Posted 17 November 2010 - 08:58 PM
by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Nov 17th 2010 at 7:27PM
BMW wanted to get in on the LA Auto Show festivities, so it dropped most of the details on the 2012 650i convertible without trotting the drop-top onto the show floor. We say "most" of the details, because pricing, options and EPA numbers are still MIA.
What we do know is the new Sixer's sheetmetal is inspired by the 6 Series Coupe Concept from Paris and is the same model we spied back in October. If you're up on BMW's nonsensical numerological nomenclature the 650i is packing the automaker's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 sending 400 horsepower (peaking at 6,400 rpm) and 450 pound-feet of torque (from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm) through an eight speed automatic or six-speed manual. Naturally, power is sent to the rear wheels, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and the de rigueur electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
As expected, BMW has stuck with a traditional cloth top which can be opened in 19 seconds and closed in a claimed 24 seconds up to speeds of 25 mph. A new optional full-color heads-up display complete with 3D graphics and the new iDrive 10.2-inch screen are part of the package. Sales are set to begin this spring and full details are available in the press release below the fold.
Posted 18 November 2010 - 02:38 AM
Posted 18 November 2010 - 08:17 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010
On the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW revealed the next generation of the 6-Series Convertible, and now we've got a ton of pictures and video to throw down so you can get a better look at all the finer details.
As we've already told you, the new 6-Series ragtop will debut with a 400-horsepower 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 (as the 650i), have enough space for two golf bags with the top down, and be available with the Roundel's 8-speed automatic gearbox or (better yet) a 6-speed manual transmission. The 650i completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds, with the engine electronics eventually stepping in to cut your pace at 250 km/h (155 mph).
Once the new 650i cabrio goes on sale, we'll also see the smaller gasoline-fueled 640i packing a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six with 320HP and 450Nm (332 lb-ft). This engine propels the 640i Convertible from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
In 640i guise, the car will only use 7.9 liters / 100 km (~30 mpg), while the V8's fuel economy is a bit less efficient at 10.7 liters / 100 km (~22 mpg).
Later down the line some markets can expect turbo-diesels (a 630d or 640d), as well as a high-output twin-turbo V8 in the M6 convertible.
As we're waiting for BMW to release all the goodies about some future hi-po / diesel options, have a look at the mega gallery of pics below.
Posted 18 November 2010 - 11:19 PM
I also wish the new taillights weren't just an odd-ball shape. BMW, you can do better than this.
Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:15 PM
We have the pics, the details, but where’s the sheet metal?
by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.19, 2010
BMW pulls a sneak preview for the new 2012 650i Convertible, which goes on sales early in 2011.
The much-anticipated L.A. Auto Show preview of the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible may have happened but no one seems to know where. Despite a press release suggesting the debut took place, the German maker didn’t show up on the media preview schedule, nor did it pull it off a surprise unveiling by, say, hijacking some other manufacturer’s timeslot.
That said, we’ve got the details and pictures of the 6-Series drop-top and are pleased to pass them along.
Set to launch next year as a 2012 model, the next-generation cabriolet is a decidedly cleaner and more elegant-looking offering than the old 6-er convertible. The basic dimensions are classic BMW, with the long hood, rear-set passenger compartment and muscular fenders. The vehicle is a bit larger than the outgoing convertible in most dimensions, the overall length, for example, growing 2.9 inches, to 192.6 inches.
Though some had thought the Bavarians might opt for a 3-Series-like folding hardtop, BMW has kept the basic ragtop approach it used for the last-gen 650i Convertible. The cloth top can be opened in just 19 seconds. Closing it requires an extra 5 seconds – but the top can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph, so you won’t have to come to a complete stop if you get caught in a sudden rain squall.
The passenger compartment will be familiar to those who’ve seen or driven the latest large BMW sedans, such as the new 5- and 7-Series models, and is essentially identical to the 6-Series Coupe revealed at the Paris Motor Show. Among the most prominent features is the 10.2-inch, high-res navi display. There’s also an updated version of the Head-Up Display system that BMW previously offered only on the 6-er line.
Though a variety of powertrains will eventually be offered under the new 6-Series’ hood, the show car features a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 making 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will get a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or the new 8-speed Sport Automatic, with its manual override.
That powertrain will deliver an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph and launch from 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds. Even so, a variety of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technologies, such as brake regeneration, will boost fuel efficiency – though we’ll have to wait for final EPA mileage numbers – and a MSRP price.
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