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2015 BMW 6 Series: Detroit Auto Show


author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2015

What Is It?

The 2015 BMW 6 Series is the latest version of BMW's top-of-the-line coupe and convertible, with an additional Gran Coupe model that has four doors. Although it's essentially the same car that's been around for a few years now, BMW has revealed a few noteworthy changes for 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Topping the list in BMW's press release is, um, a reduction in the number of kidney-grille slats from 10 per side to nine per side. We're not kidding, but there are some noticeable updates too, including restyled adaptive LED headlights, a sport front apron, streamlined exterior mirrors, larger exhaust outlets for the 6-cylinder 640i and a standard sport exhaust for the 650i. Inside, high-gloss black trim dresses up the center console, and the iDrive infotainment system comes standard with a secondary touchpad interface in all models. Also standard across the lineup for 2015 is a digital instrument cluster with driver-configurable elements.

On the performance front, the 2015 BMW 6 Series stands pat, but we're not complaining. Even the 640i boasts a spirited 315 horsepower, while the 650i's twin-turbocharged V8 pumps out 445 horses and the top-of-the-line M6's similar twin-turbo V8 supplies a dizzying 560 hp. As good as the 640i's traditional turbocharged inline-6 is, we couldn't do without the sweet-tempered, yet savage, V8. It's one of the best motors on the market in either 650i or M6 tune, and when you combine it with the updates for 2015, you get what's quite simply the best 6 Series experience that BMW has offered thus far.

How Much?

$77,050-$120,450

When Can You Get It?

First quarter of 2015

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

The 6 Series is a standard-bearer for BMW's legendary engineering prowess, and the 2015 model's updates make it the most evolved version of the current generation.

Other Cars to Consider

Porsche 911 -- Porsche's rear-engined sports car is a legend in its own right, and although it lacks the BMW's cosseting creature comforts, it compensates with peerless style and driver engagement.

Chevrolet Corvette -- Yeah, we said it. The 6 Series coupe and convertible's rear seats are too tight to be of real use, and the much cheaper 2-seat Corvette is otherwise fully competitive, from its sublime V8 to its quality interior. It handles better, too.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class -- Offering competitive twin-turbo V8 power and a more muscular design, the 4-door CLS is a bullet on the highway and a natural fit for any classy occasion.

Used Porsche Panamera -- Check the price on that new 6 Series Gran Coupe, because you might be able to snag a superior certified pre-owned Panamera instead.

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