2012 BMW 650i Convertible Review
The 6-Series is BMW's flagship two-door grand tourer, offered in both coupe and convertible body styles. For 2012, it's been redesigned on the outside, giving it a much leaner look than the previous model with a lower trunkline, revised grille and headlamps, and new taillamps. And although it looks smaller due to the redesign, it's actually three inches longer and an inch and a half wider than the car it replaces, helping to increase interior room.
Only one model is available in the U.S. for 2012: the 650i. At the heart of the redesign is an all-new engine, which replaces last year's 360-hp 4.8L V8. The new engine is a 4.4L turbocharged V8 making a full 400 hp at 5,500 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at just 1,750 rpm--40 hp and 90 pound-feet more than the outgoing V8. It's paired with an all-new paddle-shifted 8-speed automatic transmission in place of last year's 6-speed unit. Buyers can also opt for a 6-speed manual as well. The new combination offers brisk performance, with zero-to-60 times of just 4.8 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Inside, the 6-Series gets BMW's latest technology standard, with a 10.2-inch high-definition screen serving as the central hub for both the stereo, navigation, and climate controls. BMW's iDrive system returns as standard equipment.
Available safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction control, an anti-skid system, curtain side airbags and front side airbags. Also available are blind-spot alert, a lane departure warning, a full-color heads-up display, and both rear and top view cameras. BMW's Active Roll Stabilization is available as well, which takes on and helps cancel out body lean in tight cornering situations.
The 6-Series also has been given electronically assisted steering, and optional Active Steering utilizes rear-wheel steering to give better maneuverability and stability at high speeds. And BMW's Driving Dynamics Control lets the driver customize steering and throttle response, the suspension, stability control action, and automatic transmission shift points and firmness at the flip of a switch. Standard features include leather interior, navigation and steering-linked headlights.