2011 BMW 6er Convertible - The "surprise" of the year
BMW surprised everyone with revealing the 2011 6-Series Convertible. The car was planned to be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but for reasons unknown the drop-top never made it to the show. Still, we are glad that the company finally has introduced the model.
It is inspired by the Concept 6er Coupe and has a long bonnet, a forward-slanted grille, xenon headlights, distinctive LED fog lights and 18" alloy wheels and 19" on the 650i. We are also glad that the Convertible remained soft-top, which can be lowered in 19 seconds and raised in 24 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h).
The interior is typical for a BMW featuring luxurious materials and sporty sense. It boasts Dakota leather upholstery or Nappa leather with SunReflective Technology as option, a huge 10.2" iDrive display, which can display e-mails via Bluetooth connection with a BlackBerry smartphone.
The 640i will use a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 324PS (239 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. It allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The powerplant is has great fuel consumption and returns 35.8mpg in the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 185 g/km.
The powerful 650i has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 413PS (304 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates the car from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph).Furthermore, it is expected to average a combined 26.4 mpg and emits just 249 g/km of CO2.
The 6-speed manual is standard and the new 8-speed automatic is optional.
The suspension has a typical sport behaviour, because of the engineers, who installed an aluminum-intensive double wishbone front axle and a multi-link rear. Dynamic Damper Control is standard, but optional Active Roll Stabilization can further improve things to ensure flat and stable cornering. Additionally, an Integral Active Steering system is available. It combines the Active Steering system for the front axle with a new steerable rear axle which gives the 6-Series greater "high-speed stability and enhanced maneuverability for parking and city use."
The new 6er is slightly bigger than the predecessor. This results in a much needed increase in rear passenger room and a bigger boot which holds up to 350 liters of luggage (300 liters with the roof down).
2011 6-Series Convertible will hit the market in Europe in March and U.S. sales are slated to begin in the spring. The price list will be available, soon.