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2013 BMW 6-Series - Review


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All-new for 2013 despite the Convertible's debut last year, the 2013 BMW 6-Series Coupe is among the most luxurious and sporty two-doors on the road today--particularly in M6 form.

Even the 640i, powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine is plenty fun, rating 315 horsepower for ample acceleration--yet still managing 31 mpg on the highway. The 650i gets a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine good for a stout 400 horsepower, turning the gas pedal into a truly fun pedal. Both engines are mated to BMW's eight-speed transmission, though only the V-8 can be had in all-wheel drive form--rear-wheel drive is standard.

A new 6-Series Gran Coupe is also available in addition to the Coupe and Convertible, brand-new to the BMW range with a four-door offering in the 6-Series coupe form factor. Styling lands somewhere between the 6-Series and the 7-Series overall, with a hint of the 5-Series for good measure, but specs and details all say 6-Series. If the two-door just won't do, but you'd rather have something sleeker than a sedan, the Gran Coupe might be just the Bimmer for you.

For those with a real taste for speed, however, the M6 is the answer in 6-Series line. Rated at 560 horsepower from a much hotter version of BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, with more aggressive bodywork, wider wheels, and stickier tires than the standard 6-Series range, the M6 is more than capable on track--though you'll want to opt for the ceramic brakes if you plan on lapping for longer periods.

It's not all about performance with the 6-Series, even in the M6. There's a softer, more well-equipped side to the 2013 6er, and it encourages good times behind the wheel even when the pace slackens. With quality leather, plastic, and metal interior elements laid out in tasteful, modern curves and clefts, the interior of the 6-Series is very comfortable--for front-row occupants. The rear seat is very small, but serviceable for short trips with smaller adults or children.

Equipment levels are very good, but you should expect that when you start to approach or surpass the $100,000 mark, as the 6-Series easily does. High-res displays, state-of-the-art infotainment and safety systems, and in the M6, advanced performance-focused stability and dynamics controls complete with driver-tunable modes--all are standard or available in the 6-Series.

For the full run-down on the 2013 BMW 6-Series, including a look at its styling, safety, and gas mileage, check out our review at The Car Connection.

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