Recently during the 16th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Automotive Rhythms was offered an opportunity to experience BMW’s 2012 650i Convertible which will be available in May for $91,375. The coupe is coming later down the line in October. Upgraded with BMW’s incredulous Direct Injection 4.4-liter, 400 horsepower (450 lb-ft of torque) twin-turbo charged V8, the 6 feels stronger and more agile than its predecessor. It’s longer, wider and lower and comes with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed sport automatic transmission. A high definition 10.2” trans reflective display gives the dash a prominent feel and eases the viewing for all of iDrive’s operations. Also new is the full color heads-up display.
The convertible and coupe are built separately and do not share the same chassis and body. This was to ensure proper stiffness for the convertible which makes up 60% of the sales mix. BMW has no plans for a retractable hard-top roof since the vehicle is a two-seater. That means the top would be quite large and odd and would disavow trunk space. The current 5-layer soft-top was very quiet on our drive.
It’s phenomenal when you can play around with toys from an auto company that engineers both fine bikes and vehicles. Honda and Suzuki make nice 2-wheelers, but operate as separate units and would not have been able to set up ride and drives like BMW. Please don’t forget BMW was the first to offer the following on a production vehicle: electronic throttle; fully digital engine electronics; traction control system; electronic stability control system; ABS in a production vehicle (Mercedes-Benz actually invented it); xenon lights; park distance control, and one touch windows. Convincing enough?