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by David Zalstein

BMW has announced its twin-turbo V8 engine will now feature across the 6 Series line-up, finding a home in the new BMW 650i Gran Coupe and updated 650i Coupe and 650i Convertible models.

The new-generation twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine with newly designed cylinder head, valve gear, crankshaft and turbochargers, Valvetronic variable valve control system, double VANOS variable camshaft timing and direct injection, sees an increase in power and torque from 300kW to 330kW and 600Nm to 650Nm, respectively.

The added grunt means all V8-equipped BMW 6 Series variants will hit 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds – almost half a second quicker than the outgoing engine.

BMW 6 Series Twin-Turbo V8

Efficiency has also been improved with fixed-roofed 650i models achieving figures of 8.9 litres per 100km and CO2 of 206 grams per kilometre, while the 650i Convertibles return 9.2L/100km and 214g/km CO2.

The range’s entry-level $177,800 BMW 640i Coupe maintains its 235kW/450Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder powerplant, delivering 7.8L/100km (7.9L/100km Convertible) and 181g/km of CO2.

BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible

As expected on such a luxury road warrior as the BMW 6 Series, features abounds, including soft-close doors, four-zone climate control, electric front seats with seat heating and ventilation, Professional satellite navigation, 600-watt audio system with USB input, full-colour head-up display and adaptive LED headlights with high beam assist.

BMW 6 Series manufacturer’s pricing list:

  • BMW 640i Coupe – $177,800
  • BMW 640i Convertible – $193,800
  • BMW 650i Coupe – $231,800
  • BMW 650i Gran Coupe – $238,800
  • BMW 650i Convertible – $247,800



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