2016 BMW 6 Series Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jan 21, 2015
FAST FACTS
  • M Sport Edition, a late offering for the 2015 model year, continues
  • Revised design elements and cabin details
  • Standard, redesigned LED headlights
  • Optional Black Accent package
  • New bi-color interior leather selections
  • Available Fineline brown wood trim
  • Next-generation iDrive infotainment and navigation system with touchpad control
  • Six new paint colors, including Frozen Brilliant White Matte through the BMW Individual program
  • Sports exhaust system now standard for 640i
  • On sale in second quarter of 2015

Introduction

BMW is freshening its 6 Series lineup for the 2016 model year. Comprised of a 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible, and a 4-door Gran Coupe, each continues in 640i, 650i, and M6 designations.

Exterior Features

For 2016, the 6 Series lineup receives subtle styling updates and is available with new wheel designs and paint colors. Highlights include standard LED headlights, restyled grille and air inlets, new side mirrors, and revised trim elements. Six new paint colors are available, including a new BMW Individual hue called Frozen Brilliant White Matte.

Interior Features

Interior trim is updated for 2016, and the 6 Series is now offered with brown Fineline wood trim. New bi-color leather options debut, and a next-generation BMW iDrive system is standard, adding refinement and new features to the automaker's signature infotainment and navigation technology.

Optional Features

In addition to the 6 Series' lengthy menu of upgrades, the M Sport Edition that arrived late in the 2014 model year continues for 2016. The M Sport Edition model essentially combines the performance-oriented M Sport package and selected luxury elements of the Executive package. A new Black Accent package debuts, with darkened exterior trim elements, unique 20-in. bi-color aluminum wheels, and a special Cognac/Black bi-color premium Nappa leather interior.

Under the Hood

Aside from the addition of a sports exhaust system as standard equipment for the 640i, BMW makes no mechanical updates to the 2016 6 Series. Accordingly then, the 640i continues with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine generating 315 horsepower, while a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 engine mustering 445 horsepower powers the 650i. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters feeds the power to the rear wheels, and an xDrive all-wheel-drive system is optional.

The BMW M6 is a performance-tuned version of the 650i. Its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 whips up 560 horsepower, and these versions of the three body styles receive a thorough mechanical upgrade from the tires up.

Safety

Every 2016 6 Series is equipped with a 10-year subscription to BMW Assist eCall, which provides an SOS emergency button and automatic collision-notification service. A reversing camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also on the standard equipment list. Options include an active blind-spot detection system, adaptive cruise control with active driving assistant technology, 360-degree camera system, and a night-vision system with pedestrian-detection capability.

Technology

Every 2016 6 Series is equipped with iDrive and a high-resolution, widescreen display. Navigation is standard, along with BMW Online, BMW Apps, BMW Remote Services, and BMW Assist technologies. Beyond safety features, the 6 Series is available with a choice of several premium audio systems, head-up display, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, park-assist sensors, and an active steering system.
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