BMW 6 Series Hatchback First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

The BMW 6 Series is currently in its third-generation and went through a minor update for the 2015 model year. Just recently our photographers caught the next-gen 6 Series Coupe doing some real world testing, and just weeks later, we finally got our hands on shots of the next-gen 6 Series Convertible. The exterior of the next-gen model will change a little to freshen things up, but the real news is what’s happening below the skin. The new 6 Series is expected to shed a few pounds in the chassis department, get some new technology on the inside, and get a healthy selection of powerplants that will produce enough power to keep competing models like the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet at bay.

EXTERIORS ;

You don’t need to stare for long to realise that this is indeed a gorgeous looking car. Compared to Chris Bangle’s dreary treatment on the outgoing 6 Series, the new one looks far more exciting, to say the least. Gone are the drooping headlights and morose facial expressions, to be replaced by something that is very pleasing to the eye.The new BMW 6 Series Coupe undoubtedly has a more commanding presence and athletic elegance to it, and the new model’s extra length (4894mm) and width (1894mm) over its predecessor combined with a 5mm lower height has given the third generation model a lustworthy silhouette.

While those neat kidney grille slats emphasize the coupe’s sporting demeanour, the sweeping bonnet flanked by those marvellous looking bi-xenon headlamps and the optional LED foglamps below them endows the car’s front end with a new lease of life. Compared to the eyesore-ish and disjointed rear styling on the previous generation model, the back end of the new BMW 2-door coupe needn’t demand your attention – it will just get it. Very clever interplay of LED, chrome and crease here. Need I even mention twin aluminium exhausts?

INTERIORS ;

It’s unlikely you’ll find much to complain about when you step inside the 6 Series. Even base SE cars get leather upholstery as standard that covers the seats, dashboard and large chunks of the doors. Add in attractive trim pieces and controls that work precisely, and you’ve got an interior that befits the car’s purchase price.Regardless of your size, you should be able to get comfortable in the standard electrically adjustable seats. That said, we were disappointed to see that lumbar support is an optional extra on most models in the range. It’s also worth knowing that the pedals are offset to the right, although this doesn’t prove uncomfortable.

Front visibility is good although you are aware there is a very long bonnet in front of you. Rear visibility isn’t as bad as some coupes but you’ll be glad there are front and rear parking sensors as standard.Once settled, you’ll find all of the major controls fall easily to hand, including the rotary dial for the iDrive infotainment system. This controls a high definition 10.2in screen with a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and sat nav. If you want Apple CarPlay, that’s an optional extra unfortunately. At least the menus are logically laid out while the dial control is far easier to use on the move than a touchscreen.

PERFORMANCE ;

The 6-cylinder power plant is the same 3.0-litre, in-line motor that has a displacement capacity of 2993cc integrated with a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. A multi-stage turbo charging unit features variable turbine geometry. This enables in generating a maximum power of 313bhp at 4400rpm that yields in a hammering torque output of 630Nm between 1500 to 2500rpm. The car maker has paired it with a sophisticated 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission gearbox. It collaborates with the advanced BMW Driving Experience Control function to provide an unmatched driving experience. In addition to this, it also has an automatic start/stop button that switches off the engine automatically when this coupe is at standstill.Both the options are fitted with V6 oil-burner that received no modifications to its specifications. It is integrated with a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. This mill enables the vehicle to produce a minimum of 14.7 Kmpl on city roads that goes up to a maximum of 17.54 kmpl on highways. . Like mentioned above, this series is powered by the same six cylindered motor that is based on DOHC valve configuration. It is integrated with a twin-power turbo charging unit unleashing a maximum power of 313bhp that yields in a commanding torque output of 630Nm.The car maker has retained its braking mechanism by fitting all its four wheels with a set of internally vented disc brakes. They are further loaded with high quality superior quality brake calipers for unmatched braking performance. In addition to this, it has an anti lock braking system and brake assist. In terms of suspension, both the front and rear axles are fitted with Dynamic Damper Control with infinite and independent damping mechanism. It can deal with all the jerks caused on roads and provides a pleasurable traveling experience. An advanced electromechanical power steering with servotronic steering assist is activated only when it is needed.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The BMW 6 Series delivers a comfortable ride that makes long-distance cruising an enticing prospect. The 6 Series’ focus is on providing a smooth ride over a more engaging drive, and it succeeds. The ride is comfortable, but doesn’t have the take-on-all-comers athleticism of some other BMW models, and it isn’t the most agile car in the class. However, it provides composed handling and solid road grip, and it feels stable around corners. The Audi A7 is more athletic and handles commendably on curvy roads. It delivers a more engaging drive with its sharp steering.

SAFETY ;

Standard safety equipment on the 2016 BMW 6 Series includes antilock disc brakes with advanced standby and drying features, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags and active front head restraints. Also standard are the BMW Assist emergency communications system (providing automatic crash notification and on-demand roadside assistance) and BMW Remote Services (including remote access via smartphone app and remote door unlocking via BMW’s call center). Pop-up roll bars come standard on the convertible.Optional safety equipment includes active lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems, a surround-view camera system and a night vision display. Bundled with the adaptive cruise control option (which requires the Driver Assistance Plus package) is a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking capability.

VERDICT ;

It’s important to digest the fact that very few people in India and even around the world pick up a 2-door Grand Tourer, the likes of the BMW 6 Series for the sake of practicality. Such decisions are more often than not from the heart and if you’re looking for a car to drive yourself and are perhaps a genuine BMW aficionado then this one’s for you.It is not a family sedan, nor is it a supercar for the race track. It is a sporty, road focused BMW that can only be truly appreciated from behind the wheel. The BMW 6 Series coupe was made to cater to its driver’s needs and it performs this role quite flawlessly.

 

 

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