Excellent seems to be come at fairly the price tag in this BMW
Road Check EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: This is my initial go all around with a BMW 6-series Gran Coupe of any type. I have to say it seems to be quite darn good, from the rear 3-quarter see in specific. The interior is nicely done, featuring plenty of leather-covered surfaces with accent stitching all over the place, and comfy and supportive seats. There is also decent area in the back for passengers, with door openings that aren’;t too tough to match through with the sloping rear roofline.
BMW’;s pretty 3.-liter turbo inline 6-cylinder powers the 640i, which feels sluggish when the automobile is in comfort mode with the transmission brief shifting up. I preferred the car’;s habits in sport mode, when there was more pep from the engine and the transmission held onto gears longer.
I didn’;t get to throw the vehicle close to considerably on the snow-caked roads that we have been dealing with for the duration of this very long Michigan winter, but I was glad that our check automobile was an xDrive model. Even with the all-season Goodyear Eagle LS2 runflat tires, I did not have a issue blowing by way of unplowed parking lots and maneuvering on slick surfaces. Even so, if I was looking at putting a 640i in my garage, I would just get a rear-wheel drive model that weighs 175 pounds much less and has a base cost that undercuts an xDrive model by $ 3,000. With rear-wheel drive, I would have far more entertaining in spring, summertime and fall and then I would get a set of winter tires for when the snow flies.
I can say from my overnight stay that the auto behaves like a standard BMW when driving generally. In sport mode, steering feels crisp and is nicely weighted. The trip is firmer more than frost heaves, no doubt in part due to the fact of the runflat tires that we have quite a history with close to here. Our prolonged-phrase 550i xDrive sedan from a couple of many years back chewed by means of these Goodyear tires like it was going out of type. We had blowouts and quite a few sidewall failures. I feel we ended up purchasing 7 or 8 of those tires from the Tire Rack above the program of our yr with the automobile. So every single time I hit a bump or pothole with this 640i xDrive, I cringed. I do want to get some time with a 6-series Gran Coupe in warmer weather, however.
Is this 2014 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe competitive with the other luxury 4-door automobiles with coupe-like rooflines? If we are contemplating price, then not so much. The base price tag of this Bimmer stacks up closest to the Audi S7, which commences at $ 81,095. The S7 is all-wheel drive, has a sporty drive character, but packs 420 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque from its force-induced V8. It takes the 650i xDrive Gran Coupe with its 4.4-liter turbo V8 and 445 hp to stack up closer to the S7. The catch there is the all-wheel drive 650i commences at $ 94,775. So the BMW is hardly the value player in this space.
It positive looks good, although.
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: If I remember correct, this is the first time I have ever driven 1 of these. This 6-series Gran Coupe occupies a niche segment much like the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Mercedes will most likely sell about 5,400 CLS-lessons this year, while BMW will move 6,000 6-series, I am guessing. BMW cleverly isn’;t going to break out Gran Coupe revenue from the regular 6-series 2-door coupe, so I can’;t predict how several Gran Coupes find houses this year.
I like the car’;s seems just as I like the CLS. Yes, a bit of interior roominess is sacrificed, but it truly is a damn very good-hunting vehicle. Speaking of the interior it, also, is very good hunting, effectively developed and relaxed. This might be the greatest BMW interior I have been in recently.
There are quite a few selections for adjusting suspension, throttle response, steering excess weight, and the like, including sport, sport+, comfort, and so on. Comfort or eco mode tends to make it a good around-town cruiser, though like several BMWs it suffers from harshness problems above road imperfections. Granted, this is the time of 12 months exactly where the roads around here entirely stink, but nevertheless, potholes are to be prevented if feasible. I blame the runflats. Don’;t know if I am appropriate, but that is my story and I’;m sticking to it.
In sport or sport+, the auto will get drastically far more enjoyable. It is fast off the line and the all-wheel drive indicates it hooks up nicely. The tougher you push it and the faster you go, the greater it responds, like a excellent BMW should. There are modes for driving extended distances although still currently being comfortable, and there are modes for taking part in race automobile driver. So it truly is got anything for everybody.
With all that said, I would get an Audi S7 equipped like our long-termer is. Its as-tested cost is $ one,000 significantly less than this 640i xDrive Gran Coupe’;s, has a significantly much better trip and is more sensible.
EXECUTIVE EDITOR RORY CARROLL: I’;m assuming this 6-series Gran Coupe is meant to be a better looking/more stylish version of the 5-series. I do not actually find that to be the situation, but styling preferences are just preferences, and some men and women actually appear to like the way this reduced-roofed, 4-door 6-series seems to be. I’;ll give them that — it’;s undoubtedly not as unattractive as other latest offerings from BMW. The brown interior was a nice surprise it really is more visually fascinating than what you may find in much less-costly BMWs.
This 640i xDrive Gran Coupe is remarkably noisy over broken pavement in truth, I am possessing some trouble contemplating of some thing I’;ve recently driven that I can to assess it to. The loveable 3.-liter straight-6 even felt strangled in this vehicle.
For $ 90K, I’;d significantly rather take our prolonged-term S7, like Raynal explained, and yet another option or 2. I cannot consider of a single way in which this BMW is far better than the Audi.
Base Price tag: $ 81,025
As-Tested Price: $ 89,675
Drivetrain: 3.-liter turbocharged I6 AWD, 8-pace automatic
Output: 315 hp @ 5,800-6,000 rpm, 330 lb-ft @ one,300-4,500 rpm
Curb Fat: 4,365 lb
Fuel Economic system (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 20/29/23 mpg
AW Observed Fuel Economic system: 15.7 mpg
Options: M Sport bundle including 19-inch alloy double-spoke wheel, LED fog lights, M steering wheel, aerodynamic kit, shadowline exterior trim ($ 4,400) Adaptive Drive w/ ARS ($ 2,500) multi-contour seats ($ 1,300) cold weather package like heated steering wheel, heated rear seats ($ 450)
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