BMW refreshes 6 Series with improved fuel efficiency, more standard safety tech and tweaked design.
The 6 Series has received a minor facelift for 2015 for the Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible models, although the improvements have come with a minor increase in prices.
The petrol-powered BMW 640i and 650i will maintain the Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible bodystyles from the existing range, however all prices have risen by $925, bringing the starting points for the range up to $177,900 for the two-door coupe, $184,900 for the four-door, and $193,900 for the soft-top.
The 640d Gran Coupe remains the only diesel option, and its price has risen by a mere $100 to now start at $184,900.
Under the bonnet, things remain the same. The 640i range is powered by a 235kW/450Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Improvements have been made to combined fuel efficiency however, with the Coupe achieving 7.4L/100km (down 0.4L/100km), the Gran Coupe 7.5L/100km (down 0.4) and the Convertible 7.6L/100km (down 0.3).
It's a similar story when you step up to the 650i, with the 330kW/650Nm 4.4-litre V8 and its eight-speed auto carrying over from the outgoing models.
Again, fuel efficiency improvements are the order of the day with all 650i models improving their combined ratings by 0.3L/100km over the outgoing equivalents. The Coupe and Gran Coupe now achieve 8.6L/km, while the Convertible comes in at 8.9L/100km.
For the 640d Gran Coupe, the 230/650Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel and eight-speed auto remain. However, unlike its petrol brothers, its 5.7L/100km combined figure is unchanged.
On the outside, the updated 6 Series range scores new front and rear bumpers and new grille design. The Coupe and Convertible now join the Gran Coupe in having adaptive LED headlights.
For the driver, the new 6 Series standard inclusions now feature active cruise, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, AEB, lane change warning and parking assist. There's also an improved heads-up display.
The Design Pure Experience option pack adds gloss-black detailing to the exterior, along with two-tone 19-inch alloys. In the cabin it adds cognac/black leather upholstery and brown wood trim.
The Design Pure Excellence option pack adds white/black leather upholstery, leather covered dash, new switches and grey wood trim.
Both option packs can individually be optioned with the alternate coloured leather and wood.
The high-performance M6 models haven't missed out on the updates either, including the $925 increase in pricing.
For the extra dollars the M6 now comes with the previously optional Competition Pack standard, bringing the it into line with the mechanically-identical M5, which scored a similar update in 2013.
The Competition Pack brings more hardcore diff and suspension setups, sharper steering, M Dynamic drive mode and lighter 20-inch alloys.
Under the bonnet, the 4.4-litre V8 now produces 441kW and 700Nm, a 29kW/20Nm improvement that hasn't come at the cost of fuel efficiency. That clocks in at 10.3L/100km, which matches the outgoing M6's number.
All three models now make the dash to 100km/h 0.2s quicker. The fixed-roof versions now do it in an astonishing 3.9s, while the heavier Convertible is only 0.1s behind at 4.0s.