Wonderful engines; superb high-speed composure; top-quality interior; plenty of technology; optional all-wheel drive
Somewhat uninspiring to drive for a BMW; small trunk; restricted rear passenger space; priced on the high side compared with rivals
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As long as there's adequate rear passenger space for your needs, then it's impossible to make a bad choice.
The 2017 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe comes in 640i and 650i versions. All-wheel drive is a $3,000 option on either variant.
The 640i Gran Coupe ($80,795) comes standard with a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlamps with automatic high beams, fog lights, sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, front and rear parking sensors, sunroof, keyless entry with push-button ignition, digital instrument cluster, leather upholstery, heated/8-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support and driver's-side memory settings, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, self-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, 9-speaker audio system, and the hard drive-based iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-in widescreen display, navigation, HD/satellite radio, Wi-Fi, wireless smartphone charging, auxiliary audio input and digital music storage.
The 650i Gran Coupe ($92,195) adds a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a few extras, such as 19-in alloy wheels, 16-way multi-contour power front seats with passenger-side memory settings, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and upholstery of finer leather.
Some of the 650i's extra features are available on the 640i as options. And there are several options packages. The M Sport package adds aerodynamic tweaks, higher top speed (150 miles per hour instead of 130 mph), M-design 19-in or 20-in wheels, dark chrome exhaust tips, sport steering wheel and extensive M interior modifications (including extended Alcantara and leather trim). The Cold Weather package brings a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. And the Executive package includes quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, power-closing doors and a full color head-up display.
Other individual options include adaptive cruise control, night vision, rear-wheel steering (for rear-drive models; adds a little extra agility and makes parking easier), automated parallel parking, 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system and adaptive anti-roll bars (called Adaptive Drive).
Trunk space is a useful 13 cu ft.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Audi A7/Audi S7 -- The A7's supercharged V6 has enough urge for most tastes, but the S7 has a delicious twin-turbocharged V8 that might be worth the stretch. Both the A7 and S7 have a nimbler feel than the BMW when the roads become more interesting.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class -- Comes with a choice of two wonderful twin-turbocharged V8s that bookend the Gran Coupe's V8 in terms of output.
2017 Porsche Panamera -- Absolutely brilliant to drive. A new (second) generation has debuted for 2017.
Used Aston Martin Rapide -- The V12-powered Rapide will take everyone's breath away, including the driver's. You can find a nice used Rapide if you look hard enough. Depreciation is your friend in this case.