The navigation system's maps show very good resolution. The head-up display shows speed and navigation information. The optional Active Roll Stabilization combines with the standard Dynamic Damper Control to offer the driver even more precise responses and perfectly flat cornering ability. Conversely, the rear glass can be raised when the top is down to act as a wind blocker, but turbulence with the top down was minimal in any case, and raising and lowering the glass didn't seem to make a big difference. The 650i Convertible is remarkably quiet with the top up, nearly as quiet as the Coupe.
Sleek, Euro-style combination side lights-cum-turn signals in a thin slit at the trailing edge of the front wheel wells give the impression of attention to detail and on the M models discreetly house the unique, stylized logo that distinguishes those from the 650i models. The handling of 6-Series cars stands out time and again; when driving a 6 Series, one can't help but feel like a part of the vehicle. Olive Ash and Walnut are also available. On the downside, a V10 is inherently unbalanced, with crankpins awkwardly dispersed around the crankshaft's center, unlike a 90-degree V8 or a 60-degree V6. Coupes are equipped with curtain-style head protection airbags, while Convertibles have automatic rollover protection that deploys high strength roll hoops behind the rear seats. The power rear windscreen can be lowered even when the top is up, though we didn't find it significantly added to air circulation.
Assembled in Dingolfing, Germany, the 6-Series debuted in 1976. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-831-1117 -. With the windows up and top down, the 650i convertible makes for great open motoring even on briskly cool days. The thick steering wheel offers a lot of grip as it points the car, and understeer is held in check as the car rotates. The 6-Series vehicles underwent gradual changes until an all-new E63 and E64 a coupe and a convertible, respectively were released in 2003. In Manual mode, the driver at least gets to control the timing of the shift. Current models include the 650i coupe and the 650i convertible.
Formerly there were six and now there are eight. However, we would like a more comprehensive voice command system, along with blind-spot detection. Active Steering is not offered, nor is Active Roll Stabilization; perhaps the engineers assumed the more aggressive suspension made it unnecessary. The driving speed and the damper setting chosen by the driver are also taken into account in calculating the damping force required for each individual wheel to even out body movements. All of this shortens searches, or makes them unnecessary. But turning on accessory power requires pressing the button once, then again, and then again, all while consciously keeping your foot away from the brake pedal so the engine doesn't start. The M6 is everything the 650i is and more.
The high-performance, 6-Series-based M6 is covered separately in the Cars. It's an excellent choice, unless hours of stop-and-go traffic is part of your daily routine. Those models featured 3210 cc engines. Three additional keys, for general use, will take the user directly to the start menu, or to the most recently active menu, or to various options within the current area. By contrast, the smaller displacement turbocharged engine of the 750Li puts out 407 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Now in its fourth generation, iDrive has new graphics and controls. For another, that's a lot of moving parts, even more than usual when all the parts necessary to suppress the engine's disharmonies, with gaps and gears and chains spinning, clicking and meshing, all of which has to be somehow muted while left essentially unrestrained.
The handling of 6-Series cars stands out time and again; when driving a 6 Series, one can't help but feel like a part of the vehicle. Page 1 of 1 Article. The Sport button changes the performance characteristics. Its doors and hood are also aluminum; the front fenders and trunk lid are composite materials. In Automatic mode, it shifts up only when it's good and ready; yes, there's a switch at the base of the shift surround that adjusts the timing between shifts, but we never found a setting, among the 11 programs provided six for the manual function or S-mode, and five for the automatic function, or D-mode , that delivered the quickness, smoothness and precision we achieve using a clutch pedal. Nav system maps offer excellent resolution and terrain features, and also show traffic.
A carbon fiber roof on the M6 Coupe reduces weight without compromising safety. The back seats will accommodate pre-adolescents on short trips, but are not so good for a couple of adults. The cars are advertised as delivering a smooth and pleasurable ride for everyday use. Current models include the 650i coupe and the 650i convertible. Entering addresses can be a little tedious using the iDrive controller, as it uses a rotary paradigm for alphanumeric input. The 6 Series looks raciest in front three-quarter view, which happens to be our favorite angle on the car.
The 650i offers a nice balance of ride and handling. The suspension is tuned to minimize undesirable behavior when braking hard, accelerating hard, or lifting off the gas while cornering. The system also offers easy-to-follow route guidance, although it doesn't read out street names. The 6-Series' lightweight construction makes ample use of aluminum and composite materials. The Coupe has a slightly larger trunk 13. Those models featured 3210 cc engines.
Other technologies available, but not included on our car, are adaptive cruise control and a night vision system. Access to the rear, though, is enabled by front seats that readily move forward and then will return to their previous settings. Driver-side memory buttons are on the outboard side of the seat base, a much more convenient placement than in the 7 Series, where they're on the center console and unreachable before climbing into the car. An innovative gear set configuration allows this transmission to offer eight gears, maximizing acceleration at any road speed yet allowing the driver to conserve fuel by cruising at low revs. We enjoy the musical mechanical sounds a finely tuned engine produces as much as the next person, but those emanating from the M6 were more raw and raucous, almost cheap sounding, than rich and rewarding. Another, unrelated control function that is unusual is that if you touch the turn signal lever the signals blink three times, which is useful when making lane changes but annoying when you change your mind and try to cancel it. The M6 line is a 6 Series with even more performance and features.
An electronic stability system is standard. These latest 6-Series models boast up to 420 hp and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just over 4 seconds. As the car leans into a corner, the anti-roll bars are twisted by little hydraulic motors that counteract the body lean, so the 650i leans very little, even in hard cornering. It is also loaded with an extraordinary array of technology and luxury features. The engine is a 4. Assembled in Dingolfing, Germany, the 6-Series debuted in 1976.