What Changed for 2008:
- New LED rear lighting
- New 6-Speed automatic transmission
- Two new colors: Deep Sea Blue and Space Gray
- New alloy wheels
- Redesigned front fascia with wider signature kidney grille
- Redesigned rear deck lid and spoiler
- New interior appointments
The lineage of the BMW
6 Series can be traced back more than 70 years to the original BMW 3200 CS and BMW 3.0 CSi. For 2008, the 8-cylinder BMW 650i and 650i Convertible are bestowed with mechanical improvements and aesthetic refinements that continue to affirm their place in the BMW model portfolio.Model Lineup
Traditionally, engine choice has dictated BMW trim levels. In the case of the 2008 6 Series, there is but one engine choice-therefore only one trim level. As the premier Grand Touring coupe and Luxury Convertible in the BMW lineup, the 6 Series offers many standard luxury features on each model. These include electric power operation of nearly every accessory, including the automatic soft top on the convertible. Both models feature a standard GPS-based navigation system with real-time traffic reporting. The engine is a 360-hp V-8, with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
Several option packages are available on the 650i and 650i Convertible. The Sport package upgrades wheels from 18-inch to 19-inch, and adds sport seats and a different trim color. The Cold Weather package adds heating to the front seats and steering wheel, and a ski bag. Stand-alone options include an upgrade to the Logic7 Surround Sound stereo; Head-Up Display (HUD); Active Steering with variable steering ratio; Active Cruise Control (ACC); and Night Vision.Powertrain
The rear-wheel-drive 2008 650i and 650i Convertible are powered by a 4.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 360 hp with peak torque of 360 lb.-ft. The aluminum powerplant features VALVETRONIC valve control, and variable double-VANOS camshaft management on both the intake and exhaust. According to BMW, the 6 Series accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds (6-speed manual), on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Stopping the 650i are four floating-caliper disc brakes, upgraded this year for even quicker response and improved precision, says BMW. The 2007 EPA fuel economy ratings are 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway (6-speed manual transmission).Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2008 650i and 650i Convertible are dual front and side air bags for both driver and passenger. The 650i is equipped with head air bags, while the Convertible features pop-up roll bars that deploy automatically in the event of an impending rollover. A full array of standard electronic driving aids is also standard on the 650i. These include Dynamic Safety Control (DSC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), automatic stability control, brake fade compensation, and brake drying. All are designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during adverse driving conditions, or during accident avoidance maneuvers. The 2008 BMW 650i has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
For 2008, the 650i coupe and Convertible both offer BMW Night Vision, a system utilizing a thermal imaging camera to detect objects nearly 1000 feet down the road. Head-Up Display projects vital vehicle information on the windshield directly in front of the driver, while Lane Departure Warning issues a vibration alert on the steering wheel if the system senses the driver inadvertently departing from the correct path on the road. Active Cruise Control, with Stop & Go function, is an advanced cruise control that is able to not only control vehicle speed on the highway, but in stop-and-go traffic as well.