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Review: 2012 BMW 650i

Classics  /   /  By Bill Clark  /  By Bill Clark

The practical sports car

Likes:

  • Aggressive M-appearance styling
  • Tailored suit interior
  • Selectable ride
  • Twin-turbo V8

Dislikes:

  • 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.

2012 BMW 650i

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.

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5 Comments on "Review: 2012 BMW 650i"


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Fulltilt Cover
4 years 23 days ago

I love BMW 650i,it gives excellent speed.My friend have that and I love to drive his car.It gives a classy look and all people turn and see who’s there in the car.

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Жора Брусникин
4 years 22 days ago

Блин, а у мoего другa нeт такoго БМВ, затo у него есть Москвич 412. Тоже хорошая машина. 0н тoнировку сдeлал, мaгнитолу поставил, порoги подкрасил. Нe машинa, а лялька.

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4 years 19 days ago

Fulltilt Cover,

Do you have any photos of the 650i you drove that you could share with us?

– eBay Motors Team

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Fulltilt Tonneau Cover
3 years 11 months ago

I love BMW 650i,it gives excellent speed.My friend have that and I love to drive his car.It gives a classy look and all people turn and see who’s there in the car.

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konrad
3 years 10 months ago

This is the best car I bave seen it. I would love to drive it.