2012 BMW 640i coupe, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review

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a front sight  of the 2012 BMW 640i coupe.
The bottom engine in the 2012 BMW 640i coupe is a 315-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six.

By: Greg Kable on 6/30/2011

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What is it?

This is the third-generation 6-series coupe. The upmarket two-door, previewed in near-production-ready guise as a concept at previous year's Paris motor show, is set to go after the recently proof second-generation 6-series adaptable eager on North American showrooms in riches as a 2012 model.

It's not the previous of the new 6-series heavy to arrive at by means of destination here, though. BMW is preparation after that day to debut a four-door derivative to rival the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS, by means of styling primary previewed on the GranCoupe concept car.

The new 6-series is feature on the similar underpinnings as the newest 5-series, total by means of a new double-wishbone front suspension and an electromechanical steering system. Among the extended catalog of options is a rear-wheel steering scheme dubbed "Integral Active Steering," and "Dynamic Damper Control," together of construct we recommend to anybody seeking heightened custom of response.

As by means of its open-top sibling, the new 6-series coupe initially determination be obtainable by means of the option of two turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engines--the recognizable 315-hp, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder component so as to powers the 640i and a 401-hp, 4.4-liter V8 in the range-topping 650i.

BMW too urbanized a replica organization a 308-hp account of the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine, but it is not intended to link the North American lineup anytime soon.

What we can expect, however, is a new M6 organization the similar 552-hp turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine revealed in the new M5.

Both gasoline heavy approach mated to a normal eight-speed routine gearbox. The 640i moderator as normal by means of rear-wheel drive. But in a primary for BMW's big coupe, management determination be clever to decide recognized by rear- or four-wheel drive by means of the 650i.

As fraction of an attempt to get better petroleum consumption, the new replica stay routine stop/start, brake-energy recuperation, aerodynamic-enhancing flaps at the back the grille so as to shut on fraction throttle to smooth air flow, and ancillary engine functions, counting on-demand oil and irrigate pumps so as to sketch power merely at what time required.

Those of you not familiar with the latest on BMW now have at least a basic understanding. But there's more to come.

What is it similar to to drive?

The new 6-series coupe is a extremely capable car--so capable in excess of a broad variety of lively disciplines, in fact, so as to it can appear a small clinical at times. Look additional than petroleum characteristic, though, and you discover out a car so as to is able of devouring big distances by means of ease in the the majority excellent grand-tourer tradition.

The car's the majority excellent labor is complete on the highway, anywhere it cruises serenely by means of imposing refinement as,at the same time as imparting a emotion of forever attention a high-quality contract of reserve at characteristic North American pace limits.

Despite tipping the level at 3,660 pounds, the 640i is rapid in a straight line. Its engine throws out 332 lb-ft of torque at now 1,300 rpm, so you don't require too a lot of revs preceding to tapping eager on a solid stream of performance.

BMW list a 0-to-62-mph occasion of 5.4 seconds. Top pace is incomplete to 155 mph.

The electromechanical steering, by means of BMW's changeable help setup as optional, extra the 640i amazing agility for genuine a big and serious car. Despite the weight, it carves from side to side corners, still at far above the ground speeds, in a flat and unflustered manner, relying on the abundance of hold to create sure so as to the intended hardly ever wants to right the line. An armada of intended winning too ensures any wayward ,act is rapidly handled. And by means of the Dynamic Damper Control as long as continuous adjustment of the stiffness of the car's suspension, it too rides in a solid but well-controlled manner.

BMW's as extended as contain located a huge contract of attempt eager on exciting the appeal of the car's cabin, construct close relative a stylish, driver-oriented dashboard, the newest account of BMW's iDrive scheme and the similar controls as persons establish in the newest 5-series.

With a 2.8-inch add to in distance end to end and a 1.5-inch increase in width, the new car rapidly better custom of anywhere to live up front, broader seats contain additional substantial rear rests. A 3.0-inch stretch in the wheelbase too additional room in back, though the ,person back seats are motionless the majority excellent suited to children.

Do I desire one?

No hesitation concerning it, the 640i is an imposing machine--from its far above the ground height of excellence from side to side to its elegant new styling, keen presentation and better daily practicality. It is a additional rounded rival to cars genuine as the Mercedes-Benz E-class coupe and the Jaguar XK supposed the preceding 6-series coupe. However, it lacks the engagement of factual sports education car genuine as the Aston Martin Vantage and the Porsche 911--the last of construct BMW chassis engineers suggest served as a benchmark all through the new car's development. Think of it additional as a customary impressive tourer, and you'll be on the correct track.

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