Wonderful engines; superb high-speed composure; top-quality interior; plenty of technology; available all-wheel drive
Somewhat uninspiring to drive for a BMW; small trunk
The 2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe adds a few standard features, including a digital instrument cluster, a touchpad iDrive controller and launch control.
The phenomenally fast, yet impeccably refined, 650i Gran Coupe is our pick of this litter. It's a fantastic all-around luxury ride.
The 2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is offered in two trim levels: 6-cylinder 640i and 8-cylinder 650i. All-wheel drive (xDrive) is a $3,000 option on either trim.
The 640i Gran Coupe ($79,250) comes 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 sunroof, keyless entry with push-button ignition, a digital instrument cluster, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and memory settings, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, 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 Gran Coupe ($90,550) adds a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a few extra perks, such as 19-in alloy wheels and 20-way multicontour power front seats.
Some of the 650i's extra features are available on the 640i as options. Other options include adaptive cruise control and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. There are several options packages, most notably the M Sport package, which adds aerodynamic tweaks, a higher top speed (155 miles per hour), unique M-design 19- or 20-in wheels, LED headlights, a high-gloss shadow-line trim, dark chrome exhaust tips, a sport steering wheel and extensive M interior modifications (including extended Alcantara and leather trim).
Although the 6 Series Gran Coupe is based on the 7 Series platform, its cabin is unique, starting with the low-slung front seats that give it an unmistakably sporty vibe. The 650i's standard multicontour front seats are sublime in every way, and interior materials are absolutely top-notch. The sleek dashboard swoops dramatically toward the driver, accentuating the coupe experience.
Predictably, back-seat space isn't close to that of the 7 Series. Even the 5 Series (another spawn of the 7 Series platform) has more room for adults, thanks to its less-rakish roofline. Still, full-size humans can fit in the Gran Coupe's rear quarters, which is a lot more than we can say for the 2-door 6 Series. Trunk space is unchanged from the 2-door model at 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||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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 in spirited driving.
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class -- The CLS comes with a choice of two wonderful twin-turbocharged V8s that bookend the Gran Coupe's V8 in terms of output. We love the sheet metal's boldness, too.
Porsche Panamera -- The Panamera isn't a beauty in the eyes of most beholders, but it's absolutely brilliant to drive.
Used Aston Martin Rapide -- If you want to turn heads all over town, there's the V12-powered Rapide, and then there's everything else. Let depreciation be your friend. You can find a nice used Rapide if you look hard enough.