The 2007 BMW 6 Series set the class standard for driving dynamics. Granted, big luxury coupes appeal to folks who want to big comfort and luxury. Driving fun may not be at the top of the wish list of the typical buyer for this segment, but BMW doesn't allow bad handling or even average handling in any of its vehicle. The uninspiring appearance is the only subject of complaint. In this segment, the exterior of the 6 series is certainly lacking in appeal.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, six-speed paddle-shifted Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG)
Models: BMW 650i coupe, BMW 650i convertible
For 2007, the BMW 6 Series coupe and convertible has standard equipment that includes an MP3 player input jack, real-time traffic updates for the navigation system and a four-year subscription to BMW Assist. The CD changer is removed from the optional Logic 7 sound system, but a new iPod integration kit can be added to the 650i at a dealership. Higher-grade ""Pearl"" leather is added to the options list.
The 2007 BMW 650i is a four-seat coupe or convertible and comes standard with 18-inch wheels with run-flat tires and adaptive xenon headlights. The Sport package adds 19-inch wheels, run-flat performance tires, upgraded exterior trim, and sport seats.
The styling of the 6 Series exterior isn’t quite as sleek, classy, or menacing as other BMW offerings. While these cars aren’t necessarily bland or even ugly, the in-class competition has a styling advantage, one of the very few areas that the 6 Series concedes to rivals.
The 6 Series comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with driver memory, wood trim, a navigation system with real-time traffic information, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker CD stereo with an MP3 player jack and Bluetooth wireless capability. The convertible has a power soft top and a power-retractable rear window. The Cold Weather package adds heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Stand-alone options include BMW's Active Steering system to reduce steering effort at low speeds, adaptive cruise control, keyless startup, a head-up display, Sirius Satellite Radio, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system, high-definition AM/FM radio, and higher-grade leather upholstery.
It should be noted that the interior of the 6 Series is one of the finest that perspective buyers will come across. The design, build quality, material quality, and features are all top notch.
Performance & Handling
The 6 Series cars make use of a 4.8-liter V-8 rated at 360 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. Buyers have a choice of three gearboxes offering different levels of driver engagement: a six-speed manual for serious driving enthusiasts, a six-speed automatic for drivers who want convenience more than performance, and a six-speed paddle-shifted Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) that is basically a compromise between manual and automatic transmissions. Curiously, the automatic offers the best fuel efficiency. Tests performed with an automatic-equipped 650i coupe returned a time of 5.6 seconds for the zero-to-60-mph sprint.
The handling is superb as one would expect from a BMW. A 6 Series car isn’t as nimble as the smaller 3 Series cars, but it does well just the same in tight handling situations. The ride is quiet and smooth without requiring any real sacrifice in driving fun. The three gearbox choices and options allow the 6 Series to be tailored to one’s driving preferences.
The 2007 BMW 6 Series carry many standard safety features, such as anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and a brake wiping/drying feature. This operates when the windshield wipers are engaged and a brake standby feature that snugs the brake pads to the rotors when the driver abruptly lifts off the gas pedal to prepare for a hard stop. The list of standard safety features doesn’t stop there: front-seat side airbags in both cars, full-length side curtain airbags for the coupe, a rollover protection system for the convertible, a knee airbag, front and rear parking sensors, and a four-year subscription to BMW Assist telematics. The Night Vision system is an option for all models. It uses an infrared camera to track objects in front of the vehicle to almost 1000 feet away.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 650i coupe: 15/22 mpg city/highway
BMW 650i convertible: 14/21 mpg city/highway
- Handles like a smaller car
- Quiet, smooth ride
- V-8 power
- Outstanding cabin quality
- Trunk space of the coupe
You Won't Like
- Exterior styling
- iDrive-induced headaches
Great performance and price, but lacks the sharp looks of competitors.
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