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by Brett Davis

BMW Australia has launched the new BMW 640i and 650i luxury coupes. Both versions initially debuted in convertible form only.

Like the BMW 640i convertible, the Coupe comes with BMW’s 3.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 235kW of power and 450Nm of torque. Despite the somewhat misleading ’40i’ badge, the 3.0-litre unit provides enough force to hurl the Coupe from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds.

Joining the new Coupe range is the flagship BMW 650i. Again, like the convertible version, the 650i comes with a 4.4-litre TwinPower turbo V8 engine producing 300kW of power and 600Nm of torque. BMW says it will do the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds – almost as quick as the previous-generation BMW M6 (4.6 seconds).

Both versions of the new Coupe will come with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with EfficientDynamics technologies. Features include brake energy regeneration, electric power steering and High Precision Injection, all to keep fuel consumption to a minimum. For the 640i, average fuel consumption is rated at 7.8L/100km, and 10.6L/100km for the 650i.

Both versions also boast a 50:50 weight distribution for optimum handling balance, and a rear-wheel drive layout with double wishbone front suspension.

Inside, the new 6 Series Coupe offers a 460-litre boot capacity and increased passenger room compared with its predecessor. Both also come with head-up display, internet connectivity and Professional Navigation with Voice Recognition.

The new BMW 6 Series Coupes will be available from December, with pricing kicking off at $178,300 for the 640i, and $232,300 for the 650i (prices exclude on-road costs and government and dealer charges).