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.
BMW 6 Series
The BMW 6 Series is a range of grand tourers produced by BMW since 1976. It is the successor to the E9 Coupe and is currently in its fourth generation.
The first generation BMW E24 6 Series was available solely as a two-door coupe and produced from 1976 to 1989. When the 6 Series nameplate was revived in 2004 for the second generation, the BMW E63/E64 6 Series, the coupe was joined by a convertible body style. The third generation F06/F12/F13 6 Series debuted in 2011 as a coupe and convertible, and added a four-door coupe body style known as the Gran Coupe in 2012. When the F06/F12/F13 6 Series ended production, the "Gran Coupe"/coupe/convertible models have been shifted into the more upmarket BMW 8 Series G15 nameplate. The fourth generation 6 Series, the G32 6 Series, debuted in mid-2017 and is offered only as a fastback body style to complement the BMW 5 Series G30 sedan/wagon.
The first generation 6 Series was derived from the BMW E23 7 Series, and was powered by a range of naturally aspirated inline-six gasoline engines. Following generations have been powered by inline-four, V8, and V10 engines with both natural aspiration and turbocharging. Since 2008, diesel engines have been included in the 6 Series range, with four-wheel drive models on offer since 2012.
A BMW M6 high performance model has been produced for the first three generations of the 6 Series.
1. First Generation E24; 1976–1989
The BMW E24 is the first generation of 6 Series and was produced from 1976 to 1989. It replaced the E9 coupes and was solely produced in the 2-door coupe body style. Aside from the M635CSi/M6 models, the E24 was powered by a range of M30 straight-6 engines.
The E24 M635CSi called the M6 in North America and Japan is considered the start of the M6 model line. In most markets, the M635CSi is powered by the M88 straight-6 engine. In North America and Japan, the M6 is powered by the less powerful S38 straight-6 engine.
2. Second Generation E63/E64; 2003–2010
The E63/E64 is the second generation of 6 Series and was sold from 2003 to 2010. The body styles of the range are the coupe E63 model code and convertible E64 model code.
In January 2003, the E63 coupe re-introduced the 6 Series range, 14 years after the E24 6 Series ended production. A few months later, the E64 convertible was released.
The E63/E64 uses a shortened version of the E60 5 Series chassis and shares many features with the 5 Series. The car initially drew criticism, due to its controversial styling and complicated iDrive system.
The M6 model was released in 2005 in coupe and convertible body styles. It is powered by the S85 V10 engine and most cars were sold with a 7-speed automated manual transmission "SMG III".
3. Third Generation F06/F12/F13; 2011–2018
The BMW F06/F12/F13 is the third generation 6 Series and was sold from 2011 to 2018. The body styles of the range are a 4-door coupe F06 model code, marketed as "Gran Coupe", 2-door convertible F12 model code and 2-door coupe F13 model code.
It was introduced at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and New York Auto Show. A new four-door coupe version of the 6 Series was introduced in 2012, at the Geneva Motor Show; and is based on the 2007 CS Concept. Initial models included a 3.0-litre inline six engine, a 4.4-litre V8, and a 3.0-litre inline six diesel engine, with all-wheel drive variants later added to the lineup.
In 2015, the 6 Series underwent a facelift, featuring design changes and minor performance and fuel economy improvements. On February 2017, it was confirmed that the 6 Series coupe model had ended production. The convertible ended in February 2018, and the Gran Coupe ended in October 2018.
The F06/F12/F13 M6 is powered by the S63 twin-turbo V8 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It is the first M6 to use a turbocharged engine.
4. Fourth Generation G32; 2017–present
The BMW G32 is the fourth generation 6 Series, which went on sale in 2017. The body style of the G32 is a 5-door fastback and it is marketed as "6 Series Gran Turismo" replacing the previous generation 5 Series Gran Turismo.
The G32 was first introduced online on 14 June 2017 and launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The range of engines consist of turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol, 6-cylinder petrol and 6-cylinder diesel engines. Most models are rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive called "xDrive" by BMW available as an option for some models.