BMW 6 Series tyres
Its looks aren’t the only reason for the sales success of BMW’s 6 Series. The current range of these cars was launched back in 2003 and underwent a minor facelift in 2011. However, they remain true to the spirit of the original 6-series, one of the most iconic cars of the 1980’s. This two-door coupe featured BMW’s instantly-recognisable slanted front grille, something which resembled nothing so much as the nose of a shark. This heritage is combined with modern performance and safety and great looks to make the modern 6 Series a very desirable car.
The 6 Series is available in two-door coupe, convertible and four-door saloon (‘Grand Coupe’) versions. They all share their chassis with both the BMW 5 Series and the Rolls-Royce Ghost – in fact much of the car is very similar to the 5 Series. The key feature of the 6 Series, in common with its brother, is its economy. It is most popular with diesel engines: these offer huge amounts of power when needed but with the mpg figure of a smaller car like the Ford Mondeo. Being a BMW, the 6 Series doesn’t lack for performance or reliability, either.
In common with much of the BMW range, the ‘M’ version of the 6 Series is fitted with regular tyres but all other models come with run-flat tyres instead. Integral to the 6 Series driving experience is the huge amount of grip the car offers. As such, BMW has worked closely with different tyre manufacturers when deciding on which tyres should boast factory-fitted original status. High levels of grip are the common feature of these.
Naturally many drivers will choose to replace a worn or damaged tyre on a like-for-like basis and to keep the same type of tyre on all four wheels. Indeed etyres’ four best-selling tyre types for the 6 Series are all factory-fitted to this car in BMW’s factories. Most popular is Dunlop’s SP SportMaxx range, which the manufacturer describes as having maximum grip and handling for high performance sports cars. In most sizes, this tyre is A-rated for wet grip and not too shabby on fuel consumption, meaning that it will suit the 6 Series perfectly.
Next on the list are Bridgestone’s Potenza tyres, known for handling precision and responsiveness. Again, these tyres are A-rated for wet grip and are built for premium sports cars. Two Michelin ranges complete the list, the Primacy and Excellence ranges. The latter is an ‘all-round’ tyre which will suit the diesel version of the 6 Series in particular, while the Primacy is a popular choice for its balance of safety and performance. A key element in choosing between these four tyre types will be your own driving style and annual mileage.
A final point to consider with the 6 Series is the issue of winter tyres. Since this is a large car with fine balance and rear wheel drive, it won’t be the easiest to control in snowy or icy conditions. If you do live where the winters can be severe, these cold weather tyres will often represent a sensible investment for safer motoring in all conditions.