Grand Tourers have always been actors that had to play roles of supercars and luxury sedans, and the 650i xDrive takes this into the technological era. This vehicle is one of the main reasons man created long strings of 1s and 0s.
The best word to describe this car is “complete”. Take it by the wheel and it will take over many types of asphalt, protecting you or sending you towards the Autobahn’s speed limit, depending on this. And, for its power, it’s one of the safest cars to drive: it’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system manages to give you the sweetest physics lesson you’ve ever received.
However, this car is a magna cum laude graduate that has a little dark secret: it’s missed one class, the one that teaches you how to please focused drivers. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 is ready to support you, with the slight exception of low-rev moments when the lag is a little bit too present, when you’re in a Need for Speed mode, and so is the rest of the car, but you just don’t feel any of this.
Like we said, drive this car in any way than using 100 percent of the throttle and you’ll be staggered by the complex nature of its abilities. It’s fast, very fast, and extremely comfortable, hiding all these assets inside a package that imposes respect.
At EUR130,000 ($169,000 at the current exchange rates), out of which over EUR30,000 ($39,000) of the weight comes from the optional extras, which, by the way, you need in order to have a complete experience, this is no friend of your financial adviser, but for the money you get a lot of value.
This really is a “for better or for worse” kind of car that you’ll live happily ever after with, with you two shining all the time, if you can give up certain extreme practices you learned in high school.Continue reading