BMW 6 series coupe
In some important ways, the later BMW 6 series coupe is a better car than the 8 series. Although "Top Gear" canned it's looks, I love it. Pure function, no compromise. To me the new 6 is a beautiful car to look at. The earliest model was a bit ugly though.
Over all the 6 series provided the better package than the 8 series for some in as much as it is easier and cheaper to service than the 8 series and being less complex it found a sweet spot for many who did not want to pay the price of a house extension to service the V12 motor in the 8 series, although in truth the V12 gave very little trouble, for some reason other than the amount of fluids it holds, the servicing was expensive.
The early model "Big 6"
A little history always helps in understanding any marque.
BMW 6 series was made to replace the much loved 3.0 CS coupe which was
an elegant and pretty car with performance and good looks, with a
rounded body by Karman somewhat reminiscent of the early Alfa Romeo
Veloce GTV from the late sixties early seventies with body by Bertone.
The similarity in lines was remarkable.
Like the Veloce, the 3.0 CS had noticeably large glass area and great visibility that gave it a light sleek look from the waist up. I have had a fast trip in one with a top class driver, and at that time there were only a few cars faster than it through the mountains or anywhere that handling made a difference.
Responsive, difficult to lose control even in the wet, the 3.0 CS was a good looking coupe with attitude and a fine platform on which to model the 6 series.
The latest BMW 6 series convertible.
First appearing in 1976 the 6 series came out with the E24 models and was based on the successful 5 series. BMW ran this model from 1976 to 1989, a very long run that ended in it looking rather dated towards the end of it's production life. Resembling a 2 door version of the 7 series in being bulk ugly it was a good car, with a few problems.
That all changed with the release of the E63/4 in 2003 with a whole new look and a wide range of engines and several transmission options as well, including the 7 speed SMG gearbox and the beautiful 40 valve V10 motor with over 500 horsepower.
To make it even more desirable this series is available in a coupe or rag top and is a beautiful thing to behold!
The lumpy boot on the new one actually works with the styling and the paint color and interior trim offered are sensational. The bodywork looks as straight as a sheet of glass, the trim is immaculately stitched and fitted as are all the interior panels.
If you love the look of the new BMW 6 series I can think of very few reasons not to buy one.
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