2016 bmw 6-series Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 BMW 6 Series gains an updated twin kidney grille, standard LED headlights, and new 20-inch wheel designs. Five new exterior colors have been added: Jatoba Metallic, Cashmere Silver Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, and Melbourne Red Metallic. Inside, two new two-tone leather upholstery combinations are now available including Ivory White/Black and Cognac/Black, while Fineline Brown Wood accents has been added to the list of available interior trims. A new styling package called the Black Accent Package adds BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line trim, black tailpipes, 20-ich bi-color alloy wheels, Cognac/Black two-tone Nappa leather upholstery and Fineline Brown Wood trim. The M Sport and Executive packages have been combined into the M Sport Edition, which adds features such as 20-inch wheels, M Sport steering wheel, M aerodynamic exterior styling kit, leather-wrapped dashboard, ventilated front seats, contrast stitching, and soft-close doors. The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe sees the most significant changes, which includes a boost in power to 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque from 540 hp and 540 lb-ft, in addition to exterior styling revisions.
The 2016 BMW 6 Series is a range of large luxury cars available as a coupe, convertible, or sleek sedan called the Gran Coupe. Rear- and all-wheel-drive are available in the 640i and 650i while the M6 is rear-drive only and Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is exclusively all-wheel drive.
There are four engine choices available in the 2016 BMW 6 Series and are paired to an automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available only in the high-performance M6.
Model: 640i, 640i xDrive
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 315 hp/330 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
20/31 mpg city/highway (640i, all body styles)
20/29 mpg (640i xDrive, all body styles)
Model: 650i, 650i
Engine and Transmission Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 445 hp/480 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
17/25 mpg (650i, all models)
16/25 mpg (650i xDrive Coupe)
15/24 mpg (650i xDrive Convertible and 650i xDrive Gran Coupe)
Model: Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 – eight-speed automatic
Power: 600 hp/590 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/24 mpg
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 – six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch automatic
Power: 560 hp/502 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/22 mpg (manual), 14/20 mpg (automatic)
Interior space in the 2016 6 Series is good for front-seat occupants but in the second row, there’s only room for two and head- and legroom is limited due to the car’s sloping roofline. Cargo space is respectable in the Coupe a Gran Coupe, with 16.2 cubic feet of volume. Convertibles have less space at 12.4 cubic feet with the roof up and 10.6 cubic feet with it down. The Gran Coupe comes with split-folding rear seats for more cargo space while the coupe and convertible only come with a pass-through. Fit and finish is a strong point in the 6 Series thanks to the extensive use of high quality materials throughout the interior. Additionally, the cabin design strays away from the usual austerity of German cars’ interiors and features two-tone leather upholstery, and an asymmetrical center stack.
Standard features include dual front airbags, front-side airbags, and side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. BMW’s Active Protection System is also standard and detects imminent accidents and automatically pretensions the seat belts, closes the windows and moonroof, and activates post-crash braking and other safety aids.
There are a host of available safety features as part of the Driver Assistance Plus package including blind spot detection, side and top view cameras, and the Active Driving Assistant, which bundles together lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control with automatic stop and go is available as a standalone option and can be combined with the Driver Assistance Plus package. Night Vision is available as a standalone option and comes with a pedestrian detection system that’s able to detect people at up to 330 feet in front.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features include Led headlights, 10-way power front seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, a HiFi audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, navigation, a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, a 200 GB hard drive with 20GB of storage space, BMW Online with My Info and BMW apps, and heated front seats.
The M Sport Edition package adds features such as 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires, head-up display, soft-close automatic doors, 20-way comfort seats, Anthracite Alcantara headliner, M steering wheel, and an aero kit.
Styling packages include the Black Accent package, which comes with Cognac/Black two-tone leather upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Fineline Brown wood accents. The Executive package comes with multi-contour seats, front ventilated seats, and either a choice of two surround sound system from Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen. For the M6, the Executive package adds a power rear sunshade, a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, heated steering wheel, active and ventilated front seats, and a head-up display. Carbon ceramic brakes are also available as a standalone option in the M6. The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe features similar equipment as part of the Executive package but the Bang & Olufsen sound system is not included and a standalone option.
What We Think
As a grand tourer, the 2016 6 Series is a great choice, offering strong acceleration and a good balance of ride and handling for devouring highway miles. Even though it’s agile for its size, in a 2013 M6 First Test, we said that the car feels out of its element when driven through a winding road, further asserting its position as a touring car rather than an all-out sports car. Additionally, it isn’t as communicative as smaller, more nimble sports car due to its curb weight of over two tons. However, in a comparison test that also included the Audi S7 and CLS550 4Matic, the 650i xDrive Gran Coupe won because it had the best balance of ride and handling that made smooth on the road while its steering feel was deemed the best of the new breed of BMWs. Interior design and fit and finish was also praised as “the best BMW’s ever done” because of its unique, modern design and build quality that’s “a standard higher than that of any Audi or Mercedes.”
Although performance may be a strong point in the 6 Series, we said in a 2013 640i Gran Coupe review that style and luxury outweigh performance when it comes to its mission thanks to its stylish exterior and well-appointed interior. Those looking for more exclusivity should consider the Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, which provides excellent performance and comes in limited production numbers. In a 2015 First Test, we said that the car feels “holistically improved” and rides well even through rough surfaces despite its 20-inch wheels. Like the rest of the 6 Series range, the Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe handles well but is more at home on a straight highway rather than a winding canyon road or a racetrack.
BMW enables owners to customize their cars by choosing for the BMW Individual Composition option. This adds an Alcantara headliner in black or the same color as the chosen upholstery, Shadow Line exterior trim and BMW Individual sill finishers. Opting for BMW Individual also allows buyers to choose from three unique interior trims, Piano Black, Dark Red Sycamore Wood, and White Ash Grain Wood. Exclusive Full Merino leather upholstery comes as part of the BMW Individual Composition option and is available in Amaro Brown, Platinum/Black, Canyon Brown, Champagne, and Opal White. Additional exterior colors include Tanzanite Blue Metallic, Citrine Black Metallic, Ruby Black Metallic, Moonstone Metallic, Frozen Bronze Metallic, and Frozen Brilliant White Metallic. The two available Frozen exterior colors are matte finishes and require extra care when cleaning. Buyers who opt for the M Sport Edition package can also get these options as standalone options. Additionally, buyers interested in personalizing their 6 Series with exterior colors and interior combinations that aren’t in the options list can do so via the BMW Individual Composition program.
European delivery is also available for the 2016 6 Series for those looking for a more unique vehicle buying experience. This enables potential buyers to pick up their car at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany and customize it according to their liking. Additionally, BMW takes seven percent off the sticker price when a car is ordered through the European Delivery program. As part of the program, 14 days of road insurance for the European Union, Switzerland, and Norway is included and BMW will ship the car back to the United States for you through designated drop off points in major cities such as Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, and London. European Delivery can also be combined with the Performance Center Delivery program, which includes some performance driving classes in BMW’s Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
- Strong acceleration in all models
- Opulent interior
- Great for long-distance travel and devouring highway miles
You Won’t Like:
- M6 is a gas guzzler
- Rear passenger space is limited