Top Shelf: 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe


We’ve seen some teaser images, but now comes a full in-depth look at the 2012 BMW 6 SeriesCoupe. Setting the tone is a more aggressively angled fascia (a definite trend among performance-oriented cars in the past few production years – note the Jaguar XKR-S for a prime example). Body styling has been tightened up a bit for 2012, but the most notable features of the new 6 Series are in what’s under the hood, and inside the cockpit. Power is derived from a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, which produces 400 horsepower between 5,500 rpm and 6,400 rpm, and a more-than-respectable 450 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm up through 4,500 rpm. Controlling this power is an eight-speed automatic, with the popular option to shift via steering wheel-mounted F1 style paddles.

Flicking these, the car does 0-60 in 4.8, to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. In the cabin, the 2012 6 Series is packed with the latest electronics BMW has to offer, all centered around a 10.2-inch high-definition screen which serves as the portal for visual information. Options include available Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot detection, Rear and Top View Cameras, a Parking Assistant and a three-dimensional heads-up display.

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