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6 Series Coupe - E63 (2004 - 2007)

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The new BMW 6 Series Coupé

The new BMW 645Ci is a welcome return to the large performance coupé arena for BMW.
Since the company's first purpose-built coupé - 1937's BMW 327 - BMW has traditionally excelled at two-door development and the new 6 Series attains those same historic standards.
It is an uncompromising mix of performance, power, practicality and price clothed in a stunningly individual design.
The whole package stands out in the market and it's really up to the car's owner to decide whether the 645Ci performs as a heart-stopping sports car or a thoroughbred GT - it excels at both.
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The car's heady abilities derive from a potent combination of modern lightweight technologies and BMW's excellence in the production of naturally aspirated V8 power.
Plastics, aluminium and steel combine in a revolutionary process of manufacture and assembly to reduce and balance weight, and allow the designers' styling aims to bear fruit. Meanwhile, under the long bonnet lies BMW's 4.4-litre Valvetronic powerplant, 2002's International Engine of the Year.

The car's impressive aura continues within the cockpit, which displays a highly specified and stylish interior, supplemented by a host of state-of-the-art technologies that contribute to making the car the safest, most dynamic and comfortable luxury coupé on the market.

The BMW 645Ci goes on sale in March 2004 (on-the-road) along with its convertible sibling.
Virtually all of the 1,700 Coupés available in '04 were pre-ordered in 2003, proving that BMW's new 6 is well placed to become just as historic a model as the famous 6 Series of the 1980s and its legendary forebears.
And the timing is perfect - the UK market for Specialist Sports Cars has increased almost three-fold since 1993, whilst the worldwide demand for luxury performance coupés has increased by fifty per cent over the same period.



Design and construction:
The 6 Coupé is unique, both in BMW's line-up of cars and amongst its rivals, in having a story to tell from every angle, whether front, side or rear, top or bottom.
From the front the long, sleek bonnet dominates the view, typical of BMW roadsters and coupés.
Moving around the car, other traditional features include the twin headlights, the double kidney grille and the Hofmeister kink on the C-pillar.
However, these traditional BMW design features are clearly placed on a 21st Century palate as Chris Bangle and his design team continue BMW's forward-thinking design strategy.
This philosophy, introduced on the 7 Series and continued through the debuts of the Z4 and 5 Series, ensures that BMW's burgeoning model line-up is instantly recognisable, not retrogressively familiar.
Hence the 6 is clearly a BMW coupé and not a two-door 5 Series. Form also follows function as the 6 rests on a bespoke platform, sharing components with the 5 Series, but not hampered by any platform-sharing compromise.
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The stunning design is aided by lightweight technology that offers a new level in modern production and engineering abilities.
The intelligent use of materials like thermoplastic and Sheet Moulding Compound (boot, front wings), aluminium (bonnet, doors, chassis components) and steel allows the designers' most creative forms to make it into production.
Vitally, these design and production methods also reduce weight on a car that is usefully larger - that is, more practical - than its competitors.
This 'diet' ensures that handling and performance are therefore not compromised for the benefits of transporting family, luggage, golf bags or ski equipment.

The interior is just as stylish as the exterior.
A luxurious level of trim and standard equipment is bound together visually by lines and surfaces that enclose the driver and front passenger, allowing them to focus on the job at hand - driving.
Leather is standard throughout, including the two rear seats that comfortably accommodate smaller members of the family on trans-continental crossings, or adults on short sprints.

Along with the new, chunky, leather-clad multi-function sports steering wheel, hide also covers the gearstick transmitting driver inputs through either the six speed manual (standard), six speed auto with Steptronic function and Adaptive Transmission Management or six speed SMG.
Just as the V8 engine and lightweight body are technological tours de force, BMW's six speed automatic was the world's first such unit when introduced on the new 7 Series.




Drivetrain:
Though the choice of transmission may be a pleasantly tough decision to make (auto convenience, manual involvement or SMG), the one clear factor is that the gears direct power to the standard 18 inch alloys from one of the world's great engines - BMW's V8 4.4-litre petrol.
Featuring VALVETRONIC valve control, Bi- VANOS variable valve timing and fully variable intake manifold length adjustment the flexible eight cylinder unit, combined with the car's light weight and 50:50 weight distribution, produces a coupé that is just as happy cruising at 1,500 rpm as it is powering through corners on the redline.

The figures speak for themselves: maximum output is 333bhp at 6,100 rpm; maximum torque is 450Nm at 3,600 rpm; fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 25.9 mpg; fuel tank capacity is 70 litres allowing up to 670 miles between fill-ups; 0 - 62 mph is 5.6 seconds (manual) and 50 - 75 mph (in fourth) is just 5.1 seconds.
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On a more emotional level, the V8 gives off a throaty rumble with an enthusiastic right foot - clearly the sound of a performance car - and most drivers will reinforce the car's sporting credentials through activation of the standard Dynamic Driving Control via the 'sport' button.
This produces faster acceleration and a more direct steering response, plus gearshifts at higher engine speeds in the auto box.
With SMG this sport mode ensures even faster gear changes.

Chassis:
The combination of V8 power, lightweight body construction, advanced transmission technologies and aerodynamic styling would be nothing without an equally competent chassis.
To accommodate the 21st Century design conundrum for great driving and modern ownership requirements - a lighter car on a bigger body - BMW covers all the bases through the construction of an all aluminium chassis.

But this 'simple' process translates complex demands into pure driving rewards.
The goal of 50:50 weight distribution is assisted via a platform that is both lightweight and flexible, whilst aluminium suspension and axle parts exploit the benefits of hydraulic rack-and-pinion Servotronic steering, optional Dynamic Drive suspension control and optional Active Steering.

The confidence behind the 6 Series' great handling and performance flexibility is reinforced by large swing-calliper brakes featuring inner-vented discs on all four wheels that ensure excellent stopping power and fade-free reliability.
Combined with Run-flat tyre technology on standard 18? aluminium rims (19" optional) and a Tyre Puncture Warning System, safety and performance live hand-in-hand. 645ci_e63_grey_side2

Powerful braking and supreme handling are not always enough to ensure perfect levels of safety as unforeseen issues can be out of the driver's control.
BMW's renowned Dynamic Stability Control ( DSC) is a key active safety feature that ensures a smooth passage over less than perfect surfaces - or the odd overindulgence by the driver.
For the enthusiast, Dynamic Traction Control ( DTC) can be activated and DSC switched off completely.
Meanwhile six airbags that protect both front and rear passengers, ensure that if the worst comes to the worst, 6 Series occupants are well protected.
The front airbags are 'intelligent' - only firing if the seats are occupied under impact - and all 'bags are linked, but work independently.
This results in a focused and instantly reactive passive protection system that is unbeatable in its life-saving abilities.




Technology:
Typical state-of-the-art BMW technological features such as VALVETRONIC, DSC, and the use of lightweight materials are supplemented on the 6 Series by the most comprehensive list of beneficial options:

... Dynamic Drive, first seen on the 7 Series, introduces an active anti-roll mechanism that virtually eliminates body sway without affecting ride quality.
... Active Steering monitors speed and mechanically counters or enhances the driver's steering inputs to assist cornering at low speeds or reduce the impact of small steering adjustments at high speed in order to maintain stability, making city driving far easier and less exerting, and motorway cruising far safer.
... Adaptive Headlights monitor speed, yaw rates and driver steering inputs to swing around corners by up to fifteen degrees, illuminating the road ahead rather than the roadside directly in front of the car. 6_e63_center_console
... Head-up Display is a technology transfer from BMW's Formula 1 and yachting programmes and projects vital driver-relevant information onto the windscreen such as navigation instructions, speed and check control data. Importantly this is directly in the driver's sight line, but does not detract from his/her vision.
... Voice activated iDrive is a revision of the original system introduced on the 7 Series. This second generation system is standard and offers the same benefits - less dashboard clutter allowing the driver to focus on driving, and the opportunities to tailor the car's systems - but in a more intuitive way. As the name suggests it can also be controlled vocally, as can the in-car telephone system, through a button on the multi-function steering wheel.
... The steering wheel is personally programmable. Two buttons - one featuring a star, the other a rhombus - on the right bar can be personalised to activate a default control such as air conditioning re-circulation or radio station for example. Settings are selected through the iDrive system.
... The optional glass panorama tilt roof is considerably larger than a traditional sunroof and, with the car's relatively short roofline, means that the interior of the car is extremely light. It also electronically rises by up to eight centimetres offering impressive levels of ventilation. The roof blind can be closed via the remote key when locking the car.
... Colour-coded Park Distance Control, Professional Navigation, Active Cruise Control, TV with teletext, BMW Assist and Online and standard electric Sports seats are further, but by no means the definitive list of, technologies available.

The words luxury and performance were never more appropriate for a BMW.
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Specifications for BMW e63 coupe

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 630i
6 Series (E63)
coupe
2004
-
2007
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.5s
80-120km/h*: 6.5s
City: 13.1 l/100km
Hway: 6.7 l/100km
Avg: 9 l/100km
Code: N52 B30 O0
2996cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
190kW / 258HP at 6600rpm
300Nm at 2500rpm
BMW 630i A LCI
6 Series (E63)
Coupe
2007
-
now
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.4s
City: 11 l/100km
Hway: 5.8 l/100km
Avg: 7.7 l/100km
Code: N53 B30 O0
2996cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
200kW / 272HP at 6700rpm
320Nm at 2750-3000rpm
BMW 630i M LCI
6 Series (E63)
Coupe
2007
-
now
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.2s
80-120km/h*: 6.5s
City: 11.2 l/100km
Hway: 6 l/100km
Avg: 7.9 l/100km
Code: N53 B30 O0
2996cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
200kW / 272HP at 6700rpm
320Nm at 2750-3000rpm
BMW 635d A LCI
6 Series (E63)
Coupe
2007
-
now
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.3s
City: 9.2 l/100km
Hway: 5.6 l/100km
Avg: 6.9 l/100km
Code: M57 D30 T2
2993cc - 6cyl / 24v
diesel
210kW / 286HP at 4400rpm
580Nm at 1750-2250rpm
BMW 645Ci
6 Series (E63)
coupe
2003
-
2007
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.6s
80-120km/h*: 5.1s
City: 17.2 l/100km
Hway: 8.6 l/100km
Avg: 11.7 l/100km
Code: N62 B44
4398cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
245kW / 333HP at 6100rpm
450Nm at 3600rpm
BMW 650i
6 Series (E63)
Coupe
2005
-
2007
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.4s
City: 17.6 l/100km
Hway: 8.6 l/100km
Avg: 11.9 l/100km
Code: N62 B48 O1
4799cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
270kW / 367HP at 6300rpm
490Nm at 3400rpm
BMW 650i A LCI
6 Series (E63)
Coupe
2007
-
now
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.2s
City: 15.9 l/100km
Hway: 7.4 l/100km
Avg: 10.5 l/100km
Code: N62 B48 O1
4799cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
270kW / 367HP at 6300rpm
490Nm at 3400rpm
BMW 650i M LCI
6 Series (E63)
Coupe
2007
-
now
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.1s
80-120km/h*: 4.7s
City: 17.8 l/100km
Hway: 8.1 l/100km
Avg: 11.7 l/100km
Code: N62 B48 O1
4799cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
270kW / 367HP at 6300rpm
490Nm at 3400rpm
BMW M6
6 Series (E63)
Coupe
2005
-
now
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 4.6s
City: 22.7 l/100km
Hway: 10.2 l/100km
Avg: 14.8 l/100km
Code: S85 B50 Kat
4999cc - 10cyl / 40v
petrol
373kW / 507HP at 7750rpm
520Nm at 6100rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
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