2012 BMW 6-Series vs. Its Competition

2012 BMW 650i Coupe
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Though the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class and SL-Class are quite a bit pricier than the BMW 6-Series, they're close in form factor, features, and overall capability.

The BMW offers better value, for the most part, while the Mercedes cars offer a bit more visual flair and drama, inside and out.

The 2012 Porsche 911 is a superb driver's car with surprisingly practical traits, and, base Carrera or Cabriolet form, very competitive on price as well, though you'll sacrifice some of the 6-Series' comfort for the improved handling and sportiness.

The Jaguar XK or Maserati GranTurismo are very similar in both performance and quality to the BMW, but with a slightly more exotic, expressive look some buyers may prefer, particularly in the case of the Maserati.

2012 BMW 650i Coupe2012 BMW 6-Series
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2012 Jaguar XKR2012 Jaguar XK
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2012 Mercedes-Benz CL Class 2-door Coupe 5.5L V12 RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz CL Class
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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class / SL 5502012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2012 Porsche 9112012 Porsche 911
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2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale2012 Maserati GranTurismo
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Quick Specs
Elegant, stylish, comfortable, and quick, the 2012 BMW 6-Series is one of the top choices for a grand-touring coupe or convertible--as long as your budget can handle it.
How to tell if you're hopeless, when it comes to cars: take your pulse after looking at or driving the 2012 Jaguar XK.
A powerful near-exotic luxury convertible, or a grand tourer with German precision? The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class is both.
The 2012 Porsche 911 is one of the best buys in the sports car market, and quite possibly the most practical, luxurious car at its performance level available.
The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo carves out a grand-touring niche for itself with Italian cachet, an earthy Ferrari rumble, and a serene blend of ride and handling.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas Flat 6Gas V8
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMini-CompactCompact2 SeaterMini-CompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe 640i2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe CL 550 4MATIC2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe 997 Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
CoupeCoupe2 Door CoupeConvertibleCoupeCoupe
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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