2012 BMW 6-Series lineup available with all-wheel-drive

Without any big announcement today, BMW has reportedly started offering all-wheel-drive on the 2012 BMW 6-Series lineup. Both the 650i Coupe and the 650i Convertible are available with the company’s xDrive system.

The 2012 BMW 650i xDrive Coupe starts at $86,000, while the 2012 BMW 650i xDrive Convertible starts at $93,500. Both models cost $3,000 more than their rear-wheel-drive counterparts.

BMW says the all-wheel-driver versions of the 6-series are actually faster than the rear-drive versions. How much faster? About a a tenth of a second faster from 0 to 60 mph for the convertible and two-tenths faster in the coupe.

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Refresher: Power for the 2012 BMW 650i Coupe comes from a the company’s 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine making 400-hp between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm with a maximum torque of 450 lb-ft between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. Mated to BMW’s new 8-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or the traditional 6-speed manual transmission, the 2012 650i Coupe goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: BMW