A hefty price of $212,000 pitches BMW’s 650i Coupe against some of the most dynamic makes and models that currently grace the showroom floor.
The list of luminaries includes Porsche’s 911 Carrera ($198,100), Jaguar’s XK ($199,900) and Maserati’s Coupe GT ($207,500).
The 650i Coupe measures up in performance, boasting a 0-100 km/h time of 5.4 seconds, which is only 0.3 sec slower than the 911 and GT and 0.8 sec quicker than the XK.
Ditto for equipment levels – this car wants for nothing.
But, in the styling department, we would argue that the 650i deserves better – it is just not dramatic enough.
Granted, styling is subjective, but with six figure grand touring or sports cars, looks do count.
However, if BMW embraces the stunning CS Concept design that has been doing the rounds of the international motor shows to much acclaim, and applies this to its Six Series coupe, then the package will be complete.
Although marketed as a four-seater, the 650i is really for two adults (and maybe two smaller ones). With just two up front, it is superbly comfortable.
Performance from the mighty 4.8-litre V8 is what you would expect, with plenty of urge throughout the power range and torque curve.
The sheer delight of driving is much of what this big ‘Bimmer’ is about, and this experience is readily heightened by opting for a ‘Sport’ setting with the push of a button.
This stiffens the suspension and promotes quicker gear changes from the six-speed tiptronic ZF automatic, allowing the potential of the 650i’s fine handling to be maximised.
The coupe’s electronic steering system provides precision turn-in at any speed. Parking is a surprise, with less than two turns lock to lock.
The ride is suitably firm yet comfortable on all surfaces, but we wondered just how much better it might be without the standard fat run-flat tyres which also give off a rumble at higher speed.
Lightweight, powerful discs with anti-lock braking and various other electronic controls, provide assured stopping.
And there is a raft of standard safety and creature comfort equipment too extensive to list here.