2014 BMW 6-Series vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW 6-Series M Sport Edition
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The breadth of today's 6-Series lineup draws competitors from all over the premium map.

Gran Coupes are spiritual kin with cars like the Audi A7, which gets a powerful RS 7 edition for the 2014 model year.

We'd even draw comparisons with the two-door Maserati GranTurismo, since its rear seats are more usable than most grand-touring coupes, even though it has two fewer doors.

The 6-Series Coupe and Convertible have the Jaguar XK clearly in their sights: the XK weighs less and comes across as more elegant, with fewer advanced technologies in its playbook.

The Mercedes-Benz SL Class is quite close in size, space, and purpose to the 6-Series models, even though it's significantly more expensive than the BMW, at least in some configurations.

While the new Mercedes cars—particularly the new SL, and the high-performance SL63 AMG that competes with the M6—offer more visual flair and drama, the BMW models feel as inspiring, capable, and well-equipped.

Those in search of more of a driver's car—without giving up too many of the creature comforts—should consider the Porsche 911.

Either in its Carrera (coupe) or Cabriolet (convertible) forms, the new 911 is surprisingly practical and competitive with the 6-Series in terms of price.

However you will end up sacrificing some comfort—as well as some of the 6-Series' advanced tech options.

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Quick Specs
No matter whether it's a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe, the 2014 BMW 6-Series covers soft and elegant as well as it does sharp and athletic.
The basic 2014 Audi A7 is gorgeous, yes--but you'll swoon from the heady mix of raw sex appeal and torrid performance in the S7 and RS 7.
The 2014 Jaguar XK is both sublime and sporty, as well as gorgeous, making it one of the most desirable cars in its segment.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL Class feels content as a grand tourer, but it's sportier than you might expect.
The 2014 Porsche 911 range spans a broad spectrum, but somehow manages to hit exactly the right marks at each point, balancing performance, features, and practicality almost perfectly.
The Maserati GranTurismo mates serene yet sporty handling with a beautiful Ferrari V-8 engine note for one fabulous luxury coupe.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-8
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Subcompact CarsMidsize CarsMinicompact CarsTwo SeatersMinicompact CarsSubcompact Cars
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2-Door Coupe 640i RWD4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige2-Door Coupe Touring2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Coupequattro SportbackCoupeRoadsterCoupeCoupe
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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