Asian Carmakers brings in BMW 1-Series M Coupe, 6-Series Convertible

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Jul 29, 2011
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - BMW 1-Series M Coupe, 6-Series Convertible lands in the Philippines

Now may be a good time for you to hold on to your seat as Asian Carmakers Corporation, the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, has brought in two exciting cars to the market: the 1-Series M Coupe and the 6-Series Convertible.

We've already waxed superlatives at the 1-Series M Coupe, or 1M as BMW calls the car, but if you haven't had enough of it, let's run down what is it about the car that Dinzo calls it his "new dream car" and which Jeremy Clarkson dubbed as "brilliant."

Underneath its bonnet is a 3.0-liter, inline-six, M TwinPower Turbo-equipped engine that has an output of 340hp, a torque of 450Nm and a power-to-weight ratio of 4.4 kilograms per horsepower. This lets the 1M accelerate from a standing start to 100kph in 4.9 seconds while the 200kph mark is reached in 17.3 seconds before it reaches its electronically limited top speed of 250kph.

Making these figures even more impressive is that all that power comes in a compact package that's just 4,380 millimeters in length and 1,420 millimeters in height, making the 1 Series M Coupe the shortest and flattest model in the BMW M lineup.

If elegance is what you desire, then the 6-Series Convertible is what you want.

Up front, the large, slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille gives the car a sense of surging forward while a broad air intake, strikingly contoured bonnet and muscular wheel arches hint at its powerful engine technology and impressive road-holding.

The sides of the 6-Series Convertible also bear the hallmark BMW swage line that's spawned in the front wheel arch gill, which houses the side indicator lamps,  and extends all the way back into the taillights.

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The two-part rear light clusters has the brand's familiar L-shape design and gives it a particularly sporty, dynamic edge while two LED-powered light strips inside the units create the familiar BMW nighttime look.

Designed as a 2+2 seater, the 6-Series Convertible has individually tailored seats for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. Combining high-quality materials and carefully coordinated colors with meticulously formed surfaces give the interior an ambience that’s defined by luxury, sweeping dynamism and stylish functionality. As always, the interior has a driver-oriented cockpit layout, which is a signature BMW element as the central section of the instrument panel is angled slightly towards the driver while the gearshift lever, and the buttons for the parking brake and roof operation are located on a surface that opens out toward the driver.

Two variants of the 6-Series Convertible are available for the discerning buyer: the 640i, which has an inline-six, BMW TwinPower Turbo-equipped engine that puts out 320hp; and the 650i that's equipped with an eight-cylinder mill that produces 407hp. Both engines come with an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox although the 640i is fitted with BMW EfficientDynamics’ Auto Start-Stop function.

"We at ACC are pleased to offer another model to our current product line-up," said Asian Carmaker sales and marketing director Glen Dasig. "The new BMW 6-Series will add to the tradition of open top cars that embodies the hallmark proportions of a BMW convertible and I am sure, BMW enthusiasts will be thrilled at this new addition."

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The 1-Series M Coupe costs P5.54 million while the 6-Series Convertible is priced at P8.78 million for the 640i and P10.78 million for the 650i.

Both models can be seen at the BMW Expo, which is being held at the NBC Tent until July 31.

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