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. Rear legroom of 35 inches is adequate for average-sized adults, although taller passengers will feel cramped, especially in the low-slung Coupe, which offers less headroom than the Convertible. Slightly smaller than its predecessor, the twin-turbo 4. Consider also that during our drive event on the Autobahn outside Munich, I was unable to pull away from the 640i from a 70 mph start until over 110 mph, and I was driving an M3. The slushbox convertible, designed from the ground up as an open car with a unique body-in-white, managed to just eek out a lead over the manual-equipped coupe. Take the new 2012 640i, for example. I highly recommend this car.
Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, head-thorax side airbags integrated into the seat frame, three-point automatic belts for all seats, belt force limiters and front belt pre-tensioners and child seat mounts in the rear, as well as the full array of electronic safety features. We think you have to press the button twice, to get out of Accessories mode. Entering the address into the navigation system is tedious I think a touch screen would make it easier and finally when you plug in your charger for devices your hand ends up reting on it. Though we didn't sample the optional Night Vision package, we suspect it makes the driver feel more than a little like James Bond. Down one hair drier on the twin-huffed N54 that preceded it, this six nonetheless is virtually lag-free. It features a twin-turbo 4. One thing is for sure: the car looks great in white.
All are smooth and powerful, among the best mills on the market. The instrument cluster uses beautiful silver-rimmed analog gauges, and an excellent display with a large 10. It is definitely a great balance of power, performance, gadgetry, and style. This is very annoying and in fact prevents me from thinking of using the car in winter. Naturally, you enthusiasts will go that route, but for a large portion of the 6 Series' target audience, the 640i is all the car they'll need, and the money they save will make it feel like a business decision. That comfort comes courtesy of some very well-designed and roomy front seats.
But the enlarged the new model signficantly and redesigned many signficant features. I'll own them as long as they make them. Exterior The new 6 Series measures some 3 inches longer and 1. For those wanting even more, the new V8 in the 650i will definitely get the job done. As any luxury car, you can expect a high maintenance bill, but don't get one if you can't afford it.
Warranty does cover any electrical and mechanical issues - anything outside of wear and tear. The new 650i Coupe features a more stunning design and even sharper driving dynamics than its predecessor, along with optimized comfort levels and extra space. The B6 is manufactured alongside the regular 6 Series in , and is then completed with remaining components at the Alpina factory in. Both have pass-through openings into the trunk for long items like skis. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control is standard, and a six-speed manual is optional on rear-drive cars.
Specifically, the steering lacks the company's trademark road feel, while the sophisticated stabilizer bars are actually too effective, decreasing body roll to the point that you no longer have a sense of how hard you're pushing the car. We never found the previous 6 Series to be particularly involving to drive, but the new car changes that. The 650i, with its twin-turbo V-8 engine, is covered separately in the Cars. 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. Under the hood lurks a pair of engines to back up its fast looks.
The top two gears are serious overdrives, with long-legged ratios of 0. The 640i isn't all about performance, though. Actually, the top two gears are overdrives for long-legged freeway cruising and better fuel mileage. It is the first M6 to use a turbocharged engine. The trunk no longer juts awkwardly from the rear of the car, and the nose has a new sense of purpose, with its snorting, upright twin grilles and wide-mouthed lower intake.
Sport mode quickens things up even more and does a better job of staying in lower gears, preventing the constant upshifts to top gear that Normal and Comfort settings provide. While driving it to the Chevy dealership to trade it in the computer system went blank and 1 at a time all the systems went black. The Coupe doesn't have the trick top to deal with, but like the Convertible, it gets an all-new interior for 2012, replacing the previous 6-Series' somewhat clunky space with a well-built, comfortable, and intriguingly designed cabin. It looks even better in the sheetmetal than it does in photos. The new three-pedal option features a neat little party trick pioneered by 's 370Z: automatically rev-matched downshifts. The doors use a combination of convex and concave surfaces, designed to generate a feeling of depth, and make the driver feel secure. I still don't understand what happened, but be weary of that.
Driving casually in automatic mode, the upshifts are seamless and kickdowns relatively infrequent; the transmission is programmed to use the engine's torque. We never knew when it was totally shut off or not. A glance at the adjoining chart reveals that where the manual requires a few tenths of a second for every shift and a corresponding loss in forward momentum, the automatic's shifts are nearly imperceptible, resulting in significantly less lost time. Initial models included the 640i and 650i, while 640d and 650i xDrive models were later added to the lineup. Its peak torque rating is 332 pounds-feet.
Just to reiterate, there's no dual-clutch or automated manual action going on here. At the sides, the surfaces are kept simple, with mildly flared fenders and the coupe profile the dominant details. The braking system is linked to the electronic stability system. Technology also features prominently in the new 6-Series. There is also no spare, so get run flats or risk getting stuck. The acceleration, the cornering, the luxury and styling of this machine all are amazing.