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Road & Track
Aft visibility is tricky in coupes
Even though the 2008 BMW 6-Series has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it ranks high for safety systems.
MyRide.com touts them as including "two-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags for front seat passengers, active knee protection airbags, and dual threshold deployment of the seatbelt pretensioners."
Road & Track goes on to point out additional safety features of this 2008 BMW series such as the "Brake Assistant which, working in conjunction with the car's optional radar-based active cruise control and the stability control systems, will pre-load the brakes should the system decide that the driver is possibly getting into a position where he/she might need additional stopping power." Both systems work together to load the brakes of the BMW 6-Series in case the driver needs additional stopping power.
Convertible versions of the 2008 BMW 6-Series come standard with "a rollover protection system," says Edmunds, and optional features include a "night vision system that uses a thermal imaging camera to spot potential obstacles" and "a new lane departure warning system."
Even with all of these excellent safety precautions in the BMW 6-Series, ConsumerGuide mentions "Aft visibility is tricky in coupes" and restricted in "top-up convertibles."
The 2008 BMW 6-Series has advanced safety systems, but crash-tests scores aren’t available.