Konsep Coupe 6 siri kini dilengkapi dengan empat pintu dan 4+1 tempat duduk sejajar dengan tempat duduk belakang selaras yang akan menarik perhatian peminat-peminat kereta Jerman ini. BMW 6 siri Gran Coupe 2013 4.4 inci lebih panjang daripada Coupe kerana untuk meningkatkan keselesaan penumpang belakang.
BMW 640i menjanakan turbochaged 3.0 liter inline-6, 315 kuasa kuda dan mempunyai lapan kelajuan. 6 siri ini menpunyai sistem start/stop, tenaga brek penjana semula, dan iDrive dengan sistem navigasi. 640i dijangka memecut 60 km/j dalam 5.4 saat. Ia mempunyai bodykit aerodinamik, ekzos sport atau ekzos krom hitam, kaliber brek dicat hitam, LED foglamps, dan roda 19 inci dalam reka bentuk M.
BMW Z4 sDrive28i 2012, pembuat berasaskan Munich memperkenalkan enjin empat silinder yang pertama ke dalam pasaran Amerika Syarikat (AS). Enjin empat silinder 2.0L akan berkuasa ’28i’ BMW badged dan menggantikan N52B30 enam silinder beraspirasi semulajadi.
Gantiannya menyediakan setaraf atau lebih baik, penghalusan, dan kelancaran dengan dua silinder. Macam Z4 yang lepas dengan TwinPower Turbo 3.0 liter inline-6, enjin 2.0 liter baru akan menggabungkan suntikan langsung tekanan tinggi dan kawalan BMW VALVETRONIC. Dengan 240 kuasakuda dan 260 lb-ft kaki tork, ia lebih berkuasa daripada BMW yang beraspirasi biasa 3.0 liter inline-6 bahawa ia menggantikan dalam sDrive30i Z4.
The wait is finally over for BMW fans, now that the luxury sedan 6 Series coupe has taken hold, the German automaker has added a proper back seat and two additional doors to create this, the 2013 6 Series Gran Coupe, as they will be debuting the 2013 6 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door sibling of the popular 6 Series coupe. In fact, the Gran Coupe is just 4.4 inches longer with its seat configuration stated as 4 plus 1.
Under the hood though, the sleek four door 640i will be fitted with the N55 3.0 turbocharged inline six will pump out 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, expect the 650i to be fitted with xDrive all-wheel drive or the standard rear-wheel drive and a larger 4.4 liter twin turbo V8, pushing out 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with BMW’s ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting.
The first version of the Gran Coupe to arrive Stateside will be the 640i, powered by BMW’s N55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six, good for 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque in this application. Shortly thereafter, the 650i Gran Coupe will arrive, available with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive, boasting a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 tuned to 445 hp and 480 lb-ft.
Both engines are equipped with BMW’s EfficientDynamics system, which includes regenerative braking, auto start-stop and other aerodynamic refinements, BMW says. Active roll stabilization, an active damper control system and speed-sensitive steering come standard.
The Gran Coupe is a full 4.4 inches longerthan the standard two-door coupe with a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase, and most of that added length benefits the rear passengers. BMW’s literature states that the stretched 6 Series has a 4+1 seating configuration, meaning there’s actually a quasi-usable seat between the two outboard rear positions. (Good luck.) Judging from the photos, the Gran Coupe’s interior is as luxuriously appointed and tech-laden as the rest of the 6 Series range – if not a little bit moreso.
In the cabin, the model will feature iDrive controls, a navigation system, rearview camera with sonar, multicontoured 20-way power driver’s seat and a nine-speaker stereo. Niceties such as a 16-speaker stereo, adaptive LED headlights, ventilated seats and around-view monitoring system are available as options. The M Sport Package, which adds some sportier tweaks, will be available, too.
No pricing is available, but the current 6 Series coupe has the most expensive starting price of any BMW car at $73,600, topping out at well over $100,000. The 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will likely top that price.
At the Tokyo Motor Show, the announcement that Toyota and BMW are in cahoots over batteries, diesel engines and possibly more was the talk of the show. Back in Bavaria, BMW displays a promiscuous bent. BMW will cooperate with GM, yes GM, on fuel cells. This at least if the German magazine Wirtschaftswoche is correctly informed.
Sources told Wirtschaftswoche that a cooperation between BMW and GM is as good as done. A MOU will be signed with great fanfare at the Detroit motor show in January, says the magazine.
BMW has no comment, but confirms that there are negotiations with GM. BMW is not known for its fuel cell prowess. According to the information of Wirtschaftswoche, highly profitable BMW will share the cost of fuel cell development with GM, and will be supplied with hydrogen-powered fuel cells by GM.
The on-again, off-again hydrogen fuel cell is definitely on again. In our interview a month ago, Toyota’s chief for new technologies, Satoshi Ogiso, confirmed that the technology is ready for prime time, the only remaining problem is cost. Toyota will launch a mass produced fuel cell car in 2015. Ogiso promised it will be affordable by 2020. GM is looking back at a long history of fuel cell development and will also sell a hydrogen-powered car by 2015. So will Hyundai. Nissan (cooperating with hydrogen-pioneer Daimler) likewise signaled that it will not place a single bet on EVs, and that fuel cell cars are in the cards. BMW once had planned to launch an ICE that runs on hydrogen (see above), but that idea, well, bombed.
At first glance, this footage from BMW seems like just another promotional video, but then you rub your eyes and lean in closer to the screen. Elements of the front and rear of this X6 are blurred out; BMW must be drumming up anticipation for a facelift. But why, then, is the badge also distorted?
Within the blur, notice the familiar splash of color: It’s an M. But notice the extra script beyond where the M would be, and the lack of noise as the X6 charges up a mountain road. Based on what we see here and what we’ve heard murmured around BMW, we think that badge says X6 M50d. That stands not for a 5.0-liter engine, but for a 3.0-liter, inline-six oil-burner. With two turbos, the engine will likely make more than 370 hp and more than 500 lb-ft of torque. It will be the most powerful six-cylinder diesel on the light-duty market by far—Ram’s HD pickups use a 6.7-liter diesel inline-six to produce 350 hp and 800 lb-ft—and rumor has it that the turbos will operate in three different stages, making power when you want it, sipping fuel when you don’t, and balancing the two when you’re feeling greedy—or is that indecisive?
The diesel will be backed by a ZF eight-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. This powertrain also will find its way into an X5 M50d and—brace yourself—even an M5 50d. All three will be visually differentiated not only from their lesser diesel siblings, but their gas-powered M counterparts as well.
Until a couple years ago, M wouldn’t even touch turbocharged gas engines for fear of compromising its identity. The X5 and X6 M broke that barrier—and were followed by the 1-series M—but with these new models, the brand is moving still farther from its old religion. It is not, however, the first performance brand to embrace diesels. In 2003, Mercedes-Benz launched the 228-hp, five-cylinder C30 CDI AMG. While successful in some southern European markets, the C30 AMG was generally unloved because of its pronounced diesel soundtrack; AMG will not be introducing a successor any time soon. Now BMW will be leading the way. Expect the new M models to go on sale in Europe by summer 2012. There are no plans to launch them in the U.S.
BMW has confirmed the German automaker will join forces with Toyota to create new green technologies. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology, with the option to expand the partnership into additional areas.
BMW Group to Supply 1.6L and 2.0L BMW Fuel Efficient Diesel Engines to Toyota Motor
Tokio/München – December 1, 2011… BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce that they today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies.
Under the MOU, the two companies agreed on a collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. Furthermore, they have agreed to identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects.
In addition, Toyota Motor Europe (TME), TMC’s European subsidiary, and BMW Group have entered into a contract under which BMW Group is to supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to TME starting in 2014. The engines will be installed in certain Toyota-produced vehicles planned for sale in the European market. Through this agreement, Toyota plans to expand its European lineup and sales of fuel-efficient, low CO2-emission diesel-powered vehicles.
Marking the announcement, Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “Toyota is the leading provider of environment-friendly series technology in the volume segment and the BMW Group is the most innovative and sustainable manufacturer of premium automobiles. We are now joining forces to further develop environment-friendly technologies and to expand our innovation leadership in each of our segments. Supplying Toyota with our fuel efficient and dynamic diesel engines represents another important step in the planned expansion of our sales activities for engines and powertrain systems.”
Representing TMC, President Akio Toyoda said: “It is a great joy and a thrill to enter into this mid-to-long-term collaborative relationship with BMW, a company with its own culture and history from its many years of car manufacturing in Europe, and a company that makes cars that are fun to drive. In the spirit of contributing to furthering the development of the auto industry and society, both companies will bring their wide-ranging knowledge – starting with that concerning environmental technologies – to the table and make ever-better cars.”