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4.6is Ryder 02-16-2008 01:37 PM

650i Review
 
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Well gang, after little over a month and 1600 miles, I've decided to give you some insight on the new whip. All I can say is "this car is on another level". The ride is very pleasing even with the 19" runflats. The seats do a great job of holding you in place at all times. The layout of the controls were very well thought out. Now to the stuff you really want to know. The power and the handling are over the top. :thumbup: From a dead stop, you feel as if the car is underpowered. But in reality, it's the braking sytems start off assistant working. This takes some getting used to, but it works great. Once the car is on the move, it seems like you can never max out the rpm's. They are like the energizer bunny...they keep going and going and going....you get the point. The shifting is super smooth and tamed. I really like the fact that you can see what gear you are in when you slide the shifter to the left. (sport mode and manual). Speaking of sport, once you engage the Dynamic Driving Control (sport button):wow: this car wakes up like you wouldn't believe. You immediately feel the steering change and gear shifts are lightening quick!!! To watch that rpm needle fall so quickly is damn near erotic:drool: It's hard to imagine a car this size handling the way it does. I never considered the 6 series a big car until I pulled into the garage and found it to be more of a challenge to park than my 4.6is....maybe I was just used to parking the beast. So now you are thinking, with the power to go, how does it stop....on a dime. The brakes are BMW brakes...."nuff said". The brake drying system seems to work. It's been raining since I took delivery so this is one system that got used right away. You guys have pretty much the same iDrive system so you can judge that one for yourself. The one area that needs some improvement would be the way the shifter feels when you put it in sport mode. It doesn't feel as solid as the E53. Seems a little light to me. Maybe you E70 guys feel what I'm talking about. The Logic 7 premium sound is worth every penny they are asking for it. This is the best sounding factory system I've ever heard from BMW. Comfort access is cool to play with, but if you want to save a "G" , this is where you can save it. The new active headrests are very nice as well. Other than that, BMW hit the mark with this car. If you are thinking of getting a 650, what the hell are you waiting for!!!.:D ..............Phil

Wagner 02-16-2008 01:56 PM

Good write up :)

statdoc 02-16-2008 04:40 PM

Thank you for the review.


And oh, by the way, I hate you.;)

Ajogu 02-17-2008 05:32 AM

Great write up. What are your thoughts on the SMG?

AzNMpower32 02-17-2008 12:51 PM

So is there anything bad about the 650i? I can't think of a car that's perfect.......there has to be something wrong with it. :D

4.6is Ryder 02-17-2008 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Ajogu
Great write up. What are your thoughts on the SMG?

It's not SMG...it's auto with paddle shifters. CEO can't drive a manual....Phil

Ajogu 02-17-2008 03:32 PM

Sorry, my mistake.

4.6is Ryder 02-17-2008 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Ajogu
Sorry, my mistake.

SMG wasn't offered in "08". I would not have selected anyway. My tech informed me that there are still little issue with SMG. Even SMG II still has bugs....Phil

PersonaNonGrata 02-17-2008 04:56 PM

Fantastic Phil! I'm not the least bit surprised by your comments. I had the pleasure of driving the Komen 650i almost 300 miles from SoCal to Vegas. (The wife drove a 550i with Sport.) I am still not wild about the looks but it is a superior ride. But... your whip, that blue, those wheels, maybe the look is growing on me. :D

Major04 02-18-2008 12:10 PM

Phil! this is a great write-up. If I don't get the new M3 this is 2nd in line as far as rides go. After, I get a new house...need a garage to bring in the 69 Camaro from FL.


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