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By Cars.com Staff
October 8, 2009
Vehicle Overview BMW's luxury two-door car, the 6 Series, competes with sports cars like the Jaguar XK, Mercedes-Benz SL and Porsche 911. A V-8 engine is standard, and BMW is one of the few carmakers in the segment to still offer a manual transmission; an automatic is also available. The high-performance, 6-Series-based M6 is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
The 6-Series' lightweight construction makes ample use of aluminum and composite materials. An electronic stability system is standard.
New for 2010 There are no significant changes for 2010.
Exterior The coupe is long, low and wide and features a sculptured power-dome hood. Standard features include:
Swiveling bi-xenon headlights
18-inch alloy wheels
Optional 19-inch alloys, dark chrome exhaust and a reshaped hood
Standard tilting panorama glass roof (coupes)
Retractable rear window (convertible)
Power soft-top (convertible)
Interior Up to four occupants can fit inside the 2+2 coupe and the convertible. BMW's iDrive system uses a console knob to control multiple comfort and convenience functions. The system includes six "favorite" buttons that can save radio stations, navigation locations or phone numbers.
Standard full-leather interior, including seats and dashboard
Standard navigation system
Standard eight-speaker CD stereo
Optional upgraded stereo with full MP3 compatibility
Optional sport seats with adjustable thigh supports
Optional heated seats
Under the Hood A 4.8-liter V-8 is standard; BMW's Sequential Manual Gearbox, offered in early editions of the 6 Series, has been dropped.
360 horsepower, 360 pounds-feet of torque
Standard six-speed manual transmission
Optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Safety Most safety features are standard, but a few high-tech ones are optional.
Standard active head restraints
Standard antilock brakes
Standard traction control and electronic stability system
Coupe includes front knee, chest, side-impact and side curtain airbags
Convertible includes front knee, chest and side-impact airbags
Pop-up rollover bars (convertible)
Adaptive brake lights illuminate brighter under heavy braking
Optional lane departure warning system
Optional adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability in heavy traffic
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