Autoblog gives us the first drive review of the new 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe. The latest addition to the 6er family was unveiled last week at a press event in Munich and it will go on sale in the United States this fall.
At launch time, the new 6 Series Coupe will be offered in both the 640i and 650i variants, along with an xDrive version. Europeans will get an additional model, the highly-fuel efficient, yet powerful 640d. Let’s have a look at their review:
“We’ve been told and retold that the discrepant front end with its schnozzola double kidneys and heavily recessed lights was a solution concocted to satisfy global pedestrian impact regulations. BMW designers have basically told us that this new 6 Series was selected by company authorities spanning the Atlantic as the first major new model designed to live up to all of these regulations. Or maybe they just felt picked on and needed an ear to bend.
We worked this 640i Coupe on the autobahn and on the many squeaky clean and manicured twisting two-lanes southeast of Munich where the low hills start to rumple up toward the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. Here, the 640i’s 3.0-liter six with its hardworking twin-scroll turbo and Valvetronic proved to be a great driver according to our right foot, hands on the wheel and the ol’ inner ear bone. Bundle its 316 horses (peaking between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm) and the 332 pound-feet of torque (1,300 to 4,500 rpm) with BMW’s latest iteration of Driving Dynamics Control, optional Integral Active Steering ($ 1,750) and active roll stabilization ($ 2,000), and you’ve got a recipe for good times.
The last 6 Series was absolutely never this polished over the road – at least not without an M logo on its decklid. Sitting still, the lock-to-lock of the Servotronic power steering is just 2.0 turns, so the maneuverability of this big 2+2 is actually pretty damned good in tight quarters.”