Reporting LIVE from the 2011 New York International Autoshow (NYIAS)! The show has officially kicked off its media days and we can tell you already this show is better with more variety of cars on display then usually seen at the NYIAS.
The BMW display was in its normal place with its typical hardwood floors and a wide array of vehicles on display. Of course, the really important vehicles on display at the BMW stand are:
New BMW 6 Series Coupe
New BMW ActiveE
BMW 1M Vallencia Orange
BMW Z4 … CONTINUED
The 2011 Shanghai Auto Show kicked off yesterday and this year’s show highlights the importance BMW now places on the Chinese market. The F10 M5 concept and the 2012 6-series coupe both made their world public debuts. Also being shown for the first time was the F10 5-series plug-in hybrid prototype.
Check out the BMW sights and sounds from Shanghai in this video.
Here is the first look at the launch film of the 2012 BMW 6-series coupe (F13), which will make its world public debuts at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and the 2011 NY International Auto Show this week.
Featured is a stunning 650i coupe in vermillion red. The 650i coupe features BMW’s 4.4L V8 twin turbo engine, making 400hp and 450lb-ft torque. It runs the 0-60mph in just 4.8 seconds.
BMW’s new 6-series convertible (F12) just hit the streets which means review comparison time. In their latest issue AMS pits the BMW 650i Convertible against two of its natural enemies – the Jaguar JK Convertible and the Maserati Gran Coupe. We’re happy to share that the F12 650i was able to finish this comparison on 1st place with 498 Points in total. Per AMS, “anything but a victory would have been a suprise. The new 6er Cabrio wins almost every category and shines both in … CONTINUED
The one thing alot of us have been waiting for in the 6-Series lineup is the M-Sport package. The way BMW has been going with styling, its not going to be a big surprise as to how it will look. Basicly, the U shaped central air intake which was the staple of cars such as the E39 M5 and E46 M3 is now an M-Sport design feature, while the true M cars get the upside down U shape ala E92 M3, 1M Coupe and now F10 … CONTINUED
The F12 6-series convertible may not yet be in owner’s hands, but the owner’s manual is already available for all you eager owners to ratchet up your anticipation prior to delivery. Owner’s manual in PDF form inside.
Autocar.co.uk got a chance to sit down with the new 650i and got to do a full road test/review of the car.
First, they found the 650i to be a ‘seriously rapid car’, only half a second slower then the Bentley Continental GTC getting to 100mph. They go on to comment on the highly responsive turbos and transmission. The overall impression they give is that the engine/drivetrain on this car is perfect.
What they didn’t particularly like was the steering, handling and general responsiveness of the car to … CONTINUED
Autoblog has just posted their photos and reaction from an early preview of the 2012 BMW 6-series coupe from Munich. The F13 6-series coupe will make its world public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in two weeks, alongside the just revealed F10 M5. The F13 coupe’s head design Karim Habib revealed to Autoblog that the inspiration for the F13 came from the BMW 3.0 CS from the 1960-70s – notably the long wheelbase, lengthened hood, and sharknose front.
Another interesting bit is that the F12 … CONTINUED
On the heels of the ‘official’ release of the new 6 series Coupe, the press are now releasing their 6 series cabriolet reviews. Author Dave Moore writes an interesting review of the new 6 titled, “BMW’s six pistol pleasure returns”, citing the car’s high points as: Simpler styling; technology laden; thunderous performance; useful passenger and load areas; nimble for one so big.
Low points: A bit heavy; absence of smaller engine choice; dominant iDrive screen, and overall verdict: Impressive convertible is a cinch to drive and … CONTINUED
Here is an even better look at the F13 6-series coupe M-sport package. The shape and styling of the front bumper can be clearly made out on this black 650i coupe. The sideskirts can be completely seen, owing to the black tape on black paint, and it’s easy to use some imagination on gauging what the rear bumper will resemble.
We bring you the first clear look at the 2012 6-series M-sport kit on an F13 coupe. Although covered in camouflage tape, it’s easy to make out the shape and style of the various 6-series M sport parts – the front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper. In our opinion, the beefy new front bumper which adds to the 6-series’ thin and angular front fascia gives BMW’s top end coupe a much more aggressive character.
The front bumper draws some lines from the F10 5-series M-sport (notably … CONTINUED
When we posted up the first TV commercials for the new 6 series two days ago, there was a pretty big stir. Not over the car or its design, but over the commercial and what the meaning was. Some focused on the two men smiling at each, some focused on the little girl and others bemoaned the fact that the cars weren’t racing around a purebread race track.
First and foremost, we need to understand that these commercials are created by the marketing team, and aren’t a … CONTINUED