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2016 BMW 6-Series Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 BMW 6-Series was new.


Performance: 8.4

Regardless of whether you choose the six-cylinder BMW 640i or one of the three available V8-powered models, reviewers agree that the 2016 BMW 6-Series is a satisfying car to drive. It offers ample engine power and good fuel economy with the base engine. The ride is comfortable and the handling composed, though the 6-Series is more of a grand-touring cruiser than an agile sports car.

  • "It may seem strange to question a BMW's sporting credentials, but the current 6 Series is a large, heavy car, and there's no escaping that heft from behind the wheel. If you're expecting nimble handling, in other words, you may be disappointed. But in a straight line, the 6 Series is a majestic beast, particularly the 650i models with their 445-horsepower V8 engine." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether you're choosing a 6 Series coupe, 6 Series convertible or the 6 Series Gran Coupe sedan, each engine choice provides a unique driving experience." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. 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." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 BMW 640i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 315 horsepower. The 650i has a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that makes 445 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. The 640i returns an EPA-estimated 20/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

The high-performance 2016 BMW M6 features a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission is standard and a six-speed manual is a no-cost option. According to BMW, the M6 coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

The 2016 Alpina B6 Gran Coupe has all-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that makes 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 60 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque compared with the 2015 model. The 2016 Alpina B6 comes with an eight-speed automatic. According to BMW, the Alpina B6 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph.

The base 640i offers surprisingly quick acceleration. However, the V8-powered 650i and M6 feel even more potent. The eight-speed transmission shifts quickly and smoothly.

  • "Opt for the excellent 6-cylinder in the 640i models and you'll go from a standstill to 60 mph in just over five seconds, excellent for a 'base' model. The V8-powered 650i is even faster, and the all-conquering M6 coupe can do it in just over four seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its acceleration numbers may be nothing special, but the 2016 BMW 640i Gran Coupe certainly feels quick in everyday driving. The turbocharged inline-6 picks up steam rapidly as the revs climb, and the automatic transmission is on point as well, providing quick and timely downshifts. Similarly, the 650i's laggardly sprint to 60 mph doesn't tell the whole story, as noted above. When you open the throttle to merge or pass, the ultra-refined V8 unleashes a seemingly endless flow of thrust, moving the big sedan down the road with intoxicating authority." -- Edmunds
  • "Acceleration is strong yet civilized with the 640i's inline 6-cylinder. You might be surprised by how easily this little engine chucks the chubby Bimmer around, but the main event here is the 650i's twin-turbo V8, which is so quick at any speed that it makes us question the point of the M6. This engine is simply spectacular. Whatever you think of the 6 Series, you can't help but fall in love with what's under the 650i's hood. We feel similarly about the 8-speed automatic …, which upshifts seamlessly and enthusiastically matches revs on downshifts." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 BMW 6-Series. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system is available on the 640i and 650i and standard on the Alpina B6.

The 6-Series is a good long-distance cruiser with buttoned-down handling and a firm yet comfortable ride. However, it isn't the most athletic car in the class. The standard steering system is responsive and properly weighted, but the optional active steering system isn’t as sharp as you’d expect from a BMW.

  • "Every 6 Series Gran Coupe has that unflappable Germanic feel at high speeds, yet somehow manages to feel smaller than it really is when you drive it around turns. All the while, the ride quality is firm, yet suitably luxurious for a car of this price and level of prestige. That said, we're not so enthusiastic about the optional active steering and stabilizer bars. Specifically, the steering lacks the company's trademark road feel." -- Edmunds
  • "The 6 Series is … too large and heavy for 'ultimate' driving. The 6 Series model's comfort zone is on the highway, where it's impossible to get this car flustered. Think serene and planted at all speeds." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "I can say from my overnight stay that the car behaves like a typical BMW when driving normally. In sport mode, steering feels crisp and is well weighted." -- AutoWeek (2014 Gran Coupe)
  • "From behind the wheel, however, this BMW manages to mask its abundant heft with some success, thanks in part to the adjustable chassis." -- Car and Driver (2013 Gran Coupe)

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