BMW revealed the 6-series way back in 1976, but it really found its feet with the E63/64 models that launched in 2003. The latest, and sleekest incarnation, the F12/13 type are some of the prettiest cars on the road.
1. Back in 1976 when the first 6 series was built it wasn’t at the hands of BMW. Karmann built them back then, but in 1977 BMW bought the production in house to Dingolfing where the 6 series has been produced ever since.
2. The original E24 6 series holds the record for having THE longest production run of any BMW, ever. In all there were 86,219 cars produced from 1976 to 1989. 13 years in production is almost unheard of these days, especially with the quick turnaround of models from the likes of BMW and Mercedes.
3. Since 2012 a Gran Coupé 4 door model has been offered up alongside the coop and drop top, and from 2012 to 2014 2 door Coupé sales nearly halved in favour of the more doored variant.
Which is a bit of a shame as the Gran Coupé has a strange, lumbering look about it compared to the 2 door model. But price wise they start at the exact same figure of £59,535.
4. In its top level M6 form the 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 produces 552 BHP which is good for a 0-62 time of 4.1 seconds, not bad for a car that weighs in at 1850kg.
Opting for the competition package you can cut that 62 time to 3.9 seconds, but it will also cost you an additional £7,300 whacking the price up to a heady £99,675. But hey, if you’re already at £90k for a car what’s a few grand more?
It will also slay the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 5 seconds, Cadwell Park is a much quicker 1 minute 42 seconds.
The limited top speed can also be lifted from 155 to 189 MPH, crikey!
5. That performance doesn’t stop there either. Did you know there’s a BMW M6 GT3 car? In fact it won the 24 hours of Spa this year. Ran by ROWE Racing and driven by brit Alexander Sims and two others, retaining the BMW crown after the older Z4 GT3 won it in 2015.
The GT3 car features a boosted 585 BHP engine, however the car has gone on a serious diet and weighs little more than a hatchback, tipping the scales at just 1,300 KG.
It also has a ton of trick aero, FIA spec safety cage, carbon fibre exterior, air jack system, Ohlins shocks all round, adjustable traction control and a price tag of just over £337, 000. Ouch.
Getting a BMW through car leasing is one of the easiest ways to acquire one of these beautiful cars. It allows you to pay lower monthly costs than you would on car finance, and you don’t have to worry about depreciation.
This executive saloon is available on both private and business car leasing agreements, so it is entirely up to you, which way you choose to go.