Big Deux Coupe

2012 BMW 650i Coupe

The original BMW 635CSi from the 80’s was a tough act to follow. Crisp, clean lines and an aggressive stance, along with a beautifully forward angled grille made the 6-Series Coupe of yesteryear a true classic.The reincarnation in 2003 proved to be less than thrilling, looking more like a large lozenge than an iconic coupe. BMW hopes to change some of that with their second redesign, the all-new 2012 BMW 650i Coupe. With a more fluid and sleek design, the head and taillights no longer look out of place but fit in well with the body. An eight speed paddle shift manumatic transmission manages the 4.4L twin-turbo V8 that spits out a healthy 400 horsepower and 450 lb feet of torque. We thank the heavens above that a conventional 6-speed manual gearbox is also available so you can rope through your own gears. The 6-Series Coupe is rife with gadgetry such as Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, rear and top mounted cameras, parking assistance and super-cool three-dimensional head up display. And though it gets to 60 in a scant 4.8 seconds, it’s far more of a highway and boulevard cruiser than it is a switchback scalpel. Pricing has not been announced but expect it to be slightly north of the 80-grand mark.