KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 5/14/2013
Slotted between BMW's 5 and 7 Series sedans is the 6 Series line of coupes and convertibles. While its numerically lower and higher kin constitute practical transportation for the well-heeled, the more exclusive 6 Series models are for buyers more interested in style and image. They offer heaping portions of both, and a hearty helping of BMW's stellar driving dynamics, especially in the high-powered M variants. With roots tracing to the late 1970s, today's 3rd-generation 6 Series has raised the ante for grand-tourers. The 6 Series models' power and looks enable them to stand up to the Jaguar XK, Mercedes E-Class Coupe and Audi S5 in this niche segment, while buyers desiring more space can have it in the 4-door, 5-passenger Gran Coupe variant.
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Beyond their prodigious power, advanced technology and rich amenities, the 2014 BMW 6 Series is roomier yet less expensive and more fuel efficient (in turbo-6 form, at least) than grand touring cars such as the Jaguar XK and Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.
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Price is relative here, and at over $75,000, even a base 6 Series is a reach for most buyers. For those seeking lightning-fast luxury on a (slightly) tighter budget, an Audi S5 coupe or convertible has more horsepower, is quicker to 60 mph, and costs considerably $25,000 less.
What's New for 2014
Drivers who love engaging their left foot will rejoice that M6 performance variants can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission in lieu of the 7-speed double-clutch automatic. For just 100 buyers, there is a limited Frozen Brilliant White Edition convertible. All 2014 BMW 6 Series models receive updates to their navigation systems.
The 2014 BMW 6 Series boasts something of a Jekyll and Hyde nature, but both characters in this story deserve praise. Think of Comfort mode as Dr. Jekyll, in which the BMW 6 Series is a high-power pleasure cruiser with a comfortable-yet-responsive ride. Switch the Driving Dynamics Control to Sport+ mode, and suddenly Mr. Hyde appears. Here, the transmission eagerly kicks down, the revs go up, the suspension tightens, and the 6 Series begins to feel like a smaller, lighter sports car. It's safe to say that no 6 Series is slow. With a "base" 640i Coupe, you'll beat a most other cars up the onramp with a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. Step up to the fire-breathing M6 and suddenly you're hitting that mark in just over 4 seconds. But even here, switch settings and your speed demon returns to a more docile form.
BANG & OLUFSEN AUDIO
The name may sound odd to those who aren't audiophiles, but listen to this optional sound system and you'll soon join their ranks. This primo audio option drenches ears with 1,200 watts of sound emanating from 16 speakers, each with its own amplifier.
SURROUND VIEW SYSTEM
Using cameras in the outside mirrors, this optional system provides a bird's-eye-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 vehicle.
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