First DriveBMW's luxurious coupé has been given a style refresh and more equipment. This is our first chance to drive the popular 640d Coupe on UK roads
First DriveBMW's luxury grand tourer has been given a style refresh and equipment upgrades. We've sampled the most powerful non-M version, the 650i Coupé
What is it?
This is the BMW 635d Edition Sport convertible. Available as an optional extra on all the non-M Division BMW 6-series cabriolet and coupe models, the Edition Sport package gets you stiffer anti-roll bars for 10 per cent firmer front suspension and 30 per cent firmer rear suspension, plus a number of subtle styling upgrades.
What’s it like?
It’s unlikely that many people will notice the difference between a BMW 635d Edition Sport and a standard car. Body movements are marginally more controlled, and the ride quality doesn’t seem to deteriorate noticeably, making the overall driving experience a more comfortable one, though even these improvements are marginal.
In truth, though, the BMW 635d has always felt more like a sporting cruiser than an out-and-out performance car, and the sharper dynamics of the Edition Sport package don’t change this.
The steering offers little real feedback and there is still noticeable scuttle shake over uneven surfaces. On the plus side, there are few cars with the same road presence as a 6-series cab, and the remarkable talents of the 282bhp diesel powerplant in the 635d Edition Sport make it a versatile and thoroughly enjoyable car to drive in any situation. It’s just not a precision tool.
Should I buy one?
When viewed in isolation, more than £3000 for the Edition Sport package seems like a lot of money. But given the rarified area of the car market that the 635d occupies, it’s a relatively small amount to pay for the handling and style upgrades that it provides. So if you want a 6-series, the 635d Edition Sport is certainly worth considering.
Mind you, if you can live without the BMW 635d’s unique combination of economy and performance, and you’re shopping above the £60k mark for a prestige convertible, you'll be better off in a Jaguar XK.