While we appreciate BMW's luxurious interiors, but we'd still rather ride in an Audi cabin. That said, new hues, more premium materials and interesting shapes are finding their way into new BMWs, and the latest-generation 6 Series may be one of the best examples yet. The leather-wrapped driver and passenger seats coddle bodies, and if their 10-way adjustment isn't enough, you can double that amount as an option. The two rear seats in the coupe and convertible are tight for adults, but the trunk is surprisingly sizable. Convertible 6 Series models have a black fabric top that doesn't eat up much cargo space when folded.
The 2014 BMW 6 Series has an athletic profile defined by a long hood and a striking crease that's nearly the length of the body. We appreciate the Coupe's confident, not cocky, nature. The 6 Series Convertible, likewise, is an elegant tourer with the top down, but to our eyes doesn't quite have the visual balance of the Coupe. This is even more apparent when the black fabric top is raised. M6 performance models are distinguished by wider 19-inch wheels, quad tailpipes and carbon-fiber composite roof panel.
Notable Standard Equipment
Even a base V6-powered 640i Coupe is highly equipped with a leather and wood interior, xenon headlights, navigation system with 10.2-inch display, dynamic cruise control and rearview camera. The standard audio is a 9-speaker/205-watt system. Along with a V8 engine, 650i models up the ante with Nappa leather, 20-way power front seats, 19-inch wheels, and a 12-speaker/500-watt audio system. Scheduled maintenance for 4 years or 50,000 miles is included as part of BMW Ultimate Service. Models listed as xDrive come with all-wheel drive instead of a rear-drive configuration.
Notable Optional Equipment
Aside from some a la carte options such as 20-inch wheels and ceramic controls for the iDrive command-center module, most options for the 2014 BMW 6 Series are bundled into packages. Among the more tantalizing ones are the Executive Package with amenities such as ventilated front seats, soft-close doors, and a futuristic head-up display that projects travel information onto the windshield so you can focus on the road. For audio appreciators there's the Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the performance-minded may steer toward options like active steering (with rear-wheel steering) and Adaptive Drive. A night-vision system can detect pedestrians via infrared camera.
Under the Hood
The 2014 6 Series is motivated by 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder engines and is offered in a trio of performance flavors. The 640i models use BMW's much-loved 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that makes a robust 315 horsepower. Moving up to the 650i nets a 4.4-liter turbo V8 good for 445 horsepower. At the top is the M6, which also uses a 4.4-liter turbo-8, but one tuned to make a sizzling 560 horsepower. The first two are connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission and are all-wheel drive (AWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD). M6 variants use a 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual and are rear-drive only. In an effort to use less of its required premium gasoline, the 2014 BMW 6 Series features auto start-stop functionality that can cut engine power at idle.
3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
315 horsepower @ 5,800-6,000 rpm
330 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg (RWD coupe), 20/29 mpg (AWD coupe and convertible), 20/30 mpg (RWD convertible)
4.4-liter turbocharged V8
445 horsepower @ 5,500-6,000 rpm
480 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (RWD coupe and convertible) ), 16/24 mpg (AWD coupe and convertible)
4.4-liter turbocharged V8
560 horsepower @ 6,000-7,000 rpm
500 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg (automatic coupe and convertible), 15/22 mpg (manual coupe and convertible)
The 2014 BMW 6 Series Coupe has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at over $75,000. V8-powered 650i Coupes start at over $87,000, and top-line M6 models start at over $111,000. Add a convertible top and/or options, and these prices swell by thousands of dollars. Pricing for the luscious-looking 4-door Gran Coupe begins at around $80,000.
At its base price, the 2014 6 Series is above 2+2 luxury cars such as the Audi S5 and Mercedes E-Class and C63 AMG coupes. It is below the starting price of a Jaguar XK, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadster and the larger CL-Class coupe. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the BMW 6 Series. Long-term resale value is expected to be better than that of the Jaguar XK, near that of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe, and lower than that of the Audi S5 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
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