The first time I saw the 6-series on the road - the previous generation of course - it was being driven by a gorgeous woman. A 30 something with flowing silky hair, a flawless skin and features so sharp, they’d cut through clutter in any page 3 party, anywhere in the world. Suddenly, the 6-series which I always thought was excess redefined, made all the sense in the world. In fact, it almost looked cool.
Fast forward to today, and even though the new car is prettier, better proportioned and sportier looking than the previous generation car, it’s still not as cool. Mostly, because, instead of a lovely lady, the new 6 today is being driven by an unshaven, un-kept and a styling disaster, me!
So it’s clear, the 6-series isn't just a car, it’s more of a style accessory which needs to be carried off with flair. Otherwise, you just end up looking like a twit in a very expensive car.
But, what about the car itself? It is a handsome car, one that attracts a lot of attention on the road, especially with the roof folded neatly in its boot. Inside though, even with all the fine red stitching and blackened outlines for controls, it is still typically BMW. So, it is well built, well finished and very intuitive, even though a tad mainstream for this segment. It’s also only comfortable for two courtesy front seats that are large, cushy and adjustable for nearly everything. The rear is left best to hold luggage though; unless of course you have a midget driving.
- Under than huge hood is a 4.4-litre, twin turbo V8, petrol. It’s the same engine that powers the X6 50i and the 750Li.
- It makes 407bhp but it’s the torque of 600Nm that’s truly outstanding on this car.
- There’s no dual clutch gearbox here, but it does get one of the finest torque convertor units today and this one has 8 ratios to choose from.
- The shifts are smooth and one can really waft in luxury here.
- It’s also quick considering the 650i is meant more for boulevard cruising than track day outings. It dispatches the 0-100kmph test in 5.7 seconds.
- Top speed, as is the case with most German cars whether high performance or not, but certainly ones with large engines, is limited to 250kmph.
- And no, with a twin turbo engine and over 400bhp, it’s not efficient at all. The car when driven sedately should return about 5.5kmpl. And please don’t bother asking about the figure if you have a lead right foot!
- It costs Rs 95 lakh ex-showroom Delhi