A sweeping hood, aft-set passenger compartment, long wheelbase and muscular profile embody the hallmark proportions of a BMW Convertible. The BMW 650i Convertible combines these features with a classic soft-top roof with flying buttress design.
The 4.4-liter V-8 engine develops 400 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm, and makes peak torque of 450 lb.-ft. between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. The engine can be paired with either BMW’s new 8-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or traditional 6-speed manual transmission. The 2012 BMW 650i Convertible sprints from 0-to-60 mph in 4.9 seconds with the manual transmission (4.9 seconds with the 8-speed automatic).
The double wishbone front axle and the multi-link rear axle are made predominantly from aluminum. The chassis is geared to the requirements of drivers with sporting intentions, although the dampers also respond sensitively to bumps in the road surface under high lateral acceleration.
The BMW 650i Convertible is the first car in its class that can be equipped with Integral Active Steering. This system combines the Active Steering system for the front axle with a new, steerable rear axle. Precisely harmonized steering angle movements at both axles create a virtual lengthening or shortening of the vehicle’s wheelbase, which fosters greater high-speed stability and enhanced maneuverability for parking and city use.
Base model estimated mpg: TBD
Estimated starting price: $91,375
Compiled by Motor Matters