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Wafting it out

BMW’s most iconic model wafts in with a new look that ought to widen its appeal. Raymond Lai goes wafting in it for the weekend.
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
16 Nov 2011
What we like:
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Looks sexier than its predecessor
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superbly executed interior
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strong turbocharged performance
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composed ride and handling
What we dislike:
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Not as dynamic as its predecessor

There’s an all-new cabin underneath the 6’s swoppy roofline. The dashboard features a driver-oriented design theme with the large widescreen iDrive screen and centre console angled slightly towards the driver. The instruments are shared with the 5 and 7 Series models but the dash’s wave-like flowing design is unique to the 6. The electrically adjustable front seats not only look plush but also are superbly comfortable and supportive.

Like its predecessor, the 6 seats two at the rear. There is sufficient knee room for the rear passengers to feel comfortable on short trips and drives but headroom is expectedly a tad on the tight side thanks to the low, gently sloping roofline. The two rear passengers are separated by a sizable centre armrest that runs all the way from the front of the cabin.

Build quality and perceived luxury levels are high, higher than in the 5 Series models. The dashboard and door cards are covered in soft touch materials and it does feel more special to be in here when compared to being in a 5 or 3 Series saloon model.

Despite being an entry-level model, the 640i Coupe is loaded with niceties like sat nav, rear view camera, front and rear park sensors, adaptive bi-Xenon headlamps, head-up display, comfort access, soft closing doors, 19-inch alloys, BMW ConnectedDrive and so on.

With a sticker price hovering around the $350,000 mark, the 640i Coupe is a tad more expensive than its most obvious German rival, the Mercedes-Benz E350 coupe but yet more affordable than similarly sized premium coupes like the Jaguar XK and entry-level Maserati GranTurismo.

The new 6 coupe is definitely different in character to its predecessor. It doesn’t feel as agile as before in the dynamics front but on the upside, deliver a significantly more comfortable and pliant ride. More importantly though, the latest 6 Series has regained the Bavarian style and elegance that the original 6 was so well-known for.

Credits: Story and photos by Raymond Lai

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