UK magazine CAR had the opportunity to test drive the new 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe. The model of choice? The all-new 640i powered by a 3.0 liter TwinPower engine producing 316 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Let’s have a glance at some of their impressions, followed by the full article.
“Hardened BMW fans (I’d put myself under that umbrella) might still be coming to terms with cars like the X6 and X1, but huge sales figures render our furrowed brows rather irrelevant. Even so, it’s nice to be reporting on a niche BMW that’s not a quasi off-roader. In fact the new 6-Series should keep traditionalists very happy. Based on the excellent 5-Series chassis but tuned for a more dynamic experience and with a lower centre-of-gravity, there’s every chance it’ll be a fantastic GT with a really sporty edge.
The drivetrain is absolutely fabulous. The engine is super-smooth and the 640i easily feels good for its 0-62mph claim of 5.4-seconds. You can rachet-up the speed of shifts, tighten the suspension and alter the steering weight via the grandly titled Driving Experience Control switch. In Eco Pro mode the 640i feels like the throttle’s broken but the ride is excellent and it has the potential to deliver 36.7mpg. Shuffle through Comfort+, Comfort and then into Sport and Sport+ and it’s more BMW-like. Body control is good, there’s tons of grip and the gearbox really snaps through ratios like a twin-clutch system. There’s no need to use the paddle shifters, but you probably will because it adds just a bit more fun and control.”