2013 BMW 6-Series Performance

$26,286 - $40,319

2013 BMW 6-Series Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 BMW 6-Series was new.


Performance: 8.3

Accurate steering and powerful turbocharged engine choices impress reviewers who’ve tested the 2013 BMW 6-Series and 6-Series Gran Coupe. Additionally, critics agree that all 6-Series models offer controlled handling and a comfortable ride, thanks in part to BMW’s Driving Dynamics Control system, which adjusts throttle response, transmission shift behavior, power steering assist and the suspension system for Comfort+, Comfort (Normal), Sport, Sport+ and Eco Pro drive modes.

  • "Boasting a pair of awesome turbocharged engines, superb interior craftsmanship and epic high-speed composure, the 6 Series hits all the right notes for drivers who want that king- or queen-of-the-road character." -- AutoTrader 
  • "Behind the wheel, no one will mistake the 2013 BMW 6 Series for a BMW 3 Series. The 6 Series is a sporting car that can also cruise the boulevard." -- Edmunds 
  • "In Comfort mode, the 2013 BMW 650i Coupes, Convertible and Gran Coupes are high-power pleasure cruisers combining a comfortable ride with ready responsiveness." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "BMW uses an impressive array of technology to help this car get the best fuel economy it can. Similarly, the performance tech made it a fun car to drive on twisty roads, while maintaining its luxury character in every day driving." -- CNET 

Acceleration and Power

The BMW 640i and 640i Gran Coupe come with a 315-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 650i and 650i Gran Coupe feature a 445-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine. The EPA reports that the 2013 BMW 640i gets 23/33 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for the class. The 640i Gran Coupe gets 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is better than what rivals like the Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera and Audi A7 get.

The high-performance BMW M6 is available as a coupe or convertible, and features a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission is standard. BMW says that the 2013 M6 coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

Test drivers write that 640i models offer plenty of power, especially when Sport mode is selected using BMW’s Driving Dynamics Control system. However, some mention that the extra power and swift acceleration found on 650i models makes for a truly exhilarating driving experience. Critics are also impressed with the eight-speed automatic transmission, noting that it offers quick, precise shifts.  

  • "We especially enjoy driving the 650i with its seemingly invincible twin-turbo V8. You might read elsewhere that the 640i's inline-6 is more than enough, but we disagree. Once you've experienced the 650i's intoxicating thrust, you'll move mountains in order to add that engine to your personal fleet." -- AutoTrader  
  • "Both models feature a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic that shifts flawlessly and quickly, and there's enough grunt at nearly any speed-particularly in the 650i-that it hardly matters which gear you're in." -- Car and Driver (6-Series Gran Coupe) 
  • "The 650i's twin-turbo V8 unleashes a seemingly endless flow of low-end grunt and properly competes with torque-rich engines in the Jaguar XK and Mercedes-Benz E550. The 640i's turbocharged inline-6 also performs quite well, and you might realize that it's really all you need in this very stylish car." -- Edmunds 
  • "The 640i Gran Coupe's engine felt like it could run all day at 7,000 rpm. The Sport setting for the automatic transmission was willing to keep the revs high, and acted appropriately by downshifting as I jammed the brakes before going into a turn. Going to manual shift mode with the paddle shifters, I was pleased to find that the shifts were quick and responsive. BMW fits this car with one of the best automatic transmissions I have used." -- CNET 

Handling and Braking

The BMW 6-Series comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension system. Also available are all-wheel drive and BMW’s Integral Active Steering system, which adds rear-wheel steering to make the 6-Series more stable at speed and ease parking maneuvers. Some critics note that while the 6-Series coupe lacks the agility of some sports cars, it’s still surprisingly athletic considering its size. Most agree that the 6-Series Gran Coupe is a thrilling car to drive, and that the adaptive suspension system does an excellent job of providing nimble handling and a comfortable ride. Critics agree that all 6-Series models offer precise steering, which is even quicker and more accurate on models with the optional Integral Active Steering system.

  • "And while sporty handling isn't really part of the 6 Series formula anymore, this is still a massively capable car when you give it the spurs; just make sure the corners aren't too tight to accommodate the car's considerable size." -- AutoTrader  
  • "From behind the wheel, however, this BMW manages to mask its abundant heft with some success, thanks in part to the adjustable chassis. It offers multiple settings, although each generally has trade-offs. Sport and sport plus are our clear favorites, with stiffer suspension settings and minimized body roll, although these modes can amplify the car's general tendency to go a bit jittery over broken pavement." -- Car and Driver (6-Series Gran Coupe) 
  • "The steering changes effort level depending on the dynamic mode (such as Normal or Sport) selected by the driver, and it remains reasonably precise in every configuration." -- Edmunds 
  • "This sleek 4-door 6-Series is sharp on twisty roads with virtually no perceptible understeer. Yet it goes about its business in slightly robotic manner for a true BMW. Our test cars had to be equipped with the optional active steering, given their almost unnaturally quick reactions when turning in." -- MSN Autos (6-Series Gran Coupe)
  • "The adaptive suspension did wonders for the performance, taking the car from comfortable highway luxury box to down-and-dirty street fighter. All of BMW's legendary handling is present in the 640i Gran Coupe despite its 16.5-foot length and over 3,800 pounds of mass." -- CNET  

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