Front and back end, I hate the old 6. It's going to go down in BMW history as the odd one out.
The new 6; I encountered it when I went to New York last summer and it was pretty stunning, and then I went down to the Aoyama showroom and it was pretty damn nice still, so I feel like I'd want down to the parking garage and say 'this is a nice car' for awhile. I've had enough BMW's in the past to know how they feel after a year or two of having them too, it gets to be a love affair. I just don't know about these new iDrive cars and the joysticks and shit, the last cars I've had max'ed out at nice heated seats and a few airbags to supposedly save my life. Haven't owned a car in a long while.
I am not so big on new BMWs but it's hard to say that the 6 cabrio wouldn't make a wonderful cruiser along the coastline or doing mountain drives, which is what I really want the car for.
here's what my worksheets for a 6 cab and then a very basic 320i with no options, for comparison - the right side in grey is the sticker price, in light blue highlights the monthly payment for 60 months - drop two zeros off that to get a theoretical dollar price (though the actual is more like 25% more with this exchange rate currently)
6 looks like:
507 a month
2,200 every 6 months X 10 as a 'bonus' payment
39,160 withheld as a deferred (whereby or long before which I would switch cars, penalty free, so moot)
stripper 320i is:
187 a month
1,600 every 6 months X 10
Residuals on the 6 after 5 years @$40K since they sell for about that much at that age used, are definitely better than the 320i after 5 years, as they would probably go for at least double the loan deferred.
I just got a flyer recently for indoor security parking @ $250 a month in my neighborhood, which is a steal. That's about how much one would spend anywhere in the country, so I would go for that. In light of that though, 507 a month vs 190 a month doesn't really seem like the actual machinery would cost so much.
A 911 is about 10-20K, maybe 30K more than a 6 series over here, fwiw.