Ever since BMW relaunched its big coupe in 2003, fans of the brand had to cover their eyes when walking around the rear of the car. That's because the reborn 6-Series lacked the shark-like style of the original, produced from the late '70s all the way through to the '80s.
But the new generation 650i, just revealed in new photos from BMW, shows a car with a de-emphasised boot lip. And while it's not an exact return to the original style, it's much less offensive. With its gracefully sloping rear roofline, you can actually say that this car looks good.
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In addition to an iDrive entertainment and nav system, surround view parking assistance, head-up display and dynamic speed limit info, the cabin also gets an optional Bang & Olufsen audio system, the first time BMW has worked with the Danish audio brand. This system features 16 speakers and B&O's acoustic lens technology. Another high-tech first is the availability of adaptive LED headlights.
Given BMW's high-tech engineering, it should certainly be an impressive driver. Under the bonnet is a twin-turbo direct-injection 4.4-litre V8, a petrol engine that pumps out a frightening amount of torque — 600Nm at a mere 1750rpm. Power is rated at 300kW. A model (badged as the 640i) is also available with the company's 235kW/450Nm turbocharged 3-litre six-cylinder engine.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is likely to be the only transmission available in Australia, as the six-speed manual will likely prove uneconomic for our small market.
BMW's high-tech suspension includes automatic damping control, adjustable between Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings. Optional technology includes active roll control and BMW's active steering.