Saturday, March 21, 2015

2016 BMW M135i

2016 BMW M135i
An extensively modified front- and rear-end design, a sophisticated premium ambience when you step inside and fresh reserves of power under the bonnet are all part of the even more expressive, sporting and efficiency-focused skillset of the new BMW 1-Series model range (fuel consumption combined: 8.0 - 3.4 litres/100 km [35.3 - 83.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 - 89 g/km). Almost two million units of the BMW 1-Series have been sold worldwide over the last ten years, and this latest edition is poised to set another new benchmark in driving pleasure in the premium compact segment. The new 3-door and 5-door BMW 1-Series models come with a comprehensively revised engine line-up and additional measures designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, allowing them to lead the way once again in the introduction of new BMW EfficientDynamics technology.

The selection of engines available for the new BMW 1-Series model range has been enhanced by the addition of latest-generation petrol and diesel units with three and four cylinders. The torquey and high-revving engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology team up with rear-wheel drive - still a unique selling point in the compact segment - to deliver a suitably intense driving experience. And an even broader spread of standard equipment, an output boost for the six-cylinder in-line engine powering the BMW M135i M Performance Automobile and cutting-edge innovations from BMW ConnectedDrive also imbue the brand's hallmark characteristics with renewed vigour.

Modified exterior and interior design includes familiar BMW styling cues underlining sports performance and premium characteristics

Carefully considered updates to the exterior design of the new BMW 1-Series shine the spotlight on its sporting elegance and high-end presence. A newly designed BMW kidney grille and larger air intakes help to emphasise the car's dynamic potential in familiar BMW style. Headlights with a significantly flatter geometry play a similar role. They come with LED daytime driving lights as standard and can now be specified in full-LED specification as an option. The rear lights have also been completely remodelled. They now display the "L" shape characteristic of BMW models and reveal LED-powered lights. Elsewhere, the sophisticated design of the upper centre console with the controls for the radio and climate control system is foremost in accentuating the premium ambience on board the new BMW 1-Series.

Automatic air conditioning, BMW Radio Professional and BMW iDrive fitted as standard; new equipment variants

Standard equipment for the new BMW 1-Series model range now also features automatic air conditioning, a rain sensor, the BMW Radio Professional and the iDrive operating system, complete with a high-resolution 6.5-inch display integrated in the instrument panel as a freestanding monitor. And the Advantage, Sport Line, Urban Line and M Sport packages available as an alternative to standard specification provide fresh scope for targeted individualisation.

New generation of engines, new benchmarks in efficiency

An extensively updated line-up of engines and extended BMW EfficientDynamics technology ensure that the new BMW 1-Series model range once again sets new standards in its class by further reducing fuel consumption and emissions. BMW 1-Series customers will now be offered three- and four-cylinder power units from the BMW Group's new engine family. The new efficiency pacesetter in the brand's model range is the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition with 85 kW/116 hp and average fuel consumption of 3.4 litres/100 kilometres (83.1 mpg imp) combined with CO2 emissions of 89 g/km in the EU test cycle.

As an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, there is the option of an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard in the BMW 125d, BMW 120d xDrive and BMW M135i xDrive). The latest version of the automatic unit now also offers transmission management supported by navigation data.

A 5 kW increase in output (to 240 kW/326 hp) from its six-cylinder in-line engine allows the new BMW M135i (average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres/100 km [35.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 g/km) to strengthen its position as the elite sports performer in the BMW 1-Series' competitive segment. Like the BMW 120d and BMW 118d, the BMW M Performance Automobile can also be specified with the intelligent all-wheeldrive system xDrive which, as well as serving the causes of traction and directional stability, also enhances the car's dynamics. The new BMW M135i xDrive (average fuel consumption: 7.8 litres/100 km [36.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 182 g/km) sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds.

Sophisticated chassis technology, Tyre Pressure Indicator fitted as standard

Advanced chassis technology teams up with rear-wheel drive and an almost perfect (50 : 50) distribution of weight between the front and rear axles to give the new BMW 1-Series unmistakable handling traits headlined by agility and dynamic excellence. Options include adaptive suspension, M Sport suspension, Variable Sports Steering and an M Sport braking system. A Tyre Pressure Indicator showing each individual wheel is now part of the standard specification.

New assistance systems and services from BMW ConnectedDrive

The selection of optional driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive available for the BMW 1-Series now also includes the radar-based Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. The latest-generation Parking Assistant now enables parallel parking in tight spaces restricted either by two obstacles or on one side only, as well as automatic transverse parking. Features such as the camera-based Driving Assistant, rear-view camera and Speed Limit Info system with No Passing Info display can also be specified.

All models in the new BMW 1-Series line-up come as standard with an embedded SIM card, which allows use of the likewise standard Intelligent Emergency Call and BMW TeleServices functions, as well as access to optional internet-based mobility services. In addition to BMW Online and Real Time Traffic Information, customers can also enjoy the Online entertainment function. Further online services can be integrated into the car using smartphone apps and operated safely, intuitively and conveniently via the iDrive system. Meanwhile, the new Navigation system Professional also offers automatic map updating by mobile phone via the embedded SIM card, which is free of charge to customers for the first three years following registration of the car.

The design: Unmistakably sporty

Hallmark BMW design is a signal of hallmark BMW driving pleasure - a principle reflected by the status of the BMW 1-Series as the stand-out model in the premium compact segment for a decade now. Its proportions, lines and surface design come together into a youthful and fresh, powerful exterior that showcases the car's agility- and dynamics-centric driving properties. The current generation of the BMW 1-Series has established itself as a paragon of sporting excellence in its segment, and the new-generation model continues along a similar path, a commitment clearly expressed in its appearance. All the modifications to its exterior and interior design focus on highlighting the car's dynamic elegance, premium character and innovative technology. In so doing, they underline the latest advances made in areas crucial to providing the driving pleasure for which BMW is renowned.

Together, a long bonnet, long wheelbase, short overhangs, a set-back passenger compartment, a wide track and muscular rear wheel arches form the classical proportions of a BMW. The BMW 1-Series combines a two-box design - a key indicator of the extra versatility offered by a compact car - with a coupe-style side window graphic, a roofline that falls away gently to the rear and a heavily raked rear window. The result is a "stretched" elegance which the 3-door BMW 1-Series encapsulates with particular aplomb. Its long doors with frameless windows and single-piece rear side windows inject additional dynamism into the car's silhouette.

Eye-catching and precise: the new front end

Graceful lines and larger air intakes lend a clearly defined tautness to the surfaces of the new BMW 1-Series' front apron and infuse the car with an expressive, sporty aura. A horizontal bar in the upper section further accentuates their increased volume, as well as emphasising the breadth of the front end. Another contributor to the sharper visual presence of the new BMW 1-Series is the newly designed and generously surfaced BMW kidney grille. Its frame is more powerfully sculpted and uses eye-catching chrome surfaces to provide a particularly high-quality accent. The three-dimensional kidney grille bars are another indicator of the precision detailing included in the design of the front end.

The revised contours of the BMW kidney grille and headlight units bring them closer together. This creates a harmonious overall impression with a singleminded look, underlining the sporty road focus and forward-surging intent of the new BMW 1-Series to resounding effect.

Newly designed headlights, now available as an option in full-LED specification

With their flat, dynamic geometry, the newly designed headlight units make a particularly prominent contribution to the sporty overall impression of the front end. The twin circular headlights of all the new BMW 1-Series models come as standard with LED daytime driving lights. The indicators are positioned in the outer area of their respective headlight units.

Full-LED headlights for low and main beam have been added to the options list for the new BMW 1-Series model range. They generate a particularly white light that is very close to daylight and therefore optimises safety when driving at night. Should LED headlights be specified, the indicators also use LED technology.

Another item on the options list are Adaptive LED headlights, which follow the path of corners when illuminating the road. The car's steering angle and speed are taken into account in guiding the beam of light, which allows different modes for urban areas, country roads and motorways to be automatically selected according to the driving situation. This adaptive light adjustment also includes a function for poor weather conditions, and the Adaptive LED Headlights feature a High Beam Assistant as well.

Optional foglamps are integrated into the outer air intakes of the front apron. In conjunction with the Adaptive LED Headlights, the new BMW 1-Series comes equipped with LED foglamps which also take on the function of cornering lights.

Clear surface design and rear lights in familiar BMW "L" shape

Flared wheel arches and horizontal lines emphasise the width of the rear, which now highlights the powerful structure of the new BMW 1-Series even more vividly. Extremely clear structuring of the surfaces around the boot lid gives the rear a light, modern look. The precisely drawn lines of the rear apron and the reflectors positioned on the far edges of the rear underline the car's road focus and wide track.

The completely reworked rear-end styling of the new BMW 1-Series is defined most prominently by the two-piece light units integrated into the side panels and boot lid. The new rear lights display the customary BMW "L" shape and extend far into the sides of the car. This light design, which likewise accentuates the width of the rear, is also showcased in characteristic fashion at night by two sets of LED-powered lights. The rear foglamp also works using LED technology.

Customers buying the new BMW 1-Series can choose from three nonmetallic and ten metallic exterior paint finishes for their car, with Platinum Silver metallic and Sparkling Brown metallic included as new additions to the range. Estoril Blue metallic is available exclusively for the BMW M135i and in conjunction with the M Sport equipment package.

High-quality materials and sophisticated premium ambience in the interior

The interior of the new BMW 1-Series sees the brand's hallmark driverfocused cockpit design complemented by high-quality materials, new seat upholstery and a sophisticated premium character for the centre console controls. New cloth seat covers with a particularly fine web structure and a likewise newly developed cloth/leather combination lend extra freshness, as do the white acrylic glass interior trim strips with textured surfacing designed for the Urban Line.

The BMW Radio Professional and iDrive operating system have been added to the wealth of standard equipment on board the new BMW 1-Series model range. That means the freestanding, 6.5-inch Control Display integrated centrally into the instrument panel and the centre console-mounted Controller, plus the direct menu control buttons and favourites buttons, are now all included in an interior displaying familiar BMW design. If the optional Navigation system Professional is fitted, the Controller comes with a larger, touch-sensitive surface for inputting numbers and characters. The onboard monitor takes the form of an 8.8-inch display with new, extremely slim-looking geometry.

The controls arranged below the Control Display have also benefited from detailed refinements. Both the air vents and the controls for the radio / automatic air conditioning now feature high-quality chrome surrounds. The radio and automatic air conditioning keypads, meanwhile, are set against high-gloss black panelling. If the optional two-zone automatic air conditioning is specified, the display is white in daytime mode and orange in night mode.

Equipment and BMW Lines: Greater individuality in the premium compact segment

The new edition of the BMW 1-Series promises to bring an extra dose of BMW-style driving pleasure to the premium compact segment - and the standard and optional equipment on offer for the new car is most definitely up to the task. All the new BMW 1-Series models welcome further enhancements to their standard specification. An array of high-quality options, some of which were originally developed for cars in higher segments and which underline the premium character of the BMW 1-Series, can be ordered to take comfort and functionality to a new level. Additions have also been made to the number of equipment variants customers can choose from, enabling very precise individualisation. For example, the Advantage, Sport Line, Urban Line and M Sport packages, which have been added to the range of options as alternatives to standard specification, offer extremely attractive configurations of specific design and equipment features, with further upgrades introduced for many details.

The generous spread of standard equipment fitted to all new BMW 1-Series models includes not only remote control central locking, keyless engine ignition, electric window controls, electrically heated exterior mirrors and the Driving Experience Control switch, but now also automatic air conditioning, a leather steering wheel adjustable for height and reach, a rain sensor including automatic driving lights control, a front passenger airbag that can be deactivated and the BMW Radio Professional including CD player, six loudspeakers and an AUX-In socket. The iDrive operating system - with its high-resolution 6.5-inch colour display, a Controller on the centre console, direct menu control buttons and favourites buttons - is also part of standard equipment. The now standard sport displays showing current engine output and torque figures can now be superimposed on the Control Display. The instrument cluster now features as standard a real-time fuel consumption display positioned in the lower section of the circular rev counter dial. The Advantage package adds multifunction buttons for the steering wheel, a telephone hands-free facility with USB interface, foglamps, cruise control with braking function, Park Distance Control with rear sensors, a sliding armrest between the driver's and front passenger seat, a storage package and velours floor mats to the range of standard equipment.

Modernity and dynamics, just the way you want them: the Urban Line, Sport Line and M Sport packages

All the equipment features of the Advantage package are also included in the three other Lines, which sharply accentuate either the progressive and modern or the ambitiously sporting character of the new BMW 1-Series. The Sport Line adds either 16- or 17-inch (depending on the model variant) lightalloy wheels in star-spoke design, door sill plates with "BMW Sport" lettering, black chrome embellishers for the exhaust system's tailpipes, plus specially designed bars for the BMW kidney grille. The accent strips for the outer air intakes, the accent bar for the central air intake and the trim strip in the rear bumper are also in high-gloss black. The exclusive design of the interior includes sports seats with special covers in the new Corner cloth variant, knee pads on the driver's side of the centre console, a sports leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching, high-gloss black interior trim strips with accent strips in Coral Red or Silver, the light package and displays with chrono scales in the instrument cluster. The car key for Sport Line models has a red decorative strip.

The bespoke design features for the Urban Line at the front and rear of the car now come in Oxide Silver and team up with a high-gloss black accent bar for the central air intake. Added to which, depending on engine variant, this equipment line also comes with 16- or 17-inch light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design, cloth/leather seats in the new Path variant and in Silver/Black or Silver/Pearl Grey, a sports leather steering wheel, a lighting package with switchable orange/blue ambient lighting and a Pearl Gloss Chrome decorative strip for the car key. The interior trim strips for the Urban Line can be specified in black acrylic glass or white acrylic glass with textured surfacing and both have an accent strip in matt Oxide Silver. The M Sport package contains striking design features and a host of equipment details designed to promote agile handling and an active driving style - and thus provides the perfect platform for full-blooded driving pleasure in the new BMW 1-Series. M Sport suspension including a 10-millimetrelower ride height and 17-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design (optionally available in 18-inch format) is foremost in bringing additional sharpness to the car's dynamics. A passion for racing is what the newly designed M aerodynamic package is all about, with its bigger air intakes in the front end, eye-catching side skirts and a diffuser insert for the rear apron, plus BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, a specially designed BMW kidney grille and a chrome tailpipe embellisher. The interior of the M Sport model also has its own distinct identity. Appointments include door sill plates bearing the M logo, sports seats for the driver and front passenger with Hexagon cloth/Alcantara upholstery and in exclusive M design, an M leather steering wheel, a knee pad in the driver's footwell, an M driver's footrest, an anthracite-coloured BMW Individual roof liner, a lighting package with switchable orange/white ambient lighting, an M gearshift lever or selector lever gaiter and a fulled leather handbrake grip. Also available are Aluminium Hexagon interior trim strips with an accent strip in Estoril Blue or high-gloss black, displays with chrono scales for the instrument cluster and a car key with blue decorative strip.

BMW M135i: the elite sports performer with distinctive design features and model-specific equipment items

The BMW M135i occupies a stand-out position in the new BMW 1-Series model range, one which also underlines its position as the leading sports performer in the premium compact segment. It is fitted as standard with twozone automatic air conditioning and a sliding front armrest, as well as numerous model-specific design and equipment features relating to the powertrain, chassis, aerodynamics and cockpit. Together they form an overall package assembled with typical M precision to deliver an ultra-sporty and emotionally rich driving experience. One piece in the jigsaw is a special version of the M aerodynamic package, which can be identified by features including extremely large outer air intakes in the front apron. These occupy the space normally reserved for foglamps on all other new BMW 1-Series models. The exterior mirror caps are in the typical BMW M Performance Automobile paint finish Ferric Grey. The rear apron of the BMW M135i comes with a distinctively styled diffuser in a Dark Shadow metallic paint finish and surrounds for the exhaust system's twin tailpipes.

Sporting black chrome tailpipe embellishers and delivering a resonant soundtrack, the exhaust system of the BMW M135i hints both visually and acoustically at the power developed by the six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet. In addition to the model-specific M Sport suspension and 18-inch double-spoke M light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey with mixed tyres, the variable sports steering, M Sport braking system and shorter gearshift travel for the standard six-speed manual gearbox have been adapted precisely to the powertrain's performance profile. The aim here is to give the car agile handling characteristics which can also be harnessed extremely deftly when dynamic driving is the order of the day. The specially developed high-grip tyres (225/40 R18 format for the front wheels, 245/35 R18 at the rear) optimise the transfer of acceleration and braking forces to the road.

Among the features helping to bring a sports car feel to the interior of the BMW M135i are door sill plates with "M135i" lettering, an M leather steering wheel, sports seats and interior trim strips with an M-specific design, the M gearshift lever or selector lever gaiter, the fulled leather handbrake lever grip, the anthracite-coloured BMW Individual roof liner, the knee pad in the driver's footwell, the M driver's footrest and the lighting package. "M135i" lettering in the instrument cluster display provides an additional, exclusive accent.

Flexible-use interior, premium options

All the new BMW 1-Series models offer high levels of flexibility in terms of how the interior can be used. The 5-door BMW 1-Series comes with five seats as standard, while the sporting character of the 3-door version is accentuated by the two-seat rear bench with an oddments tray in the centre. A rear seat bench with space for three passengers can also be ordered for this model as a no-cost option. Regardless of the number of doors and seats specified, all new BMW 1-Series models are optionally available with a 40 : 20 : 40 split rear seat backrest. Folding one or more of the sections allows boot capacity to be increased in stages from 360 to 1,200 litres.

The options list for the new BMW 1-Series contains a large number of highquality items designed to meet individual requirements in the areas of comfort, functionality and entertainment. The range includes electrically adjustable and heated seats for the driver and front passenger, two-zone automatic air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, Comfort Access, automatically dimming exterior and rear-view mirrors, an electrically operated glass roof and a trailer coupling with removable hitch ball and increased trailer load of up to 1,500 kilos. Providing an outstanding audio experience while on the road, meanwhile, are a Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receiver and the Online Entertainment option from BMW ConnectedDrive, as well as the Harman Kardon Hi-Fi system, complete with 12 loudspeakers and a digital amplifier with 360-watt output.

Comprehensive safety equipment, including a Tyre Pressure Indicator

The outstanding occupant protection offered by the BMW 1-Series has been confirmed by, among other things, a maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing. Precisely defined load paths, generously sized deformation zones and an extremely strong passenger cell lay the groundwork for exemplary crash performance in various types of collision. Safety features laid on as standard include front and side airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows of seats. All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts, while the front seats also have belt tensioners and belt force limiters, and ISOFIX child seat attachments are provided in the rear.

Available as an option are run-flat tyres which even allow customers to continue driving - and therefore reach a garage - in the event of a complete loss of pressure. A new addition to the standard equipment of the new BMW 1-Series model range is a Tyre Pressure Indicator showing each individual wheel. The driver can view information on the air pressure of each tyre - recorded by sensors on the wheels - on the built-in monitor.

BMW EfficientDynamics in the new BMW 1-Series line-up: Riding a fresh wave of power to break new ground in efficiency

The introduction of three- and four-cylinder units from the BMW Group's new engine family and far-reaching expansion of the standard-fitted BMW EfficientDynamics technology secures the new BMW 1-Series top spot in the premium compact segment once again when it comes to efficiency. The additions to the engine line-up bring reductions in fuel consumption of up to 12 percent (depending on the model) and at the same time provide sharper sporting responses on power delivery. The newcomers represent the latest evidence of the BMW Group's outstanding engine development expertise and an innovative contribution to further increasing the amount of hallmark BMW driving pleasure available to BMW 1-Series owners.

Five petrol and five diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology are available for the new BMW 1-Series and all engines meet the EU6 exhaust standard. Setting the pace in terms of sports performance is the BMW M135i M Performance Automobile, powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine now producing 240 kW/326 hp - up 5 kW on its predecessor. Leading the way in the efficiency stakes, meanwhile, is the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, which combines its peak output of 85 kW/16 hp with fuel consumption of 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres (83.1 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 89 grams per kilometre in the EU test cycle. A unique feature in the compact segment alongside the optional eight-speed Steptronic transmission - a new, efficiency-optimised version of which has been developed to team up with the latest-generation engines - is the BMW 1-Series' characteristic rear-wheel drive. Customers can also specify the intelligent all-wheel-drive system, BMW xDrive, for the BMW M135i, BMW 120d and BMW 118d.

New generation of engines sets new standards in efficiency

The latest BMW EfficientDynamics technology is once again celebrating its premiere in BMW's compact models. Like the three-cylinder petrol engine powering the BMW 116i, the engines fitted in all the diesel models are sourced from the BMW Group's new engine family. Their further enhanced efficiency is rooted in shared elements of their design, including the use of aluminium for the crankcase and cylinder head, a forged steel crankshaft with integrated balancer shaft drive, the configuration of the intake and exhaust components and of the ancillary systems, a map-controlled oil pump and a longitudinal positioning in the engine compartment. Other features in common are the coating of the cylinder walls, low-weight pistons, forged connecting rods, their cylinder spacing and the volume per cylinder of 500 cc - very close to the thermodynamic bull's-eye.

In all the petrol engines, the suite of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology includes not only a turbocharger system and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, but also VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and variable adjustment of the intake and exhaust camshaft (Double-VANOS). This package of technology gives the engines outstanding responsiveness and power development, as well as excellent efficiency and exhaust gas quality.

Petrol engines with three, four and six cylinders

The new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine also stands out with its emotionally rich soundtrack and impressive smoothness. In terms of vibration control, it has much in common with a six-cylinder in-line engine, primarily due to their shared absence of first- and second-order inertial forces. The threecylinder unit also features a turbocharger integrated into the exhaust gas manifold, as well as latest-generation injection and VALVETRONIC systems. In the new BMW 116i it generates a maximum output of 80 kW/109 hp and peak torque of 180 Newton metres (133 lb-ft), sufficient for 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in 10.9 seconds. The handing over of the baton from one engine generation to the next also ensures a considerable reduction in fuel consumption - now 5.4 - 5.0 litres per 100 kilometres (52.3 - 56.5 mpg imp) - and CO2 emissions, which come in at 126 - 116 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The BMW 118i and BMW 120i are powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine developing 100 kW/136 hp and 130 kW/177 hp respectively. The new BMW 118i generates maximum torque of 220 Newton metres (162 lb-ft), while the new BMW 120i develops 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft). The new BMW 118i hits 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in 8.5 (automatic: 8.7) seconds, and its average fuel consumption comes in at 5.7 - 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres (49.6 - 52.3 mpg imp). CO2 emissions are 133 - 125 grams (automatic: 5.9 - 5.6 l/100 km [47.9 - 50.4 mpg imp], 137 - 129 g/km). The new BMW 120i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.4 (automatic: 7.2) seconds. It has average fuel consumption of 6.0 - 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres (47.1 - 49.6 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 139 - 132 grams per kilometre (automatic: 5.9 - 5.6 l/100 km [47.9 - 50.4 mpg imp], 137 - 129 g/km; figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The four-cylinder engine in the new BMW 125i develops maximum output of 160 kW/218 hp and peak torque of 310 Newton metres (229 lb-ft) from its 2.0-litre displacement. The new BMW 125i reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in 6.4 (automatic: 6.2) seconds. Its average fuel consumption comes in at 6.7 - 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres (42.2 - 42.8 mpg imp), with CO2 emissions recorded at 157 - 154 grams per kilometre (automatic: 6.5 - 6.3 l/100 km [43.5 - 44.8 mpg imp], 151 - 148 g/km; figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified). The new BMW M135i is in a league of its own in terms of sporting talent. The increased output of 240 kW/326 hp and peak torque of 450 Newton metres (332 lb-ft) generated by its straight-six engine propel the BMW M Performance Automobile from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.1 (automatic: 4.9) seconds. Average fuel consumption is 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres (35.3 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 188 grams per kilometre (automatic: 7.5 l/100 km [37.7 mpg imp], 175 g/km; figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The changing of the guard: five new diesel engines in the BMW 1-Series model range

The new BMW 1-Series model range has been given an almost totally updated line-up of diesel engines. Both the new-generation three-cylinder and latest four-cylinder engines are based on the same efficiency-optimised underlying concept and boast new turbocharging technology and further developed common rail direct injection systems. Variable turbine geometry and turbocharger shaft guidance which, depending on the engine variant, involves a slide bearing or roller bearing, optimise the engines' responses, while new solenoid valve injectors generating injection pressure of up to 2,500 bar increase the precision of the fuel metering process. Furthermore, advances have been made with the new diesel engines in terms of acoustic comfort as well as thermodynamics, power development and efficiency.

The output spectrum of the diesel engines has been expanded and now ranges from 85 kW/116 hp to a new peak of 165 kW/224 hp. Reductions in fuel consumption of up to 12 percent have been achieved (depending on the model variant). All the diesel models in the new BMW 1-Series line-up have CO2 emissions of under 120 grams per kilometre.

The 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine under the bonnet of the new BMW 116d generates maximum output of 85 kW/116 hp and 270 Newton metres (199 lb-ft) of torque - up 10 Nm (7 lb-ft) on its predecessor. The new BMW 116d takes 10.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), both with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and with the optional eightspeed Steptronic transmission. The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the new BMW 116d are 4.1 - 3.7 litres per 100 kilometres [68.9 - 76.4 mpg imp] (automatic: 4.1 - 3.6 [68.9 - 78.5 mpg imp]) and 107 - 97 (107 - 96) grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The new BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition takes to the stage with further reductions in fuel consumption and emissions up its sleeve. This variant uses features such as a switchable coolant pump and specific combustion chamber pressure control for its likewise 85 kW/116 hp three-cylinder diesel engine to set a new efficiency benchmark for the whole of the BMW model range. The new BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.4 seconds and posts average fuel consumption of 3.8 - 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres (74.3 - 83.1 mpg imp). CO2 emissions are 101 - 89 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The new four-cylinder diesel engine for the BMW 1-Series is offered at three output levels. The 2.0-litre units have overhead valves and overhead camshafts and differ from one another primarily on account of their turbocharging technology. In the new BMW 118d the power unit develops maximum output of 110 kW/150 hp and peak torque of 320 Newton metres (236 lb-ft), enabling acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.3 (automatic: 8.1) seconds. Its average fuel consumption stands at 4.3 - 4.0 litres per 100 kilometres [65.7 - 70.6 mpg imp] (automatic: 4.2 - 3.8 litres [67.3 - 74.3 mpg imp]), while CO2 emissions are 114 - 104 (110 - 99) grams per kilometre.

The 140 kW/190 hp version of the new four-cylinder diesel unit serves up peak torque of 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft) and whisks the new BMW 120d from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.1 (automatic: 7.0) seconds. The sporting instincts of this model variant combine with average fuel consumption of 4.5 - 4.1 litres [62.8 - 68.9 mpg imp] (automatic: 4.3 - 3.9 litres [65.7 - 72.4 mpg imp]) per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 118 - 108 (114 - 103) grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The most powerful four-cylinder diesel engine gets to work in the new BMW 125d. It features multi-stage turbocharging with variable turbine geometry for the high-pressure charger, making for instantaneous responses at the slightest touch of the accelerator along with an impressive power curve across a broad rev range. Ensuring particularly precise fuel metering is the new version of common rail direct injection which operates at 2,500 bar. Output of 165 kW/224 hp and peak torque of 450 Newton metres (332 lb-ft) propel the 125d - which is fitted as standard with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission - from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds. Its performance is also class-leading in terms of average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The key figures here are 4.6 -4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (62.8 - 65.7 mpg imp) and 121 to 114 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

Enhanced driving pleasure and efficiency: manual gearbox has a gear sensor, eight-speed Steptronic transmission links up with the navigation system

As well as the new BMW 125d, the two BMW 120d xDrive and BMW M135i xDrive all-wheel-drive models also line up as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission or eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission. All other variants of the new BMW 1-Series are fitted with a sixspeed manual gearbox, which offers engagement speed control in conjunction with all the new-generation engines. This function uses a gear selection sensor to match the engine rpm to the transmission input shaft speed, resulting in the smoothest possible gear changes.

With the exception of the BMW 116i, BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition and BMW 118d xDrive, the variants fitted as standard with a manual gearbox can also be ordered - uniquely in the compact segment - with the eightspeed Steptronic transmission as an option. An updated version of the automatic transmission links up with the new engines. Further improved internal efficiency, longer gear ratios, optimised transmission management and a vibration damper make it a champion of both efficiency and sports performance, driving comfort and pleasing acoustics. Among the functional highlights of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission is a predictive shift strategy, which works in conjunction with the car's navigation system - even when route guidance is not active - to ensure that gear changes are timed precisely according to the driving situation at hand. Based on navigation data, the gearbox identifies and takes into account an approaching corner, intersection, roundabout or motorway slip road. If the vehicle is approaching an intersection or a bend, for example, it changes down early to the most appropriate gear, making optimum use of the engine braking effect. The gearbox then shifts to the optimal gear to accelerate dynamically out of the corner. Furthermore, interaction with the navigation system allows unnecessary gear changes between two successive corners to be avoided.

The eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission available as an option for the BMW 125i, BMW M135i, BMW 120d, BMW 120d xDrive and BMW 125d models (standard on the BMW M135i xDrive) stands out with its lightning-fast gear changes. It also comes with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function.

Further expanded range of BMW EfficientDynamics technology

Another contributor to what are in some cases significant reductions in fuel consumption and emissions is the further expanded range of BMW EfficientDynamics features. As well as Brake Energy Regeneration, the need-based operation of ancillary components, Electric Power Steering, the Optimum Gearshift Indicator and the Auto Start Stop function (also available in conjunction with an automatic transmission), standard equipment for the new BMW 1-Series model range also includes ECO PRO mode, which can be activated using the standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch. On all cars specified with an automatic transmission - with the exception of the BMW 118i and the BMW 120i - ECO PRO mode now also offers a coasting function. When the accelerator is released at speeds between 50 and 160 km/h (approx. 30 - 100 mph) the engine is decoupled from the rest of the drivetrain. Vehicles with the Navigation system Professional also come with a Proactive Driving Assistant function, which tells the driver when to lift off the throttle ahead of corners, turn-offs, roundabouts and speed limits, for example. Intelligent teamwork also allows it to influence the responses of the coasting function when using the engine braking effect would help to increase efficiency in such situations.

The new BMW 1-Series models also impress with their improved aerodynamics. At the front of the car, airflow is optimised by features including the newly designed front apron and an updated sealing concept for the transition between the headlights and bonnet. The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition also comes with active air flap control and specially designed kidney grille bars which, with their slightly angled slant, minimise the amount of air that can flow into the engine compartment - beyond what is needed for cooling purposes. With these measures in place, the new BMW 1-Series models have a lower drag coefficient (Cd) than that of their predecessors. The Cd of the new BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, for example, has been reduced to 0.29.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the new BMW 1-Series model range: Intelligent connectivity equals boundless driving enjoyment

Intelligent connectivity delivers a clear increase in daily driving pleasure - not only in luxury sedans, but also in compact-segment models. Here, the new BMW 1-Series again benefits from the development expertise of the world's leading manufacturer of premium cars and offers customers a high-quality and richly varied selection of driver assistance systems and mobility services. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features now includes additional options that optimise convenience, safety and the use of infotainment functions.

Standard equipment for the new BMW 1-Series includes a SIM card embedded in the car, as a mobile phone connection is required to make use of the likewise standard Intelligent Emergency Call and BMW TeleServices functions, as well as the optional internet-based services. These cover ConnectedDrive Services including the BMW Online internet portal, as well as the Concierge Services personal information service, Remote Services and Real Time Traffic information. These functions are now also available in conjunction with the Navigation system Business. In addition, the spectrum of services customers can integrate into their cars retrospectively via apps has been expanded. All functions are safe, convenient and intuitive to use thanks to the BMW iDrive operating system, now also standard.

Apps and the BMW ConnectedDrive Store bring extra variety to the range of infotainment options

Apps take a wide variety of routes when it comes to using internet-based services to open up new avenues in information, communication and entertainment. Drivers can integrate app functions into their car via the embedded SIM card or a smartphone. A one-off registration gives customers access to the BMW ConnectedDrive Store, which they can use to adapt the available services to their individual needs - there and then or at a later stage. Extra options can be added at any time - even while on the move - via the SIM card. The selected functions are made available for use in the car just a few minutes later.

The constantly expanding selection of car and smartphone apps includes web radio functions, the use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and entertainment features. The Online Entertainment option from BMW ConnectedDrive opens up a richly varied range of entertainment possibilities. It uses an internet connection established via the integrated SIM card to open up access to 22 million titles across various genres.

Always on the right course with online navigation data updates

As well as the online-based Real Time Traffic information, the new version of the Navigation system Professional now also available for the BMW 1-Series offers an innovative solution for updating maps. The new navigation data is transferred into the car "over the air" using a mobile phone connection established by the SIM card - without having to take a long diversion via external data storage devices and manual installation. The result is another step up in the convenience and reliability of route guidance. The system updates its navigation data several times a year, whenever a new version of a map becomes available, and users do not incur licence fees or transfer costs.

The onboard monitor for the Navigation system Professional and the Navigation system Business takes the form of a high-res 8.8-inch or 6.5-inch colour display respectively, each with a classy, slim surround. The Navigation system Professional is now available with a Touch Controller to enter destinations and control numerous other functions.

New Parking Assistant: taking the stress out of parallel or transverse parking

The updated version of the Parking Assistant is now available as an option for the new BMW 1-Series. It now features 12 rather than the previous 10 sensors and helps the driver to select and use parking spaces lying not only parallel but now also transversely to the road. The system identifies suitable parking options as the car drives past, registering as usable spaces which are more than 80 centimetres longer than the car and at least 2.50 metres wide. A space suitable for automatic parallel parking can be flanked by two vehicles or obstacles such as planters or waste bins. The new version of the Parking Assistant can also be used for parallel parking if there is a vehicle or another obstacle solely in front of the selected space.

The driver can hand over the task of parking to the system by pressing a button or, having selected reverse gear, by pressing the iDrive Controller. The system will then carry out the requisite steering movements to reverse the car either parallel or at a right angle into the space.

The range of features has also been extended for Park Distance Control (PDC). The PDC sensors can now be optionally specified solely for the rear or both for the rear and the front of the vehicle. A new feature is the automatic activation of PDC at the front when the car is moving forward slowly. At speeds below 4 km/h (2.5 mph) the system automatically starts as soon as the sensors integrated in the front apron detect an obstacle less than a metre away. It means the driver also receives immediate assistance by way of acoustic and visual signals when driving forwards into a parking space.

Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function

Another new addition to the range of driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive available for the BMW 1-Series is the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. This radar-based - and therefore particularly effective - system builds on the likewise optional cruise control with braking function, adding an automatic distance control function which allows the driver to cruise comfortably in free-flowing traffic on motorways and main roads and ensures that a suitable following distance for the situation at hand is maintained in slow-moving traffic.

The desired distance to the vehicle in front can be selected in four stages. If the car breaches the pre-set distance, the system adapts its speed to suit the traffic conditions by intervening in the engine management and building up brake pressure. As soon as the lane ahead is free again, the car's speed is restored to the desired value originally entered. This can be anywhere between 30 and 210 km/h (19 - 130 mph). In stop-start traffic, for example, the driver is relieved of the task of having to brake regularly. If the car comes to a halt for longer than three seconds, the driver can give the command to continue by accelerating briefly or pressing the "Resume" button on the steering wheel. The still active cruise control and distance control functions then become available once again.

The selection of driver assistance systems available for the new BMW 1-Series also includes a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info including No Passing Info display and the Driving Assistant. The latter comprises the camera-based Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning systems as well as the Attention Assistant feature. The Lane Departure Warning system can be used at speeds over 70 km/h (43 mph) and sends out an alert if the driver drifts out of lane unintentionally. At speeds upwards of 15 km/h (9 mph), the Collision Warning system flags up an insufficient distance to the vehicle in front. As well as triggering visual and acoustic warnings in this type of situation, the system primes the brakes to help the driver achieve the shortest possible stopping distance if he or she has to intervene.

2015 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

2015 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe
A combination of intoxicating sports performance, majestic ride comfort, a luxurious interior ambience and innovative equipment features marks out the members of the BMW 6-Series model range. The new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe meet the highest expectations of a sporting luxury car in terms of driving dynamics, comfort, advanced technology and imposing elegance. Eyecatching accents and pinpoint refinements highlight the aesthetics of their body design and the exclusive flair of their interiors. The introduction of the Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence equipment lines, meanwhile, gives customers attractive options when it comes to injecting these extraordinary cars with an even sportier or more luxurious aura.

A sporty driving experience lies at the heart of everything the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe stand for. The performance capability of their engines, which boast cutting-edge BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is further accentuated by the sports exhaust system now fitted as standard on all petrol variants. Evidence of the enormous dynamic potential offered by the BMW 6-Series model range comes in the form of the high-performance sports cars it has spawned: the BMW M6 Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.3 l/100 km [27.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km), BMW M6 Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 232 g/km) and BMW M6 Gran Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 232 g/km). Highlights including a 412 kW/560 hp V8 engine and bespoke suspension technology imbue this impressive triumvirate with track-specification performance attributes.

Sports performance and luxury - a combination rich in tradition

The new BMW 6-Series model range follows in a BMW tradition of legendary dream cars which now stretches back more than 75 years. Presented in 1937, the BMW 327 Sports Coupe was the most exclusive model in the company's line-up at the time. Then came the BMW 503 Coupe and BMW 507 Roadster, which were powered by the car world's first aluminium eightcylinder engine and continue to enthral as 1950s style icons to this day. And later on, the BMW 2800 CS of 1968 pulled back the curtain on an era of luxury cars which took a whole new approach to combining sports performance and luxury. The BMW 3.0 CS, BMW 3.0 CSi and BMW 3.0 CSL followed in the tyre tracks of the 2800 CS in the years up to 1973. Designed for action in motor sport, these three models enjoyed several years of dominance on the racing stage. On the road, meanwhile, they represented a beacon of style and an expression of joy in superior performance.

Since 1976 these unmistakable characteristics have been grouped together in the BMW line-up under the model designation "6". The first-generation BMW 6-Series shone not only with its outstanding driving dynamics, but also its state-of-the-art comfort and safety technology. Its successor, unveiled in 2003, radiated a thoroughly progressive air, its dynamic appearance complemented by a wealth of innovations. The new variants added to the 6-Series line-up also broke new ground - and fundamentally enriched the driving experience on offer in the luxury class. The debut of the BMW 6-Series Convertible in 2004 saw driving pleasure in an exclusive sports car and the joy of advanced technology married with open-top enjoyment for the first time. And the world's sportiest six-cylinder diesel engine, introduced in the BMW 635d Coupe and BMW 635d Convertible in 2007, added another alluring facet to the driving pleasure offered by cars in this segment: impressive pulling power and exceptional efficiency were its hallmark qualities.

One model series, three different characters

The latest generation of the BMW 6-Series takes the dynamics, aesthetics, luxury and innovation offered by the model series to new heights. Moreover, the expansion of the range to span three body variants has ensured that driving pleasure in a luxury BMW can be experienced in an even wider variety of ways. The BMW 6-Series Convertible, BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe provide customers with a choice of three distinctive characters, the introduction of the brand's first ever four-door Coupe giving the BMW 6-Series' popularity fresh momentum. Almost one in two newly registered BMW 6-Series cars is now a Gran Coupe. Worldwide, nigh-on 80,000 units of the current-generation BMW 6-Series have been sold in total since the market launch of the Convertible in March 2011.

The new BMW 6-Series Convertible is all about exclusive open-top driving enjoyment, comprising majestic ride comfort and richly engaging performance attributes in equal measure. A major element of the four-seater's extrovert charisma is the transition between the body and the interior, which has been designed to evoke the character of a boat deck - as is typical of BMW Convertibles - when the roof is down. The sophisticated fabric soft-top of the 6-Series Convertible stands out with its unique "fin" architecture, complete with a glass rear window that opens separately, and offers unrestricted all-season usability and unrivalled acoustic comfort.

The new BMW 6-Series Coupe embodies the classical character of an exclusive sports car. Its two-door body exudes an athletic and elegant aesthetic while its modern interior ambience is designed to immerse four people in a dynamic driving experience. The latest round of design and powertrain upgrades lends extra potency to the two-door model's muscular appearance and sporting potential.

The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe conjures up a new balance of dynamic excellence, elegance and luxury. The latest addition to the BMW 6-Series range blends the sports performance and aesthetics of a coupe with the extended functionality of a four-door car. Its distinctive proportions and longer wheelbase accentuate the exterior's irresistible radiance. The interior of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe delivers luxurious long-distance comfort for the driver and passengers in four full-size seats and offers a third seat in the rear that is suitable for shorter journeys. Detail refinements showcase both the elegance of the body design and the exclusive ambience of the interior.

The design: A harmony of sporting presence and exclusive elegance

The balance between sporting dynamics and majestic ride comfort which defines the character of the BMW 6-Series is reflected in a body design exuding athleticism, power and elegance. Hallmark BMW proportions, precise lines and fluently moulded surfaces come together in an unmistakable design language that serves as a signature feature of the BMW 6-Series as a whole and is adapted to suit the Convertible, Coupe and Gran Coupe respectively.

An array of awards based on both public surveys and the assessments of expert judges bear testament to the appeal of the design developed for the BMW 6-Series model range. The BMW 6-Series Convertible, BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe all won the renowned red dot award for outstanding product design at the first time of asking. The two-door models have also been recognised with the international Good Design Award and the iF product design award presented by the International Forum Design, while the BMW 6-Series Convertible has claimed the German Design Award. Meanwhile, in the Automotive Brand Contest - an international brand and design competition initiated by the German Design Council - the BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe topped the exterior design category two years in succession. In readers' polls conducted by German motoring magazine auto, motor und sport, the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe first claimed the "Autonis" award for the "Best new design of the year" and subsequently won the luxury category in the vote for "Best car of the year".

More powerful, sportier, sharper: BMW kidney grille and front apron

All the models in the new BMW 6-Series line-up stand out with an adeptly modified design that exudes powerful sports performance and, at the same time, emphasises the exclusive elegance of these luxury cars. The BMW kidney grille - standing prominently in the centre of the front end, as ever - is now even more eye-catching. The number of bars in the kidney grille has been reduced from 10 to nine, and the larger openings are an indication of the amount of cooling air required by the powerful engines. The new contours of the kidney grille bars (in aluminium matt on the eight-cylinder variants and black on the remaining models) underline the forward-surging stance of the radiator grille element. The new front apron, whose lower air intake is now a single stylistic unit and therefore comes across as ultra-wide, radiates sports performance and solidity. The front foglamps, which are positioned at the far outer edges of the front end, consist of three adjacent LED units and now feature a decorative surround. This trim element is chrome on the new BMW 6-Series Convertible and comes in high-gloss black for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

The full-LED headlights fitted as standard on all the models in the new BMW 6-Series line-up include a newly developed and extremely sophisticated design for the light sources. This has brought about a new interpretation of the signature BMW look created by the twin circular headlights. The low beam light is emitted from the two upper reflectors, the main beam light from the two lower reflectors. The indicators are now integrated into the accent strip cutting across the top of the headlight units.

Side view: aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, newly designed model badge for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

Like the modified design of the front apron, newly styled exterior mirrors also contribute to the optimised aerodynamics of the models in the new BMW 6-Series, while the side indicators are now integrated into the exterior mirrors in the form of slim horizontal light strips.

The standalone proportions of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe and the exclusive elegance of its lines are emphasised even more clearly by a new design for the side window surrounds at the trailing edge of the rear doors. There, a graphic element bearing "Gran Coupe" lettering guides the eye to the "counter-swing" at the foot of the C-pillar (known as the Hofmeister kink). On the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe this element is made from black painted aluminium and bears raised, embossed lettering.

Rear apron strongly emphasises the cars' width

On all models in the BMW 6-Series, flared wheel arches and a rear-end structure visually stretched by horizontal lines provide a vivid stylistic showcase for the cars' wide track and resultant surefooted handling. This effect is further enhanced by a chrome strip in the bumper trim. The rear apron of the six-cylinder models also features larger surrounds for the exhaust system's tailpipe embellishers, whose diameter has been increased from 80 to 90 millimetres.

Elsewhere, a newly designed 20-inch multi-spoke variant has been added to the selection of optional light-alloy wheels. And the range of exterior paintwork finishes includes the new colour shades Jatoba metallic, Cashmere Silver metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Mediterranean Blue metallic and Melbourne Red metallic.

Luxurious interior ambience, newly designed surfaces, optional bicolour leather trim

The signature interior design for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is dominated by the driver-focused cockpit, a front passenger area enveloped by elegantly sweeping surfaces and a seamless connection between the front seats and rear compartment - all of which makes it a recipe for exclusive comfort in a stylishly luxurious ambience.

In the new BMW 6-Series models, the high-gloss black surfaces of the centre console around the control units for the audio system and air conditioning form a harmonious and elegant unit with the black-panel displays of the standard-fitted automatic climate control. The slim, precise chrome surround of the iDrive operating system's freestanding Control Display and the frameless design of its glass cover create a particularly contemporary and sophisticated feel. And the use of LED units for the illumination of the footwells, door exits and glove compartment provides an extremely even distribution of light.

As an alternative to the standard Dakota leather trim, customers can specify Exclusive Nappa leather with extended features, which is now also available for the new BMW 6-Series models in the bi-colour variants Ivory White/Black and Cognac/Black. Fineline Brown fine-wood trim has been added to the selection of optional interior trim strips.

Equipment, Design Pure Experience, Design Pure Excellence, M Sport package and BMW Individual: Bespoke luxury, aesthetics and driving pleasure

The new BMW 6-Series generates an intense form of driving pleasure regardless of the body variant specified and the engine fitted. It also boasts a beguilingly exclusive edge thanks to its luxurious interior ambience, extensive spread of standard equipment and high-quality options. As well as the eightspeed Steptronic sport transmission and LED headlights, all models are fitted as standard with the ConnectedDrive navigation package, Dakota leather trim, heated and electrically adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger (including memory function), two-zone automatic climate control with extended features, an electrically adjustable sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, cruise control with braking function, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, the Professional radio, a hi-fi loudspeaker system and a hands-free facility with USB audio interface.

The standard lightweight integral seats for the driver and front passenger come with an integrated belt system, whose optimised retraction mechanism uses electric assistance to enhance comfort. Customers can order their car with sports or comfort seats as an option for the driver and front passenger. The comfort seats are also available with the "active" function and active seat ventilation. Exclusive Nappa leather with extended features can be specified as an alternative to standard leather trim. Both the leather variants earmarked for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible are treated with SunReflective technology, which reduces the degree to which the surfaces are heated by the sun's rays. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe can also be ordered with heated rear seats.

Premiere for Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence. Two equipment lines pave the way for targeted personalisation in the configuration of the new BMW 6-Series models. The Design Pure Experience line highlights the car's sporting aura through the specification of a BMW kidney grille with high-gloss black bars, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, likewise high-gloss black tailpipe embellishers for the exhaust system and 19-inch bi-colour light-alloy wheels in exclusive starspoke design. The interior sees Nappa leather trim in the new bi-colour variant Cognac/Black sharing the limelight with interior trim strips in Fineline Brown fine wood.

The Design Pure Excellence option accentuates the exclusive appearance of the new BMW 6-Series model range with the addition of 19-inch light-alloy wheels and luxurious interior appointments. These include the newly designed Nappa leather trim in Ivory White/Black, a leather-covered instrument panel with contrast stitching, ceramic applications for the controls and interior trim strips in Poplar Grain Grey fine wood. In addition, both equipment lines include metallic paintwork and optional ambient lightning complete with illuminated door sill finishers.

Supreme dynamics and exclusivity: M Sport package and BMW Individual features

An M Sport package can be specified for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and the new BMW Series Gran Coupe to further optimise their dynamic aura and performance attributes. The Sport package - configured to suit the individual model - includes features such as an M aerodynamic package (with specific body components for the front end, side skirts and rear apron), BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, tailpipe embellishers in dark chrome, black painted brake callipers and 19-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design are also available. M Carbon Black metallic paintwork can be specified exclusively in conjunction with the M Sport package. Meanwhile, additions including sports seats in M-specific Alcantara/Nappa leather trim with blue contrast stitching, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim strips, door sill finishers with an M logo and an M driver's footrest ensure the design of the interior fulfils the brief of concentrated driving pleasure. A BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite is also part of the M Sport package for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

The BMW Individual options offered for the new BMW 6-Series models satisfy the desire of customers to maximise exclusivity and infuse the exterior and interior of the car with their personal style. The BMW Individual paintwork finishes, special paintwork finishes and matt paintwork finishes stand out with their exceptional richness and fascinating colour effects. The Frozen Brilliant White matt shade - a new addition to the BMW Individual range - gives the body surfaces the appearance of being covered in an even layer of ice and, in so doing, showcases the muscular contours of the new BMW 6-Series models to particularly enthralling effect. The 20-inch, forged BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design also play their part in achieving a striking appearance.

BMW Individual fine-grain Merino full-leather trim, with carefully selected and meticulously prepared raw materials taking centre stage, helps create an exclusive interior design. The leather used for the seats, door panel trim, centre console, armrests and door pulls has a natural open-pored structure; the soft and breathable surfaces are elegant to the eye and offer excellent comfort. Exquisite materials and meticulous handcraftsmanship are defining features of the interior appointments from BMW Individual. The range also includes a BMW Individual roof liner in Alcantara for the BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, illuminated door sill finishers with BMW Individual lettering, BMW Individual interior trim strips and a BMW Individual wood inlay for the leather steering wheel. More unusual requests from customers can also be met, extending all the way to one-off creations conjured entirely in the BMW Individual Manufactory.

Options for bespoke driving pleasure and comfort

Customers can also dip into the list of high-quality optional extras to further enhance levels of driving pleasure and comfort in the new BMW 6-Series models. These include Comfort Access and the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, a glass tilting sunroof for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, and a draught-stop for the BMW 6-Series Convertible which reduces turbulence when driving with the roof down. A four-zone automatic climate control system is available for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, while electrically operated sunblinds can be ordered for the rear window of the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, and for the rear side windows of the four-door model.

The iDrive operating system's Touch Controller has a touch-sensitive surface for inputting characters. Customers can bring further variety to the range of incar entertainment, not to mention maximise their listening pleasure, by specifying options such as a TV function, a Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receiver, the Harman Kardon HiFi system and the Bang & Olufsen high-end surround-sound system.

The driving experience: Feel the dynamics, savour the poise and assurance

Supreme power development, impressive refinement and exemplary efficiency are attributes shared by all the engines available for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. The range consists of a petrol V8 producing 330 kW/450 hp, a 235 kW/320 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol unit and a straight-six diesel with 230 kW/313 hp. All enjoy the benefits of the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology developed under the BMW EfficientDynamics banner, all meet the EU6 exhaust emissions standard and all link up as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission.

As an alternative to sending their engine power to the rear wheels - as is customary for BMW cars - all new BMW 6-Series model variants can also be specified with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The variable distribution of drive between the front and rear wheels not only optimises traction and directional stability in all weather and road conditions, it also noticeably enhances cornering dynamics and acceleration. BMW xDrive further improves the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) performance of all the 6-Series models. The best figures here are recorded by the eight-cylinder BMW 650i xDrive Coupe and BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, which both complete the sprint in 4.4 seconds.

Standard-fitted sports exhaust system for an emotion-rich sound

The engines powering the new BMW 6-Series models are designed to deliver captivating performance, as a new addition to the range of standard equipment is not afraid to emphasise. The BMW 640i Convertible, BMW 640i Coupe and BMW 640i Gran Coupe are now equipped with a sports exhaust system, which provides an emotionally dramatic soundtrack to their engines' instantaneous and sustained wave of power.

The system features a switchable exhaust valve, whose position can be adjusted using the Driving Experience Control switch. In SPORT and SPORT+ modes, the valve opens to reduce exhaust backpressure and generates a dramatic aural response. The engine management system allows further acoustic optimisations, including dynamic load-reversal damping.

Superior sports performance, optimised efficiency

BMW TwinPower Turbo technology helps the engines to develop their power instantaneously, gives them a vivacious appetite for revs and imbues them with impressive efficiency. The extensive array of BMW EfficientDynamics technology fitted as standard and the cars' optimised aerodynamic properties also contribute to a further reduction in fuel consumption and emissions. For example, the BMW 640i Convertible, BMW 640i Coupe and BMW 640i Gran Coupe - all powered by a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine - each burn 0.2 litres less fuel per 100 kilometres than their direct predecessors. The diesel models achieve a similar reduction in their fuel consumption and emissions. With average economy of 5.5 - 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (54.3 - 51.4 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 147 - 139 grams per kilometre (figures as per the EU test cycle, depending on the tyre format), the new BMW 640d Coupe sets the efficiency benchmark.

The eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission also plays a role in the powertrain's outstanding effectiveness thanks to its excellent internal efficiency, while its impressive fast-shifting ability sharpens the sporting characteristics of the new BMW 6-Series models. As well as gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, the eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission also comes with a Launch Control function, which enables the driver to power away from the line with maximum dynamic force.

Cutting-edge suspension systems enhance dynamics and comfort

State-of-the-art suspension technology honed even more precisely to each individual model strikes a fine balance between dynamic potency and comfort. And customers can specify sophisticated options to complement this technology: Dynamic Damper Control adapts its responses electronically to the situation at hand, and the Adaptive Drive system - which includes active roll stabilisation - further enhances the driving qualities of the new BMW 6-Series models.

In addition to controlling the amount of speed-dependent steering assistance generated and regulating the steering angle of the front wheels, Integral Active Steering also adjusts the steering angle of the rear wheels. This helps to reduce the amount of steering effort required, provides excellent agility in dynamic driving situations, ensures comfortable and assured responses when changing lanes and navigating through corners, and reduces the car's turning circle.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the new BMW 6-Series model range: Intelligent connectivity for the ultimate in driving pleasure

The progressive nature of the BMW 6-Series is also reflected in its diverse range of standard and optional driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive, which are aimed at optimising convenience, safety and the use of infotainment functions. When it comes to the intelligent link-up of the driver, car and outside world, the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe play a stand-out role in their respective market segments.

All new BMW 6-Series models come as standard with the ConnectedDrive navigation package, a hands-free facility with USB interface and a SIM card embedded in the car. The SIM card enables use of the likewise standard Intelligent Emergency Call system and BMW TeleServices, as well as data transfer for other functions, such as ConnectedDrive Services and Real Time Traffic Information for the navigation system.

Important information exactly where you want it: BMW Head-Up Display

One of the highlights of the range of BMW ConnectedDrive driving assistance systems is the BMW Head-Up Display, which projects relevant driving information onto the windscreen using a full spectrum of colour. As well as vehicle speed, 3D graphics also show Check Control messages, navigation information - including lane recommendations, speed limits and overtaking restrictions - and further information supplied by the driver assistance systems in the driver's direct field of view. When required, telephone contact lists and entertainment information can also be displayed.

The multifunction instrument display also contributes to the full-blooded driving pleasure laid on by the new BMW 6-Series. This variant of the cockpit display takes its cues from the mode selected using the Driving Experience Control switch, the graphics and colours of the displays indicating clearly which of the COMFORT, ECO PRO and SPORT settings has been engaged.

Speed Limit Info including No Passing Info display and the Lane Departure Warning system (both options) are also designed to promote assured driving. Meanwhile, the Park Distance Control, rear view camera and Surround View options help to provide a better overview of the area around the car and the road ahead. The BMW Parking Assistant (also optional) helps the driver to identify and drive into parallel parking spaces. Driving enjoyment and safety in darkness are enhanced by the Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Selective Beam (for optimised high beam use) and the BMW Night Vision system with pedestrian and animal recognition.

Driving Assistant Plus uses intelligent connectivity to optimise safety

Among the other innovative technologies on the options list is the Driving Assistant Plus safety package. This camera and radar-based driver assistance system includes the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, the Lane Departure Warning system and a Pedestrian and Collision Warning system with Braking function. This system detects standing vehicles and vehicles travelling ahead and, at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph), also pedestrians who are on a potential collision course with the car. Visual and audible warnings are given if a hazardous situation is detected, and at the same time the brake system is primed in order to reduce the stopping distance. If the driver fails to react to the warning, Driving Assistant Plus automatically brakes the car, if necessary applying maximum deceleration.

ConnectedDrive Services for greater convenience and mobile office functions

An embedded SIM card in the BMW 6-Series models opens up new scope for mobile communications and the use of online services inside the car. Included as standard, ConnectedDrive Services take the levels of convenience and variety offered in the areas of onboard office applications, navigation capability and in-car information to unrivalled heights - thanks to innovative services such as the remote functions and the BMW Online portal. One feature unmatched by the new BMW 6-Series' rivals is the Concierge Service from BMW ConnectedDrive. This option offers the driver a personal information service which - using a mobile phone connection - can be contacted via the iDrive menu around the clock, at the touch of a button and at no additional cost. The staff at the call centre can take care of hotel reservations, for example, look up flight information, seek out addresses of out-of-hours pharmacies or ATM machines and provide information on points of interest. Telephone numbers and addresses for the navigation system can be sent directly from the call centre to the car and then transferred by the driver at the touch of a button into their navigation system.

Many other BMW ConnectedDrive services can be installed at any time using apps, via a smartphone or the embedded SIM card. Among other things, these apps support web radio functions, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and the BMW ConnectedDrive range of online entertainment features, which offer access to more than 24 million music tracks and thousands of audio books. This flexible apps concept makes it possible to incorporate not just applications developed by the BMW Group but also "BMW Apps ready" applications from other providers.

2015 BMW 6-Series Convertible

2015 BMW 6-Series Convertible
A combination of intoxicating sports performance, majestic ride comfort, a luxurious interior ambience and innovative equipment features marks out the members of the BMW 6-Series model range. The new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe meet the highest expectations of a sporting luxury car in terms of driving dynamics, comfort, advanced technology and imposing elegance. Eyecatching accents and pinpoint refinements highlight the aesthetics of their body design and the exclusive flair of their interiors. The introduction of the Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence equipment lines, meanwhile, gives customers attractive options when it comes to injecting these extraordinary cars with an even sportier or more luxurious aura.

A sporty driving experience lies at the heart of everything the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe stand for. The performance capability of their engines, which boast cutting-edge BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is further accentuated by the sports exhaust system now fitted as standard on all petrol variants. Evidence of the enormous dynamic potential offered by the BMW 6-Series model range comes in the form of the high-performance sports cars it has spawned: the BMW M6 Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.3 l/100 km [27.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 239 g/km), BMW M6 Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 232 g/km) and BMW M6 Gran Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 9.9 l/100 km [28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 232 g/km). Highlights including a 412 kW/560 hp V8 engine and bespoke suspension technology imbue this impressive triumvirate with track-specification performance attributes.

Sports performance and luxury - a combination rich in tradition

The new BMW 6-Series model range follows in a BMW tradition of legendary dream cars which now stretches back more than 75 years. Presented in 1937, the BMW 327 Sports Coupe was the most exclusive model in the company's line-up at the time. Then came the BMW 503 Coupe and BMW 507 Roadster, which were powered by the car world's first aluminium eightcylinder engine and continue to enthral as 1950s style icons to this day. And later on, the BMW 2800 CS of 1968 pulled back the curtain on an era of luxury cars which took a whole new approach to combining sports performance and luxury. The BMW 3.0 CS, BMW 3.0 CSi and BMW 3.0 CSL followed in the tyre tracks of the 2800 CS in the years up to 1973. Designed for action in motor sport, these three models enjoyed several years of dominance on the racing stage. On the road, meanwhile, they represented a beacon of style and an expression of joy in superior performance.
Since 1976 these unmistakable characteristics have been grouped together in the BMW line-up under the model designation "6". The first-generation BMW 6-Series shone not only with its outstanding driving dynamics, but also its state-of-the-art comfort and safety technology. Its successor, unveiled in 2003, radiated a thoroughly progressive air, its dynamic appearance complemented by a wealth of innovations. The new variants added to the 6-Series line-up also broke new ground - and fundamentally enriched the driving experience on offer in the luxury class. The debut of the BMW 6-Series Convertible in 2004 saw driving pleasure in an exclusive sports car and the joy of advanced technology married with open-top enjoyment for the first time. And the world's sportiest six-cylinder diesel engine, introduced in the BMW 635d Coupe and BMW 635d Convertible in 2007, added another alluring facet to the driving pleasure offered by cars in this segment: impressive pulling power and exceptional efficiency were its hallmark qualities.

One model series, three different characters

The latest generation of the BMW 6-Series takes the dynamics, aesthetics, luxury and innovation offered by the model series to new heights. Moreover, the expansion of the range to span three body variants has ensured that driving pleasure in a luxury BMW can be experienced in an even wider variety of ways. The BMW 6-Series Convertible, BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe provide customers with a choice of three distinctive characters, the introduction of the brand's first ever four-door Coupe giving the BMW 6-Series' popularity fresh momentum. Almost one in two newly registered BMW 6-Series cars is now a Gran Coupe. Worldwide, nigh-on 80,000 units of the current-generation BMW 6-Series have been sold in total since the market launch of the Convertible in March 2011.

The new BMW 6-Series Convertible is all about exclusive open-top driving enjoyment, comprising majestic ride comfort and richly engaging performance attributes in equal measure. A major element of the four-seater's extrovert charisma is the transition between the body and the interior, which has been designed to evoke the character of a boat deck - as is typical of BMW Convertibles - when the roof is down. The sophisticated fabric soft-top of the 6-Series Convertible stands out with its unique "fin" architecture, complete with a glass rear window that opens separately, and offers unrestricted all-season usability and unrivalled acoustic comfort.

The new BMW 6-Series Coupe embodies the classical character of an exclusive sports car. Its two-door body exudes an athletic and elegant aesthetic while its modern interior ambience is designed to immerse four people in a dynamic driving experience. The latest round of design and powertrain upgrades lends extra potency to the two-door model's muscular appearance and sporting potential.

The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe conjures up a new balance of dynamic excellence, elegance and luxury. The latest addition to the BMW 6-Series range blends the sports performance and aesthetics of a coupe with the extended functionality of a four-door car. Its distinctive proportions and longer wheelbase accentuate the exterior's irresistible radiance. The interior of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe delivers luxurious long-distance comfort for the driver and passengers in four full-size seats and offers a third seat in the rear that is suitable for shorter journeys. Detail refinements showcase both the elegance of the body design and the exclusive ambience of the interior.

The design: A harmony of sporting presence and exclusive elegance

The balance between sporting dynamics and majestic ride comfort which defines the character of the BMW 6-Series is reflected in a body design exuding athleticism, power and elegance. Hallmark BMW proportions, precise lines and fluently moulded surfaces come together in an unmistakable design language that serves as a signature feature of the BMW 6-Series as a whole and is adapted to suit the Convertible, Coupe and Gran Coupe respectively.

An array of awards based on both public surveys and the assessments of expert judges bear testament to the appeal of the design developed for the BMW 6-Series model range. The BMW 6-Series Convertible, BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe all won the renowned red dot award for outstanding product design at the first time of asking. The two-door models have also been recognised with the international Good Design Award and the iF product design award presented by the International Forum Design, while the BMW 6-Series Convertible has claimed the German Design Award. Meanwhile, in the Automotive Brand Contest - an international brand and design competition initiated by the German Design Council - the BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe topped the exterior design category two years in succession. In readers' polls conducted by German motoring magazine auto, motor und sport, the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe first claimed the "Autonis" award for the "Best new design of the year" and subsequently won the luxury category in the vote for "Best car of the year".

More powerful, sportier, sharper: BMW kidney grille and front apron

All the models in the new BMW 6-Series line-up stand out with an adeptly modified design that exudes powerful sports performance and, at the same time, emphasises the exclusive elegance of these luxury cars. The BMW kidney grille - standing prominently in the centre of the front end, as ever - is now even more eye-catching. The number of bars in the kidney grille has been reduced from 10 to nine, and the larger openings are an indication of the amount of cooling air required by the powerful engines. The new contours of the kidney grille bars (in aluminium matt on the eight-cylinder variants and black on the remaining models) underline the forward-surging stance of the radiator grille element. The new front apron, whose lower air intake is now a single stylistic unit and therefore comes across as ultra-wide, radiates sports performance and solidity. The front foglamps, which are positioned at the far outer edges of the front end, consist of three adjacent LED units and now feature a decorative surround. This trim element is chrome on the new BMW 6-Series Convertible and comes in high-gloss black for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

The full-LED headlights fitted as standard on all the models in the new BMW 6-Series line-up include a newly developed and extremely sophisticated design for the light sources. This has brought about a new interpretation of the signature BMW look created by the twin circular headlights. The low beam light is emitted from the two upper reflectors, the main beam light from the two lower reflectors. The indicators are now integrated into the accent strip cutting across the top of the headlight units.

Side view: aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, newly designed model badge for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

Like the modified design of the front apron, newly styled exterior mirrors also contribute to the optimised aerodynamics of the models in the new BMW 6-Series, while the side indicators are now integrated into the exterior mirrors in the form of slim horizontal light strips.

The standalone proportions of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe and the exclusive elegance of its lines are emphasised even more clearly by a new design for the side window surrounds at the trailing edge of the rear doors. There, a graphic element bearing "Gran Coupe" lettering guides the eye to the "counter-swing" at the foot of the C-pillar (known as the Hofmeister kink). On the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe this element is made from black painted aluminium and bears raised, embossed lettering.

Rear apron strongly emphasises the cars' width

On all models in the BMW 6-Series, flared wheel arches and a rear-end structure visually stretched by horizontal lines provide a vivid stylistic showcase for the cars' wide track and resultant surefooted handling. This effect is further enhanced by a chrome strip in the bumper trim. The rear apron of the six-cylinder models also features larger surrounds for the exhaust system's tailpipe embellishers, whose diameter has been increased from 80 to 90 millimetres.

Elsewhere, a newly designed 20-inch multi-spoke variant has been added to the selection of optional light-alloy wheels. And the range of exterior paintwork finishes includes the new colour shades Jatoba metallic, Cashmere Silver metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Mediterranean Blue metallic and Melbourne Red metallic.

Luxurious interior ambience, newly designed surfaces, optional bicolour leather trim

The signature interior design for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is dominated by the driver-focused cockpit, a front passenger area enveloped by elegantly sweeping surfaces and a seamless connection between the front seats and rear compartment - all of which makes it a recipe for exclusive comfort in a stylishly luxurious ambience.

In the new BMW 6-Series models, the high-gloss black surfaces of the centre console around the control units for the audio system and air conditioning form a harmonious and elegant unit with the black-panel displays of the standard-fitted automatic climate control. The slim, precise chrome surround of the iDrive operating system's freestanding Control Display and the frameless design of its glass cover create a particularly contemporary and sophisticated feel. And the use of LED units for the illumination of the footwells, door exits and glove compartment provides an extremely even distribution of light.

As an alternative to the standard Dakota leather trim, customers can specify Exclusive Nappa leather with extended features, which is now also available for the new BMW 6-Series models in the bi-colour variants Ivory White/Black and Cognac/Black. Fineline Brown fine-wood trim has been added to the selection of optional interior trim strips.

Equipment, Design Pure Experience, Design Pure Excellence, M Sport package and BMW Individual: Bespoke luxury, aesthetics and driving pleasure

The new BMW 6-Series generates an intense form of driving pleasure regardless of the body variant specified and the engine fitted. It also boasts a beguilingly exclusive edge thanks to its luxurious interior ambience, extensive spread of standard equipment and high-quality options. As well as the eightspeed Steptronic sport transmission and LED headlights, all models are fitted as standard with the ConnectedDrive navigation package, Dakota leather trim, heated and electrically adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger (including memory function), two-zone automatic climate control with extended features, an electrically adjustable sports leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, cruise control with braking function, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, the Professional radio, a hi-fi loudspeaker system and a hands-free facility with USB audio interface.

The standard lightweight integral seats for the driver and front passenger come with an integrated belt system, whose optimised retraction mechanism uses electric assistance to enhance comfort. Customers can order their car with sports or comfort seats as an option for the driver and front passenger. The comfort seats are also available with the "active" function and active seat ventilation. Exclusive Nappa leather with extended features can be specified as an alternative to standard leather trim. Both the leather variants earmarked for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible are treated with SunReflective technology, which reduces the degree to which the surfaces are heated by the sun's rays. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe can also be ordered with heated rear seats.

Premiere for Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence. Two equipment lines pave the way for targeted personalisation in the configuration of the new BMW 6-Series models. The Design Pure Experience line highlights the car's sporting aura through the specification of a BMW kidney grille with high-gloss black bars, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, likewise high-gloss black tailpipe embellishers for the exhaust system and 19-inch bi-colour light-alloy wheels in exclusive starspoke design. The interior sees Nappa leather trim in the new bi-colour variant Cognac/Black sharing the limelight with interior trim strips in Fineline Brown fine wood.

The Design Pure Excellence option accentuates the exclusive appearance of the new BMW 6-Series model range with the addition of 19-inch light-alloy wheels and luxurious interior appointments. These include the newly designed Nappa leather trim in Ivory White/Black, a leather-covered instrument panel with contrast stitching, ceramic applications for the controls and interior trim strips in Poplar Grain Grey fine wood. In addition, both equipment lines include metallic paintwork and optional ambient lightning complete with illuminated door sill finishers.

Supreme dynamics and exclusivity: M Sport package and BMW Individual features

An M Sport package can be specified for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and the new BMW Series Gran Coupe to further optimise their dynamic aura and performance attributes. The Sport package - configured to suit the individual model - includes features such as an M aerodynamic package (with specific body components for the front end, side skirts and rear apron), BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, tailpipe embellishers in dark chrome, black painted brake callipers and 19-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in M double-spoke design are also available. M Carbon Black metallic paintwork can be specified exclusively in conjunction with the M Sport package. Meanwhile, additions including sports seats in M-specific Alcantara/Nappa leather trim with blue contrast stitching, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles, Aluminium Hexagon interior trim strips, door sill finishers with an M logo and an M driver's footrest ensure the design of the interior fulfils the brief of concentrated driving pleasure. A BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite is also part of the M Sport package for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

The BMW Individual options offered for the new BMW 6-Series models satisfy the desire of customers to maximise exclusivity and infuse the exterior and interior of the car with their personal style. The BMW Individual paintwork finishes, special paintwork finishes and matt paintwork finishes stand out with their exceptional richness and fascinating colour effects. The Frozen Brilliant White matt shade - a new addition to the BMW Individual range - gives the body surfaces the appearance of being covered in an even layer of ice and, in so doing, showcases the muscular contours of the new BMW 6-Series models to particularly enthralling effect. The 20-inch, forged BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design also play their part in achieving a striking appearance.

BMW Individual fine-grain Merino full-leather trim, with carefully selected and meticulously prepared raw materials taking centre stage, helps create an exclusive interior design. The leather used for the seats, door panel trim, centre console, armrests and door pulls has a natural open-pored structure; the soft and breathable surfaces are elegant to the eye and offer excellent comfort. Exquisite materials and meticulous handcraftsmanship are defining features of the interior appointments from BMW Individual. The range also includes a BMW Individual roof liner in Alcantara for the BMW 6-Series Coupe and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, illuminated door sill finishers with BMW Individual lettering, BMW Individual interior trim strips and a BMW Individual wood inlay for the leather steering wheel. More unusual requests from customers can also be met, extending all the way to one-off creations conjured entirely in the BMW Individual Manufactory.

Options for bespoke driving pleasure and comfort

Customers can also dip into the list of high-quality optional extras to further enhance levels of driving pleasure and comfort in the new BMW 6-Series models. These include Comfort Access and the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, a glass tilting sunroof for the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, and a draught-stop for the BMW 6-Series Convertible which reduces turbulence when driving with the roof down. A four-zone automatic climate control system is available for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, while electrically operated sunblinds can be ordered for the rear window of the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, and for the rear side windows of the four-door model.

The iDrive operating system's Touch Controller has a touch-sensitive surface for inputting characters. Customers can bring further variety to the range of incar entertainment, not to mention maximise their listening pleasure, by specifying options such as a TV function, a Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receiver, the Harman Kardon HiFi system and the Bang & Olufsen high-end surround-sound system.

The driving experience: Feel the dynamics, savour the poise and assurance

Supreme power development, impressive refinement and exemplary efficiency are attributes shared by all the engines available for the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, new BMW 6-Series Coupe and new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. The range consists of a petrol V8 producing 330 kW/450 hp, a 235 kW/320 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol unit and a straight-six diesel with 230 kW/313 hp. All enjoy the benefits of the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology developed under the BMW EfficientDynamics banner, all meet the EU6 exhaust emissions standard and all link up as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission.

As an alternative to sending their engine power to the rear wheels - as is customary for BMW cars - all new BMW 6-Series model variants can also be specified with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The variable distribution of drive between the front and rear wheels not only optimises traction and directional stability in all weather and road conditions, it also noticeably enhances cornering dynamics and acceleration. BMW xDrive further improves the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) performance of all the 6-Series models. The best figures here are recorded by the eight-cylinder BMW 650i xDrive Coupe and BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, which both complete the sprint in 4.4 seconds.

Standard-fitted sports exhaust system for an emotion-rich sound

The engines powering the new BMW 6-Series models are designed to deliver captivating performance, as a new addition to the range of standard equipment is not afraid to emphasise. The BMW 640i Convertible, BMW 640i Coupe and BMW 640i Gran Coupe are now equipped with a sports exhaust system, which provides an emotionally dramatic soundtrack to their engines' instantaneous and sustained wave of power.

The system features a switchable exhaust valve, whose position can be adjusted using the Driving Experience Control switch. In SPORT and SPORT+ modes, the valve opens to reduce exhaust backpressure and generates a dramatic aural response. The engine management system allows further acoustic optimisations, including dynamic load-reversal damping.

Superior sports performance, optimised efficiency

BMW TwinPower Turbo technology helps the engines to develop their power instantaneously, gives them a vivacious appetite for revs and imbues them with impressive efficiency. The extensive array of BMW EfficientDynamics technology fitted as standard and the cars' optimised aerodynamic properties also contribute to a further reduction in fuel consumption and emissions. For example, the BMW 640i Convertible, BMW 640i Coupe and BMW 640i Gran Coupe - all powered by a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine - each burn 0.2 litres less fuel per 100 kilometres than their direct predecessors. The diesel models achieve a similar reduction in their fuel consumption and emissions. With average economy of 5.5 - 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres (54.3 - 51.4 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 147 - 139 grams per kilometre (figures as per the EU test cycle, depending on the tyre format), the new BMW 640d Coupe sets the efficiency benchmark.

The eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission also plays a role in the powertrain's outstanding effectiveness thanks to its excellent internal efficiency, while its impressive fast-shifting ability sharpens the sporting characteristics of the new BMW 6-Series models. As well as gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, the eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission also comes with a Launch Control function, which enables the driver to power away from the line with maximum dynamic force.

Cutting-edge suspension systems enhance dynamics and comfort

State-of-the-art suspension technology honed even more precisely to each individual model strikes a fine balance between dynamic potency and comfort. And customers can specify sophisticated options to complement this technology: Dynamic Damper Control adapts its responses electronically to the situation at hand, and the Adaptive Drive system - which includes active roll stabilisation - further enhances the driving qualities of the new BMW 6-Series models.

In addition to controlling the amount of speed-dependent steering assistance generated and regulating the steering angle of the front wheels, Integral Active Steering also adjusts the steering angle of the rear wheels. This helps to reduce the amount of steering effort required, provides excellent agility in dynamic driving situations, ensures comfortable and assured responses when changing lanes and navigating through corners, and reduces the car's turning circle.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the new BMW 6-Series model range: Intelligent connectivity for the ultimate in driving pleasure

The progressive nature of the BMW 6-Series is also reflected in its diverse range of standard and optional driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive, which are aimed at optimising convenience, safety and the use of infotainment functions. When it comes to the intelligent link-up of the driver, car and outside world, the new BMW 6-Series Convertible, the new BMW 6-Series Coupe and the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe play a stand-out role in their respective market segments.

All new BMW 6-Series models come as standard with the ConnectedDrive navigation package, a hands-free facility with USB interface and a SIM card embedded in the car. The SIM card enables use of the likewise standard Intelligent Emergency Call system and BMW TeleServices, as well as data transfer for other functions, such as ConnectedDrive Services and Real Time Traffic Information for the navigation system.

Important information exactly where you want it: BMW Head-Up Display

One of the highlights of the range of BMW ConnectedDrive driving assistance systems is the BMW Head-Up Display, which projects relevant driving information onto the windscreen using a full spectrum of colour. As well as vehicle speed, 3D graphics also show Check Control messages, navigation information - including lane recommendations, speed limits and overtaking restrictions - and further information supplied by the driver assistance systems in the driver's direct field of view. When required, telephone contact lists and entertainment information can also be displayed.

The multifunction instrument display also contributes to the full-blooded driving pleasure laid on by the new BMW 6-Series. This variant of the cockpit display takes its cues from the mode selected using the Driving Experience Control switch, the graphics and colours of the displays indicating clearly which of the COMFORT, ECO PRO and SPORT settings has been engaged.

Speed Limit Info including No Passing Info display and the Lane Departure Warning system (both options) are also designed to promote assured driving. Meanwhile, the Park Distance Control, rear view camera and Surround View options help to provide a better overview of the area around the car and the road ahead. The BMW Parking Assistant (also optional) helps the driver to identify and drive into parallel parking spaces. Driving enjoyment and safety in darkness are enhanced by the Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Selective Beam (for optimised high beam use) and the BMW Night Vision system with pedestrian and animal recognition.

Driving Assistant Plus uses intelligent connectivity to optimise safety

Among the other innovative technologies on the options list is the Driving Assistant Plus safety package. This camera and radar-based driver assistance system includes the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, the Lane Departure Warning system and a Pedestrian and Collision Warning system with Braking function. This system detects standing vehicles and vehicles travelling ahead and, at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph), also pedestrians who are on a potential collision course with the car. Visual and audible warnings are given if a hazardous situation is detected, and at the same time the brake system is primed in order to reduce the stopping distance. If the driver fails to react to the warning, Driving Assistant Plus automatically brakes the car, if necessary applying maximum deceleration.

ConnectedDrive Services for greater convenience and mobile office functions

An embedded SIM card in the BMW 6-Series models opens up new scope for mobile communications and the use of online services inside the car. Included as standard, ConnectedDrive Services take the levels of convenience and variety offered in the areas of onboard office applications, navigation capability and in-car information to unrivalled heights - thanks to innovative services such as the remote functions and the BMW Online portal. One feature unmatched by the new BMW 6-Series' rivals is the Concierge Service from BMW ConnectedDrive. This option offers the driver a personal information service which - using a mobile phone connection - can be contacted via the iDrive menu around the clock, at the touch of a button and at no additional cost. The staff at the call centre can take care of hotel reservations, for example, look up flight information, seek out addresses of out-of-hours pharmacies or ATM machines and provide information on points of interest. Telephone numbers and addresses for the navigation system can be sent directly from the call centre to the car and then transferred by the driver at the touch of a button into their navigation system.

Many other BMW ConnectedDrive services can be installed at any time using apps, via a smartphone or the embedded SIM card. Among other things, these apps support web radio functions, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and the BMW ConnectedDrive range of online entertainment features, which offer access to more than 24 million music tracks and thousands of audio books. This flexible apps concept makes it possible to incorporate not just applications developed by the BMW Group but also "BMW Apps ready" applications from other providers.