BMW E63/E64

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BMW E64 Automobile
BMW 2004 645i
Production2003-present
AssemblyDingolfing, Germany
Automobile platformBMW E64
Internal combustion engine3.0 L i6
4.4 L V8
5.0 L 507 bhp V10 engine
Transmission (mechanics)6-speed (Electrohydraulic manual transmission)
6-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase109.5 in (2781 mm)
Length191.8 in (4872 mm)
Width73 in (1854 mm)
Height54 in (1372 mm)

The BMW E63/E64 is the current Automobile platform of the BMW 6 Series of Luxury car Coupé, introduced in Autumn 2003 in Frankfurt Motor Show by Germany car manufacturer BMW. It comes as either a coupé or cabriolet (convertible) and in several engine variants ranging from a 3 liter Straight-6 to 5 liter V10 engine in the M6 model.

In 1989 the original 6 Series was supplanted by the more expensive and higher performance 8 Series. In late 2003, the 6 Series was reintroduced as a 2004 model, with coupé and convertible versions based on the BMW E63 and BMW E64 platforms, respectively. The E63/64 itself is based on the BMW E60, the latter which forms the current iteration of the 5 Series sedan.

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Engines


These two models are each available with either a 3.0 L (2996 cc) Straight-6 N52 engine producing 190 kW (258 hp DIN) at 6600 rpm and 300 Nm (221.3 ft·lbf) of torque from 2500–4000 rpm (in the 630i) or a 4.4 L (4398 cc) V8 making 245 kW (333 hp DIN) and 450 Nm (331.9 ft·lbf) of torque at 3600 rpm (in the 645Ci). [1] The 645 models have now been phased out in the favor of the more powerful 650i and they are now called 650i Coupé and 650i Cabriolet. (no Ci anymore in the naming) The 630i is not available on US market. It is available in Europe as both Coupé and Cabriolet.

The V8 in the 645Ci is the N62 engine, the same powerplant used in the 545i and 745i, with BMW's Valvetronic variable valve timing system. This is an all aluminum engine with 4 valves per cylinder. This 6-Series comes with either a 6 speed automatic transmission or a 6 speed SMG sequential gear box. For the 2006 model year, BMW remodeled the 645Ci as the 650i. The reason for this change was the increase in engine displacement. A manual transmission is also available.

Various auto tuners offer aftermarket products for the BMW E63/E64 that include improved engine software, throttle bodies, and exhaust sets that improve horsepower through the power band.

Styling


Unlike that of the new 5 Series and 7 Series models, the styling of the new 6 Series has generally received a warm welcome from the BMW community—except, largely, owners and enthusiasts of the E24. The new 6 Series was designed to look like a shark, and many have acknowledged the resemblance. The controversial rear styling is considered to work somewhat better on the shapely E63 than on other BMWs.

Autumn 2007 update


In the autumn of 2007 BMW debuted an updated BMW 6-Series Coupe and Convertible. They feature new LED turn signals in the headlights, slightly restyled rear tail lamps with an LED turn signal, and a redesigned third LED brakelight that has been enlarged and moved to the top of the trunklid.

M6

Main article: BMW M6

In 2005, an M6 version of the new 6 Series was introduced. It shares the E60 BMW M5's engine and transmission (507 bhp). In the third quarter of 2006, BMW announced the M6 convertible as an upcoming 2007 model. The 2008 model year M6 Coupé and Cabriolet both benefited from the standard 6-Series refresh during the fall of 2007.

Model lineup

Model Model Year Engine E63
Coupé
E64
Cabriolet
630Ci/630i 2004-Current N52B30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
645Ci 2004-2005 N62B44 Black check.svg Black check.svg
650i 2006-Current N62B48 Black check.svg Black check.svg
M6 2006-Current S85B50 Black check.svg Black check.svg

Media coverage

The development cycle of this vehicle was documented in a 3-part Discovery Channel Canada series Birth Of a Sports Car (later known as BMW: Birth of a Sports Car on Speed Channel).

The 645 was used as a Pace car at each rounds of the 2006 Moto GP

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