BMW has released the first information and pictures of the brand new 2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible at the Los Angeles Motor Show. A full release of the vehicle was expected as well, but the brand new two-door convertible was nowhere to be seen at the BMW stand. The Germans only showcased a presentation on a display positioned above the BMW 6 Series Coupé Concept.
BMW announced the production-ready BMW 650i Convertible featuring a classic soft-top roof. The automatic opening and closing operation for the roof is activated by holding a button on the center console. Opening the roof takes 19 seconds, the closing process 24 seconds. Importantly, as with the preceding generation, both operations can be activated while on the move at speeds up to 40km/h (25mph).
The roof of the new BMW 650i Convertible is available in two colors, including new beige. Two non-metallic exterior paint colors and seven metallic shades are available. Exclusive Nappa leather is standard in the United States, and can be ordered in four color options (Vermillion Red, Ivory White, Cinnamon Brown, and Black). The instrument panel, center console, and the upper sections of the rear door panel and side trim can also be lined with Nappa leather with contrasting stitching as an option.
The 4.4 liter V8 engine develops a maximum 400hp between 5,500 and 6,400rpm, and makes peak torque of 450lb-ft between 1,750 and 4,500rpm. The engine can be paired with either BMW’s new eight-speed Sport Automatic gearbox or BMW’s traditional six-speed manual transmission. The new BMW 650i Convertible completes the sprint from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds with the manual transmission (4.9 seconds with the eight-speed automatic), and top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The new BMW 650i Convertible is built at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany. The new 650i Convertible will go on sale in the Spring of 2011 as a 2012 model. Final pricing, options, and packages will be announced closer to the on-sale date.