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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 136 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Back to a 6 series

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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: "Comfortable and fast cruiser"

Cons: "Only one cup holder but a small price to pay"

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

"I owned a 1988 635CSI and sold it in 2003. What a big mistake that was. I have owned a Mercedes, Jaguar and Porsche since then. All great cars but I have always missed the driving characteristics of my BMW. One day while traveling through NC I spotted a 2008 650i on a dealers lot. Low miles all the options I wanted and in immaculate condition. A little negotiating and she was mine! I don't care what anyone says "There is nothing like a BMW for road manners and driving fun.""

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love the car - but in the shop too much

By on Thursday, April 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,556

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Fun to drive. Great features. Fast. Love owning the car when it is not in the shop. But, too often in the shop for issues... and when in the shop, VERY costly to fix. If it was more reliable, I would LOVE it."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Awesome car!

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

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
9/10

Pros: "fun and performance"

Cons: "difficult getting in and out"

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

"This is by far the best car I've owned as far as styling and performance. I had a mercedes S500 that was a close second. The 360 horses will set you back in the seat and smoke the tires if you turn off the DTC. You can't smoke them too much because the run flats will cost an arm and a leg! Overall if you buy used with low miles you can't go wrong."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Gorgeous Dark Metallic Gray with Black soft top co

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,950

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"Gorgeous Dark Metallic Gray with Black soft top convertible Heated seats. Heated Steering Wheel Dark burgundy Red leather seats with Black Leather dash Spotless carfax. No accidents. No damage. No panels ever replaced. Same as it came from the factory minus mileage"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

The BMW 650i is elegant, graceful, and a joy to dr

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Elegant, classy, powerful, fast and well appointed"

Cons: "None"

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

"The BMW 650i exceeded all expectations. From the first day we purchased the car off the showroom floor to today, we've enjoyed every moment driving this car."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great car still get a lot of compliments!

By on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"2005 and love the car, I always get a lot of compliments. I live at the beach and during the summer you can see people walking around the car when the top is down. Best one was from older man around 80, when I approached the car he was just standing there shaking his head, and the only words he said was "this car is standing tall". As other's said just do the maintenance and it should last!"

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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