2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible priced from $91,375

Article by Christian A., on January 10, 2011

BMW revealed photographs and details of its new 650i Convertible late last year. It is expected to start selling in the U.S. in the spring of 2011 as a 2012 model. It can be recalled that BMW's Concept 6 Series Coupe was unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show last November.

Like the Concept 6 Series Coupe, the convertible has the “land shark” pose but this shouldn’t come as a surprise since this feature runs in the 6-Series family DNA. But what’s delightful about the new convertible is that it has elegance and attitude along with the open-top experience that's unmatched by any coupe.

The new model is longer by 74 mm (2.9 in), wider by 39 mm (1.5 in), has an extended wheelbase of 2,855 mm (112.4 in), but it is also shorter by 9 mm (0.35 in). BMW revised the dimensions of the car to improve the static torsional rigidity which is claimed to be about 50% higher than in the previous model.

Modifications were also made to the fabric-made soft top and the stowage compartment, helping to cut the weight by half over the previous model. While the car is moving at speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h), it will take 19 seconds for the roof to open and only 24 seconds to close.

The 650i features BMW's newest 4.4-liter V8 engine, with direct fuel injection and turbocharging technology, delivering 400hp and a maximum torque of 450 lb-ft (610 Nm).

The engine can be coupled with either a manual 6-speed gearbox or BMW's latest 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission, which would both result to the 650i being able to do 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and to continue accelerating up to 155 mph (250 km/h).

The range will offer more engine options, including a turbocharged straight-six and the higher-ranking M6's turbocharged V8. Pricing will start at $91,375, including $875 Destination & Handling fee!

Press Release

BMW Announces Pricing for Detroit Auto Show World Premieres

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 10, 2011, 12:00pm Eastern Time... BMW announces the base prices for several new models which debuted today at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The hotly-anticipated 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will go on sale with a base MSRP of $47,010. The stunning, all-new 2012 BMW 650i Convertible will start at $91,375. Finally, the updated and better-equipped 2012 BMW 1 Series models will be priced as-follows: 128i Coupe, $31,825, 135i Coupe, $39,925, 128i Convertible, $37,475, 135i Convertible, $44,675. All prices include $875 Destination & Handling fee.

The all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, at $47,010, is a car built by BMW's most enthusiastic engineers for BMW's most enthusiastic drivers, and signals the youthful, energetic future of BMW M. Essentially a BMW M3 chassis with Competition Package packed into a modified 1 Series body, the 1 Series M Coupe is one of the fastest, most remarkable M vehicles ever built. It features one of the most powerful inline-6 engines BMW has ever built, massive brakes, and a very wide footprint for maximum agility and stability in the spirit of the original BMW M3, which was a race-ready homologation special. The 1 Series M Coupe will be available in limited quantity as a 2011 model.

BMW's magnificent new 650i Convertible ($91,375) features a lower, wider canvas on which the designers have crafted an elegant shape of pure dynamic presence. Going on sale as a 2012 model, the 650i Convertible features BMW's 4.4-liter, "reverse flow" V-8 engine with 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available including the standard 6-speed manual and BMW's brilliant optional 8-speed automatic, both suited perfectly to the sport-luxury mission of the 6 Series. As with the previous 6 Series Convertible, the new 650i Convertible features a super insulated folding soft top which can retract in a mere 19 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 25 miles per hour. The interior of the new 650i Convertible features a fresh, ergonomic design with more passenger space, improved ergonomics, and superb materials choices, including optional full-leather trim with contrasting stitching.

Last, but not least, the popular BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models have received substantial enhancements for an early start to the 2012 model year. The 128i model has received BMW's innovative Air Curtain system, which smoothes airflow over the front wheels to reduce wind resistance. All 1 Series models receive updated headlight and tail light assemblies, featuring a new "eyebrow" design up front and new tail lights at rear. Xenon Adaptive headlights - standard on 135i models, optional on 128i models – add LED backlighting for the new eyebrow and LED light tubes in the tail lights. All 1 Series models now feature standard iPod/USB integration. Convertible models now feature standard through-loading system for improved storage capacity, while 135i models gain standard power seats with adjustable lumbar support. Convertible models receive larger light-alloy wheels, now 17" diameter on 128i Convertible and 18" diameter on the 135i Convertible.

The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, as well as the 2012 650i Convertible, and 1 Series Coupe and Convertible arrive at authorized BMW centers this Spring.

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