But the enlarged the new model signficantly and redesigned many signficant features. Take the new 2012 640i, for example. The roll-over system further developed specifically for the new 6 Series Convertible consists of two bars placed behind the rear head restraints. Trunk space measures a relatively enormous 12. The face and profile are instantly recognizable, and the convertible version still has a distinctive soft top.
It comes in convertible form only and comes with a more powerful, more efficient engine, but the same impressive performance specs expected of anything M-Series. Again offered as a coupe or convertible, it is available in one trim only for 2012: the 650i. The driver-focused controls sees the center console canted toward the left, and the control surfaces are made of classy, premium-looking and -feeling plastics and leathers. Production ended in September 2018. The windows would not go up in the rain.
The instrument cluster uses beautiful silver-rimmed analog gauges, and an excellent display with a large 10. How much power do you really need? Its interior offers individually tailored seats for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. Both engines are willing performers, but the larger, more laid-back character of the 6-Series is best suited by the V-8, in our estimation. The app option is great as I can listen to Pandora on my iPhone Very fast. Added to which, the gearshift lever and the buttons for the parking brake, roof operation and Drive Dynamic Control are located on a surface that opens out towards the driver and is set lower than the front passenger side of the centre console.
I include consent to receive phone calls at the mobile phone number I provided. 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. 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. Both engines team up as standard with an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox. Interestingly, 31 mpg is also 6 mpg better than that of the six-cylinder 740i. The 650 isnt the sports car the M3 was, but it more than makes it up in comfort and design. The windshield is steeply raked, and smooth slanted trapezoidal headlamps glare down upon the twin kidney grille.
And it's a perfect fit on the 6 Series, a car that's very mission is to deliver high levels of both performance and comfort. The new 6-Series Convertible will also come with enough added technological goodies on the convertible, including Driving Dynamics Control, Brake Energy Regeneration System, and an optional Active Roll Stabilization feature that prevents body-roll in the event the car is turning on high-speed corners, as well as in sudden changes of direction or transitions. And the chassis needs that extra rigidity given the engines underhood. 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. As for the convertible, it continues to feature the clever rear window that's separate from the folding top and can be lowered to allow the breeze in while still keeping the sun off. Newly developed lightweight seats, comprehensive safety equipment. The only thing to watch for is the convertible.
Easy, smooth power complements the ride quality and handling, making it truly effortless to cruise along well above 100 mph--though you'll want to pay attention to that tendency if you're not a fan of large speeding tickets. In Edmunds brake testing, the 650i coupe stopped from 60 mph in 109 feet. It is powered by the 4. Advanced chassis technology including Electric Power Steering; Integral Active Steering available as an option. It's not just a matter of having a tall driver or front passenger, either; even with the front seats adjusted for shorter folk, the rear seats are best left to small kids and packages.
The Gran Coupé has a 4+1 seating arrangement, meaning there are two full-size rear seats, and one smaller rear middle seat. Interior Features In the cabin, there are subtle curves everywhere, from the rear doors to front doors to dashboard to center console. As in the new 5-series, the steering is slightly numb on-center and feels artificially heavy, but the synthetic feel is less noticeable in comfort and normal. In the interests of weight optimisation, the doors, bonnet and front axle spring mounts are all aluminium, while the front side panels, roof lid and boot are made from glass fibre composite. Optional Active Steering also uses rear-wheel steering for low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.
A rear camera comes standard on all models, while the optional side and top view cameras are bundled with the Driver Assistance Package, along with Active Blind Spot Detection and the Lane Departure Warning System. At my height, no one can sit behind me, and as long as your passenger is small, you could travel with 2 passengers. With classic curves and a lightweight aluminum structure, the is a competitor with character and performance in equal measures, while the offers comparable luxury for less, plus actual room for rear seat passengers. The center stack is relatively tidy, with some controls slightly angled toward the driver. The 6 makes few sporting pretensions, and while we wouldn't call it athletic, it's also not at all wayward or uncoordinated.
Despite its relative heft, handling for the 6 Series is also noteworthy, and road-holding ability can only be enhanced by the addition of the optional xDrive all-wheel drive system. 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 new arrangement of the Control Display — which now reaches further into the passenger compartment — also influences the architecture of the instrument panel, which rises up steeply in front of the driver and front passenger in the style of a powerboat cockpit This impression is further enhanced by the structure of the door trim panels. Help Wanted at the Helm Unfortunately, the electric steering is a reason to stay away from the sportier modes. Again offered as a coupe or convertible, it is available in one trim only for 2012: the 650i. The affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts.