BMW revealed photographs and details of its new 650i Convertible late last year. It is expected to start selling in the United States 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 Los Angeles Auto Show last November.
Like the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe, the new BMW 650i 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 BMW 650i Convertible is longer by 74 mm (2.9 in), wider by 39 mm (1.5 in), but it is also shorter by 9 mm (0.35 in). It has an extended wheelbase of 2,855 mm (112.4 in). The german premium carmaker revised the dimensions of the car to improve the static torsional rigidity which is claimed to be about 50 percent 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 new 2012 BMW 650i Convertible 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 BMW 650i Convertible features the German premium carmaker newest 4.4-liter V8 engine, with direct fuel injection and turbocharging technology, delivering a peak motive power 400 hp and a maximum torque of 450 lb-ft (610 Nm).
The 4.4-liter V8 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 sprint from nil to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and to continue accelerating up to a top speed of 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!
Also known as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Detroit Auto Show is held annually at Cobo Center, and is regarded as one of the largest auto shows in North America. The NAIAS has been hosted in Detroit for more than a century, and Cobo Center has been its home since 1965.
The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is set from January 10 to 23, 2011. Press preview is set on January 10 and 11, while the industry preview is marked on January 12 and 13. The charity preview will be held on January 14. The 2011 Detroit Auto Show will be opened to the public on January 15, and will close on January 23.