2010 BMW 6-Series vs. Its Competition

2010 BMW 6-Series 2-door Coupe 650i Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Porsche 911 has the same rear-seat issues-a near-complete lack thereof-that the 6-Series faces, and its cabin is a bit colder and more clinical, but its sheer performance and handling are superb, especially as you climb the ranks toward the Turbo.

Practicality is also a 911 boon, with front and rear cargo compartments due to the engine location.

Mercedes-Benz's SL eschews the 2+2 layout for a pure two-seat configuration and a roadster-only body style, but has even more weight and invasive technology issues than the BMW.

Nevertheless, it's a composed, capable roadster, and the folding hardtop adds versatility.

The Jaguar XKR offers classic styling and excellent on-road dynamics, being the closest to a traditional sports car of this group aside from the 911.

It's also eminently luxurious.

2010 BMW 6-Series 2-door Coupe 650i Angular Front Exterior View2010 BMW 6-Series
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Quick Specs
8.6
Carrying all of its technology and features around makes the 2010 BMW 6-Series heavier and less precise than it could be.
9.4
Brilliant from the drawing table down to the tarmac, the 2010 Jaguar XK and XKR have ripened into full sports car adulthood.
8.4
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadsters challenge luxury grand tourers and high-energy exotics alike with stupendously powerful engines and enviable ride quality.
9.0
The 2010 Porsche 911 is an icon-as much for its teardrop shape, as for its startling performance.
MSRP From   
$78,450$82,150N/A$77,800
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V8Gas V8N/AGas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class   
SubcompactMini-CompactN/AMini-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe 650i2-Door CoupeN/A2-Door Coupe Carrera
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
44N/A4
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe2-Door CoupeN/A2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticN/AManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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