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      11-19-2010, 05:29 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by southlight View Post
Different standards, so you need to add 165 lbs (75kg).

It's the other way round. There will be a manual transmission for North America, but not for Europe. Here's the excerpt from the US press release:
Instantaneous power and torque are the stand-out features of the V-8 engine available of the new BMW 650i Convertible. The engine combines sporting character with outstanding smoothness, linear power delivery, and exceptional efficiency. The engine can be paired with either BMWs new 8-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or BMWs traditional 6-speed manual transmission, quite popular with North American enthusiasts.

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I have always thought that it is Europe where most cars with manuals are sold. But having lately read the test of 550i F10 with manual which is only available in the USA I have to verify my knowledge. I don't understand why the customers in Europe are not given the choice of the manual gearbox. Is this a pure marketing reason? Or did they assume that there will sell very few of them?

I realize that the 8 speed automatic swaps cogs as fast as a lightning which also allows the car to achieve better mpg but I'd still choose manual over autobox, save some money and have a car which would simply give me more driving pleasure.

Apparently BMW has chosen the same way the Mercedes did a few years ago and starts to install automatic gearboxes as standard in more and more models: Z4 35is, 335d, all X5, all X6, all 6 pot X1 and X3, now all 6 Series models and 550i, 535d.
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      11-19-2010, 11:47 PM   #24
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The new 6 is Gorgeous but when are folks at BMW

coming out with retractable hardtop M6 - the wait is killing me and pushing me toward the M3

don't get me wrong the 6 rocks!!! just the soft-top
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      11-20-2010, 12:03 PM   #25
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Considering the M6 is the most performance orientated 6-Series, I doubt they'd want to increase weight by adding a retractable hardtop.

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do you have the releasing date for the 640i coupe ??

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Originally Posted by Thud View Post
I'm sure that's the time for a standing kilometer... whoever create those spec charts didn't understand that units are important.
There are units "s" are right after it... LOL. Major typo, consider the above line (0-100km/hr) (seconds) 5.7 / 5.0 actually made sense.
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funny now, how 640i refers to a base model, inline 6 cylinder engine that actually displaces 3.0L

remember, when the "_40i" moniker referred to the top shelf V8?
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