Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 6 SERIES VS 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW 6 SERIES

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2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Safety Comparison

The 6 Series’ front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Wraith doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The 6 Series offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wraith doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 6 Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Wraith doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the 6 Series and the Wraith have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The 6 Series’ corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Wraith’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are over 13 times as many BMW dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 6 Series’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 6 Series third among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Wraith isn’t in the top three in its category.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 650i RWD 4.4 twin turbo V8 (445 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Wraith (17 city/25 hwy vs. 13 city/21 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the 6 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Wraith doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 6 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Wraith doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the M6 Carbon Brakes’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Wraith:

M6 Carbon Brakes

Wraith

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

14.6 inches

The 6 Series stops shorter than the Wraith:

6 Series

Wraith

80 to 0 MPH

212 feet

216 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

121 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the M6’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Wraith (F:265/40R19 & R:295/35R19 vs. F:255/45R20 & R:285/40R20).

The 6 Series’ optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wraith’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 6 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Wraith.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 650i Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Wraith pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 6 Series’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Wraith’s (38.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 6 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1400 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

The 6 Series is 1 foot, 3.1 inches shorter than the Wraith, making the 6 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 6 Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Wraith has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

The 6 Series Coupe has .6 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the Wraith.

Ergonomics Comparison

The 6 Series’ entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The Wraith has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 6 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Wraith doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Standard BMW Apps for the 6 Series allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Wraith doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The 6 Series (except xDrive)’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Wraith doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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