The practical sports car
- Aggressive M-appearance styling
- Tailored suit interior
- Selectable ride
- Twin-turbo V8
- Big on the outside, yet small on the inside
- Computer-rationed power delivery
- Advanced heads-up display does not work with polarized sunglasses
I’m always looking for that perfect Jekyll and Hyde car. You know, the one that can get you around comfortably for your 80 percent “chore” driving, but can still reward you aptly for that 20 percent “enthusiast” driving. My daily driver would be a single do-it-all car. It would have gobs of power with decent gas mileage, thread-the-needle sharp handling on the backroads, and cream-puff-touring comfort when I’m not going full tilt. And of course, attention-getting looks in a timeless design. I’m happy to report that the 2012 BMW 650i delivers on nearly all fronts.
I had the pleasure of driving the third generation of one of my all-time favorite cars, the BMW 650i, with the M-sport package.
The 2012 650i feels like a land-based ballistic missile. Imagine a torque-laden twin-turbo V8 that effortlessly rockets you forward from a dead stop, with your head and chest pinned against the seat. Passing power is startlingly explosive, even from a highway pace. It hurls you and your occupants from “70mph-to-oops!” before you can even think about checking your speed.
BMW estimates a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds with both the 8-speed automatic that I drove and the available 6-speed manual. That’s a pretty impressive figure despite its 4,400 pound curb weight. Such athleticism comes courtesy of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that puts down 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.