All versions of the 2016 BMW 6 Series and M6 -- the coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe -- will sport a slightly different look when they arrive at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. The updated 2016 BMW 6 Series and M6 go on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of next year.
Major changes to the 2016 BMW 6 Series begin with restyled kidney grilles, which have a new shape and now pack only nine, rather than ten, vertical grille slats. The lower front fascia has one full-width air intake, as opposed to the old car's three bumper inlets, and the LED foglights now have a different surround. Adaptive LED headlights come standard, as do redesigned mirrors with thin integrated turn-signal strips. On 2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe models (the four-door accounts for nearly half of all 6 Series sales), the C-pillar trim and window have been reshaped, and a black aluminum trim pieces features embossed "Gran Coupe" lettering. The exhaust tips of 640i models have been widened, and new 20-inch wheel designs are offered.
The new BMW M6 receives a similar visual refresh to its grille and front fascia, though the rest of the car retains its racy, aggressive bodywork that helps distinguish it from the 640i and 650i models.
The 2016 BMW 6 Series also receives two new option packages. The Black Accent treatment consists of BMW's Shadow Line gloss-black interior trim, as well as gloss-black kidney grille bars, gloss-black exhaust tips, unique 19-inch, and a cognac/black Nappa leather interior with brown wood trim. The new M Sport Edition pack essentially combines the existing M Sport and Executive packages, giving buyers 20-inch M wheels, an M steering wheel, and M body kit, as well as a leather-covered dashboard, cooled front seats, and soft-closing doors.
Engines and transmissions do not change for the new model year. The 2016 BMW 640i has a 315-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the 650i packs a 445-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 and an eight-speed auto; both come standard with rear-wheel drive but can be optioned with xDrive. The 2016 BMW M6, meanwhile, continues with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 good for 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel-drive is the only configuration, but buyers can pick between a seven-speed dual-clutch and a six-speed manual transmission.
Pricing information for the 2016 BMW 6 Series and M6 will be announced closer to the cars' launch in 2015.