BMW 6 Series
The BMW 6 Series name has existed for a while despite a hiatus for almost 16 years between 1989 and 2005 - having said that, whenever a 6 series has been released, it manages to, without much effort climb on top of the BMW ladder in terms of practically everything - sleekiness, styling, luxury and performance.
My regular readers might have already read my review about the BMW M5 and my brief review about the BMW M6 within a larger article about premium sports coupes so they'd also realize that the 6 series in essence was relaunched as a two door version of the 5 series as both cars essentially share the same production-line and platform.
When BMW launched the 6 series during the mid 2000's, it was essentially to fill the gap between the 5 and the 7 series, realizing they had no car to compete against the likes of the Audi A5 and the Mercedes E-Class coupe or even the CL Class. The 6 series also helped fill the void created by the departure of the BMW 8 Series coupe (which went out of production in 1999-2000) and launched the new trend of the German car maker numbering their 2 door cars with even digits and their sedans with odd digits (which was shown during this decade with the launch of the 4 series and 2 Series)
Surely there're more powerful rivals in this class, but in terms of sheer looks, the 6-series will literally eat the Audi A5 and Mercedes CL for breakfast and its styling can only be rivaled by perhaps the bite the back of your hand beautiful Maserati Granturismo.
Models and Packages
As is the case with the 2 Series, BMW have kept it simple when it comes to choosing which 6 Series one would like to buy based on what they want from the car to how much they want to spend on it.
Being built in the F12/F13 platforms for the coupe and convertible versions and the F06 Platform for the new 'Grancoupe' version (which has 4 doors signalling it is a direct competitor to the Mercedes CLS Class), a buy has all in all 6 variants of the 6 Series to choose from - the lowest priced being the 640i Coupe while the most expensive models being the 5 meter long M6 Coupe/Cabriolet and the M6 Gransport.
The current generation of the 6 series has had a massive facelift in terms of looks, technology and colours as against the predeceasing E63 Series - the new models are heavier and longer and offer more cabin-space - In fact the M6 Coupe for example comes equipped with an 80 liter fuel tank and a massive 460 liter boot, affirming to the occupants that a quick fire lap around the track shouldn't mean that the car can'e be driven as a daily drive.
The 640i coupe comes mated to a straight-6 3 liter engine, the 650i comes mated with a 4.4 liter V8 (the same engine's also offered on the M-powered 6 Series cabrio/coupe and Grancoupe however the same engine churns out a mammoth 412 Kw of power and spins more freely at much higher rpm)
In terms of colors, the new 6 series doesn't disappoint either - with a range of BMW-Individual options available to suit any model, the highlight would most likely be the 'Sakhir Orange' finish on the M6 models with Yellow Carbon-fiber brakes available as options - but which also go beautifully in terms of looks with the Orange finish. The Sakhir Orange is without a doubt the signature colour of the BMW 6 Series (just as the E46 M3 had the Le Mans Blue, the E92 M3 had Alpine White and the F10 M5, 4 Series and 2 Series have the equally beautiful Estroil Blue).
The 6 Series has also got a series of technological enhancements previously available only on the flagship 7 Series models - with a state of the art heads-up-display, night-vision, 7-camera settings, 8-speed DCT-Logic transmission and an awesome Bang and Olufsen Surround System coming as standard) so all in all, this car certainly adds up to one meaty piece of kit.
Pricewise, the 6 series is by no way cheap, with the most expensive M6 (The Grancoupe) actually costing more than a base 7-Series (the 740i) but buying a 6-series means you'll look mean and cool on the streets and this is a car which will look jaw-dropping sexy even 10 years down the track.
While American prices are cheap, Australian prices begin at roughly $150,000.00 for the 640i Coupe to more than $320,000.00 for the M6 Grancoupe.
So there you have it - my brief but still succinct review of the BMW 6 Series. In my opinion, money no object, any BMW enthusiast would hands down agree that this is indeed the best BMW to buy (although I personally don't entirely approve of the convertible - as they say, anything fat with the top off is not attractive at all :)
Having said that, if I had the cash to buy this beautiful machine, I'd be really struggling to choose between this and the Maserati Granturismo. Perhaps the ideal combination might be the related BMW X6 (or the X6-M) and supercar like a Ferrari 458 or a McLaren MP12-4C, then the whole logic behind buying a 6 series derived Bimmer would make more sense.
Thanks for reading :)