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2008 BMW 6 Series

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2008 BMW 6 Series Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


High-powered, high-profile and highly desirable, the 2008 BMW 650i 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 or convertible that handles with the confidence of a world-class GT car sets your sporting senses tingling, you'll love the 2008 BMW 650i. 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'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 XK 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 New for 2008

The 6 Series receives a modest exterior freshening, with a new grille and front end, as well as new headlight lenses with LED turn signals and power-folding mirrors. Interior changes include a revised iDrive with six programmable memory buttons, while models equipped with the Sport Automatic receive steering-wheel paddle shifters. Dynamic Cruise Control is made standard while the Lane Departure Warning System is added to the option list.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2008 BMW 650i 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 or the six-speed automatic.

Favorite Features

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
The 6 Series' available radar-based cruise control will detect a slower-moving vehicle ahead and reduce speed accordingly. New for this year, the system will slow the car to a complete stop, enabling use in stop-and-go traffic.

6-speed Sport Automatic Transmission
We especially like this new faster-shifting automatic, which includes paddle shifters and rev matching for smooth downshifts.


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