What's the used BMW 6 Series saloon like?
What’s in a name? It might be true that a rose would smell just as sweet by any other name, but when you’re spending a great deal of money on a car it’s nice to be able to tell the neighbours exactly what sort of car you’re buying.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé follows the tradition established by the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7 Sportback in being a four-door coupé. It is, in effect, a four-door, suitably stretched version of the existing two-door 6 Series Coupé. And if it initially doesn’t seem to have much point, it does at least look absolutely gorgeous.
The good news is that there’s performance to back up its stunning looks. Kicking off the range are two turbocharged six-cylinder models, a diesel badged 640d and a petrol with the 640i nametag. Although the petrol is more powerful, both have plenty of punch and can manage 0-62mph in 5.4sec before running on to an electronically limited 155mph top speed.
Next up, there’s the 650i, with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. This 444bhp unit cuts the 0-62mph time to just 4.6sec. And if that isn’t enough, the M6 has a more heavily worked version of the V8 with 552bhp, or 592bhp if you opt for the Competition pack, and its performance is stunning.
It’s not just good in a straight line, though. There is an engaging fluidity to its handling that endows it with plenty of driver appeal. The steering is well weighted and direct, and the chassis possesses wonderful balance, giving the car tremendously eager cornering. The ride is firm but comfortable, and coarse surfaces don’t spoil the exceptional refinement. On the motorway, the 6 Series Gran Coupé delivers rock-solid longitudinal stability and the sort of relaxed cruising qualities that make it an exceptional long-haul proposition.
The interior is a match for this, being lavishly leathered, well designed and clearly carefully assembled using some of the finest materials. The driving position is low and electrically adjustable and there’s plenty of room up front. Rear passengers will have a harder time of it, however, with slightly constricted leg room, while the small rear door apertures mean getting in and out can be hard work.
Trim-wise, there are but two: SE and M Sport. Entry-level SE cars get all the expected luxuries, including 18in wheels, two-zone climate control, cruise control and of course leather upholstery as standard. M Sport merely adds a sportier bodykit that enhances the 6 Series Gran Coupé’s sleek lines.