The list of standard equipment on the new coupe is so long, I'd need another page just to mention every item. Fortunately, I've covered many of the standard items already. Those on the U.S.-spec 645Ci (ours come with more features loaded in than the European-spec version) still needing mention include a power-tilting glass Panorama moonroof with power-operated interior shade, the high-version iDrive controller with GPS navigation system and voice command, dual cupholders front and rear.

Not surprisingly, the options list is much shorter. If you're not satisfied with the base AM/FM/CD audio system with eight speakers, you can opt for the Premium Sound Package Logic 7 system with 13 speakers, Digital Sound Processing, Surround Sound simulation and a six-disc CD changer. Care to have the car do most of your thinking? Then you should consider having the Active Cruise Control and Park Distance Control with graphic display installed. For those living in colder climes, the Cold Weather Package offers three-stage heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a ski bag. And, it's a given that I highly recommend the Sports package with sport seats, 19-in. wheels and performance tires, DDC, Active Steering and high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, as it gives this already impressive luxury sports coupe an even sharper edge.

It's been 15 years since the first 6 Series was on the market. First introduced in 1976 (1977 in the U.S.), the 6er-especially the later versions-was, and still is, considered by many enthusiasts to be Munich's ultimate driving machine. When BMW announced the coupe's return, those same enthusiasts were worried that the new version would not live up to their beloved classic, that overly helpful technology and Chris Bangle's design philosophy would ruin everything. And, there will be several who will hold to this line of thought, no matter the convincing evidence to the contrary. (There's just no pleasing some people.) But for the open-minded, the new 645Ci will be everything its predecessor was and more. The classic coupe has returned. Welcome back.

Editor's note: As of this printing, U.S. and European pricing had yet to be announced.

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