BMW 6 Series Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine

June 27th, 2012 | Category: BMW | 915 Views

BMW 6 Series Models, Concept, Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine – Looking from the 640i and 650i Coupe and Convertible models, over to the all-new, very curvaceous Gran Coupe four-door. And to the super-performance M6, the 6-Series lineup appears wildly varied in purpose, and appealing to distinctly different kinds of luxury-car shoppers. But across the entire 6-Series lineup, what these models do have in common is that they’re all intensely expressive.

Each of these models do have some common architecture, but there’s a very different final mix for look, feel, and functionality between each of them. Style is clearly the priority for the 2013 6-Series Coupe and Convertible models, and it’s immediately apparent: from the taut, sculpted hood to the stylized flanks and the sweeping (Coupe’s) roofline. They do scream “Look at me!”–but with a politeness that would be welcomed at the country club. On the other hand, the new M6 wears a little more urgency on its sleeves–even before you fire the engine up–with its more aggressive aero work, distinctive wheels, flared fenders flush with the wheels, and somewhat wider stance.

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2013 bmw6 Series – (Neocarsuv.Com)

The athletic look is backed up by turbocharged six-cylinder or V-8 engines. In the 640i, it’s a 315-horsepower, 3.0-liter six—offering up to 31 mpg on the highway—while the 650i models get a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine making 400 horsepower. That’s more than enough to ably motivate the roughly 4,200-pound coupe or convertible. Mated to BMW’s eight-speed transmission, it sends its power to the rear wheels (or to all four wheels in the case of the 650i xDrive model) with smooth, even-tempered vigor. 640i models have a little less of the relaxed muscle-coupe character you get in the 650i, but they’re very smooth and strong without needing to be revved.

BMW’s four-door answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7 is here, wrapped in stretched 6-series coupe sheetmetal. Like the 6er coupe, it is mechanically similar to the 5-series—following the pattern of the A7 and CLS, which are rebodied versions of the Audi A6 and Benz E-class. Having the 5-series as a base means weight—and a lot of it. With identical engines and drivelines, the Gran Coupe adds about 200 pounds to its respective 5-series. That puts the base 640i somewhere near 4300 pounds; the upper limit will be set by the all-wheel-drive 650i xDrive, at 4550.

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2013 bmw 6 series 100392240 – (Neocarsuv.Com)

From behind the wheel, however, this BMW manages to mask its abundant heft with some success, thanks in part to the adjustable chassis. It offers multiple settings, although each generally has trade-offs. Sport and sport plus are our clear favorites, with stiffer suspension settings and minimized body roll, although these modes can amplify the car’s general tendency to go a bit jittery over broken pavement. Sport plus claims to loosen the reins of the stability-control system, but we couldn’t really tell a difference. Down the settings ladder, comfort will improve the ride but sacrifices agility. Comfort plus was a mode we avoided at all costs, as it turns the car too soft and brings even more artificiality to the electrically boosted steering. (The 650i xDrive Gran Coupe has hydraulic power steering.)

As are those of other 6-series models, the Gran Coupe’s cockpit is beautifully executed. The front seats and the outboard rear seats offer a satisfying level of lateral support, even for larger people. Finding a proper driving position is a snap. Rear-seat room is merely okay, however, considering the Gran Coupe is three inches shy of a short-wheelbase 7-series in overall length. It won’t be an issue unless you sit behind a particularly gangly front occupant, so there’s no need to fear being stuffed in the back for a few hundred miles.

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2013-bmw-6 – (Neocarsuv.Com)

New for 2013—actually introduced as a Convertible late in the 2012 model year, but now new as a Coupe—is the new-generation super-performance M6. Just as the latest M5, it dumps the thirsty former V-10 in favor of a 560-hp BMW M twin-turbo V-8, mated to a special seven-speed M Double Clutch gearbox that offers exceptionally fast shifts. That’s matched with an M specific chassis, upgraded brakes, special sport seats, and extensive M Drive controls over suspension, steering, powertrain, and stability controls; 0-60 mph times are as short as 4.1 seconds. It even includes two customizable setting buttons to quickly dial in a different character for a certain kind of driving.

All Gran Coupe models feature four doors and what BMW calls 4+1 seating, making egress into the rear seats easier than 6-Series Coupe models. The Gran Coupe retains the driving dynamics of the standard Coupe, but its improved rear accommodations make it more appealing to those who regularly carry more than one passenger. That said, the Gran Coupe isn’t a substitute for the 7-Series, or any of BMW’s more upright sedans, really, as there’s not enough headroom for most adults. For parents or grandparents who want the feel of a coupe but with a few extra seats for the weekend, it’s perfect.

Both the Coupe and the Convertible handle well for large grand tourers; neither is as nimble as a true sports car, but both are ready and willing partners on a curving canyon road. That comfort comes courtesy of some very well-designed and roomy front seats. The rear seats in either Convertible or Coupe are best-suited to small children or luggage, though they can hold adults, particularly with the top down in the convertible, for shorter distances. Materials and trims are exactly what you’d expect for the premium price. And if you want to customize the 6-Series’ look, there’s a full set of possibilities through the BMW Individual Composition program.

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2013-bmw-6-series

A 10.2-inch wide-screen display and BMW’s iDrive system are included on all models, in addition to most other typical luxury-car comforts and conveniences. Noteworthy options dig into leading-edge technology, infotainment, and active safety, including night-vision system with pedestrian detection; Bang & Olufsen sound system; active cruise control; top- and side-view cameras; heads-up display; and a Driver Assistance Package (lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, multiple camera views, and a parking assistant). An M Sport Package is offered on those models and adds LED foglamps; special wheels with high-performance tires; an alcantara headliner; and a higher top-speed limiter.

The Gran Coupe is offered with three engines in Europe, two of which we’ll get in the 640i and 650i. The former is powered by a 315-hp, 3.0-liter, single-turbo gasoline inline-six producing 330 lb-ft of torque; the latter uses BMW’s twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 with 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. (We won’t see the 640d or its 309-hp diesel six with 465 lb-ft of torque.) Both models feature a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic that shifts flawlessly and quickly, and there’s enough grunt at nearly any speed—particularly in the 650i—that it hardly matters which gear you’re in. We’re told a manual transmission could come later.

We estimate that the 640i will hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds; it will top out at a governed 155 mph. That is really quick, although the N55 engine’s soundtrack leaves a bit to be desired. The 650i sounds fantastic and should hit 60 about a second quicker—we peg it at 4.5—but you’ll pay dearly for those delights at the gas pump. If you don’t care about fuel prices and none of the foregoing numbers excites, an M6 Gran Coupe appears to be on the way.

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Posted by: Neo Anderson
Title: BMW 6 Series Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine
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