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!