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2007 BMW 6 Series

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2007 BMW 6 Series Review

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High-powered, high-profile and highly desirable, BMW's premium 650i Coupe makes an exclusive statement in a very exclusive realm. While a few of its styling details may be open to some rather heated debate, there's no denying that this 2+2 offers a stunning driving experience for those who can afford its price of entry. A potent V8 engine, superbly responsive chassis and exceptional amenities make it a serious competitor to prestige coupes from Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, in many cases delivering more absolute performance for considerably less money when comparably equipped.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the exhilarating rush of a big V8-powered coupe that handles with the confidence of a world-class GT car sets your sporting senses tingling, you'll love the 650i Coupe. A choice of manual or automatic transmissions, exceptional interior amenities and desirable options should please even the most demanding enthusiast.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who find fault with the styling of the 650i Coupe's rear quarters, or who are put off by the complexity of its iDrive system—that integrates control of the audio, ventilation, navigation and communication functions—might want to consider a Jaguar XK8 or Porsche 911 Carrera S. If you're looking for a more usable back seat, the Mercedes-Benz CLK550 would be a better choice.

What's Significant About This Car?

In a largely carryover year, a tire pressure monitor, real-time traffic info and an auxiliary iPod/MP3 input jack join the long list of 650i Coupe standard equipment, while distinctively-patterned, ultra-supple Pearl leather becomes an option in place of the base Dakota leather. The W-rated performance tires are replaced by V-rated all-season rubber, the premium Logic7 audio system transitions to a stand-alone upgrade with the departure of the Premium Sound Package and both a six-disc CD changer and dedicated iPod interface are now available as dealer-installed accessories.

Driving the 6 Series

Driving Impressions The 650i Coupe shares basic chassis elements with the 5 Series Sedan, but its 4.3-inch shorter wheelbase and slightly wider rear track dimension add an extra measure of...

agility and surefootedness, while a host of computerized "active" control elements—from stability to traction to the anti-roll bars themselves—ensures it maintains that superb composure on virtually any kind of road. Although the suspension is tuned more for control than pure comfort, the 650i is still a first-rate cruiser. The silky 360-horsepower V8 takes it from zero to 60 mph in just about 5.5 seconds, regardless of whether it's backed by the conventional six-speed manual, BMW's six-speed SMG (Sequential Manual Gearbox) or the six-speed automatic with Steptronic shift control.

Dynamic Driving Control
At the push of a button, this 650i Coupe's electronic performance wizard engages a "Sport" mode that brings quicker response to accelerator inputs, and more aggressive shifting programs to both the Steptronic and SMG transmissions, while reducing the overall power assist on the standard Servotronic steering system.

Tilting Glass Panel Roof
The 650i's Tilting Glass Panel Roof with electric sliding sunshade lets in plenty of light and flips up at the rear to help improve airflow through the passenger compartment.

2007 BMW 6 Series Details
2007 BMW 6 Series photo Interior

Comfort and convenience touches abound inside the 650i Coupe, headed by its well-contoured 12-way power bucket seats and on-board computer/navigation system. Standard Dakota leather upholstery is set off with high-tech Pearl-gloss Ruthenium accent trim, but BMW offers Dark or Light Birch wood as no-charge alternatives for buyers with more traditional tastes. Even with its rakish roofline, the 650i has sufficient room for taller drivers up front, although some may find that the steering wheel rim obscures the top of the gauge faces, even when adjusted to its full-up position. Rear seats are typical 2+2 fare—scaled strictly for kids, and smaller ones at that.

Exterior
2007 BMW 6 Series photo

One of the most expressively styled BMWs, the 650i Coupe maintains the long, low nose and short rear-deck treatments that have characterized other classic coupes from this marque, but incorporates lots of aluminum and thermoplastic panels to help reduce weight. Its laid-back windshield and sweeping roofline are smartly complemented by bold fender flares that add to the aggressive character. Although the Coupe's tail treatment and trunk lid remain points of minor controversy for some, its overall visual impact—especially when fitted with the optional Sport Package that bumps the wheel/tire fitment from 18-inch to 19-inch alloy rims with even larger, lower-profile tires—is undeniably impressive.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 650i Coupe's standard features include a dual automatic climate control system, DVD-based navigation with iDrive integrated controller, a multifunction steering wheel, power tilt/telescoping column, programmable keyless remote entry, corner-following Xenon Adaptive Headlamps, Adaptive Brake Lights (that indicate your stopping intensity to vehicles following behind), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), electronically modulated Active Roll Stabilization, Dynamic Driving Control (that quickens throttle and shift responses), advanced anti-lock brakes, run-flat tires and a no-charge choice of the manual, the automatic or the Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), all with six speeds. Dual front/front-side airbags are matched with BMW's Head Protection System and Active Knee Protection airbags.

Optional Equipment

Owners can personalize their 650i Coupes with features like Active Steering (that makes it easier to maneuver in confined areas and adds more confident feel at higher speeds), Comfort Access automatic locking/unlocking, distance-maintaining Active Cruise Control, a premium Logic7 Surround Sound audio system, High Definition and SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Head-Up Display and thermal imaging Night Vision. A Cold Weather Package (heated front seats/steering wheel, ski bag) and Sport Package (19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, eight-way power sport seats, Shadowline exterior trim) also are available.

Under the Hood

The 650i Coupe's all-aluminum 4.8-liter V8 makes an outstanding 360 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. It incorporates both variable valve timing and variable valve lift to help optimize performance throughout a wide rev range, delivering super-quick response and respectable fuel economy with all three of the available six-speed transmissions. Near-silent at idle, the engine emits a beautifully rich and throaty roar at full throttle, thanks in part to a movable element in the exhaust system that imparts an edgier character to the sound under higher load conditions. For maximum enthusiast appeal, the electronically-controlled SMG clutchless manual transmission also offers racing-style, steering wheel-mounted paddle shift levers.

4.8-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
360 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (manual), 17/25 (automatic), 16/22 (SMG manual)

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2007 BMW 6 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 130 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Great pleasure ride

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Exciting to drive..."

Cons: "Gas milage is horrible."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If you're considering purchasing this vehicle....then what are you waiting for??!!! "Excellent" doesn't give this car its due respect. I've owned mine for just over a year and no complaints. I purchased it used, and the dealer provided me with all of the service records, and took the time to do a very through inspection with me. The car has just the correct amount of room for me... (I'm 6'6" approximately 220lbs). My wife and I ride out occasionally just to listen to music and the famous "growl" from the exhaust. Its not a daily driver for us, so its relatively inexpensive to maintain. If you're considering this for a daily driver, fuel consumption would be a huge concern."

still love it

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive and powerful"

Cons: "vtech tuners taking up space in the rearview"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this car is still amazing to drive. i take cross country trips in it 2 or 3 times a year and have only normal maintenance issues. i had to reset the idrive twice and i stay on the forums so i learn so much about the car and it saves me trips to the dealer for simple costly things. if buying out of cpo find a good mechanic for your servicing and you'll love it too"

Amazing Car!

By on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "Some A.C. issues/Engine light issues but no prob"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car brand new in 2007 and have had no problems with it. It's a phenomenal car! So sleek and drives like a dream."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

An incredible car; great fun to drive.

By on Friday, February 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "The initial price was high even for this car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 645 is an incredible car. It is quite large but drives like a much smaller sports car. The ride is superb. It is the only car my wife can ride in the back of; especially when it comes to twisty roads. The anti roll stabilization is superb. Not the fastest car but adequate power for all normal situations, and its wonderful with the top down!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Engines sings. Poor low end torque

By on Saturday, February 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Car has no equal at high speed cruising"

Cons: "poor low end torque especially wight he six speed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Mine is as six speed manual. Sluggish at 400HP in six passing. Car needs to be in the upper rev range to perform. With the Revs up in the 6-8k range in M mode it all falls in place. Comfort, Speed, and good looks that is reliable on top of it all."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Strong Mechanics, Shakey i-drive

By on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Drive- handling-comfort"

Cons: "i-drive- run flats- 1 cup holder"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The car runs fantastic. My only issue has been with the i-drive. Every so often the radio will need to boot up after starting the car. This process usually takes 10 minutes. The dealer has attempted to reboot system too many times to mention. Love everything else about the car. I've owned 20+ vechiles in my lifetime (ie old ) But for the i-drive this is top 3."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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