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Edmunds: 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe Track Test

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Edmunds.com takes the new 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe to the race track to test the sportiness of BMW’s first four-door coupe. The 4.4-liter V-8 …

Edmunds.com takes the new 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe to the race track to test the sportiness of BMW’s first four-door coupe.

The 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) that powers the current 650i models received an upgrade for the new 650i Gran Coupe. This new version of the engine adds BMW’s VALVETRONIC variable valve timing to the list of specifications. As a result, the new version of the engine (N63Tü) develops a maximum 445 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm (a 45 hp increase), and makes peak torque of 480 lb-ft between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm (a 30 lbs-ft increase).

Edmunds: 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe Track Test

Official specs say that the new BMW 650i Gran Coupe completes the sprint from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100km/h) in 4.6 seconds but let’s find out what Edmunds says in their own review.

 

Test Results:

Acceleration
0-30 (sec): 2.3 (2.7 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 3.6 (4.1 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 5.2 (5.8 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 4.8 (5.3 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 7.0 (7.6 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 13.1 @ 109.4 (13.5 @ 108.7 w/ TC on)

Braking 
30-0 (ft): 29
60-0 (ft): 114

Handling
Slalom (mph): 66.3 (65.2 w/TC on)
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.88 (0.85 w/TC on)

Db @ Idle: 40.0
Db @ Full Throttle: 71.1
Db @ 70-mph Cruise: 60.0

RPM @ 70: 1,650

Acceleration: Default mode (Comf/Drive) hesitates slightly from a dead stop. Each successive mode makes the car slightly quicker (Sport, Sport+ and DS) but launch delay persists regardless. The time gap between slowest and fastest 0-60 is significant, about a half-second in total. The traction control is effective, but it has a short leash. Once underway, the power builds quickly and carries all the way to the 7,000-rpm redline. I “beat” traction control with a two-footed non-wheelspin launch with Trac off. There’s ample cooling as trap speeds remained steady. Upshifts are both fast and smooth, as are matched-rev downshifts. In manual mode, it will allow the engine to bounce off the rev limiter.

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  • Karlen125

    0-60 in 5.2 seconds? Simply too slow!!!!!

    • Ben

      From Edmunds: “It also brings an SUV-like 4,535-pound curb weight to the party”. What happen to the carbon fiber tech that BMW has been promising for the last few years? It is wasting that tech on the i3, i8 when Audi is saving weight by putting its aluminum space frame to main stream cars.

      • karlen125

        That’s why Audi is one head above the pathetic BMW!

        • lolaudi@jokers.com

          lol nobody care about no volkswagen peoples car. A BMW could weigh a 100 tons and would still smash your chitty audi bro. Only clowns drive audis.

        • TheBingoBalls

          Whether or not people believe or think Audi is ahead of BMW, you can’t be surprised given that they have financial backing from VW. What is surprising is, if you really do believe that they are ahead of BMW, it’s taken them this long to do it. Being part of a larger parent company, you have the benefit of platform sharing (early Audi’s) to the use of aluminum because the cost is spread out to. Who does BMW have? I’m sure there are other factors involved but the fact that BMW can make a car as heavy as the M5 and M6 and still be able to run impressive 0-60 times and allow it to move around the track like it does proves their engineering prowess, they just don’t have the benefit of using aluminum bodies like Audi does because it’s too expensive.

          Anyone who appreciates cars can tell you there is absolutely no reason why Audi shouldn’t be able match or exceed BMW, given the situation they’re in. It’s poor that it’s taken them this long.

        • BMW M POWER

          I wouldn’t compare a Audi to a BMW or Mercedes because its Volkswagens sub brand they made Audi to compete with the high end germans which are BMW and Mercedes so Audi/Volkswagen is out the question

      • TheBingoBalls

        It won’t appear in the current generation of BMW’s, it will likely start with the GXX chassis, assuming they move on from the F code like the next generation 7-Series (G11) where the 7-Series is supposed to use the CFRP BMW has been investing in. Hopefully this generation is the last we’ll see of heavy BMW’s.

      • TheBingoBalls

        It won’t appear in the current generation of BMW’s, it will likely start with the GXX chassis, assuming they move on from the F code like the next generation 7-Series (G11) where the 7-Series is supposed to use the CFRP BMW has been investing in. Hopefully this generation is the last we’ll see of heavy BMW’s.

  • likeaboss@bossman500.com

    5.2s…..I’ve seen 328i’s with a remap doing that. This car is likely closer to 4.5. My 550i with the DINAN package will drop the hammer at 60 in 4 flat.

  • http://www.buddsmazda.com/ Buddsmazda

    New BMW 650i Gran Coupe looking great and 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100km/h) in 4.6 seconds is amazing!

    • Karlen125

      The most it could do from 0 to 60 was miserable 5.2 seconds. So the Gran Coupe is an absolute failure.

      • kalabashzee

        Karlen, sounds like you have set the gearbox and mode selector switch incorrectly. You need to move the gear shift to the left to access the sport mode of the gearbox, then use the selector rocker switch which is to the right of the gearbox to the sport+ setting. The drive and experience 4.6 or better.

  • hashad khodabacchus

    bmw 650i a v8 engine 4.4 litre

  • kalabashzee

    The reviewer at Edmunds.com clearly hasn’t set up the 650i Gran Coupe correctly. He sounds like he forgot to move the gear shift to the left to directly access sport mode in the gearbox setting after dialing in the Sport+ mode from the selector rocker button to the right of the gear shift. I drive the car daily and I can assure you that this correct setting has NO throttle “hesitation. In fact, even the less sporty selector modes don’t have any meaningful throttle “hesitation”. My previous car was the E60 M5 and the 650i is actually marginally faster than the E60 M5. The main difference between these two cars is in the smoothness of the gearbox and gear changes. The 650i is ultra-smooth in comparison, thereby keeping momentum constantly and relentlessly on the rise.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      I would have to agree, the 650i I drove also was pretty responsive, especially in Sport or Sport+

  • BMW M POWER

    My 2013 BMW 550i in sport mode can hit 0 to 60 in 4.4 4.3 and regular mode is 4.7

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