What is it? Redesigned for 2012, the 6 Series coupe and convertible are adapted from the 5 Series sedan platform. These are pretty cars but they don’t come cheap. The convertible starts around $91,000 and the coupe someplace in the high $80s. So what do you get? A meticulously finished cabin with comfy front seats and two alleged (read: not adult friendly) seats in the rear. The electronic shift lever is on the high center console and very easy to reach. The top of the center dash stack is dominated by a huge 10.2-inch navigation screen that, unlike in some competitors, does not go away when you don’t want to look at it anymore. But then there’s the engine, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 400 horsepower and enough torque to flip over a hotel. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual but most customers will probably opt for the eight-speed automatic.
What’s new or notable? Among the usual welter of luxury-car features is a four-position ride-softness selector that ranges from comfort to normal to sport to sport+, which sounds bracingly stiff and devilishly entertaining.
When will it be available: Convertible: May 2011, Coupe: July 2011