Packed with all the built-in prestige of the BMW 6 Series, the 640 offers silky performance and supreme comfort in an expressive coupe body. It's a natural choice for buyers who want the full luxury sedan experience without the extra doors.
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2016 BMW 640 Overview
What's New for 2016
The 640 receives even richer interior trim and a restyled front end for a leaner, more aggressive look.
Choosing Your BMW 640
Available as a coupe or convertible, the 640 carries a turbocharged 3-liter six-cylinder with 315 horsepower, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You also get a sport-tuned suspension and selectable driving modes that tailor the 640's performance to your taste. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system is available on both body styles.
The 640 comes lavishly equipped from the start with features like hard drive-based navigation, a 12-speaker surround-sound system, front and rear parking sensors and power-folding heated mirrors. The leather upholstery used in the convertible is sun-reflective.
The available Executive Package tops off the 640 with automatic soft-closing doors, ventilated front seats, a leather-topped dashboard, ceramic-finish controls and integrated smartphone apps. For a sportier feel, you can add the M Sport Package, which delivers more aggressive styling inside and out, plus specific 19-inch wheels.
The Driver Assistance Plus Package comes with a slate of advanced safety technology like lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring, and the Cold Weather Package adds a heated steering wheel and a ski bag. There's also the Lighting Package with full LED exterior lighting and automatic high beam control.
To simplify equipment choices, BMW also offers the $4,800 M Sport Edition package, which comes standard with the contents of the Executive, M Sport and Lighting packages.
Beyond all that, you can add some sophisticated individual features like active roll stabilization, four-wheel steering, night vision with pedestrian detection, and a self-parking system.
Upgrading to the M Sport Edition packages lots of desirable options at a discounted price. We consider it the most cost-effective way to equip a 640.
2016 BMW 640 Review
BMW’s largest two-door model comes in coupe and convertible form, each promising precision driving and vigorous performance. Both the six-cylinder 640i and the V8-powered 650i stand apart not only for the driving experience they provide, but for their lushly assertive, expressive styling, centered upon an arching roofline and abbreviated rear end. Bodies got a mild facelift for 2016, with a new grille.
Pricing and Equipment
Starting at $77,600 (plus $995 destination charge), the 640i coupe holds a twin-turbocharged 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine that develops 315 horsepower at 6000 rpm, and 330 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. An eight-speed automatic, fitted with Launch Control, is the sole transmission, though the V8-powered 650i is available with manual shift.
Priced at $84,800, the convertible has a fabric top that can be lowered in 20 seconds. Both body styles come with either rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive (which costs an additional $3,000). Fuel economy is estimated at 20/31 mpg (city/highway) with rear-drive, and 20/29 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Only one trim is offered.
Standard BMW 640i equipment includes:
- Leather upholstery
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Hard-drive navigation system
- Surround-sound audio
- Rearview camera
- Adaptive full-LED headlights
- Parking sensors
- Heated power-folding mirrors
- Moonroof (coupe)
- 18-inch alloy wheels (19- and 20-inch available)
Available option groups include M Sport Edition, Executive, Driver Assistance Plus, Cold Weather, and Lighting packages, plus a new Black Accent package.
- Despite the car’s weight, the 315-horsepower V6 delivers silken, brisk acceleration, with abundant torque for effective passing.
- Smooth, confident handling is a primary attraction. Steering is pleasantly precise, as a sporty BMW should be, even though electronic rather than mechanical.
- Selectable driving modes let the driver tailor responses to suit personal preferences. Driving Dynamics Control offers Comfort, Sport, and Sport + modes, altering the suspension, steering feel, throttle response, and transmission operation. A switch can even modify exhaust sound.
- A 640i looks heavy and feels heavy, because that’s what it is, with the coupe tipping the scales around 4,200 pounds. Though the heavy feel intensifies a sense of solidity, and doesn’t impede acceleration or handling, it’s inevitably noticeable.
- Size also is an issue. Despite its athletic road behavior, the 640i is a big car. Therefore, maneuverability isn’t quite in line with smaller BMWs and their competitors.
- Though steering effort is easy, with satisfying responses, electronic power-steering feel isn’t quite as sharp as some comparable vehicles.
- Supreme comfort is the rule, at least for front occupants. Multi-adjustment power front seats provide excellent back and thigh support, with headroom to suit most riders.
- Luxuriant interior trim features handsome woods and leathers, available in a variety of colors and textures. Controls are truly driver-focused.
- One unexpected feature on convertibles is the removable glass back window, which allows outside air to flow through the cockpit. Years ago, convertibles had plastic rear windows that could be unzipped.
- In stark contrast to the front compartment, the two-place back seat is seriously snug.
- BMW's iDrive control system has been a contentious issue for years. Though it's far better nowadays than in the past, not everyone takes to it.
- Even up front, some passengers might havet to duck their heads to get inside—an inevitable penalty of stylish rooflines.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The lavish standard-equipment list qualifies, though extra-cost option packages are available as well. Those optional items come at a discounted price when purchased in a group. Just ask yourself how many additional features you really need, when starting with such a well-equipped two-door.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
That has to be the limited back-seat space. While that’s a familiar phenomenon nowadays, cramped legs and inadequate head clearance come as a shock in a sizable automobile. For those who regularly carry passengers out back, BMW offers a four-door Gran Coupe.
The Bottom Line
Not many vehicles offer such a blend of prestige, heritage, precise handling, and lively performance as BMW’s 6 Series. Admittedly, the V8-powered 650i is even more energetic, while adding more than $11,000 to the coupe’s price.