|On the inside, things start to get more interesting. Leather seats with contrasting stitching and special wood or aluminium trim shout luxury. However, it is the free-standing control display mounted in the centre of the dashboard that really captures your attention.|
A 10.2 inch display screen combines seamlessly with the on-board navigation system or the optional TV system. The screen displays road maps and sound system music selections. It also has a Bluetooth office connection for your Smartphone. The images from five exterior cameras can also be shown here to alleviate parking problems.
The sound systems, deserve special mention, BMW 6 series includes a state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen surround sound system with an impressive 16 active loudspeakers totalling 1,200 watts. Clearly, enough to satisfy the most demanding audiophile!
So what’s the BMW 6 series like on the road? With two options, the 640i or the 650i, there is a choice of a 3-litre 6 cylinder turbo charged petrol engine (the 640i) or a 4.4-litre V8 double turbo charged engine (the 650i). Both options enable the BMW 6 series to reach a top speed of 250 km/h, but the larger V8 is obviously thirstier, recording 15.5 litres/100km in town, compared with the 640i’s consumption of 10.9 litres/100km.
|Four driving modes are available on the new BMW 6 series, Normal, Comfort, Sport and Sport+, although Normal will suit most drivers. Selecting Sport+ enables a little bit of power sliding before the electronic stability program (ESP) starts to bite, thanks to the racing car designed double wishbone suspension and superb steering.|
With fantastic handling, great looks and a stimulating performance, the new BMW 6 series is an impressive all round vehicle and should appeal to anyone who enjoys the finer things in life.