March 12 2011   Source: BMW- North America


BMW Release Official Information and Pics of 2012 BMW 650i Coupe

With the launch of the all-new 6-series convertible just around the corner, BMW is now showing us a first official look at the 650i coupe. Not surprisingly, it bears more than a mere resemblance to both the Concept 6 Coupe that debuted last fall at the Paris Motor Show and the production 650i Convertible that was unveiled in Detroit in January.

The new 6er coupe wears the same critical dimensions as its drop-top twin — longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, and with an overall appearance more akin to the graceful first-generation (E24) 6-series that was produced from 1977 to 1989. True to its roots, it remains a 2+2 grand tourer, but with even more space for the back seat passengers. Trunk space is generous as well at 16.4 cubic feet.

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Power for the 650i comes from the 400-horse 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that will also be found in the 650i convertible, as well as other large BMWs such as the 5- and 7-series and the X5/X6. An eight-speed automatic will be standard equipment, but as on the convertible, a six-speed manual can also be substituted. Acceleration to 60 mph breaks the five-second mark at around 4.9 seconds. North America is the only market to receive the manual transmission in the new 6-series.

After the initial launch, perhaps even before the end of the 2011 model year, BMW is expected to expand the 6-series lineup with the addition of the 300-horsepower turbo-six version, to be known as 640i, as well as an xDrive option for both coupe and convertible.

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All of the technology options announced for the 650i convertible will also make their way into the coupe. These include the new full-color head-up display, the beautiful large-screen information display atop the center console, and the Bang and Olufsen premium sound system.

One new feature that will make its debut on the 650i coupe is adaptive LED headlights, which will be standard. This new system, which also becomes available later this year on the 650i convertible, does away with xenon and halogen lighting altogether, using as array of powerful LEDs to provide visibility in both high and low beams.

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The 650i coupe will make its official debut in front of the public at the 2011 new York Auto Show in late April, where it’s expected pricing will also be announced. Sales will begin in November of 2011.