2014 BMW 6-Series Features

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Features

Like other vehicles sold by BMW, the 6-Series comes well-equipped, with a spiraling list of options and features that creates a vast gulf between a $70,000 640i Coupe and the $135,000 versions of the M6 Gran Coupe we've driven. It's only rated below 10 here because of the iffy ease of use of its ever-present infotainment controller.

Every 6-Series, regardless of powertrain, presence of a roof, or number of doors, comes with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors; power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; leather upholstery; and the iDrive infotainment and control system, which uses a console-mounted knob and 10.2-inch widescreen display to enable multi-function access and control of the car's systems.

The 6-Series takes a lesson from the BMW 7-Series--actually, it nearly mirrors its luxe list of features and accessories.

IDrive has been updated this year with new graphics and new functions in the 6-Series, as it has been in other models. Sharper displays incorporate real-time traffic information, points of interest can be explored via the split-screen display, and 3D mapping gives drivers an improved view of urban areas. Voice commands can be used for more functions, and can be translated and sent as text messages and emails as well.

Even on the 640i and 650i models, it's possible to dress this BMW with thousands of dollars' worth in luxury gear, from trim and upholstery, to safety and infotainment. The more pricey additions include a Bang & Olufsen sound system; a night-vision system with pedestrian detection; active cruise control; top- and side-view cameras; a head-up display; and a Driver Assistance Package (lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, multiple camera views, and a parking assistant).

An M Sport Package is now offered on the non-M models. It gets LED foglamps; special 19-inch wheels with high-performance tires; an Alcantara headliner; and a raised top-speed limiter. BMW's Individual Composition program also lets buyers customize their 6-Series with a range of interior and exterior aesthetics, from Sakhir Orange paint to white Merino leather.

The new M6 comes with a long list of additional performance and appearance equipment, including Dynamic Damper Control, the M Double-clutch Transmission, and special M wheels. Packages in the M6 are consolidated into a Driver Assistance Package, an Executive Package (heated steering wheel, soft door closing, active front seats, full LED lighting, a head-up display, satellite radio, and BMW Apps), and a list of standalone items.

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