BMW 6 Series

The BMW 6 Series was a landmark car when it launched in 2003. It introduced the firm's radical new design direction – which was soon shared with all the other models in BMW's range. In truth, the car's complex lines and scalloped surfaces had as many haters as lovers. BMW did something right though, as it's a shape that required only a mild facelift in 2007 to keep it looking fresh. The current range of cars includes coupe, gran coupe and convertible models. The BMW 6 Series offers three distinct engine options, including a frugal diesel and an extremely quick twin-turbo petrol V8. Buyers can choose between SE and M Sport trims, with the latter being better equipped.

BMW 6 Series coupe

Price 
£60,630 - £73,470
2 Doors
3 / 5
Pros
  • Powerful engines
  • Luxurious interior
  • Economical, considering its size
Cons
  • High list price
  • Limited room in the back
  • Porsche 911 costs similar money

The BMW 6 Series coupe is a large coupe with striking bodywork and large powerful engines. The luxurious interior and smooth ride makes long journeys a breeze for front passengers, whilst in the rear, limited legroom restricts it's ability as a true four-seater.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe saloon

Price 
£62,375 - £76,150
4 Doors
3.5 / 5
Pros
  • Striking styling
  • Excellent handling
  • Luxurious interior
Cons
  • Expensive options
  • Narrow boot
  • No four-cylinder model

Joining the current coupe and convertible models, the new Gran Coupe is the latest addition to BMW's 6 Series range. Using an extended version of the existing 6 Series' platform, the new model features two additional rear passenger doors and full-size, folding rear seats. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is up against the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Audi A7.

BMW 6 Series convertible

Price 
£66,760 - £79,345
2 Doors
3 / 5
Pros
  • Ride quality and handling
  • Spacious cabin
  • Powerful, efficient engines
Cons
  • Costly to buy
  • Overall size
  • Not as exciting as rivals

The new BMW 6 Series Convertible is a large luxury car loaded with high tech features. Fitted with a range of powerful petrol and diesel engines, it's looks are less controversial than it's predecessor but adds practicality and reduced emissions.

BMW M6 coupe

Price 
£94,625
2 Doors
2.2 / 5
Pros
  • Seriously fast
  • Practical interior and boot
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Lacks instant response
  • Feels heavy

The BMW M6 is a more powerful version of the standard BMW 6 Series coupe, and makes full use of its twin-turbo V8 engine carried over from the BMW M5 saloon. With storming acceleration and a pleasing sound from the four exhausts, it's the perfect recipe for an exhilarating rear-wheel drive coupe.

Practicality is surprisingly good, with a big boot and a sumptuous-but-accommodating interior, while the aggressive styling hints at the immense power beneath the bonnet.

BMW M6 convertible

Price 
£99,825
2 Doors
2.3 / 5
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Well-insulated roof
  • Striking design
Cons
  • Weighs over two tonnes
  • Doesn’t sound as good as rivals
  • High price

The M6 convertible is based on the standard 6 Series convertible, but adds a powerful 552bhp 4.4-litre turbocharged engine, as well as a host of electronic systems to improve the handling. A Coupe version is also available which gets a carbon-fibre roof instead of a retractable fabric hood. The styling has been given an aggressive makeover to make it stand out from other models in the range – and so it should with a price tag of nearly £100,000.