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The Top Gear car review:BMW 6 Series
For:Excellent diesel engine, good to live with
Against:A better car in 4dr Gran Coupe form, M6 is disappointing
640d M Sport 2dr Auto
The big two-door gets a facelift and yet more diesel frugality. Tom Harrison packs his golf clubs
Munich’s big two-door has received its midlife makeover. We test out the 444bhp, range-topping 650i
Style, comfort, waftability… all the luxe fast car usual suspects are here. But is it a joy machine?
The 6-Series is still an excellent car with the looks and chassis to compete at the top of this crowded segment.
What we say:
BMW's enormous GT is best seen as a continent-crosser rather than the dynamic sports car many expected
What is it?
BMW’s enormous GT that’s best seen as a continent crosser rather than the dynamic sports car many expect. Don’t bother with the petrol engines and choose the peachy diesel: yes, it’s preferable even to the mighty M6, which somehow misses the target.
Last year’s facelift saw the grille widened and the bumpers reshaped among other things. Truth be told, the differences aren’t huge (as you’ve probably noticed)
The outside world is a remote place in the new Six coupe. Gone are any sensations of speed or intimacy with the road. Capable of careering down the autobahn at 155mph, and it’ll corner at obscene speeds, but you always feel like you’re sitting in a plush hotel bed holding a steering wheel.
Inside, fit and finish are on a par with Audi, and because its such a good cruiser, it’s actually comfortable to live with, unlike its swaggering, brash predecessor.
You get a choice of a 640d, a 650i twin-turbo V8 with 450bhp and the 640i turbocharged straight-six, packing 320bhp. Ruddy impressive, that last one - 0-62mph takes 5.3 seconds and it’ll top out at, surprise surprise, 155mph - but it’s not adorable. It lack the electrifying noise of old-school unblown BMW sixes. The diesel is a better fit for the 6’s continent-crushing persona.
On the inside
It’s a big GT, and its huge inside. There’s a decent-sized boot at 460 litres, but because it’s so low and so wide, its probably not the easiest thing to park in a tight space.
The 640i claims 37.2mpg and the 650i 32.1mpg, which actually isn’t too bad. But predictably the 640d manages a much better 52.3mpg while emitting 143g/km of CO2; not bad when you consider it’ll still hit 62mph in 5.3 seconds.