2011 NAIAS: BMW 6 Series Cabrio [Live Photos]
We were thoroughly impressed with the athletic elegance of the bodywork and the soft top in the characteristic fin look. The model offers a sophisticated four-seater interior that will surely look familiar to current BMW fans, offering the elegantly flat, free-standing Control Display of the iDrive operating system, supplied as standard equipment.
The convertible looks like a clear evolution of the outgoing model, sporting exterior styling similar to that first revealed on the four-door BMW Gran Coupe at the Beijing motor show in April last year. The interior looks a bit roomier, while the new multilayered cloth roof was developed in partnership with German-based roofing specialist Valmet Automotive.
The market launch in America will be made using only the BMW 650i Convertible, powered by a V8 mill with BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct fuel injection. The engine delivers 400 hp (300 kW) peaking at 6,400 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque (from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm). It and can be mated to a choice between a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic sports transmission.
Power is set to the two rear wheels, as it should be, while the 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) sprint is dealt with in just 4.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. BMW says it takes just 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close the power soft top. Other engines are planned to follow, including a 3.0-liter in both normally aspirated and turbo form. Rumors have been circulating of a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 that will churn out 550 hp in the M6.
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