THE world’s first diesel-powered luxury grand tourer powered by the world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine has gone on sale in the UK with the showroom arrival on October 27 of the new BMW 6-Series coupé and convertible.
The launch marks the latest in a long line of BMW products revealed in 2007 featuring the manufacturer’s EfficientDynamics technologies. The new 6-Series range features a host of innovations designed to increase performance, improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
The BMW 635d is the world’s first diesel-powered luxury 2+2 grand tourer and the launch opens up yet another new market segment by BMW with the arrival of the two-door coupé and convertible models costing from £53,910 (coupé) and from £59,600 (convertible).
Improved six- and eight-cylinder petrol powered models also join the range alongside the familiar V10-engine M6, while all variants receive a subtle restyling to mark the technological changes.
The new 635d is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2,993cc engine, delivering 286 bhp and 580 Nm of torque. This propels the car from 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds while the convertible takes 6.6 seconds. Due to the EfficientDynamics technologies, the coupé achieves 40.9 mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 emissions figure of 183 g/km, while the convertible retains near identical figures recording 39.2 mpg and 190 g/km.
The 635d is joined in the range by the 630i and 650i, offered in both coupé and convertible bodystyles.
The EfficientDynamics measures enable the 630i coupé to record a 4.4 mpg improvement up to 35.8 mpg in combined fuel consumption compared to the previous model. CO2 emissions also drop by 15% from 216 g/km to 188 g/km. The 630i convertible attains a combined fuel consumption figure of 34 mpg compared to 29.4 mpg, while CO2 emissions drops from 229 g/km to 198 g/km.
The BMW 650i coupé and convertible models crown the range and are powered by a 4,799cc V8 engine providing an output of 367 bhp. Again EfficientDynamics technology plays a part in both 650i models to achieve improved economy and emissions figures. For the 650i coupé consumption on the combined cycle improves by 2% to 24.1 mpg, while CO2 emissions drop by 2% to 279 g/km. The 650i convertible also achieves better performance recording 22.4 mpg, up 7%. CO2 emissions are cut from 310 g/km to 299 g/km.
Coupé prices start at £49,300 for the 630i with convertible prices from £54,495. BMW: October 4).
- IN mid-November the all-new BMW X5 3.0sd will arrive in showrooms. Using the world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine, previously seen in the 335d and 535d, the new X5 3.0sd delivers 286 bhp from its twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre diesel.
However, in common with other EfficientDynamics-equipped cars, emissions are kept to a minimum with the new X5 3.0sd emitting 216g/km and therefore heading for an £8 per day London congestion charge under next year’s proposed price changes. All other petrol and diesel-powered competitor SUVs and SAVs will be charged £25 under the new proposals.
- NOVEMBER 24 marks the on-sale date of the new 1-Series Coupé. The third derivative of the 1-Series launches with an entry-level four-cylinder 120d and twin-turbocharged 123d. The world’s most powerful four-cylinder diesel engine delivers over 100 bhp per litre from its 2.0 litre engine. The range is topped by the new 135i Coupé.
(BMW: October 5)