In long-term automobile loans, as in life, the adage holds true the all an excellent things need to ultimately involved an end. So the was, together BMW"s representative verified up at MT headquarters and also politely asked the the vital for mine 650i Gran Coupe (and the auto itself, the course) be relinquished. Bummer.

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One last glance in ~ the Gran Coupe"s odometer discover a full of 17,398 miles -- miles spent on the 405 freeway in sludgy commuter traffic; ~ above the 10 freeway heading east to the red rocks that Arizona; on Hwy 1, heading north towards the gorgeous seaside locales that Monterey and San Francisco; and also even on the roads of Willow gyeongju track at pasture Springs Raceway.


Through that all, the room Gray Metallic (a great paint name) BMW and also its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 confirmed to be rather a workhorse. I endured zero reliability troubles with the Gran Coupe and also its 15,000-mile organization didn"t price me a dime under BMW"s totally free factory-scheduled maintenance routine (4 years/50,000 miles). A pair caveats: the engine deserve to idle around at times and also even though the pair turbochargers job-related to minimize lag to virtually nothing, the drive-by-wire throttle hesitates slightly turn off the line. It"s just a split-second, yet it"s enough to be irritating, especially when jumping off a next street onto a liven boulevard (or powering the end of the bowl at highways of Willow). The turbos additionally like oil, claimed my dealer"s company representative. That was claimed to explain the 5 quarts the Castrol 0W-30 artificial that editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie and I added over the first 15,000 miles. We"re no so certain that kind of oil consumption can ever be considered "normal," however the dealer has actually tried to assure united state it is. A rapid search that BMW online forums reveals other owners with comparable consumption.


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The Gran Coupe wasn"t just thirsty because that oil, the was additionally thirsty because that gas. Our calculated median fuel intake was 17.4 mpg - a tick under the EPA"s 19 mpg an unified rating, despite this particular GC saw much an ext city commuting than it did open highways. Through that taken right into account, we"d say the automobile lived up to expectations. In any type of event, sports sedans this quick don"t come without penalties at the pump.


Arguably, the Gran Coupe shines brightest as soon as it"s out on the open highway, eating up mile at short rpm, yet high speed. Through the car in its comfort setting, the car is quiet, relaxed and also totally composed. And a quick pair taps top top the 8-speed automatic"s left paddle instantly brings the revs up to make lightning-fast work-related of slow-moving traffic. ~ above the track, the mighty BMW is rock-solid at end triple-digit speeds and also with stability manage in Dynamic mode, allows its tail to slip just vast enough to be happy under a rolling throttle. The exhaust note and also braaap! under full-throttle shifts is subtly aggressive too, suiting the sport-luxe niche perfectly.


Around town, the 650i is comfortable too, however being a much longer car, that does take a little extra treatment maneuvering in chop parking lots and also crowded city streets. The M-package on my auto ($4400) looks great with its sport steering wheel, exterior aero enhancements and LED fog lights, yet skip the 20" wheels and also performance tires (an extra $1300 with the M-pack) if the roads in your area aren"t for this reason good. The micro-thin 30- and 35-profile sidewalls can be harsh over more than minor roadway imperfections.


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The 650i"s interior is together beautiful to look at as it is comfortable to be in, v Vermillion Red Nappa animal leather seating surfaces and brushed aluminum-look trim. The rear seat was additionally perfectly comfortable because that average-to-taller adult for jaunts about town. People under 6 feet should have actually no trouble obtaining comfortable for even longer hauls. At a stoplight in Arizona, the driver that a Porsche 911 GT3 who had ripped previous a moment prior to yelled, "That vehicle is GORGEOUS! i love it!" He declined my sell to trade. The inner showed basically no undertake after practically 18,000 miles, a an excellent sign for irreversible durability.

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All in all, the 650i Gran Coupe is a special vehicle that is bound come be appreciated by those privileged sufficient to afford it. Some might complain the the car is a 5 series in wolf"s clothing, but the all at once experience is totally different. Even if it is that distinction is worth the extra expense is miscellaneous buyers will need to decide for themselves.


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Our Car
SERVICE LIFE14 mo / 17,398 mi
BASE PRICE$88,095
OPTIONSM sport Package ($5700: 20-in wheels, M bodywork), Premium Sound package ($4650: Bang & Olufsen sound system, satellite radio), Driver aid Package ($3800: lane exit warning, blind-spot monitoring), high-end Seating parcel ($2400: energetic front seats, 4-zone climate control), Adaptive drive w/ energetic Roll Stabilization ($2500), energetic Cruise control ($2400), LED headlights ($1900), ceramic-finish controls ($650), front chair warmers ($500), BMW Apps ($250)
PRICE as TESTED$112,845
AVG ECON/CO217.4 mpg / 1.11 lb/mi
PROBLEM AREASNone
MAINTENANCE COST$0 (oil change, inspection)
NORMAL-WEAR COST$0
3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE*$47,395
RECALLSNone
*Automotive Lease overview data

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2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUTFront-engine, RWD
ENGINE TYPETwin-turbo 90-deg V-8, aluminum block/heads
VALVETRAINDOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT268.2 cu in/4395 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO10.0:1
POWER (SAE NET)445 hp
2000 rpm
REDLINE7000 rpm
WEIGHT to POWER9.9 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION8-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO2.81:1/1.88:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REARControl arms, coil springs, adj shocks, adj anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, adj anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO18.0:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK3.0
BRAKES, F;R13.7-in vented disc; 13.6-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R8.5 x 20-in; 9.0 x 20-in actors aluminum
TIRES, F;R245/35R20 95Y; 275/30R20 97Y Dunlop SP sports Maxx GT DSST
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE116.9 in
TRACK, F/R63.2/65.8 in
LENGTH x width x HEIGHT197.2 x 74.6 x 54.8 in
TURNING CIRCLE39.2 ft
CURB WEIGHT4417 lb
WEIGHT DIST., F/R52/48%
SEATING CAPACITY5
HEADROOM, F/R40.6/37.0 in
LEGROOM, F/R42.1/35.3 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R56.7/54.6 in
CARGO VOLUME13.0 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION to MPH
0-30 1.8 sec
0-402.6
0-503.5
0-604.6
0-705.8
0-807.2
0-908.9
0-10010.8
PASSING, 45-65 MPH2.2
QUARTER MILE13.0 sec