The size of the 6-Series doesn’t recommend it for city use, but this car is a GT so it’s supposed to be able to take you anywhere, anytime with flying colors. Thus, it manages to deal with the urban jungle pretty well.
When you order the car, remember to tick the box for the optional panoramic view camera system . You’ll get a tank of magic dust that keeps you from scratching the car whenever you go through a tight space and another one with magic dust that makes you look like the world record holder for parking a really big coupe.
With this problem solved, you can set off. The ZF eight-speed gearbox offers extra-smooth shifts in the comfort and normal modes and the adaptive suspension, together with the decent ground clearance allow you float above any kind of surface, so this car doesn’t care if you drive it in New York, London, Paris or Kabul.
Usually when you’re in a hurry, you don’t necessarily turn to the sport mode, as this is way to tight for a city, with kickdowns being enough. However, using the 650i in the comfort and normal modes exposes the powertrain’s Achilles’ Heel: the turbo lag is more present than you’d expect in the ground level area of the rev band. Take things higher or use the sport mode and you’ll overcome this problem.
The luggage space is more than enough, so you can’t use the car as an excuse for not taking your lady friend on shopping trips. This vehicle has a special way of provoking other drivers, but it also manages to protect you from their envy, so you don’t have to worry about this too much on your way.
When you take a look at the vehicle’s spec sheet, you expect the Efficient Dynamics goodies to work their magic on the engine and the result of all than in the city is a fuel efficiency that starts at around 18 liters per 100 km (13 mpg). The rest, which can double that number, depends on your right foot.
Since this is a very capable car, but one that doesn’t really communicate everything to the driver, you won’t be able to enjoy its potential in the city without losing your license. However, driving this car on urban roads will bring out the masochist in just about every person in the world. Take it out on the open road and you’ll switch to a sadist in a crack of the wheel.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Why did you even bother to call this drive a “test” one. What flaw could such a car possibly have? Seriously, I want to know if you found anything wrong with it. You approach it and you just know that you’ve hit the jackpot. You start driving around and everybody, and I do mean everybody, stares at you as long as you stay in their sight.
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