The 2017 BMW 6 Series is a line of luxury grand tourers that's been in production since as long ago as 1976 when it replaced the now legendary 3.0CS and 3.0CSi. The current model is part of what is still only the third-generation of this stunning car, and it benefitted from a minor facelift just last year. This time around, the 2017 BMW 6 Series follows the lead of the smaller 4 series by adopting new names and updating the engine lineup.
There are two different engines offered with the 2017 BMW 6 Series, which now find themselves in models named the 640i and 650i. The 640i comes with a 3.0-liter TwinPower turbo six-cylinder engine, which now breathes better to improve fuel economy and performance. The 3.0-liter develops 315 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, which goes to either the rear or all-four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission that's standard across the lineup. If that's not quite enough power for you, the 650i gets a 4.4-liter, TwinPower turbo V-8 that's been updated with Valvetronic, which is BMW’s throttle-less intake system. Working with High Precision Direct Injection and its twin turbochargers, this technology helps the engine to produce an impressive 445 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2017 BMW 6 Series is a stunning looking car, and as well as the two-door Coupe, and like the 4 Series, it's also available as a four-door Gran Coupe and a Convertible.
There's no getting away from the fact the 6 Series looks fast even when stationary, and the power figures associated with the two available engines suggest it should go as fast as it looks. Well, the looks and power figures certainly don’t lie as the 640i can get you to 60 mph from a standing start in just 5.3 seconds, while the 650i gets you there in just 4.5 seconds.
Just because the 2017 BMW 6 Series makes no effort to hide its powerful, sporty credentials doesn’t mean it's some sort of gas-guzzler though. There's actually a lot of clever technology and engineering at play to deliver what are pretty impressive fuel economy figures for a car of this stature. The 640i gets EPA-estimated fuel economy figures of 31 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined, while adding the xDrive all-wheel drive system only makes a small difference with 19/28/22 mpg, respectively.*
The days of German cars coming with relatively few standard features are now firmly consigned to history. The 640i come standard with: 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, 10-way power adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, dark gray wood trim, keyless ignition, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a rearview camera, navigation, and the latest version of iDrive with a 10.2-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.