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2013 BMW 6 Series

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2013 BMW 6 Series Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/12/2012


Alongside its luxury-sports sedans, crossover SUVs and 2-seat sports cars, BMW proudly offers high-priced, high-performance, low-volume 6 Series luxury sports coupes, convertibles and now "4-door coupes" for affluent buyers more interested in style and image than practicality. The first 6 Series succeeded the 3.0CSi coupe for 1977 and ran through 1989. The second generation debuted in 2003. For 2012, the Gen-3 6 Series raised the ante in style and performance, and for 2013 the coupe and convertible are joined by high-performance M versions and fastback 4-door, 5-seat Gran Coupe models. Offering turbo-6 or turbo-V8 power driving the rear (or all four) wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission (or the M models' 7-speed DCT), they look great, go like rockets and handle at least as well as anything in this small-volume segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

Beyond all their power, technology and feature advantages, the 2013 BMW 6s are roomier yet less expensive and more fuel-efficient (with the turbo-6) than near-rivals Mercedes-Benz SL and Jaguar XK.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Compared with the BMW 6 coupe, the smaller, 2-seat Mercedes-Benz SL is more powerful and more of a sports car than a luxo-tourer; the Jaguar XK is more sleekly styled with a richer interior and offers a high-performance XKR version.

What's New for 2013

New 2013 6 Series Gran Coupes debuted in spring, 2012 offering the same features and powertrains as the coupes and convertibles, and the 650i models' TwinPower turbo V8 is upgraded to 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, 45 more horses and 30 more lb-ft than in 2012. The M6 Coupe and Convertible boast BMW's most powerful production engine ever, a 560-hp 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8, up five hp with the same 500 lb-ft of torque as the V10 it replaces, and 25 percent more fuel efficient.

Driving It Driving Impressions

In Comfort mode, the 2013 BMW 650i Coupes, Convertible and Gran Coupes are high-power pleasure cruisers combining a comfortable ride with ready responsiveness. Dial their standard Driving Dynamics Systems up to Sport+ mode, and the transmissions kick down, the revs go up, the suspensions gets tight, and they begin to feel like smaller, lighter performance coupes. Capable of 4.6-second 0-60-mph bursts, they are as fast as you'd expect 445-hp cars of this size to be, and a small turbo step – not really lag – is the magnificent turbo V8's only mentionable quirk. The 640i models' turbo-6 is no slouch at 5.4 seconds from 0-60 and more fuel efficient, especially in ECO-PRO dynamics mode. Buyers seeking to err on the side of comfort might want to stick with the smaller 18-inch standard wheels and tires. The multi-configurable, track-developed M6 versions are as docile as you want them to be around town and on the highway, but fierce-cornering, performing and braking tigers when turned loose on a racetrack.

Favorite Features

BMW PARKING ASSISTANT
This feature helps maneuver into parallel parking spaces by first measuring a potential space's size to be sure the car will comfortably fit, then automatically steering into it. The driver just operates the accelerator and brake while keeping an eye on the area around the car.

SURROUND VIEW SYSTEM
Using cameras in the outside mirrors, it provides a bird's-eye Top View of the area around the car to aid maneuvering in tight spaces, while its selectable Side View function uses cameras in the sides of the front bumper to monitor traffic crossing in front of the car.


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