2012 BMW 650i xDrive Coupe Review
The 6 Series has always been a fine car. It luxury appointments and serene driving manners have nothing to do with its greatest flaw. Tragically, the 650i suffers through no fault of its own. The main reason you may not want a 6 Series is because the old model was adopted by bros, skeevy investment bankers and trust-fund kids. That’s just not the sort of company a normal person would want to be associated with. If this sounds shallow, that’s because it is. Cars like this – a pure luxury object – are not judged by buyers on their objective merit, but on desirability, style, cool and class.
So, why only four stars and not the full five? This is a very, very good car. Certainly, it is the best GT coupe I have ever driven. It has even shed a bit of that crass reputation that hung like a cloud over the old model. And, for most potential buyers, I imagine this is where they should stop reading. That’s enough information. But, for those of you who have a drop of gasoline in your blood, you should know what you must have guessed by now. The 650i xDrive feels too slick, too computerized to be a driver’s car. Perhaps without the xDrive system it would be better, more willing to break out of its Teutonic shell and come play. It’s just a little too buttoned down. I know that doesn’t really matter in this market, but it shouldn’t go unsaid. Bring on the M6, then.