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2012 BMW 6 Series
New Car Test Drive

Introduction
The BMW 6 Series is all-new for 2012. Longer and wider than last year's versions, the 2012 BMW 650i Coupe and Convertible are sleeker than before. The 2012 BMW 6 Series models boast fresh styling, serving to announce a powerful new twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine.

Smaller, lighter and more powerful than last year's engine, the V8 in the 2012 BMW 650i models produces 400 horsepower. More important is its 450 pound-feet of torque, providing exceptionally strong response over a wide powerband, with peak torque available from 1750 to 4500 rpm.

This is a welcome improvement because the BMW 6 Series is more grand touring car than sports car and it is not light. A powerful engine is needed to deliver the expected acceleration performance, and, in fact, it does just that. Whether in the Coupe or Convertible, we found power delivery immediate and enthusiastic, without turbo lag.

BMW says its 2012 650i Convertible can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds whether equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. That's very quick indeed, and the Coupe should be at least as quick.

Though topping 4,200 pounds, the BMW 650i boasts features to minimize weight, including lightweight seats with integral seatbelts and crash-activated anti-whiplash head restraints, lightweight aluminum doors, hood and front spring mounts, reinforced composite front side panels and trunk lid. The 650i Coupe weighs 4233 pounds, while the 650i Convertible weighs a hefty 4531 pounds.

A heavy car with a powerful V8 means big gas bills. The 2012 BMW 650i Coupe and Convertible earn an EPA-estimated 15/23 mpg City/Highway with the automatic, 15/22 mpg with the manual gearbox.

We found the 2012 BMW 650i coupe and convertible enjoyable to drive. They cruise well at high speeds and are comfortable and competent. They are not sports cars, however, too big and heavy to careen around corners with the gusto of lightweight BMWs of yore.

While navigating quick left-right chicanes on the less-traveled roads of Northern California, our 650i Coupe felt balanced and composed despite its size. The Convertible is heavier and feels more at home on the highway.

The BMW 6 Series competes most directly with the compelling Jaguar XK and the less-expensive Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe. If you like BMWs, want a sumptuous cruiser and aren't concerned with price or fuel economy, the 2012 BMW 6 Series is an excellent choice. Model Lineup
The 2012 BMW 6 Series is composed of the 650i Coupe ($83,875) and Convertible ($91,375). Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED foglights, parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, a large tilt-only sunroof, an adaptive suspension, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, 16-way power front seats, driver and passenger memory functions, auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control and a rearview camera. The iDrive system is also standard, as is Bluetooth and a nine-speaker sound system with CD player, HD radio and an auxiliary input jack, a navigation system and voice controls.

Options include 20-inch alloy wheels with performance tires ($1,300), Active Roll Stabilization ($2,000), Integral Active Steering ($1,750), Ceramic Controls ($650), Active Cruise Control ($2,400), BMW Apps ($250) and Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection ($2,600). The Cold Weather Package ($750) adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and a ski bag. The Driver Assistance Package ($3,900) adds automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, active blind-spot detection, side- and top-view cameras, parking assistant and full-color head-up display. The Luxury Seating Package ($1,500), adds front ventilated seats, active front seats. Convertibles and Coupes are available with a Premium Sound Package ($1,800), while the Coupe alone gets an optional, top-of-the-line Bang & Olufsen sound system ($3,700). Walkaround
The BMW 6 Series is one of the more elegant big cars BMW has penned. Much of the car's previous styling, attributed to former head of BMW design Chris Bangle, has been replaced with fluid lines. The raked windshield, so steep as to be slightly in the way climbing on board, communicates a willingness to rush through the air at great speed. The nose's twin kidney grilles are sleekly integrated into an almost round nose, while a gaping intake running across the nose portrays shark-like aggressiveness, validated by its powerful drivetrain.

Gone is the enormous, shelf-like rear-end. The new LED taillight clusters are like two eyes-peeled squints across the bluff rear face. And demonstrating that BMW's sense of humor is alive and well, the little BMW logo on the trunk is in fact a small peek-a-boo door, opening to let the rearview camera peer out when you're in reverse. Interior
Cockpit design and layout on the 2012 BMW 6 Series is much improved over the previous generation, and materials and finish are top-notch. The handsomely stitched dashboard cover surrounds BMW instrumentation of traditionally businesslike placement and conciseness. The extra-large analog tachometer and speedometer keep the focus on the business at hand. The premium steering wheel is thick, leather-wrapped, and provides 12 fingertip adjustments for audio, phone and adaptive cruise control.

As with other BMW interiors, all functions are angled ever-so-slightly toward the driver. Even the controls next to the gearshift, for the parking brake, roof operation and selectable driving modes, are mounted on a recessed surface in the driver's side of the console, discouraging mutinous decisions. The large central display screen has effective technology that makes it visible in bright sun, which is especially useful on convertibles.

The new 6 Series employs the fourth-generation iDrive control system. Unlike earlier iterations, it is no longer a mindlessly complex obstacle to the driver. To the contrary, this system has at last become the driver's ally. Also available to the driver are controls regulating the car's ride motions and steering feel, the latter's adjustability made possible thanks to the 650i's advanced steer-by-wire electronic guidance. Our test car was also outfitted with the BMW Connected app, which allows drivers to access Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and paid music subscription service MOG accounts through a late-model iPhone or iPod Touch on the iDrive display. Blackberry and Android smartphones are out of luck.

The Bang&Olufsen sound system includes a speaker system designed exclusively for the unique shape and space of the 6 Series coupe. We found the sound quality impressive, but it seemed like an expensive option to us.

Front seats provide a blend of comfort, snug fit and firm lateral support, crucial in sporty driving. Cooled and heated seats work quickly and effectively and provide welcome relief from extreme temperatures. In the rear, legroom is adequate for average-sized adults, although taller passengers will feel cramped, especially in the coupe, which offers less headroom than the convertible with the top up. On the latter model, lowering the soft top takes about 20 seconds, and raising it takes a tad longer.

Trunk space measures 16.2 cubic feet in the coupe and a surprisingly roomy 12.3 cubic feet in the convertible (10.6 with the top down). Both versions have pass-through openings for long items. Driving Impressions
A new rear-wheel drive architecture, heavily composed of aluminum, makes for a chassis that BMW says is 50-percent stiffer than the previous 6 Series. While navigating the 650i Coupe through quick left-right chicanes on the less-traveled roads of Northern California, our closed-topped 6 Series felt balanced and composed despite its size, leaving us less likely to relegate this car to freeway cruising than we would its heavier, topless sibling. Power delivery is immediate and enthusiastic, without a hint of delayed-reaction turbo lag.

Ride stiffness and steering response can be adjusted by selecting one of four settings: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport-Plus. The Normal setting delivers a balance of alert steering feel and shock-absorber damping ideal for everyday driving. The Sport setting immediately elevates and stiffens the steering feel and hardens the ride quality for heightened road feel in more vigorous driving. It also increases the 650i throttle mapping to provide more a more directly responsive gas pedal.

Sport-Plus goes a step further, partially reducing the amount of automatic stability control and allowing aggressive cornering of the sort expected on a racetrack. BMW offers optional rear-wheel steer, which helps in parking and supports vigorous cornering. And in a nod to performance as theater, in both Sport and Sport-Plus modes, a tiny spritz of fuel is shot into the exhaust, which produces a race car-like boom with each paddle shift.

In Comfort mode, the 650i forsakes sharp BMW driving dynamics for a soft, floaty ride, numb road feel and elastic steering. While this might be fine for long-term leisurely cruising on the Interstate, it seems strangely out of place coming from a car company so keen on performance.

The 8-speed automatic transmission exhibits fast, almost imperceptible shifting, and delivers peak fuel efficiency. No small issue. This heavy car's fuel is in the Gas Guzzler territory and may incur $1000 or so in federal tax.

The 6 Series brakes have their work cut out for them hauling this two and a quarter-ton beast to a stop. But BMW has provided massive 13.77-in. and 13.6-in. discs front and rear. The brakes also come into play in the electronic stability control system, braking individual wheels to balance the car and eliminate wheel slip. In emergency stops, full brake pressure is applied automatically, and there is a provision for automatically drying the brakes in wet driving. Finally, 650i brakes have a regenerative feature which captures electric energy during braking and transfers it to the battery, reducing alternator drag.

The BMW 650i has a full inventory of safety provisions: lane-departure warning, active blind spot detection, rear- and top-view cameras, automatic high beams, parking assistant and a full-color head-up windshield display, with optional night vision, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control, which monitors and adjusts the interval between you and cars ahead. For those who would rather rely on their wits as opposed to myriad computer systems to drive, some of these gadgets can be left off the option list, or turned off. Summary
The 2012 BMW 650i is a car to be seen in. It has big-bucks clout and motive power to back it up. Beneath the glamour, this is an acutely engineered car that delivers high levels of safety, occupant comfort and driving pleasure.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Ted West reported on the 650i Convertible from upstate New York; Laura Burstein reported on the 650i Coupe from Northern California.

Model as tested
BMW 650i Convertible ($90,500)
Basic Warranty
4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in
Dingolfing, Germany
Destination charge
875
Gas guzzler tax
N/A
Base Price
83000
Price as tested
102375
Options as tested
20-inch wheels and performance tires ($1,300); Cold Weather Package ($750); Driver Assistance Package ($3,900) includes side-view camera, top-view camera, parking assistant, head-up display, automatic high beams, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection; Luxury Seating Package ($1,500) with active front seats, ventilated front seats; Premium Sound System ($1,800); Integral Active Steering ($1,750)

Model Line Overview
Model lineup
BMW 650i Coupe ($83,000); 650i Convertible ($90,500)
Safety equipment (standard)
crash-activated anti-whiplash head restraints, front airbags, head-and-thorax side airbags, three-point automatic belts, belt force limiters, front belt pre-tensioners, rear child seat mounts, roll-over protection, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD
Safety equipment (optional)
N/A
Engines
4.4-liter twin-turbocharged dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions
8-speed automatic

Specifications as Tested
leather upholstery, 20-way power driver and front passenger seat, wood trim, park distance control, Xenon headlights, iDrive cockpit control system, navigation system, non-metallic or metallic paint, power tilt/telescope/tilt away steering wheel, climate control, power steering, power disc brakes, remote power locks, cruise control, universal garage door opener, ambiance lighting, one-touch up/down power windows, auto-dimming inner and outer mirrors, message center, trip computer, fog lamps

Engine & Transmission
Engine
4.4-liter twin-turbocharged dohc 32-valve V8
Drivetrain type
rear-wheel drive
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
400 @ 5500-6400
Transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy
15/23
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)
N/A

Suspension
Brakes, front/rear
13.6 disc front/13.7 disc rear w ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Suspension, front
independent
Tires
245/35R20 front, 275/30R20 rear
Suspension, rear
multi-link independent

Accomodations
Seating capacity
4
Head/hip/leg room, middle
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, front
40/n.a./42.1
Head/hip/leg room, rear
35.7/n.a./30.5

Measurements
Fuel capacity
N/A
Trunk volume
16.2
Wheelbase
112.4
Length/width/height
192.8/74.6/53.7
Turning circle
38.4
Payload
N/A
Towing capacity
N/A
Track, front/rear
62.8/65.0
Ground clearance
4.8
Curb weight
4233

2012 BMW 6 Series
Sam Moses

Introduction
The BMW 640i Coupe and Convertible were redesigned for 2012, with a stiffer chassis that's heavily composed of aluminum, new skin, and improved engine. The 6 Series Coupe is a gorgeous car, with a long hood, low roofline, stylish sculpting on the sides, and big but smooth rear end. The 6 Series Convertible has a shapely roofline and is eye-catching with its black soft top.

The best thing about the 640i might be its 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine, sweeter than the more powerful and thirsty twin-turbo V8 that's in the 650i. The latest version of this brilliant powerplant uses direct injection and variable valve timing, makes 315 horsepower and 330 foot-pounds of torque from 1400 to 4500 rpm, and easily propels this car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. It gets an estimated 20 city and 30 highway miles per gallon.

The silky and fast-revving engine is matched by a superb new 8-speed automatic transmission that's tight, quick, smooth, responsive and obedient, whether in manual sport mode, or auto mode shifting on its own. Its programming is not intrusive in the least; that is, it doesn't try to show off its gears by using them all the time. Actually, the top two gears are overdrives for long-legged freeway cruising and better fuel mileage.

There are a number of mechanical features that BMW calls Efficient Dynamics measures, including Auto Start-Stop, which shuts the engine off at stoplights, and re-starts it again when you need to go. It might increase fuel mileage, but we found the start-up annoying, and wonder how many BMW owners will use it to lower their fuel bill. We also wonder about the additional wear on components such as the battery and starter. It can be turned off, but not conveniently.

Other features include standard adaptive xenon headlamps or optional adaptive LED headlamps, and a rear-view camera, which, in our 640i Coupe, kept showing its view even after the car was moving forward down the block. Another annoyance was the parking distance beeper, which, when we backed up, screamed that we were about to hit the parked car in FRONT of us, while the display flashed impending contact at the front fender.

Optional packages can raise the price of the 640i by thousands, and they do, for most BMWs in dealers' inventories. They include Surround View, Parking Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning System, Active Blind Spot Detection, and Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System. Based on the harassment we suffered from the features that are supposed to be drivers' aids, we would stay away from such allegedly helpful options.

However, one optional feature we definitely love is the Head-Up-Display, with programmable information shown in colors on the windshield. We also like BMW's adaptive cruise control.

There's standard Dynamic Damper Control, electronic shock absorbers that adapt to the road surface and adjust compression and rebound settings continuously and independently. It sure worked for us, because the 640i ride was smooth and comfortable everywhere we took it. Optional Active Roll Stabilization provides more precise and flat cornering if you drive the 640i hard in the curves.

The Dynamic Stability Control brings together the ABS, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Start-off Assistant for hills, Brake Drying function and Brake Fade Compensation. Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires run-flat tires, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Many run-flat tires make the ride stiff, but the 640i ride is comfortable over all surfaces.

The interior is rich and classy, as you would expect a BMW to be. It's focused on the driver with the instrument panel and controls angled toward him or her. The doors use a combination of convex and concave surfaces, designed to generate a feeling of depth, and make the driver feel secure. The standard leather is naturally high quality, although naturally you can upgrade to a softer plusher skin for your luxury upholstery.

The instrument cluster uses beautiful silver-rimmed analog gauges, and an excellent display with a large 10.2-inch high definition screen using "trans-reflective" technology that makes it easy to read in sunlight; BMW leads the way on this one, as the screens of some other cars, namely Jaguar and Land Rover, are almost useless in some light. The audio and navigation systems, phone, infotainment and other functions are controlled by BMW's iDrive, now in its fourth generation and finally convenient. We can say with great pleasure that it's easy and intuitive.

For 2013 BMW has introduced a longer and heavier 640i Gran Coupe, using the same powertrain as the 2012 640i Coupe. The Gran Coupe has two more doors and nearly five more inches of rear legroom, and can seat a fifth passenger in a pinch, but we're not sure it's worth it. Model Lineup
The 2012 BMW 640i Coupe ($73,600) and BMW 640i Convertible ($81,100) use a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with an automatic manual 8-speed transmission. Standard equipment includes full power, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto start-stop function, rearview camera, Xenon headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, dynamic damper control, split fold-down rear seats (Coupe), adaptive light control, dynamic cruise control, LED foglamps, navigation system, Bluetooth, HD radio, and more. The packages with the fancier equipment are all optional.

Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, head-thorax side airbags integrated into the seat frame, three-point automatic belts for all seats, belt force limiters and front belt pre-tensioners and child seat mounts in the rear, as well as the full array of electronic safety features. Walkaround
The 640i Coupe has big elegant lines that flow all the way to the muscular rear end over taut surfaces and precise contours. The windshield is steeply raked, and smooth slanted trapezoidal headlamps glare down upon the twin kidney grille. An LED accent light cuts across the tops of the standard adaptive Xenon headlamps like a glittery eyebrow. The optional Adaptive LED Headlights have LED light rings for the parking lights and flattened daytime running lights, with horizontal LED ribs.

The Convertible is more eye-catching, either with the top down or with the standard black soft top raised. BMW calls the shape of the soft top, "flying buttress architecture," words that don't do justice to the sweeping silhouette, which looks best in black. The top can be lowered or raised at 25 mph, 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close. You can do it with the key fob, before or after you get in or out. The heated, vertical glass rear window retracts with the top up. Interior
In the cabin, there are subtle curves everywhere, from the rear doors to front doors to dashboard to center console. The front doors are wide, improving access to the rear seats, but it's a long reach for the driver to close the door, and the grip is small, almost like a coin holder. The leather is rich feeling, as it should be in a BMW, although it's only the Dakota leather, with Nappa and Merino being the more costly upgrades in quality.

The center stack is relatively tidy, with some controls slightly angled toward the driver. The handsomely stitched dashboard leather surrounds silver-rimmed analog gauges that are clean and beautiful, with white numbers by day and clear orange at night. There's a small horizontal window under the speedo and tach that's easy to read and scroll through to access travel information. We love the thick leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, with controls for audio, phone and cruise control.

The standard display screen in the center of the dash is a big and beautiful 10.2 inches. Navigation information is displayed clearly, and there's enough room on the screen for audio info to be displayed at the same time. The screen in the convertible has a special reflective treatment so it can be seen in sunlight; we tried during our test of the M6 convertible, and it really works.

The seats are fairly broad and firm, although with many adjustments they can be made to fit any body size. Rear legroom of 35 inches is adequate for average-sized adults, although taller passengers will feel cramped, especially in the low-slung Coupe, which offers less headroom than the Convertible. Both have pass-through openings into the trunk for long items like skis. Trunk space measures 16.2 cubic feet in the Coupe and 12.3 cubic feet in the Convertible (10.6 with the top down). The trunk lid is heavy to pull down.

Room for the passengers in the rear is a bit of a joke. A Fiat 500 offers more rear legroom. The 640i is a long car, but that length is more about style and driving dynamics.

BMW's iDrive, now in its fourth generation, is no longer an obstacle to the driver. Now it's actually easy, including operation of the navigation system, and tuning the satellite radio without dangerous distraction and confusion.

But this is a BMW, and there are always maddening electronic things. It's the shift lever, which is infuriatingly uncooperative. When you go to put the car in Drive or Reverse, a message on the display screen tells you to: Select a gear by pressing the button on the lever and stepping on the brake pedal. Okay, but if you follow those instructions literally, you'll sit there forever. So you figure it out and move the lever toward the gear you want, and the message stays the same, even after you're in the gear. Not only that, the illustration on the screen is confusing, with the P for park near the bottom, and another P for parking assistance at the top. Didn't BMW wonder if people might get confused with this re-invention of the shift information?

It gets worse, when the Parking Distance Warning and the rearview camera get into the act. The backup beeper often shrieked incessantly in our ear, apparently warning us that the nose of our car was going to hit the car we were backing away from. The shriek was so irritating we couldn't concentrate. And then, after we pulled away and drove down the street, the rearview camera would stay on for a block or so.

Then there's the Start button. We never knew when it was totally shut off or not. It's not as easy as one push of the button. We're not stupid. We've talked to other journalists about this, and they all have the same issue. We think you have to press the button twice, to get out of Accessories mode.

One option is the BMW Connected app, which allows drivers to access Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and paid music subscription service MOG accounts through a late-model iPhone or iPod Touch on the iDrive display. The possible glitches boggle the mind. Driving Impressions
The BMW 640i is a very sweet car to drive. The engine is incredibly smooth and sounds nice, a heavily subdued if not sedated scream when you're on the gas, or silent when you're just cruising. Its 330 foot-pounds of torque are available from 1400 to 4500 rpm, and what more do you need? With 315 horsepower and that much torque, you've got all the acceleration that real-world driving demands. The 0 to 60 time is about 5.4 seconds, and that's quick.

The 8-speed ZF manual automatic transmission with paddle shifters does it all. The top two gears are serious overdrives, with long-legged ratios of 0.839:1 and 0.667:1, so the freeway rpms are way low. Driving casually in automatic mode, the upshifts are seamless and kickdowns relatively infrequent; the transmission is programmed to use the engine's torque.

In effect, it's a close-ratio 6-speed, and, using the paddles, you can play with it like that. It will respond sharply and obediently. It will deliver hard downshifts, and will short-shift upward when you want it to. It upshifts at 5800 rpm by itself in manual mode, and it upshifts at the same rpm every time, it doesn't second-guess the driver. We rarely are able to make those statements about automatic transmissions, not even the sportiest of them.

Our 640i test car was not equipped with the optional Active Roll Stabilization, which reduces body roll in corners and transition. Sensors calculate the degree of body roll and trigger hydraulic rotary actuators in the front and rear anti-roll bars, for flatter cornering.

Nor was it equipped with Integral Active Steering, which combines the Active Steering system for the front suspension with a steerable rear suspension. Precisely harmonized steering movements of the front and rear wheels create a virtual lengthening or shortening of the vehicle's wheelbase, which improves high-speed stability and enhances maneuverability for both parking and city use. It's magic, invisible technology.

One important thing is that the ride in Sport mode was not harsh, while the transmission shifts came more quickly and throttle response was sharper and steering quicker; but it's not noticeably aggressive, so comfort isn't compromised. But the Comfort mode is neither soft nor lazy, so it's good to stay in when you're not feeling sporty in the curves.

The brakes are pretty much impeccable, using massive vented discs. The pedal has a nice touch, and brings the 640i to smooth stops from high speeds or around town. The braking system is linked to the electronic stability system. There's also a regenerative feature, which captures electric energy during braking and transfers it to the battery, reducing alternator drag.

Last but not least, the Auto Start-Stop function is a pain, and not just to us, because BMW forums aggressively criticize it. It doesn't just intrude at red lights and stop signs, but it keeps shutting the car down in stop-and-go city traffic; every time you move forward three feet, you hear the starter crank and the engine fire, and you feel a slight jerk in the brake pedal. We might go for this feature if it somehow knew when you were going to be stopped for maybe a minute or more, but not when it keeps stopping the engine every time you stop the car. And it's not the stop but the start-up that's annoying. Summary
We like the 640i best among the BMW 6 Series cars, also including the V8 650i, the new long-wheelbase four-door 640i Gran Coupe, and the powerful M6. It's the simplest, smoothest and sweetest, with an impeccable engine, transmission, ride and brakes. Its styling is beautiful and interior luxurious. The downside is that some of the electronic features are over-engineered and maddening, but that's standard for BMW.

Sam Moses filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after his test drive of the BMW 640i in Northern California.

Model as tested
BMW 640i Coupe ($73,600)
Basic Warranty
4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in
Dingolfing, Germany
Destination charge
895
Gas guzzler tax
N/A
Base Price
73600
Price as tested
74495
Options as tested
none

Model Line Overview
Model lineup
BMW 640i Coupe ($73,600); 640i Convertible ($81,100)
Safety equipment (standard)
front airbags, head-thorax side airbags integrated into the seat frame, Dynamic Stability Control, ABS, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Start-off Assistant, automatic Brake Drying, tire pressure
Safety equipment (optional)
N/A
Engines
3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder
Transmissions
8-speed automatic

Specifications as Tested
leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto start-stop function, moonroof, rearview camera, xenon headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, dynamic damper control, split fold-down rear seats, adaptive light control, dynamic cruise control, LED foglamps, navigation system, Bluetooth, HD radio, full power

Engine & Transmission
Engine
3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder
Drivetrain type
rear-wheel drive
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
315 @ 5800
Transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)
N/A

Suspension
Brakes, front/rear
vented discs with ABS
Suspension, front
independent
Tires
P245/45R18
Suspension, rear
independent, multi-link

Accomodations
Seating capacity
4
Head/hip/leg room, middle
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, front
40/na/42.1
Head/hip/leg room, rear
35.7/na/30.5

Measurements
Fuel capacity
N/A
Trunk volume
16.2
Wheelbase
112.4
Length/width/height
192.8/74.6/51.9
Turning circle
Payload
N/A
Towing capacity
N/A
Track, front/rear
62.8/63.0
Ground clearance
5.0
Curb weight
4001

2012 BMW 6 Series
NADAguides Test Drive Review

Completely redesigned, this third generation BMW 650i offers a striking new design, a wider, lower stance, a more fuel-efficient and powerful V8 engine, a more driver-focused dashboard, state-of-the-art technology and more. For those shopping in the premium coupe segment, the BMW 650i stands out as a world class grand touring car.
NADAguides.com analysts were impressed with the driving performance and handling of the BMW 650i, in particular the engine’s responsiveness and the ride comfort. The new design, featuring a longer chassis and wider track, provides excellent road holding and superior control and handling. The 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 engine generates 400 horsepower and can be mated to an 8-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or BMW’s traditional 6-speed manual transmission.

Along with its performance capabilities, the BMW 650i also offers state-of-the-art technology as expected. NADAguides.com analysts were especially impressed with the innovative BMW ConnectedDrive function, which includes a host of driver assistance technology such as Automatic High Beams, Lane DepartureWarning, cornering lights, Active Blind Spot Detection, Rear and Top View cameras, Parking Assistant and a new, three-dimensional, full-color Head-Up Display that is projected onto the windshield.
The 2012 BMW 650i Coupe has a starting MSRP of $83,000 and goes up to a MSRP of $86,000 for the BMW 650i xDrive model.
• Engine: The 4.4-liter V-8 engine delivers a maximum 400 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm, and makes peak torque of 450 lb-ft between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. The unique “reverse-flow” engine, whose two turbochargers are positioned in the V-area between the cylinder banks, produces an instantaneous and sustained wave of power that impressed NADAguides.com analysts. The engine can be paired with either BMW’s new 8-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or BMW’s traditional 6-speed manual transmission.
• Interior: Inside the BMW 650i features 2+2 seating, carefully coordinated colors and meticulously sculpted surfaces combined to produce an ambience defined by luxury, style and functionality. A hallmark BMW element of the interior design is the driver-oriented cockpit layout. The central section of the instrument panel, containing the iDrive system’s Central Display, the air vents and the controls for the audio system and air conditioning, are all angled slightly to benefit the driver. In addition, the gearshift lever and the switches for the parking brake and Driving Dynamics Control are located on a surface that opens out toward the driver and is set lower than the front passenger side of the center console.
• Technology: The Navigation system, telephone and entertainment functions are operated using the iDrive control system. The on-board monitor takes the form of a 10.2 inch freestanding flatscreen display. The new BMW 650i Coupe is available with a number of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive. The comprehensive Driver Assistance Package includes Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Rear and Top View cameras, Parking Assistant, and a new three-dimensional, full-color Head-Up Display. Also available are BMW’s Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection and Active Cruise Control with stop-and-go capability. The coupe offers several audio options starting with the standard HiFi audio system, with an HD Radio receiver, MP3-compatible CD drive, AUX-IN connection, and a HiFi loudspeaker system with nine speakers. The available Premium Sound Package adds SiriusXM satellite radio with a 1-year subscription, iPod and USB adapter, and the Premium HiFi system comprised of 12 loudspeakers and a digital amplifier. Also available as an option is the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System delivering an unparalleled audio experience.

• Safety: The new BMW 650i Coupe is fitted with newly developed lightweight seats with an integrated seatbelt system and standard 20-way multi-contour adjustability and adjustable lumbar support. Optionally, the Luxury Seating Package adds front ventilated seats and active fatigue reduction can be added. All seat variants come with crash-activated anti-whiplash head restraints. The range of standard safety equipment also includes front airbags, head-thorax side airbags integrated into the seat frame, three-point automatic belts for all seats, belt force limiters and front belt pre-tensioners and ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear.

• Price/Warranty: The 2012 BMW 650i has a starting MSRP of $83,000 and goes up to a MSRP of $86,000 for the BMW 650i xDrive model. All new BMW vehicles come with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty, 4-year/50,000 mile maintenance program, 4-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance and 4-year/unlimited mileage BMW Assist Safety Plan.

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