2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe Long-Term Update 2
Big Gulp: The Gran Coupe Loves a Drink
The first time it happened was annoying. The second time it happened was surprising. Now it’s happened a third time, and I’m a little alarmed. We’ve done just under 6000 miles together, the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe and I, and my Bavarian beauty is now demanding a third quart of oil. Clearly, she loves a drink.
At first I wondered if I was to blame. Unusually for someone living in L.A., my daily commute is only a handful of miles, and the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 is barely warm by the time I slide into the garage here at Motor Trend Towers each morning. Could too many short trips be prompting this prodigious thirst for 5W-30?
Then I started Googling around the Web, and it turns out mine isn't the only BMW N63 V-8 with a healthy appetite for oil -- it’s a frequent topic of discussion on numerous BMW owner forums. However, BMW advises that 1.5 quarts of oil every 1200 miles is considered “the maximum permissible oil consumption” for a regular BMW gas or diesel engine. Three quarts in about 6000 miles might sound a lot, but by BMW’s math the Gran Coupe’s oil consumption is well within tolerance.
Curiously, the guys who run BMW’s fleet here in the States say press test cars typically use very little oil in the first 5000 miles because they tend to be driven hard. Clearly, I’m not flogging the Gran Coupe enough. I must be getting old.
The Gran Coupe works supremely well as a stylish coupe-about-town, with the added bonus of those extra doors, of course. And yes, those doors have proved their worth, as I’ve had four adults in the car for several short trips. I wouldn’t want to drive to Vegas four up, as I have to move my seat forward three inches to give the person sitting behind me enough legroom, but it’s fine for short trips to the movies or a local restaurant.
The Gran Coupe is thankfully free of the setup-mania of the M6, which offers 125 different combinations of engine, transmission, steering and suspension settings. Sport – just one press of a button on the center console – is fine for my rare fast runs along a canyon road, crisping up all the responses just a tad, but I leave it in Comfort everywhere else. The twin-turbo V-8 packs plenty of mid-range punch, and with eight speeds to choose from, the transmission almost always seems to be in the right gear to deliver the acceleration I need, and the suspension still delivers decent body control without a jittery ride over L.A.’s indifferent roads.
|Service life||7 mo/6669 mi|
|Average fuel economy||15.6 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||1.24 lb/mi|
|Energy consumption||216 kW-hr/100mi|