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2014 BMW 6 Series

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2014 BMW 6 Series Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

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.

Driving the 6 Series

Driving Impressions 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.

2014 BMW 6 Series Details
Interior

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.

Exterior

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 Equipment
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.

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)

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2014 BMW 6 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.6
Out of 10

Based on 9 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Great ride and looks in a drop top, I love it.

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, Ride and storage"

Cons: "Tight back seat, Tire wear,, learn electronics"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 640I is my third BMW and it has a ride as good as my 535I, with ample trunk storage for two golf clubs and overnight bag. Back seat can be used for adults for short trips but is best for kids. Maintenance has been easy with minor electronic problems;easy fixes. Soft top has been great and operates smoothly; only 40 seconds to open or close even while you are moving under 25 MPH. I have had the car 21 months and still love it. I highly recommend for the really picky car lover. It is a wonder to drive and turns heads."

71 people out of 139 found this review helpful

2nd time around

By on Thursday, December 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great long distance car"

Cons: "can't think of any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our 2nd 650 and because of our 1st we decided to get the newer style, one of the best decisions. Great handling, very luxurious, and very quiet. Will probably get another when this body style changes."

62 people out of 118 found this review helpful

beautiful, fast, comfortable and great mileage

By on Sunday, November 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"eye catching. it's quiet and very quick on the road. with cruise control on and set at 79 mph for 6.5 hour drive to vegas at 2100 rpm it got 33.8 mpg"

37 people out of 64 found this review helpful

Excellent and quick...major head turner.

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "ride and quality excellent"

Cons: "trade value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Excellent car! Love it and most of the BMWs I've owned. I like it better than my 2012 CL63 AMG (which I traded afte 1 year). The only negative is the trade value on this new 6 series falls quickly"

64 people out of 111 found this review helpful

This car is fun to drive and is a really nice car

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Great price"

Cons: "BMW conv. Is fun n the sun"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a really beautiful car, a looker I want to sell it because I have built a new house and need to move one of the 3 vehicles we now now have."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best car I have owned so far

By on Saturday, August 24, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best handling and safety under any conditions."

Cons: "Tight space for rear seating"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best car I have driven so far! Comparable MBenz or Porche do not come close to the features in this car."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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