A manual transmission and all-wheel-drive will not be on the 640i's options list.

Thanks to a pricing announcement made today by BMW, those waiting for the six-cylinder 640i to reach dealers in October will at least be able to have their checks ready beforehand.

The Bavarian company has priced the 640i coupe from $74,475 and the convertible variant from $81,975. Those figures are each about $9400 less than the V8-powered 650i.

Those unwilling to pay a $4700 per cylinder premium for the 650i will not have to make due with a consolation prize for an engine: the 640i's smooth single-turbo "N55" 3.0-liter inline-six makes 315 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, and its lighter weight should equate to improvements in acceleration and handling.

The 640i does require some compromises, as a traditional manual transmission and BMW's "xDrive" all-wheel drive system are unavailable. Most of the options packages from the more powerful car will be offered, though, and fuel economy should see a slight increase.

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