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BMW 6 Series (F12)

BMW 6 Series (F12)

The third generation of the BMW 6 Series consists of the BMW F12, BMW F13 and BMW F06 grand tourers. The F12/F13/F06 generation was produced from 2011 to 2018 and is often collectively referred to as the F12.

The F12 uses a shortened version of the F10 5 Series platform and shares many features with the 5 Series.

The M6 version is powered by the S63 twin-turbocharged V8 engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It is the first M6 model to use a turbocharged engine.

Production of the F12 generation ended when the Gran Coupe models were discontinued in September 2018. The successor to the F12, the BMW 8 Series G15, began production in June 2018.


1. Development and launch

The new 6 Series was first shown as the "BMW Concept 6 Series" coupe concept car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The exterior was designed by Nader Faghihzadeh, and the interior by Christian Bauer.

Unusually for BMW, the production version of the convertible was released before the coupe. The convertible version was officially introduced in January at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, while the coupe was introduced in April at the Shanghai Auto Show and New York Auto Show. The Gran Coupe was introduced at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Initial models included the 640i and 650i, while 640d and 650i xDrive models were later added to the lineup. The kerb weight of the model range is 1.715–1.985 kg 3.781–4.376 lb.


2. Body styles

Convertible F12

The first convertible models were released in March 2011 and were produced until May 2018.

Coupe F13

The first coupe models were released in June 2011 and were produced until October 2017.

Gran Coupe F06

The F06 Gran Coupe is the four-door coupe variant of the 6 Series, and was launched on June 2012 at the Geneva International Motor Show. The design of the Gran Coupe was inspired by the 2007 BMW CS Concept.

The wheelbase of the Gran Coupe is 117 mm 4.6 in longer than the F13 coupe, and the same length as the BMW F10 5 Series. Compared with the F13 coupe, the body is 112 mm 4.4 in longer, and 23 mm 0.9 in taller. The Gran Coupe has a 4+1 seating arrangement, meaning there are two full-size rear seats, and one smaller rear middle seat.

Produduction of the Gran Coupe models began in March 2012 and ended in September 2018.and were produced until September 2018.


3. Equipment

The F06/F12/F13 6 Series introduced selectable driving modes with ECO PRO, Comfort, and Sport, affecting the acceleration, transmission shift points, and climate control system. Convertible models feature sun reflective front seats, and Gran Coupe models feature 60:40 split-folding rear seats. 6 Series models are also available with the M Sport package, featuring M exterior and interior styling, LED foglights, 19-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, and an Alcantara interior. Additional options include automatic parking, a Bang & Olufsen surround sound speaker system, and all-wheel drive xDrive.


4. Transmissions

Most models were only available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The M6 models were available with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission called "M-DCT", and a 6-speed manual transmission in the United States.

The available transmissions are:

  • 7-speed Getrag GS7-D36BG dual-clutch automatic M6
  • 6-speed manual 650i / M6 models in US markets only
  • 8-speed ZF 8HP70Z automatic 640d / 650i
  • 8-speed ZF 8HP45Z automatic 640i

5.1. Special models M6 version

The M6 version was produced in convertible F12, coupe F13 and four-door coupe F06 body styles. It was launched in the coupe body style alongside the standard 6 Series Gran Coupe at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and at the Auto Mobil International Leipzig in convertible form.

It is powered by the S63 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8. In most countries, the only transmission offered was a Getrag 7-speed dual-clutch transmission called "M-DCT". In the United States, a 6-speed manual transmission was also available.

Compared to the standard car, the M6 features M-styling, merino leather upholstery, an M-specific head-up display, and a carbon fibre roof.


5.2. Special models Alpina B6

The B6 Gran Coupe xDrive was launched in 2014 and is a high performance model based on the 650i, made by Alpina. It shares the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the B5 BiTurbo rated at 397 kW 532 hp and 730 N⋅m 538 lb⋅ft, with a top speed of 318 km/h 198 mph. B6 models receive 20-inch alloy wheels, aerodynamic elements, and exclusive trim and paint options. In 2015, the B6 was refreshed and received performance improvements of 59 kW 79 hp and 70 N⋅m 52 lb⋅ft, and now had a top speed of 324 km/h 201 mph.

The B6 was manufactured alongside the regular 6 Series in Dingolfing, and was then completed with remaining components at the Alpina factory in Buchloe, Bavaria. It is sold by BMW in the United States and Canada, and is also independently sold by Alpina in other countries.


6. Model year changes


  • Models feature an updated iDrive system with a 10.2-inch glass display and touch-sensitive controller


  • Coupe models were discontinued in February.
  • Models now available with iDrive 5 with Professional Navigation


  • Convertible models were discontinued in February, while Gran Coupe models were discontinued in September.

6.1. Model year changes 2012

  • Traffic sign recognition upgraded to include warnings about overtaking restrictions called "No Passing Info" by BMW.
  • 650i engine upgraded to N63TU which added variable valve lift called "Valvetronic" by BMW
  • All-wheel drive called "xDrive" by BMW models introduced
  • F06 Gran Coupe body style introduced.

6.2. Model year changes 2013

  • Intelligent Emergency Call with vehicle location and accident severity detection becomes a standard feature.
  • Optional night vision system upgraded and features animal recognition
  • 640d xDrive Gran Coupe and 640i xDrive models are introduced.
  • Launch control and engine coasting in ECO PRO mode introduced for models with the 8-speed automatic transmission.

6.3. Model year changes 2015 facelift

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, BMW introduced the F06/F12/F13 facelift "LCI" models:

  • Exterior changes include redesigned hood, front and rear bumpers, LED fog-lights, adaptive LED headlights, turn signals on the wing mirrors, revised wheel design, and new paint colours.
  • All models were available with xDrive and met the EU6 Exhaust Emissions standard. Fuel economy figures were improved. Additional ride comfort settings were added to the electronically-adjustable dampers.

6.4. Model year changes 2016

  • Models feature an updated iDrive system with a 10.2-inch glass display and touch-sensitive controller

6.5. Model year changes 2017

  • Coupe models were discontinued in February.
  • Models now available with iDrive 5 with Professional Navigation

7. Awards

  • 2012 Red Dot Award BMW 6 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe
  • 2011 Good Design Award 6 Series Coupe and Convertible
  • 2012 iF Product Design Award 6 Series Convertible
  • 2011 Red Dot Award 6 Series Convertible
  • 2012 iF Gold Award for Outstanding Design 6 Series Coupe