Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW 6 SERIES VS 2017 Mercedes AMG Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW 6 SERIES

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2017 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 6 Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the 6 Series and the AMG C43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The 6 Series’ corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the AMG C43 Coupe’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 6 Series for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG C43 Coupe.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 6 Series’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The 650i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 83 more horsepower (445 vs. 362) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 384) than the AMG C43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6. The M6’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 190 more horsepower (552 vs. 362) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 384) than the AMG C43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6. The M6 Competition Package’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 230 more horsepower (592 vs. 362) and 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (500 vs. 384) than the AMG C43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

Regenerative brakes improve the 6 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The 6 Series’ standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C43 Coupe (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 6 Series M6’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C43 Coupe (21.1 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the M6 Carbon Brakes’ brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG C43 Coupe:

M6 Carbon Brakes

AMG C43 Coupe

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the 6 Series has larger standard tires than the AMG C43 Coupe (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The M6’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C43 Coupe (F:265/40R19 & R:295/35R19 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18).

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 AMG C43 Coupe’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 6 Series offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG C43 Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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. The AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 6 Series offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the AMG C43 Coupe.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the 6 Series is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the AMG C43 Coupe.

Passenger Space Comparison

The 6 Series Coupe has 3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 6.3 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG C43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The 6 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the AMG C43 Coupe (13 vs. 11.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

On extremely cold Winter days, the 6 Series’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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