Newport Convertible engineering was first US coach builder which designed, engineered and distributed BMW X6 Convertible.
BMW’s fresh for 2013 X6 coupe-crossover has made its first public appearance at the 2012 New York auto show. Although the X6 has received more than its fair share of criticism for its unorthodox shape, BMW has sold more than 150,000 units of the sports activity vehicle worldwide.
At first glance one might not even spot any difference at all, but upon further inspection one should notice a considerable amount of detail-oriented changes from front to back. For example, the front of the X6 now gains a new fascia, complete with a new grille, foglamps and optional adaptive LED headlamps (Xenons come standard).
Better than Xenon?
Xenon was king not along ago, but with the advancement of technology comes a new top dog in the headlight realm: LED. The bright white light that is characteristic of LED headlamps ensure optimum visibility, while their cosmetics serve up a new interpretation of BMW’s hallmark twin circular headlamps. The three-dimensionally shaped luminous rings of the adaptive LED headlights are leveled off both at the top and bottom and are overlaid at the upper edge by an LED-fed accent light. The light sources for low and high beam light are LED units positioned on a horizontal bar at its center, feeding their light into the reflectors in front.
Continuing the LED theme are the taillights, which are newly designed and feature two LED-fed light banks with horizontal alignment – continuing the overall flow of the vehicle’s style.
Let’s talk power
Just as important as luxury appointments and cutting-edge styling are power and performance. Realizing that, BMW has added an available M Performance Package for both the base X6 xDrive35i’s 300 horsepower, 300 lb-ft of torque TwinPower Turbo inline-6 and the X6 xDrive50i’s 400 horsepower, 450 lb-ft 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8. The result? 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque for the inline-6, and a more significant upgrade to 440 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque for the big boy V8. Both models come exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to sizable power gains comes the addition of standard 20-inch light alloy wheels, black chrome exhaust tips, stainless steel pedals, M foot rest and door sills, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner and optional Carbon Black metallic paint.
Still not enough? For 2013 there will still be a full-blown X6 M on order, complete with the same 555 horsepower from its turbo-fed 4.4-liter V8, mated with a tough six-speed automatic transmission.
By Mark KleisWednesday, Leftlanenews.com
The BMW 650i delivers stellar performance, refined handling and the unique combination of elegance and sportiness that defines BMW. After a one-year hiatus, the 650i returns with revised styling, enhanced power and available all-wheel drive.
Available as a coupe or convertible in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, the 650i and 650i xDrive boast a new 400-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with direct fuel injection; available transmissions include a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed Sport automatic with manual mode and shift paddles. The 650i is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, Dynamic Driving Control, 19-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and Comfort Access keyless entry/start. Inside its lush cabin, the 650i provides seating for four, with high-quality leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and genuine wood trim. A voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, including 12 gigabytes of dedicated media storage, HD radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are also standard. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, front and rear parking sensors with rearview camera, active anti-whiplash front head restraints and up to eight airbags. A Driver Assistance Package is offered, providing more advanced systems such as lane-departure warning, blind spot detection, head-up display and an automated parking assistant. The 650i can also be outfitted with active cruise control and night vision, while progressive new options for 2012 include full LED lights and Integral Active Steering.
The BMW 650i is completely redesigned for 2012. Updates for the new generation include a 400-hp twin-turbo V8, 8-speed automatic transmission, 19-inch aluminum wheels, LED fog lights and multi-contour front comfort seats. The M Sport Package will also be available, and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is offered for the first time on any BMW. Additionally, two new all-wheel drive models have been added to the lineup.
The BMW Z4 has the classic two-seat roadster look, but features a modern two-piece power retractable hardtop. The result is an elegant looking car that blends the sportiness of a coupe with the enjoyment of a convertible.
The Z4 is offered as three different models, sDrive28i, sDrive35i, or sDrive35is. Power for the sDrive28i comes from a 241-hp 2.0-liter direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The sDrive35i is powered by a twin-turbo, 300-hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, while the sDrive35is gets a 335-hp version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic, or an advanced double-clutch seven-speed transmission. Standard features include Driving Dynamics Control which allows the driver to change the vehicles characteristics between normal, sport, and sport+ mode, adaptive brake lights, and a two-piece lightweight-aluminum hardtop.
For 2012, the sDrive30i has been replaced by the sDrive28i sporting BMW’s new TwinPower four-cylinder turbo engine.