Review of the New BMW 6 Series

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Review of the New BMW 6 Series

The aggressive looking BMW 6 series is available in both coupe and convertible models and, as the advertisements say, it is “designed to move you.” But does it live up to the hype?

Let’s start with the coupe. The exterior is impressive. The long wheelbase and the extended bonnet are complemented by the roofline that flows seamlessly into the rear end. Adaptive LED lighting and direction indicators ensure enhanced visibility at night. The addition of cornering lights and adaptive headlights provides a clear view of a winding road ahead.

The convertible features a fully automatic folding roof that stores away in the boot. It is complemented by a drop down rear window to give that “wind in your hair” sensation. A special “California” mode allows the side and rear windows to be totally lowered, while leaving the roof in place for sun protection.
 
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.

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