Our own tgriffith’s heart will be broken when he reads today’s news that the outrageous Porsche 918 Spyder will officially go on sale in November at the price of $845,000. After he recovers from the cardiovascular consequences of learning this, he may take heart.
We don’t yet know the price of BMW’s new (2012) 650i (above), but it’s got to be way under $100K, which means he could likely buy nine of ’em for the cost of one Spyder, a machine not meant for public roads in any case. The 6 Series has great style, performance, and comfort, while the Spyder is a show-off, oil-sheik, ultimate toy kind of thing.
As a family man, tgriffith will be happy with the gorgeous and spacious interior of the 6 Series coupe, which his kids can trash, and he will get his kicks from the stark 400-hp, 450 lb-ft/torque twin-turbo V8. Gas mileage in the mid-20s ain’t too shabby either for a car like this. It has every kind of technological tweak you could want, described in 14 pages of press release.
But it’s the looks that will captivate him and most drivers. The Convertible version was released about six months ago, and is fine for flashy and expensive women to drive. But the Coupe will be the better car, we think, and will cost less.
It is not a true sports car like the Porsche 911 and doesn’t pretend to be. Its only real competition is probably the new Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe, which might go a bit faster, maybe cost a tad less, but can’t beat the 650i’s style. It’s the difference between a tuner car and a factory performance car.
Assuming a similar price, which would you buy—the BMW 650i or the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG?