BMW at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

BMW will have one of the richest lineups at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, including a number of major premiers.

BMW presents numerous new serial production models as well as groundbreaking vehicle concepts whose design and technology pave the way to forms of mobility which are both exciting and sustainable. The consistent continuation of this development strategy is documented in the studies BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, likewise on show in Geneva. But concepts are just part of the plan.

To name but a few of BMW showstoppers, we have the 6-series Gran Coupe, the new M6 coupe and convertible, the 3-series M sport, 1-series EfficientDynamics, and the new range of M Performance cars including BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d, the X6 facelift, and of course the M Performance parts.


BMW press release:

The new models presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show reflect the remarkable harmony between exclusive driving culture, challenging athletic flair and exemplary efficiency which makes the BMW range of products the most progressive in the premium segment. A clear sign of the outstanding status of BMW design is the world premiere of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The brand’s first four-door Coupe is the aesthetic highlight of the BMW trade show presentation. The sporty elegance of its appearance suggests a fascinating driving experience defined by powerful engines, superior suspension technology and innovative driver assistance systems.

The current product range of BMW M GmbH, embodies outstanding sporty flair in a particularly contemporary form. The 2012 Geneva Motor Show provides the showcase for the world premiere of the new BMW M6 Coupe. The second generation of this high-performance vehicle combines fascinating dynamic performance with a level of fuel consumption that has been reduced by over 30 per cent as compared to the predecessor model. Hallmark M feeling is also to be found in the BMW M Performance automobiles, presented to the public for the first time in Geneva. The models BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d establish a whole new product category which combines an exclusive range of engines and high performance with unlimited suitability for everyday use and impressive efficiency.

What is more, visitors to the Geneva Motor Show from March 8th to18th will witness a particularly detailed presentation of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. For this purpose, additional engine versions will be featured for the new edition of the world’s most successful premium model, as well as the BMW Active Hybrid 3. The new BMW 1 Series also lines up for the start with new engines – including the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, the brand’s first serial production model with a level of CO2 emissions of less than 100 grams per kilometre. The series of world premieres is rounded off by the new BMW X6, whose individual profile is honed with modifications in design and innovative equipment features.

Aesthetic highlight: the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
With the world premiere of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW provides one of the highlights at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show while at the same time signalling its advance into a new vehicle segment. The design and innovative equipment features of the first 4-door Coupe by BMW is a symbol of exclusive driving pleasure in the luxury class. The hallmark proportions for a Coupe of the BMW brand and the BMW 6 Series shaping form the basis for its aesthetic appearance, defined by dynamic, elegant style. The interior of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe offers driver orientation as is typical of the brand, along with a high level of travel comfort in a stylish, luxurious interior.

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a 4-seater that offers generous travel comfort at the rear, too. A third seat is available as standard which can be used for shorter journeys. Thanks to folding backrests, the 460-litre luggage compartment can be extended to a volume of 1,265 litres.
There are three engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology available for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine of the BMW 640i Gran Coupe delivers 235 kW/320 bhp, the in-line 6-cylinder diesel of the BMW 640d Gran Coupe has an output of 230 kW/313 bhp. The BMW 650i Gran Coupe is powered by a new V8 engine with 330 kW/450 bhp whose BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology now also includes the fully variable valve control system VALVETRONIC. All model variants are fitted an 8-speed sports automatic transmission. In addition to the automatic engine start-stop function, the standard ECO PRO mode also helps reduce fuel consumption. The intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive will be available for the top model, too.

High-performance sports car in top form: the new BMW M6 Coupe.
A particularly attractive blend of aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance is all set for launch in the high-performance sports car segment, too. The new BMW M6 Coupe, which sees its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, exercises a fascinating attraction both due to it hallmark M design and its acceleration capacity, largely deriving from its 412 kW/560 bhp V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology. Its propulsive power enables a figure of 4.2 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, while its exceptional efficiency results in an average fuel consumption of 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres in the EU test cycle. The high-revving 8-cylinder engine, 7-speed M dual transmission, Active M Differential in the rear axle differential, the M-specific chassis and the new optionally available M Carbon ceramic brake guarantee top figures in all the relevant criteria for all-round dynamic performance and ensure the characteristic M feeling.

In the new BMW M6 Coupe, the dynamic and elegant lines are supplemented by characteristic M features which emphasise the athletic character of this high-performance sports car in a way which is derived directly from technological requirements. One hallmark feature is the roof in carbon fibre reinforced plastic, which in the BMW M6 Coupe has striking contours. It contributes to the reduction of vehicle weight as well as shifting the centre of gravity downwards – two ways in which it optimises the agility of the 2-door model. Wide-ranging configuration options for the drivetrain and suspension functions, two M drive buttons on the steering wheel for saving and retrieving a preferred set-up, the typical M cockpit design and the optional Head-Up Display – likewise with M-specific features – provide the ideal basis for enjoyment of this high-performance model in intense, individual style.

Exclusive performance, typical M feeling, outstanding efficiency: the BMW M Performance automobiles.

BMW M GmbH is also marking the start of a completely new product category with four premieres at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The BMW M Performance automobiles meet the demand for more power, precise handling and highly expressive design while retaining unlimited suitability for everyday use and exemplary efficiency. The models BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d will be the first to go on the market. Their main points in common: the most innovative, powerful and efficient in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine in the world, the intelligent all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive, M-specific suspension settings and a characteristic design.

The new diesel engine with triple turbocharger and common rail direct injection delivers 280 kW/381 bhp and mobilises a maximum torque of 740 Newton metres. The 8-speed sports automatic transmission, xDrive, the suspension technology and the aerodynamic balance of the BMW M Performance automobiles are configured specifically to match the performance characteristics of each model with the precision typical of BMW M GmbH. New benchmarks are achieved, especially in terms of agility but also in the area of efficiency. For example, the BMW M550d xDrive accelerates in 4.7 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, while its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

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