Get it on a winding road, and the car is lively and engaging. Need Is Tough to Nail Down When we first drove the conceptually similar if more abundantly turbocharged , we came away with the impression that it was all the 7-series anybody needs. I can't believe I just wrote that. It can open or close when the car is traveling up to 25 mph, in the event of unexpected rain. They probably wanted to avoid, at all costs, giving it a barge-arse like the Panamera.
Force-feeding the engine its air delivers 400 horsepower, which is not to be sneezed at. Standard stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, a full complement of airbags, and the aforementioned driving aids all roll into a very high-tech safety profile. The 2012 650i Convertible should be widely available at U. It is the first M6 to use a turbocharged engine. The heated, vertical glass rear window retracts with the top up. Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires run-flat tires, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Nor was it equipped with Integral Active Steering, which combines the Active Steering system for the front suspension with a steerable rear suspension.
It should look horrible but it works. The possible glitches boggle the mind. It can be turned off, but not conveniently. The brakes are pretty much impeccable, using massive vented discs. The center stack is relatively tidy, with some controls slightly angled toward the driver.
Gone are the awkward Bangleisms of the bland-o-riffic second-generation car. Considering what some of the other options cost, the leather seems like a bargain. A slight turbo lag is present when you floor the throttle, but it is not in any way worrying when you take the car for an everyday drive or a road trip across the continent. If you think a diesel is a weird, or low rent, choice for a car such as this, drive this one. The electronic front seats offer more than enough side profile for spirited driving. The rear seats in either Convertible or Coupe are best-suited to small children or luggage, though they can hold adults, particularly with the top down in the convertible, for shorter distances. The head-up display allows you to monitor your speed and navigate without taking your eyes off the road.
On the coupe, that trademark Hoffmeister kink is still intact, emboldened by a wider, shiny metal trim strip, and the package as a whole is longer by nearly 3 inches, lower by a bit under half an inch, and wider by an inch and a half. But the information could be organized in a more intuitive manner, and the search screen really needs a revamp. The instrument panel, door panels and center console can also be covered in leather, with contrasting stitching. The 6 Series remains a big, fast, extra-luxurious, ultra-high-tech, 2+2 two-door. The best thing about the 640i might be its 3. It looks good, and the iDrive controller has been refined to work well.
Standard safety equipment on the 2012 6-Series includes advanced dynamic stability control and traction control; anti-lock brakes; cornering brake control; dynamic brake control; start-off assistance; and automatic brake drying function. Actually, the top two gears are overdrives for long-legged freeway cruising and better fuel mileage. That said, at 1825kg the 640i is light for a car of this size, so when you set everything to Sport or Sport+ mode, it's almost athletic. A smooth ride, quiet cabin, and excellent attention to detail make the 2012 6-Series a standout even in the competitive ranks of luxury grand tourers. Hampered by regulations concerning trunk lid and taillight height, the back end of that 6-series looked like it had an unsightly growth. In common with every other luxury brand in the world — and we're talking designer label anything, not just cars — has its gaze fixed longingly upon the bountiful riches, there for the taking, in China.
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. A Coupe with four doors? Aside, from the comfort and additional space in the back, the 6-Series Gran Coupe has no new gimmicks. Rear passengers in the convertible will be happier, with the more upright roof providing an additional inch or so of noggin space, and an infinite amount with the roof lowered. Yet the convertible's basic shape and proportions are familiar, starting with the classic long hood, rear-set passenger compartment and relatively short rear deck, as was seen in the previous-generation 6 Series. The eight-speed automatic is quick and responsive, dropping multiple gears when called on for a sudden blast of torque. Its suspension helps it maintain composure in hard cornering, and the engine benefits from two twin-scroll turbos. A striking new matt colour, called Frozen burnished, to the eye Bronze, is exclusive to the Gran Coupe.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. 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. The 650i Convertible's folding roof has multiple layers of fabric and insulation, and we'd expect that it will inhibit both sound and cold air as well as metal. It's one of the largest we've seen in a car. If you think you know, tell us in the comments section below. Walkaround The 640i Coupe has big elegant lines that flow all the way to the muscular rear end over taut surfaces and precise contours. .