The standard-issue 6-series is fairly demure looking but I love the M appearance package that came on our tester. The M must stand for menacing, because that re-worked front fascia looks like it’ll chew you up and spit you out if you get in its way. It’s definitely a head-turner. BMW is joining the vehicular visual branding movement, and while it’s very attractive, I felt it does lose some of the distinct “6” styling of the previous generation. If you ever caught a brief glimpse of any panel of the previous model, it was instantly recognizable as a 6. This one, it takes a minute and maybe you have to peek at the badge to be sure.
There’s a lot of other technology going on here, and I hope it makes its way down to lesser expensive cars. I really liked the ‘top view’ parking assist that gives you a display of what your car looks like from 15 feet in the air. There are two cameras below the side mirrors that point down and one hidden under the rear emblem and points down while in reverse. Then BMW uses fish-eye lenses with barrel distortion correction magic to give you that top-down view to make sure you can fit into any parking space perfectly without hitting anything or curbing a wheel. Very nice!
So is the new 6 Series worth six figures? I suppose it’s slightly more practical than a sports car. There are tons of options driving up the whopping base $83k sticker to a double-whopping $106k. Since I’m an enthusiast, I can’t help but dwell on the fact that you’ve optioned your MSRP into entry-level M6 range and that’s certainly where the real fun is!