Fantastic engines; awesome long-distance cruiser; high-quality interior; plenty of tech; available all-wheel drive
Less athletic than you may expect; useless back seat; convertible isn't offered with a retractable hardtop
All-wheel drive is now available on the entry-level 640i coupe and convertible, and a new M Sport Edition package adds sporting flair to any 6 Series
We're in awe of the 640i's fuel economy, but that's not what a car such as this is about. You get a 6 Series to reward yourself for a job well done, a life well lived -- and the best reward is the fantastically powerful yet refined 650i.
The 2014 BMW 6 Series is offered as a coupe or soft-top convertible in two trim levels: 6-cylinder 640i and 8-cylinder 650i.
The 640i coupe ($76,325) and 640i convertible ($83,825) come standard with a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlamps, fog lights, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, front and rear parking sensors, a tilting glass roof panel (coupe only), keyless entry with push-button ignition, auto stop/start, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and driver memory, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 9-speaker audio system, and the hard-drive-based iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-in widescreen display, digital music storage, a navigation system and a rearview camera.
The 650i coupe ($87,625) and 650i convertible ($95,125) add a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, an available manual transmission, 19-in alloy wheels, 20-way Multi-contour power front seats and Nappa leather upholstery.
Some of the 650i's extra features are available on the 640i as options. All-wheel drive is a $3,000 option on all 6 Series models.
Notable add-ons include 20-in wheels, adaptive cruise control, side- and top-view cameras and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. The M Sport Edition package contributes aerodynamic tweaks, unique M-design 19-in wheels, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, high-gloss shadowline trim, black-painted brake calipers, dark chrome exhaust tips, extensive M interior modifications (including extended Alcantara and Nappa leather trim) and a full range of technology features (including advanced safety technologies on 650i models).
The 6 Series model's back seat is pretty much useless unless the folks in front have short inseams. Even then, headroom is severely limited unless you're in the convertible and the top's down. Speaking of which, we can't complain about the vinyl roof's rapid power operation; we'd just note that soft tops are inherently vulnerable to break-ins and harsh weather in ways that retractable hardtops simply aren't.
As for cargo space, the coupe boasts a reasonable 13 cu ft, while the convertible has 11 cu ft with the top up and a couple fewer with it folded.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Audi S5 -- The S5 coupe and convertible are much cheaper than their 6 Series counterparts, but they have many of the same traits. The S5 is fast and composed, with a beautiful interior and more nimble handing. We prefer its looks, too.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray -- The base Corvette Stingray is a true bargain at barely half the price of a 650i, and the convertible's a similarly excellent value.
Porsche 911 -- The current 911 has morphed into more of a GT car, but it's still much more engaging than the sedate 6 Series. The 6er has a better ride, though.