2006 BMW 6 Series (USA)

Text & photos courtesy BMW of NA

Featuring New 5.0 V8 engine

Now with More Power and New Refinements


For 2006, the 6 Series features a new, more powerful engine; new standard equipment
and options; and significant technical and aesthetic refinements.The
models are the newly powered and named 650i Coupe, at $72,495
including destination charge; and the 650i Convertible at $79,495.
(Gas Guzzler taxes apply to some versions.) Each is powered by a new 4.8-liter,
360-hp Valvetronic V-8 that is also winning hearts and minds in the ‘06 750i/Li
and 550i models.



2006 BMW 6 Series – Product Highlights


What’s new for 2006

  • 4.8-liter V-8 engine, up from 4.4; 360 hp vs. previous 325, 360 lb-ft.
    torque vs. 330
  • Active Steering now available as stand-alone option; no longer in Sport
    Package
  • Dynamic Stability Control with expanded range of functions (DSC8+)
  • New standard 18-in. wheels, Double Spoke design, W-rated performance tires,
    differentiated front/rear wheel and tire sizes
  • New metallic colors: Monaco Blue replaces Mystic Blue, Barbera Red replaces
    Chiaretto Red
  • New interior contrast color: Black replaces former Basalt Gray with all
    color schemes
  • Start/Stop button
  • iDrive controller newly shaped, has leather insert
  • New options: High Definition Radio, Night Vision, Comfort Access

Performance & efficiency

  • Both models powered by new 4.8-liter V-8 engine with –
  • BMW’s patented Valvetronic system of variable intake-valve lift
  • Double VANOS variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
  • Dual exhaust system with sporty sound characteristics
  • Aluminum block and cylinder heads
  • 360 hp/360 lb-ft. torque
  • Liquid-cooled alternator, fully encapsulated for quietness
  • Choice of three 6-speed transmissions: manual, Sequential Manual Gearbox
    (SMG) and STEPTRONIC automatic
  • EPA estimated MPG, city/highway:
    • 650i Coupe: 15/23 (manual transmission), 16/22 (SMG) or 17/25 (automatic)
    • 650i Convertible: 14/22 (manual transmission), 15/21 (SMG) or 17/25
  • Standard Dynamic Driving Control offers Normal and Sport settings for –
    • Engine response to accelerator
    • Shift characteristics of Sequential Manual Gearbox
    • Shift characteristics of STEPTRONIC automatic transmission

Handling, ride & braking

  • Aluminum suspension system, basic technology shared with 5 and 7 Series
    but specific dimensions, kinematics and calibration:

    • Front – double-pivot strut-type
    • Rear – Integral Link (multi-link system with 4 links per side)
  • Active Roll Stabilization is standard; results in amazingly flat cornering
  • Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive variable power-assisted steering, standard
  • Active Steering is optional; varies steering ratio according to speed and
    other driving conditions
  • Optimum front/rear weight distribution (no more than 2.6% variation from
    50% front / 50% rear for both models and all variations)
  • Generously dimensioned 4-wheel disc brakes with innovative, weight-saving
    aluminum/cast-iron discs
  • Run-flat tires standard on all versions:
    • Standard – 18-in. wheels with W-rated performance tires, differentiated
      front/rear wheel and tire sizes
    • Sport Package – 19-in. wheels with W-rated performance tires, differentiated
      front/rear wheel and tire sizes
  • Dynamic Driving Control offers Normal and Sport settings for standard steering
    system
  • State-of-the-art Dynamic Stability Control system for traction control
    and stability enhancement

Exterior design & function

  • Low, sleek and unique; no exterior panels shared with any other BMW Series
  • Long-hood/short-deck proportions with 2+2 cabin
  • High trunklid for aerodynamics and trunk space
  • Extensive underbody fairing also promotes efficient aerodynamics
  • Excellent aerodynamics: coefficient of aerodynamic drag
    (CD) 0.30 for Coupe, 0.32 for Convertible
  • Convertible softtop is unusually sleek and elegant; includes “fins” that
    project rearward of vertical, electrically retractable rear window

Structural & exterior technology

Both models:

  • Aluminum front-end structure; main structure aft of windshield is steel
  • Aluminum hood and doors
  • Thermoplastic front side panels (fenders)
  • Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) trunklid
  • Xenon Adaptive headlights “steer” around curves and corners to enhance
    driver’s night vision
  • Adaptive Brake Lights emit more illumination under hard braking

Convertible:

  • Extensive lower-body structural reinforcements
  • Ultra-strong windshield frame
  • Automatic Rollover Protection System
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Ergonomics, luxury & convenience

  • BMW’s advanced Control Center concept combines traditional, sporty analog
    main instrumentation with iDrive monitor and controller for extensive displays
    and functions
  • iDrive system includes Communication, Entertainment, Climate, Navigation
    and i-menu sections; incorporates latest enhancements to user-friendliness,
    graphic design of menus and displays, and GPS Navigation functions; includes
    TeleService functions for communicating vehicle service needs to BMW center
    and establishing communication between vehicle user and BMW center
  • Voice Command system provides voice control of phone, audio and climate
    functions (Bluetooth cellphone interface is standard)
  • Comprehensive, effective automatic climate control with left/right temperature
    control, humidity control, bi-directional solar sensor, automatic recirculation,
    Heat at Rest, active-charcoal microfilter ventilation and many other features
  • Standard 8-speaker audio system includes 2 subwoofers, positioned for optimum
    effect in cavities at bases of B-pillars (Coupe) or rear side panels (Convertible)
  • Optional Logic7 audio system (Premium Sound Package) includes upgraded
    componentry and audio power, 13 speakers (Coupe) or 11 speakers (Convertible),
    Digital Sound Processing, Surround Sound simulation and other features; 6-disc
    CD changer also included in Package
  • Standard leather upholstery and Pearl-gloss Ruthenium interior trim
  • Standard power front seats have 12-way (Coupe) or 14-way (Convertible)
    power adjustment, including 4-way lumbar support
  • Convertible front seats have seat-integrated safety belts for optimum belt
    fit without upper B-pillar, ease of rear-seat entry/exit
  • Unique moonroof design: power-tilting Panorama Moonroof, standard on Coupe
  • Convertible softtop has extensive esthetic and functional features:
    • Fully automatic operation, quiet and fast
    • Full interior lining conceals mechanism, enhances quietness and weather
      protection
    • Polyurethane inner surface of outer material further enhances quietness,
      reduces vibration of softtop from wind and high speeds
  • Unusually large trunk: EPA cargo capacity 13.0 cu ft. (Coupe), 12.4 cu
    ft. (Convertible with adjustable softtop storage compartment in “up” position,
    10.6 cu ft. (Convertible with storage compartment in “down” position)

Safety & security

  • Unique version of BMW’s pioneering front Head Protection System, combining
    inflatable tubular element with stabilizing “sail” spanning between it and
    roof (Coupe)
  • Front safety belts include automatic tensioners and force limiters; belts
    of Convertible fully integrated with seats
  • Dual-threshold deployment of belt tensioners and front-impact airbags
  • 2-stage front-impact Smart Airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Automatic Rollover Protection System; deploys two rollbars behind rear
    seats when possibility of a rollover is detected
  • Battery Safety Terminal
  • Intelligent Safety and Information System (ISIS) for deployment of various
    safety systems
  • BMW Assist Safety Plan and in-vehicle telematics system, providing automatic
    collision notification, SOS button and enhanced Roadside Assistance; requires
    annual fee after first year of ownership; Convenience Plan (Concierge and
    Customer Relations services) optional

Factory options

Available option Packages for both models:

  • Sport Package
  • Cold Weather Package
  • Premium Sound Package

Available stand-alone options:

  • 6-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) at no extra cost
  • 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission, also at no extra cost
  • Active Cruise Control
  • Active Steering
  • (New) Comfort Access
  • Head-up Display
  • (New) Night Vision
  • (New) High Definition Radio
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Heated front seats
  • Dark or Light Birch wood interior trim(no extra cost)

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BMW Center-installed accessories (partial listing)

  • Wind deflector (Convertible)
  • 6-disc CD changer
  • Aluminum pedals and footrest

2005

2006

2005

2006

0-60
mph, sec.,

transmission: Manual or Sequential

645Ci

Coupe

650i

Coupe

645Ci

Convertible

650i

Convertible

Manual (SMG)

5.5

5.3

6.0

5.6

Automatic

5.7

5.4

6.1

5.7

2006
Model Year 6 Series Retail Prices – US Market

 

(as of March 1st,
2006)

U.S.
Models

 

650i

Coupe

650i
Convertible

 

Base
Price USA Port of Entry *

$72,495

79,495

6-speed
Manual transmission

STD

STD

6-speed
STEPTRONIC transmission

N/C

N/C

6-speed
SMG transmission
1

N/C

N/C

Sport
suspension

STD

STD

Active
Roll Stabilization

STD

STD

Active
Steering

1,250

1,250

18”
Alloy wheels (Style 120) with mixed-size performance run-flat tires

STD

STD

Comfort
Access

1,000

1,000

Convertible
softtop – Black

N/A

STD

Convertible
softtop – Gray

N/A

N/C

Ruthenium
Trim – Pearl Gloss

STD

STD

Wood
Trim – High Gloss, Dark Birch

N/C

N/C

Wood
Trim – High Gloss, Light Birch

N/C

N/C

Leather
Upholstery

STD

STD

Heated
Front Seats

500

500

Active
Cruise Control

2,200

2,200

Head-Up
Display

1,000

1,000

Night
Vision

2,200

2,200

HD
Radio

500

500

Satellite
Radio Full Installation

595

595

Satellite
Radio Prep

STD

STD

Sport
Steering Wheel

STD

STD

Xenon
Adaptive Headlights

STD

STD

Park
Distance Control with Graphic Display

STD

STD

6
Series Driving Experience at Performance Center

STD

STD

Gas
Guzzler Tax

NC
/ 1,300**

NC
/ 1,700***

 

 

Cold
Weather Package (ZCW)

750

750

Premium
Sound Package (ZPS)

1,800

1,800

Sport
Package (ZSP)

1,800

1,800

*
Includes $695 destination & handling charge.** Gas Guzzler
Tax charge of $1,300 applies to 650i Coupe models with 6-Speed Manual transmission
or SMG.
***
Gas Guzzler Tax charge of $1,700 applies to 650i Convertible models with
6-Speed Manual transmission or SMG.
STD
= Standard Equipment
N/A
= Not AvailableN/C = No Charge
1
Requires Sport
Package

2006 Model Year 6 Series Option Packages

Package

645Ci
Coupe

645Ci
Convertible

Cold
Weather Package

(ZCW)

$750


Heated steering wheel


Ski bag


Heated front seats

 

$750


Heated steering wheel


Ski bag


Heated front seats

 

Premium
Sound Package

(ZPS)

$1,800


Logic7 Sound System


6-disc CD changer

 

$1,800


Logic7 Sound System


6-disc CD changer

 

Sport
Package

(ZSP)

$1,800


Sport Seats


19” sport wheels with mixed-size

performance
run-flat tires.


Shadowline high-gloss exterior trim

$1,800


Sport seats


19” sport wheels with mixed-size

performance
run-flat tires.


Shadowline high-gloss exterior trim

 


Effective September 1st, 2005

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