Oct 20, 2011
Reviewed By Jim Pickering
Price as Tested $83,875 (base), 4.4L twin-turbo direct-injected V8
Likes

Clean redesign ditches previous manatee-like Bangle look. 400-hp twin turbo V8 provides muscle car tone and great physical grunt, 8-speed automatic is both soft and quick to shift. Top-notch interior fittings in leather and suede, tech features boost performance, usability, and comfort. M package adds 10-spoke wheels and sporty body upgrades. Four comfort and performance settings adjust overall attitude from cushy to crisp. Optional fender-mounted side cameras let you see around corners.

Dislikes

Cramped rear quarters are best suited for short drives. Multitude of tech features are supposed to make life easy, but they’re overwhelming at first. Automatic could be faster and have firmer shifts in Sport + mode.

Verdict

The biggest news regarding BMW’s 2012 650i are its sharp new looks. But aside from the fresh sheetmetal and new taillights, the new car feels like a solid performer with a good amount of poise, power, and grip, even when driven hard. One this car’s tech features are mastered, it’ll be an excellent multipurpose GT. In the meantime, have the manual handy.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
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