop function and other examples of Efficient Dynamics technology, such as Brake Energy Regeneration and the volume-controlled oil pump, help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by some 30 per cent. The new BMW M6 Coupe cards average fuel consumption of 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (28.5 mpg imp) in the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of 232 grams per kilometre. The corresponding values for the new BMW M6 Convertible are 10.3 litres per 100 kilometres (27.4 mpg imp) and 239 grams per kilometre.

Harnessing the high output to dynamic effect: the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.

Tuned seamlessly to the performance characteristics of the V8 engine, the M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic converts the powerplant's impressive thrust extremely effectively into rapid acceleration. This capability is underpinned by the DCT design principle, which effectively combines two gearboxes in one housing - yet with virtually no size or weight penalty over a conventional manual transmission. Inside the transmission, the torque is transferred via two oil-cooled wet clutches, which are engaged alternately. This allows zero interruption in the flow of power when the driver accelerates, even during gear changes.

M DCT Drivelogic offers the driver three different shift programs, both in automated mode (D) and in manual mode (S). These programs alter the transmission's shift characteristics in terms of efficiency, shift comfort and sportiness and can be activated using the rocker switch located behind the selector lever on the centre console. Added to which, the electronics also provide a Launch Control function ensuring unbeatable acceleration from a standing start, Low Speed Assistance for easier low-speed operation, and the Auto Start-Stop function for increased efficiency.

The special M gear selector is used for selecting D and S modes and for engaging reverse gear. In S mode the driver changes gears manually in a sequential format. The new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible are also equipped as standard with a newly developed M leather steering wheel, complete with multifunction buttons and fixed gearshift paddles. In typical M configuration, the driver pulls the right-hand paddle to shift up and the lefthand paddle to shift down.

Chassis: Supreme precision in any situation.

The motor sport technology in the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible paves the way for imposing performance on the race track, but also treats the driver to a captivating driving experience on everyday journeys from A to B. The dynamic character of both models is defined not only by their acceleration from standstill but also by their mid-range agility, the precision of their turn-in and traction when accelerating out of corners, their precisely controllable handling under intense lateral forces and their stopping capability. Paving the way for this is the model-specific chassis technology in conjunction with the Active M Differential, an ideal weight balance and optimised aerodynamic properties.

The precise interplay of the powertrain, chassis and body has been honed in detail as part of extensive testing on the N├╝rburgringNordschleife. The upshot is an unmistakable M feeling of a particularly intense kind. As the latest innovation to optimise handling in ultra-dynamic driving situations, the optional M carbon-ceramic brake system marks its debut in the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible.

M-specific chassis technology, Dynamic Damper Control, M Servotronic, DSC with M Dynamic Mode.

The chassis of the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible has been developed to M specification and therefore combines outstanding performance attributes with the comfort-enhancing features drivers appreciate on an everyday basis. Like the integral rear axle, whose subframes are bolted rigidly to the body, the double-wishbone front axle boasts specific kinematics and newly developed components made from forged aluminium. Chassis mountings using large panels at the front and rear axle ensure dynamic forces are passed evenly through to the body, making for highly precise wheel control.

The standard equipment of both models also includes electronically controlled dampers. The M-specific Dynamic Damper Control system adjusts damping force electrohydraulically to provide the required responses for the driving situation at hand and fulfil the wishes of the driver. A choice of three settings allows drivers to adjust the damper characteristics to their needs and preferences.

The hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering ensures unbeatable precision and a high degree of comfort. This system has a variable ratio, which enhances straightline stability and reduces the number of steering wheel turns required when parking and turning off a road. The likewise standard Servotronic speedsensitive power assistance is specially tuned to M specification and allows drivers to choose a personal configuration with the help of three set-up options.

In addition to applying brake impulses and reducing engine output to stabilise the car, the DSC stability control system of the two high-performance sports cars also employs the services of the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), along with a Brake Assistant, the Brake Drying function and Start-Off Assistant. M Dynamic Mode (MDM) can be activated to override the basic setting by pressing the DSC button. By raising the intervention thresholds of DSC, this mode makes it easier to move off on snow or loose sand with slightly spinning driven wheels. MDM mode also paves the way for the familiar M self-steering response. "DSC Off" mode can likewise be activated at the touch of a button.

Active M Differential delivers outstanding traction in dynamic driving situations.

The new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible also impress by offering optimum traction in tricky road and weather conditions and under dynamic acceleration out of corners. Working behind the scenes to this end is an innovative variable locking differential in the rear differential. The Active M Differential allows the engine's power to be split precisely and quickly between the left and right rear wheel according to the requirements of the driving situation at any particular moment.

An electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential helps to reduce the rotational speed differences between the rear wheels, which is needed to optimise traction. The Active M Differential control unit is linked up to the DSC stability control system, allowing every driving situation to be precisely analysed and a loss of traction at one wheel to be detected at an early stage. The locking effect generated in response can be varied between 0 and 100 per cent, enabling wheel spin to be prevented on slippery surfaces, in instances where the left and right rear wheel have widely differing friction coefficients, in tight bends and when changing direction extremely dynamically.

An innovation for precise handling: M carbon-ceramic brakes.

The latest version of the compound high-performance braking system helps give the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible outstanding stopping power. Its stand-out features include even lower weight, excellent feel and fade-free performance even under heavy loads. The diameter of the inner-vented and perforated brake discs is 400 millimetres at the front and 396 millimetres at the rear. The six-piston fixed-calliper brakes at the front axle - painted dark blue metallic and complete with the M logo - are radially bolted to the pivot bearing.

The M carbon-ceramic brakes available for the first time for the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible (in conjunction with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels) take the cars' stopping power to another new level. The brake discs measure 410 millimetres in diameter at the front axle and 396 millimetres at the rear. Made from a new type of carbon-fibre compound ceramic, the discs boast even greater resistance to heat and combine this with significantly reduced rotating masses. The M carbon-ceramic brakes are 19.4 kg lighter than the standard-fitted items, yet the innovative material also displays exceptional resistance to wear, and the operating life of the discs is many times that of conventional equivalents. The optional M carbon-ceramic system also sees six-piston fixed-calliper brakes at the front teaming up with single-piston floating-calliper brakes at the rear. The callipers can be identified by their special gold-coloured paint finish.

Body, CFRP roof, soft-top: Robust, lightweight, expressive.

An intelligent blend of materials also gives the body structure impressive strength coupled with extremely low weight, allowing it to enhance both occupant protection and handling agility. As with the use of CFRP for the roof of the new BMW M6 Coupe, the choice of materials for all other body components slots into the all-round lightweight design strategy. The doors and bonnet of the two high-performance sports cars are made from aluminium, the front side panels from thermoplastic. In addition, their boot lids and - in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible - also the roof cover are made from the glass-fibre composite material SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound). A weight-to-power ratio of 3.3 kg/hp for the new BMW M6 Coupe and 3.5 kg/hp for the new BMW M6 Convertible points to the significant advances that have also been made in this area over the predecessor models.

Robust load-path structures, large and precisely defined deformation zones and highly efficient restraint systems provide the basis for a high level of passive safety in both models. The safety equipment fitted as standard includes front and side airbags, side curtain head airbags for both rows of seats in the new BMW M6 Coupe, and front airbags and head-thorax side airbags integrated into the seat frames of the new BMW M6 Convertible. The soft-top model also benefits from roll-over bars made from high-strength aluminium. Positioned behind the rear head restraints, these protective bars extend automatically in fractions of a second should there be a danger of the car rolling over. Both models come with three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, belt force limiters and belt tensioners for the front seats and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear.

Both the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible are designed as four-seaters, and space in the rear compartment has increased substantially compared with the predecessor models. The load capacity of the new BMW M6 Coupe stands at 460 litres. The new BMW M6 Convertible, meanwhile, can carry 300 litres of luggage in the boot with the soft-top down and 350 litres with it closed. Both models can be ordered with the optional ski bag, which slides between the rear seats courtesy of the through-loading facility.

Dynamic contours, lightweight material: the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof of the BMW M6 Coupe.

Like its predecessor, the roof of the new BMW M6 Coupe is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic as standard. The dark colouring of the roof gives the two-door car's silhouette an extremely elongated look, which is further emphasised by a dynamic recess in the centre of the roof.

The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car's centre of gravity to be lowered, thereby enhancing agility. BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim (standard) draws attention to this optimised weight balance, its dark colouring covering the side window borders (or the waistline in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible) and the base and lower section of the aerodynamically optimised M exterior mirror caps.

BMW M6 Convertible: high-quality soft-top with characteristic "fin" styling and automatic opening and closing function.

The exclusive looks of the new BMW 6-Series Convertible are underlined by the "fin" architecture of the high-quality soft-top roof. Projecting into the rear section, the fins accentuate the car's dynamically sweeping silhouette. The heated, vertical glass rear window, which is situated just behind the rear seats, retracts independently of the soft-top itself. The automatic opening and closing process for the roof can be activated both at a standstill and while on the move at speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) using a button on the centre console. The optional Comfort Access allows the roof to be opened or closed by pressing the remote control button on the car key. It takes the roof 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close again.

Interior and operating concept: Pure M feeling, sheer luxury.

The luxurious interior ambience of the new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible is characterised by classy materials and dynamically moulded surfaces, and the bespoke design of the cockpit and centre console - cleverly drawing on the exclusive, high-performance sports car driving experience - lends it an extra individual flair. The instrument cluster with black-panel technology features classical circular instruments in traditional BMW M style, with red needles and white illumination, as well as model-specific displays and the M logo in the rev counter.

The standard-fitted iDrive control system includes a Controller on the centre console, direct menu control buttons and functional bookmarks, as well as an onboard monitor with an exclusive flatscreen design. The optional Navigation system Professional brings with it a 10.2-inch version of the Control Display bordered by a high-quality, galvanised chrome frame.

M leather steering wheel and M sports seats in new, model-specific design.

The model-specific M leather steering wheel of the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible are distinguished by their smaller rim diameter and a new design which takes its cue from the double-spoke construction of the M light-alloy wheels. The likewise newly developed M sports seats offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support through quickly-taken corners, but also a high level of comfort over long distances. The lightweight seats with integrated belt system have an M-specific design headlined by extremely prominent cushion and backrest bolsters, head restraints integrated into the backrests, eye-catching stitching emphasising the segments of the seats, and an M logo embossed into the shoulder area.

The M sports seats have electric height, fore/aft and backrest angle adjustment, and also come with pneumatically adjustable lumbar support, a memory function and a manually adjustable thigh support. The M sports seats are fitted with active head restraints to reduce the risk of injury in a rear-end impact.

Ideal vehicle set-up at your fingertips: M Drive buttons.

Arranged around the gearshift lever on the model-specific centre console are the buttons allowing drivers to select their preferred settings for all the adjustable powertrain and chassis functions. The DSC mode, performance characteristics of the engine, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic responses and M DCT Drivelogic shift program can all be adjusted independently at the touch of a button. This allows drivers to put together a detailed set-up configuration for their car and store it by holding down one of the two M Drive buttons on the multifunction steering wheel. The two standard-fitted M Drive buttons allow the driver of the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible to store a dynamic-led configuration under the "M1" button, for example, and a comfort-biased set-up under "M2" - and to call up either in an instant and at any time. The settings stored on the M Drive buttons can also be configured using the iDrive menu.

As with the cars' performance characteristics, the aural profile of the engine can also be tweaked at the touch of a button. In parallel with the exhaust flap control, a sound module is used to enhance the engine's natural acoustic components and this soundtrack is then conveyed into the interior. The system's digital signal processing technology exchanges data directly with the engine management and adjusts its output to the engine's revs, the amount of torque being produced and the car's speed over the road. This gives the driver an impressively accurate impression of how hard the engine is currently working and of the power being unleashed, and provides an even clearer window into the car's responses on the road.

Equipment and BMW ConnectedDrive.

The exclusive character of the two high-performance sports cars is underlined by the high-quality and extensive array of standard equipment they have on board - not to mention an unrivalled selection of high-tech options lending further depth to the driving experience. Standard equipment for both models includes 2-zone automatic climate control, heated seats for the driver and front passenger, fine-grain Merino leather trim with extended features, an M driver's footrest, exclusive carbon-fibre interior trim strips, door sill strips with "M6" lettering, plus ambient light in the interior, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and exterior mirrors (the exterior mirrors also have a folding function), Cruise Control with braking function, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with HiFi loudspeakers.

The range of optional driver assistance systems and mobility services available from BMW ConnectedDrive add unique touches to the two new models. The M-specific version of the Head-Up Display - which, alongside a digital speed readout and tips from the optional Speed Limit Info, also shows the gear currently engaged and a multicolour rev counter symbol, complete with Shift Lights - is joined in the line-up by features including Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Innovative technologies also optimise the integration of the Apple iPhone and other smartphones, as well as music players, and incorporate the use of internet-based services. The Apps option allows iPhone owners to receive web radio stations, for example, and display Facebook and Twitter posts on the onboard monitor. The Real Time Traffic Information function, meanwhile, keeps the driver supplied with impressively accurate and detailed traffic bulletins.

High-performance audio: Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.

Additional highlights of the options list include the navigation system Professional with hard disk storage, M multifunction seats with electric backrest width adjustment, active seats, active seat ventilation, Comfort Access, a heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, and the Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System. This audio system brings high performance into the world of in-car sound reproduction.

The fully active system with digital signal processing comes with individual amplifiers for all the bass speakers, mid-range speakers and tweeters. Its centre speaker uses the Acoustic Lens Technology developed by Bang & Olufsen. As soon as the audio system is activated, the central element containing the integrated mid-range speaker pops up from the instrument panel, prompting the tweeter lens to extend out at the same time. The total of 12 loudspeakers in the new BMW M6 Convertible and 16 loudspeakers in the new BMW M6 Coupe deliver a uniquely rich and dynamic sound experience.

Model history: Tradition firmly rooted in motor sport.

Considering the BMW 6-Series has motor sport ingrained in its DNA, it comes as little surprise that the origins of the BMW M6 model lie in the early 1970s. When BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded in May 1972, it was immediately tasked with the development of a racing car built on the basis of the BMW 3.0 CS luxury coupe to compete in touring car races. Powered by a 3,340 cc six-cylinder in-line unit initially generating 360 hp, the BMW 3.0 CSL - the L in its name stood for lightweight design - established itself as the most successful touring car of its day, at the same time as showcasing innovations whose technical details filtered through to production car development. Aluminium doors, bonnet and boot lid as well as a five-speed gearbox with magnesium casing were followed in 1973 by the first ever six-cylinder engine with four-valve technology, and then, in 1974, by the debut of the anti-lock braking system. It was firsts such as these that helped to speed the car to success on the race track before finding their way into the brand's roadgoing models - and this same principle continues to be a defining characteristic of BMW M cars today.

The BMW 3.0 CSL won a total of six European Touring Car Championship titles between 1973 and 1979, with power output increasing year on year. By 1976 it already had a 3.2-litre six-cylinder biturbo engine under the bonnet, whose output actually had to be throttled to 750 hp. In the meantime, a brand-new project was taking shape at BMW Motorsport GmbH: a mid-engined supercar developed completely from scratch. Before the BMW M1 could line up for the new Procar Championship, however, 400 units had to be built for homologation purposes. This was how BMW Motorsport GmbH came to bring out its first production car in 1978: not only did the BMW M1 with its 277 hp straight-six engine instantly acquire the title of Germany's quickest production sports car, the entire run of 456 models was snapped up by customers with lightning speed too.

Motor sport technology for the road: the BMW M635i.

By now, the BMW 3.0 CS had been replaced by the BMW 6-Series in the BMW model line-up. And the appetite of many BMW drivers for extra power in their standard production cars had not gone unnoticed by BMW Motorsport GmbH: the free-revving four-valves-per-cylinder engine from the BMW M1 was the perfect choice for evolving the BMW 6-Series luxury coupe into the mighty BMW M635i. The six-cylinder unit unleashed 286 horsepower which, allied to chassis technology that had been precision-honed to handle it as well as streamlined body components, allowed drivers to enjoy a real taste of motor sport during their day-to-day driving. A total of 5,855 BMW M635i models were sold between 1984 and 1989.

The dawn of a new era of phenomenal performance and high tech galore: the first BMW M6.

In 2005, two years after the second generation of the BMW 6-Series made its debut, BMW M GmbH added a high-performance sports car to its portfolio that was simply in a class of its own. The BMW M6 instantly became the epitome of a highly prestigious breed of top-performance automobile brimming with motor racing know-how. Its performance credentials made stunning reading: a high-revving V10 engine derived straight from Formula One with a 5.0-litre displacement and a power output of 373 kW/507 hp, seven-speed Sequential M Gearbox with Drivelogic and Launch Control for accelerating from stationary at maximum power, speed-sensitive, variable M differential lock, plus model-specific chassis technology including Electronic Damper Control (EDC) and compound brakes. The V10 power unit took the overall prize at the highly prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards for two years running, in 2005 and 2006. And in the two years that followed it came top in the category for engines above 4 litres.

The pioneering and progressive character of the BMW M6 is also due in no small part to its trailblazing driver assistance systems, such as the Head-Up Display with its M-specific readouts. One year after the Coupe went on sale it was followed by the BMW M6 Convertible. By 2010, global sales of the high-performance sports car totalled 14,152 units, with the Coupe accounting for 9,087 of these and the open-top version of the BMW M6 the remaining 5,065.

Production: Innovative processes for exceptional automobiles.

With its state-of-the-art production processes and its years of experience in the manufacture of highly exclusive premium automobiles, BMW's Dingolfing site makes a natural choice for building the new BMW M6. Here, at the biggest BMW plant in the world, the M6 Coupe and the M6 Convertible are built on the same assembly lines as the BMW 6-Series models. The luxury BMW 7-Series Sedan models and the BMW 5-Series models are also built here. All these cars, including the BMW M6, benefit from the sharing of product and process modules between different model series, resulting in further improved production efficiency and manufacturing quality. The integrated manufacture of the high-performance sports cars also includes production and assembly of their model-specific chassis, body and interior components.

The BMW plant in Dingolfing, Lower Bavaria, has been part of the global BMW production network since 1967. Today this network comprises plants in 14 different countries. In 1973, BMW began producing complete vehicles at this site, at the newly constructed Plant 2.4. Numerous awards are proof that this plant, which has built more than 8 million BMW automobiles to date, sets very high standards. Approximately 18,600 people currently work at the site, more than 12,000 of them in vehicle production at Plant 2.4.

V-engine production in Munich: cutting-edge technology meets precision craftsmanship.

Based on a well-established process, the high-performance engine of the new BMW M6 is built in the production shop for special-category engines at the BMW Plant Munich. On the V(flex) production line here at BMW's home plant, the engine is built alongside M3 engines and the 12-cylinder units for the BMW 760i and the latest Rolls-Royce models. High-tech processes and the precision craftsmanship of experienced experts guarantee outstanding quality standards.

The engine block and crankcase of the V8 engine are produced in the light-alloy foundry at the BMW Landshut plant. At the start of assembly at the Munich plant the basic engines are mounted on carriers, each of which is fitted with an integrated data storage device. This allows quality-related data to be retrieved during the assembly process. For example, at automated bolting stations the right assembly programs with the correct tightening torques for bolted connections can be activated. At all subsequent assembly stations, too, the engine-specific data helps ensure that employees use the right tools and apply the correct tightening torques. At the same time, core components such as cylinder heads and connecting rods are also coded. This allows them to be precisely tracked from their arrival at the factory through to final assembly. The manufacturing process concludes with a function test on the test bench which each and every engine has to pass before being sent to BMW Plant Dingolfing.

Integrated production optimises quality and efficiency.

Integrated production based on shared product and process modules allows the Dingolfing plant to optimise manufacturing quality and efficiency - in line with the BMW Value-Added Production System (VPS). Standardised processes allow top-quality multi-model production on a single assembly line to be combined with integrated production planning. Flexible design of the production systems enables the factory to maintain consistently high levels of capacity utilisation, while also ensuring short delivery times within the Customer-Oriented Sales and Production Process (KOVP). Further synergy effects are achieved through use of "product modules" (modular component design).

At the same time, innovative production techniques have been developed which can now be applied across a number of different models and thus across higher production volumes. For example, the door production process is based on research and development work carried out at the BMW Group's Dingolfing-based Aluminium Competence Centre.

Newly developed aluminium processing technology also facilitates intricate modelling of sophisticated design features such as the character line on the doors. For sheet steel components, too, innovative manufacturing processes are used. At the Dingolfing plant, BMW became the world's first carmaker to use hot-stamping technology, whereby galvanised sheet steel is cold-formed, then heated to a temperature of over 900 degrees Celsius, then immediately cooled to a temperature of around 70 degrees and hardened. The cooling is performed in a press with integrated water cooling and takes just a few seconds. This technique gives the components between three and four times the strength of conventional sheet steel.

Pioneering the material of the future: the BMW M6 Coupe's CFRP roof.

One of the most striking features of the new BMW M6 Coupe is its carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. BMW has extensive expertise in the manufacture of carbon parts, which first went into volume production at the BMW Landshut plant in 2003. In 2013, this plant will also start manufacturing the CFRP passenger cells for the all-electric BMW i3, and for the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Alongside their respective drive technologies, lightweight design based on use of CFRP is a key feature of both vehicles.

The predecessor of the new BMW M6 Coupe was among the first pioneers of carbon-fibre parts - the material of the future. It was the first model whose roof and bumper supports were both mass-produced from CFRP. Since then, production volumes for carbon-fibre parts have been growing steadily. The current BMW M3 is likewise equipped with a CFRP roof. On the new BMW M6 Coupe, further advances in production technology have enabled the designers to give the CFRP roof striking, aerodynamically optimised contouring.

The extremely lightweight, yet at the same time very sturdy material used in the roof combines optimal stiffness with a significant reduction in weight. This lowers the centre of gravity and makes the BMW M6 Coupe even more agile. A CFRP roof brings weight savings of around 50 per cent over steel and 30 per cent over aluminium, for equivalent or improved functional performance. CFRP also offers outstanding crash performance and extreme durability.

Technical Specifications

    0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 4.2 s
    0-200 km/h (0-124 mph): 12.6 s
    Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) or 305 km/h (189 mph) with M Driver's Package
    Average fuel consumption: 9.9 l/100 km (28.5 mpg imp)
    CO2 emissions: 232 g/km
    Exhaust standard: EU5 

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