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2015 BMW Series 6 Review
Having just alluded to a few iffy choices by BMW, the first thing we have to talk about with this third generation 6 Series is its face, which is one only a mother could love. It's particularly disturbing because we really do like most everything else about the design, and the hardtop tested here is a much more holistic thing than the slightly odd looking convertible. In profile, the coupe's proportions are great, and that view – along with a variety of angles from the rear three-quarter school – is its best look.

We have some shining and delightful news to report that you may have already read earlier in an Autoblog news brief. We came to this drive event for the 6 Series Coupe with the understanding that the only 6 Series that North America was going to receive was the big-motor model, the 650i coupe and convertible. This was, after all, the way it worked out with the outgoing generation. We dug around and around all over Munich and finally got someone of authority to tell us otherwise. It turns out that the U.S. and Canada will be able to get this exact 640i trim as tested in both coupe and folding soft top spec, with the first examples due to arrive near the end of October.The N55B30 used in the 640i coupe and convertible is 32 percent more fuel-efficient in the city versus the 402-hp N63 in the 650i, 20 percent more frugal on the highway, or 26 percent better on the combined cycle. And while the 650i coupe may be able to get to 60 mph from a halt in just 4.8 seconds or less, the 640i holds its own at around 5.3 seconds, and it's lighter, too. Granted, all the V8s we care to talk about here feel more like rumbling rebels of the road, but this inline powerplant from BMW is arguably the best civilian tune six in a premium passenger car. In this 6 Series, taking all things emotive and practical into account, the inline six is a better choice than the pretty good 4.4 biturbo V8. The 640i convertible with either an eight-speed ZF Steptronic sport automatic or a six-speed manual should start out at around $80,700. The 650i coupe will start out nearer $83,000, while the 640i coupe will be the entry level sleeper to go for at $72,000. There is no discount for choosing the manual shifter, and interestingly enough, the U.S. is the only market on the planet that gets a manual shift model. In an indicator of how important the United States is to the 6 Series' business case, the 650i coupe starts customer deliveries here on October 1, while the rest of the world (even Germany) will have to wait until October 15. The Driving Dynamics Control fairies govern everything from throttle tip-in to suspension firmness, steering input, transmission shift points, the integral rear-axle steering rate and active roll stabilization equipment (if so optioned). To run through them all, DDC modes on the 640i auto equipped cars include Sport+, Sport, Comfort, Comfort+, and Eco Pro. Everything but Comfort+ made our day. In this weird setting that's available only when one opts for both Electronic Damper Control and Adaptive Drive, any and all feedback goes away, leaving the driver on a plush, fluffed pillow with vague steering feel. Choose the tree-hugging Eco Pro mode and everything on the optional 10.2-inch iDrive screen goes blue, and the already decent fuel numbers of the 640i can swell by nearly 20 percent.

When the 640i and 650i coupes start arriving in the States this October, xDrive versions of the 650i hardtop will also start to become available, most likely carrying a $3,000 premium. At the same time, back in the Old Country, Europeans will be able to get their mitts on the most frugal 6 Series of all, the 640d coupe with its 3.0-liter twin-turbo six offering 308 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. It will average nearly double the mileage per gallon of the 650i coupe without giving up much in sportiness. As happened on the last generation 5 Series with the extravagant Dame Edna headlights and 'flame surfacing' wildfire, we're certain that the M version aero add-ons will make almost everything better on this new Size 6 proboscis. Until then, all that is great about this 6 Series makes it beautiful to us – all the moreso with its terrific new six-cylinder and coupe sheetmetal.
2015 BMW 6 Series 640i xDrive
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Bodystyle:  Convertible
Ext Color:  Carbon Black Metallic
Int Color:  Black
Engine Description:  Straight 6 Cylinder Engine 3.0L
Transmission:  8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain:  All Wheel Drive
Item Number:  15BMW640AWDX2
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