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The new BMW 640d M Sport Coupe is hugely competent and beautifully made, but has lost the pronounced sporting edge of the previous model

Our Verdict

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7 October 2011

What is it?

This is the all-new F20-series BMW 6-series coupe. BMW UK shifted 14,000 of the previous-generation 6-series and the sales were split 63 per cent coupe and 37 per cent cabriolet. 93 per cent were powered by diesel engines and 97 per cent left the showroom in Sport guise. The upshot is that the 640d with the M Sport specification will be the heartland model for BMW UK.

The standard specification is pretty generous, including Dakota leather, switchable chassis tuning and a top-line navigation system with real-time traffic prediction. The M Sport models get extra external body styling, 19in wheels and extendable squab front sports seats.

The new 6-series grows significantly in size compared to the old model. The wheelbase is up by 75mm, the width by 34mm and the length by 74mm. Boot space is up to a substantial 460-litres, essential considering the golfing habits of the target market. The rear seats remain classically 2+2, with the deeply dished cushions freeing up headroom but legroom remains woefully restricted.

The front passengers can luxuriate in the spacious cockpit. This M Sport model gets excellent, extendable squab, sports seats and M steering wheel. The dash, similar in layout to the old model, is impressively finished.

This new six-pot diesel shows significant gains on the 635d’s motor. Power climbs 27bhp and torque is up 37lb ft. Claimed economy leaps 25 per cent, to a remarkable 51.4mpg. This is partly aided by the car’s Dynamic Performance Control, which offers an economy-biased Eco Pro mode (governing the car’s shift points, accelerator maps and wider energy use).

What’s it like?

Hugely competent, beautifully made, quick and potentially very economical. On the road, however, the new 6-series has clearly lost the pronounced sporting edge of the previous model.

This car’s greater refinement, seamless torque delivery, walloping overtaking pace and inherently less agile feel made sense on some of North Wales’ Bavarian-style, wide, sweeping A-roads. There’s no doubt that this 6-series can reel across continents while leaving the occupants wholly unruffled. In Comfort mode, the car 6-series feels like a traditional luxury executive car. But, taken by the scruff the neck, and driven hard across some of the most challenging Welsh backroads, the 6-series disappoints. Even in ‘Dynamic’ mode, the steering feel, always somewhat distant, becomes more indistinct and the weighting inconsistent.

Driven hard, the whole car feels surprisingly heavy and unwilling. And on the most challenging surfaces, the damping can occasionally struggle to cope. The brakes are notable, however, for their feedback and finely-tuned responses and the eight-speed auto for its sheer responsiveness.While it would be admittedly be on home territory, a Jaguar XK would cover this terrain with a good deal more effortlessness and enthusiasm.

Should I buy one?

The new 6-series is an unashamed and highly accomplished GT car, but one that is significantly less driver-focused than the previous model. If that’s what you fancy, the new 6-series is a very handsome and very impressive piece of engineering.

But if you wanted something with more life, whether you are travelling at 30mph in town or are out on the open road, this might not be for you. BMW has significantly shifted the character of the 6-series. It’s a better car by all the standard metrics. More aloof and less engaging.

BMW 640d M Sport Coupe

Price as tested: £66,745; Top speed: 155mph (limited); 0-62mph: 5.5sec; Economy: 51.4mpg; Co2: 145g/km; Kerbweight: 1735kg; Engine type: in-line diesel six, twin-turbochargers, 2993cc; Power: 313bhp at 4400rpm; Torque: 465lb ft from 1500rpm; Gearbox: eight-speed automatic

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7 October 2011

Just when you think that BMW couldn't possibly do any better.

How an engine can shift a car like this to 60 in 5.5 seconds and do 51mpg is beyond me, but BMW deserve all the credit they will surely get for this.

7 October 2011

such a nicer looking car than its lumpen predecessor too...

7 October 2011

You look at the performance stats on this car and then see that it emits 145g/km and does 51mpg. That is quite simply fantastic.

This looks like super value compared to the Maserati that you also tested this week.

I don't necessary think that this car being a bit less focussed is an issue either. Most UK buyers seem to want the sport looks but would actually prefer a more compliant ride, especially for a big GT car like this.

Jaguar need to get their 3.0 V6 diesel into the XK pronto.

DKW

7 October 2011

[quote bangertastic]Jaguar need to get their 3.0 V6 diesel into the XK pronto[/quote] About 2 years ago I'd say.

7 October 2011

As already mentioned, Jaguar have been extremely slow to enter the market for a diesel coupe - it was mooted several years ago but still nothing on the horizon.

The market profile for the previous 6-series in the first paragraph speaks for itself.

7 October 2011

Why does anyone who can afford a £66,000 car need to worry about MPG?

7 October 2011

[quote rovamota]

Why does anyone who can afford a £66,000 car need to worry about MPG?

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Good question. It would make sense several years down the line when it costs less than £10k.

7 October 2011

[quote rovamota]

Why does anyone who can afford a £66,000 car need to worry about MPG?

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They hate filling up, don't like paying taxes to the man? Or, like most people with that kind of cash, haven't got that rich by waisting any more than they have to.

7 October 2011

It can be only better with a petrol engine.

With this budget, the gasoil is for the home boiler.

7 October 2011

[quote ThwartedEfforts]such a nicer looking car than its lumpen predecessor too...[/quote]

Maybe so, but how long it would take before they'll start making good looking cars?!

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