There's a green-eyed monster ogling my car. (Well, isn't that part of the reason
I got it?) Actually, plenty of green-eyed monsters (AKA jealous looks) seem to
follow BMW's classy 645Ci as it cruises about.
surprise here. This revival of BMW's previously abandoned 6 Series, new for '04,
is subtle, yet eye catching. It's a smooth, luxurious package of sensuous exterior
styling, eye-popping interior leather contrasts touched by the look of light-toned
burled wood, and the famous hands-on delivery of pure confidence that goes is
synonymous with this German nameplate.
it class with sass, with just about every high-tech safety feature and simplified
interior amenity one could possibly want. They feed off a rather sensible, mostly
one button navigation system that's always easy to read under a deep set "eyebrow."
Warnings don't ding at you; they chime. Subtleties such as backlighted name on
the doorplate, full color sensor warnings, and a broad scope moon roof keep pampering
at a high level. Either CD or DVD sound surrounds one with richness, clarity and
same hunky 325 horsepower V-8 that resides in the 5 and 7 Series models powers
the 645Ci. And since BMW is renowned as a driver's car, it's no surprise this
version comes with an aggressive six-speed manual, STEPTRONIC automatic, and a
clutchless performance drive combo operated by steering wheel paddles, which BMW
refers to as the Sequential Manual Gearbox, or SMG.
smooth-as-silk engine's Valvetronic technology helps deliver a healthy boost of
torque in every gear (for peel-away starts and more). You can't miss the distinctive,
resonant exhaust pouring from chrome duals. BMW has tuned it to respond to engine
and gear action to kick out a gutsy, throaty, yet smoothly rich tone that practically
yells "drive." Put it in sport mode, and it screams.
wheels (19-inch as tested) own the road. You carve around corners with taut, yet
one willing to live in the $70 K range, we guess that it's easy seeing green.