The third-generation has come out of hiding since way back in 2011 as a coupe and convertible, so they are starting to show their age even though they’re among the best BMW designs of late.

Even the very pretty Gran Coupe is now feeling a bit tired – which is why BMW has decided a mild upgrade in the US is in order for the 2018 model year across the entire 6 Series roster. For example, the M Sport Package includes a new set of 20-inch M bi-color wheels featuring a double-spoke design with staggered run flat tires. Also included with the M Sport Package is a carbon fiber interior trim, until now reserved for the true M version. There’s also a new exterior shade named “Sonic Speed Blue metallic”. No powertrain upgrades have been instilled, so the same 640i and 640i xDrive versions with turbocharged inline-six 3.0-liter engine packing 315 horsepower are on offer.


In related news, the US roster will also include starting next spring the 530e iPerformance plug in hybrid as the most economical 5 Series in United States. It gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine working in conjunction with an electric motor for a total of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft. The sprint to 60 mph will take just 6.1 seconds and maximum speed is of 130 mph or 87 mph – in electric mode. Speaking of which, the 9.2-kWh battery pack will be good for 28 miles (45 km) of emissions free driving.


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