By Jason Allan - Updated Date: 12/6/2011
Until the new Mercedes-Benz SL shows up within the year, the 2012 BMW 6 Series is the new kid on a small block that also includes the Jaguar XK. Being the freshest counts for a lot in a segment driven more by image and style considerations than by value and practicality, and the BMW 6 Series is taking full advantage of its turn in the spotlight. It doesn't just look better than ever, it outshines its competitors in almost every measure imaginable.You'll Like This Car If...
Beyond all the power, technology and feature advantages, the 2012 BMW 6 Series is less pricey and more flexible (larger) than the Mercedes-Benz SL and enjoys a better reputation for quality than the Jaguar XK.You May Not Like This Car If...
The smaller, 2-seat 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL feels sportier behind the wheel than the 2012 BMW 6 Series, and the 2012 Jaguar XK has a richer interior.What's New for 2012
The 2012 BMW 6 Series is about as all-new as an all-new model can be. Aside from an overwhelming list of new features and technologies, the 6 Series lineup will now include a 6-cylinder turbo engine option (640i Coupe and 640i Convertible) and available all-wheel drive (650i xDrive Coupe and 650i xDrive Convertible). Later we'll see a high-performance M6 model and a first-ever 4-door 6 Series in the spirit of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.Driving It Driving Impressions
We aren't yet traveling by jetpack, but a decade into the 21st-century we do have cars that transform at the push of a button. In Comfort mode, the 2012 BMW 650i Coupe and Convertible are high-power pleasure cruisers combining a comfortable ride with at-the-ready responsiveness. Dial it up past Normal and Sport modes to Sport+ mode, and the transmissions kicks down, the revs go up and the suspension gets tight, effectively turning the car into a smaller and lighter performance coupe. It's exactly as fast as you'd expect a 400-horsepower car of this size to be, and a small turbo step - not lag, really - is the magnificent engine's only mentionable quirk. Buyers seeking to err on the side of comfort might want to stick with the smaller 18-inch standard wheels and tires.Favorite Features
With BMW Apps and an iPhone, you can control Pandora internet radio via the car's interface and read your friends' Facebook and Twitter updates, with the promise of even more interesting functionality on the way.
4-way Adjustable Suspension
We don't think adjustable suspension has received all the credit it's due for enabling drivers to have their cake and eat it, too. And it's a perfect fit on the 6 Series, a car that's very mission is to deliver high levels of both performance and comfort.