CarCorner Review: 2012 BMW 650i Coupe

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By Cathy Droz and Bill Zervakos  – There’s a lot of hyperbole about how great a driving machine a car is and of course we all know that BMW coined the phrase The Ultimate Driving Machine and while with some vehicles it may be a bit of a stretch, the 2012 650i certainly lives up to the moniker.

Powered by a standard 4.4 liter, 32 valve 440 horsepower TwinPower Turbo V8 the 650i is mated to a very nifty 8-speed automatic transmission that’s quick and very responsive to the throttle. Some of the handling technologies that allow maximum performance include Driving Dynamics Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control. Another safety option included on the test car was the $2000.00 Active Roll Stabilization.

This car isn’t inexpensive, and I’ll talk about that later, but it is without a doubt the crème de la crème of luxury coupes. The lines are striking as the 2012 iteration was redesigned and made use of lots of aluminum for more strength and lower weight. The Coupe and convertible are both wider and longer than their predecessors highlighted by a long sweeping hood with short overhang.

2012 BMW 650i coupe

Photo courtesy of BMW USA

But this car is all about driving; inside the 650i is plush and exudes luxury and comfort. Once you slide behind the wheel onto the Nappa Leather and 20-way power Multi-Contour seats you know you’re in something special. Wrap your hands around the leather-wrapped steering wheel and tell the car where you want to go with the voice activated NavSysem and the 10.2 inch display lays out the route for you. As you accelerate the powerful V8 blips through 8 gears and the big coupe reaches speed. Enhance your driving experience by choosing your preferred handling package from one of four settings that adjusts the acceleration progression, engine responses along with power steering characteristics. Choose Comfort,Normal, Sport or my favorite, Sport+ which offers stellar acceleration and handling.

The test car base is $83,000 and came with almost $20,000 worth of options including the $3700,00 Driver Assistance Package with Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Side and top View Cameras, Parking Assistant and Heads-up Display. The $4400.00 Sport Package, $1300.00 Performance Tires on 20” Wheels. Another option was the $1800.00 Premium Sounds System and the $3700.00 Bang and Olufsen Sound System and iPod and USB Adapter. All the options and destination charges brought the final price to $103,025.00 so clearly the 650i is not for the faint of heart nor Joe average buyer; that said, if it’s in your ball park, the 650i Coupe is one fantastic fun car to drive, and if you haven’t been in one in a while, I strongly suggest you get to your local BMW dealer and check it out. It could easily end up being your Ultimate Driving Machine.

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