It sits on its own in the range – does it deserve some friends?
This isn’t the Gran Coupe of course, instead it’s the two-door that sits by itself. It’s hard to gauge it against others since it’s considerably more money than an Audi A5 Coupe or a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. It’s one of those cars that tends to get specc’d up by owners, particularly as the base choice is fairly limited, so what do you end up with after all that?
Part of the reason for the cost is that there is no four cylinder version on offer, only a brace each of straight-sixes or V8s. The sixes are either the 640d diesel or the 640i petrol. They’re both turbocharged and both quick, with the petrol just having the edge.
But if you want a 0-62mph time quicker than 5.3 seconds then you’ll need one of the V8s, like the 4.4-litre twin-turbo 650i. The 444bhp unit can despatch the 0-62mph time in 4.6sec, but the M6 with its 552bhp output (592bhp with Competition pack attached) can get there in, respectively, 4.2sec or 3.9sec. So, reasonably quick then.
Those M cars are fitted with a seven-speed auto transmission, which is fairly racey which also means it’s not as smooth as it could be. All that horsepower does look attractive, but really it’s not matched by the chassis, which is heavy and not steered very well by that inert feeling at the wheel.
We’d prefer the lesser models since they’re still thumpingly fast and come with a very smooth and quick eight-speed auto box. Equally, we’d avoid the bigger wheels such as you get on M Sport trim since they introduce more noise and thumps into the experience. Stick with smaller wheels, be satisfied with SE trim, and if you want to splash out go for the Variable Damper Control since that delivers a delightfully comfortable ride at speed.
That SE trim gives you a leather-clad cabin as well as a 10.2in infotainment screen controlled by that rotary controller. The iDrive system is the best in the business, and adds in sat nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and more. You also get parking sensors at both ends and that’s no bad thing as rear visibility isn’t as bad as in some coupes but it’s not great either.
Overall it’s a fine cabin, and a large one at that. It’s a large car so the cabin is large too, and usefully wide so you can get some waggle room for the elbows. It’s a coupe so rear space is slightly compromised although really only in headroom terms. Not much consolation if a tall passenger has to sit back there for ages. This isn’t the car for giraffes, but then that’s a vanishingly small market sector these days.
At the rear the boot is surprisingly huge, almost at small SUV levels, and there are plenty of decent stowage areas around the cabin for cups and general tat.
So, if you’re looking for a coupe that is both stylish and affordable – keep looking. In terms of value for money, it’s not. This obviously gets more noticeable as you move up the 6 Series Coupe range, with the V8-engined models costing serious money to buy and then you’re looking at fuel consumption in the 20s and over 200g/km of CO2 which does exciting things to the tax costs.
We’d choose the 640d as it’s cheaper to run by a long way. The claimed 51.4mpg isn’t realistic, but mid-30s should be and that’s not bad at all for such a car. Remember, this is still a mighty fast car as there’s not a slow model in the range.
We’d be happy with the SE trim as you get the 18in wheels which are better than the larger choices for ride quality and noise, plus you get dual-zone climate control, leather seats which are heated in the front, cruise control, sensors front and back and that great iDrive infotainment system. That sort of makes sense.