2009 BMW 6-Series vs. Its Competition

2008 BMW 6-Series 650i

Like the passenger accommodations of the BMW, the Porsche 911 has teensy rear seats plus a cold, technical feel, but stunning handling and straight-line performance—especially in Turbo form.

It’s also a bit more practical, thanks to the front and rear cargo compartments.

The Mercedes-Benz SL is a two-seat roadster that also has a bit of a weight problem, and technology invades every driving system—but it comes off as more composed than the 6-Series BMW and sports a folding hardtop.

Jaguar's XKR is a blast to drive; it's the sexiest convertible in this group as well as the best-handling car here—and the closest to a true sportscar despite offering a heap of luxuries.

2008 BMW 6-Series 650i2009 BMW 6-Series
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2009 Mercedes Benz SL Class V82009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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Quick Specs
The technological burden the 2009 BMW 6-Series carries is a distraction from the car’s Herculean performance.
The SL’s new look isn’t to everyone’s liking, but in AMG guise, it’s now more punch than paunch—and a worthy stealth Ferrari-chaser.
The 2009 Porsche 911 is in a class of its own, and if you have your heart set on one, there's very little else to compare it to.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
11 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class  
Subcompact2 SeaterMini-Compact
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe 650i2-Door Roadster 5.5L V82-Door Coupe Carrera
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 BMW 6-Series vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class2009 BMW 6-Series vs. 2009 Porsche 911