The BMW 6 Series aims to please the buyer who prioritizes eye-catching style and awesome performance in their vehicle. The 6 Series slots just below the 7 Series, which is the flagship of BMW’s car lineup. You won’t mistake one for the other thanks to the Gran Coupe’s coupe-like roofline.
The 2016 BMW 6 Series received the following updates. Both the front grille and fascia have been refreshed. Same with the rear. Adaptive LED headlamps with automated high beams are found across the model lineup. Other drivers and pedestrians will be able to hear the Gran Coupe coming thanks to the new active exhaust system which is standard. Finally, the interior has been enhanced with a revamped center stack and new steering wheel.
The revised instrument cluster, the iDrive touchpad, and other changes made to the 6 Series last year carry over into the 2016 model.
The four-door 2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe seats five and is available in two trim levels. The base 640i Gran Coupe is powered by a six-cylinder engine while the 650i comes with a V-8. This review focuses on the 6 Series 650i Gran Coupe equipped with BMW’s “xDrive” all-wheel drive system.
The 6 Series is well-appointed with a staggering number of standard features. This is especially true in the 650i. Besides the more potent powertrain which is covered below, the sedan comes with larger wheels than the 640i, upgraded leather upholstery covering the seats, and a high-end Harman Kardon audio system with 16 speakers. All the equipment found in the lower trim are also found in the 650i: a powered tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup, audio and phone connectivity via Bluetooth, navigation, and heated front row seats just to name a few. Safety systems include the usual assortment of airbags and traction control systems. The 6 Series then adds a rearview camera system and front and rear parking sensors. Also included is BMW’s Assist system which, among other things, alerts first responders in case of an accident.
The powerplant found underneath the 2016 BMW 6 Series 650i’s shapely hood is a turbo-charged 4.4-liter V-8. It pumps out 445 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque to all four wheels through the eight-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates Gran Coupes equipped with this powertrain to get 15 mpg when cruising on city roads, 24 mpg along the highway, and a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg.