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TheCarConnection.com's car enthusiasts and editors researched the latest reviews on the new 2008 BMW 6-Series to write this definitive review. Our car experts also drove the 2008 BMW 6-Series in the U.S., to be able to give you our opinion on the car, to compare it with other cars in the class, and to help you decide if the 6-Series is the right car for you.
The 2008 BMW 6-Series is actually four cars: the 650i coupe and convertible, and the V-10-powered M6 coupe and convertible. They share a common profile, a 2+2 seating arrangement, and truly impressive performance, along with hefty 4,000-pound curb weights and a heavy feel at the controls.
The 650i gets its drive from a 360-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed "automatic sports transmission" that offers paddle shifting and a choice of a Sport mode that speeds up gear changes and retunes the car's accelerator and steering for optimal response. With the manual, BMW says the 650i Coupe will accelerate to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, while the Convertible takes 0.3 second more. Both models are limited to 155 mph.
A high-performance M edition was added to the line for 2006. Like the M5 sedan, it is powered by a 500-horsepower V-10 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission; it can reach 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds.
For 2008, BMW reshaped the 6-Series' front and rear ends with new LED lights, bi-xenon dual round headlights. The decklid was reshaped with a new spoiler and LED taillights, too. The 6-Series still looks thick and squat, especially from the rear end. Inside it's a little better and reasonably comfortable for two (the rear seats are a mere suggestion), but the wood and leather trim almost gets lost in the BMW 6-Series' complex array of electronic controls. There's the iDrive that works audio, navigation, and climate control; six memory buttons in case you forget where you are in its programming; a lane-departure warning system; and a head-up display all competing for your attention. The convertible top is canvas, not a folding hardtop (which would likely add even more weight).
There's no denying the 6-Series' raw power and ultimate handling capability, but it teeters on the edge of techno overload. Electronic add-ons for the steering, braking, and suspension take away some of the feel that makes sportscars emotional purchases--and add heft and confusion to the car. A good diet, kicked off with a trip to the recycling bin for some of the electronics, would help the 6-Series regain some sportscar luster.
- Supercar acceleration in the M6
- Convertible option
- Snug and cozy cockpit for two
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- Heavy, ponderous feel
- Technology overload
- Rear styling
- Minuscule rear seats