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First Look: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

6-series | January 11th, 2011 by 16
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Detroit – The 650i convertible has been sitting on the floor for half the day and later afternoon the photographers and hangers on cleared out …

Detroit – The 650i convertible has been sitting on the floor for half the day and later afternoon the photographers and hangers on cleared out enough for us to take a close up look at the styling. Pictures show some of the distinctive features of the car, but closer inspection shows some of the styling cues are very subtle, felt as much as seen.

Running you hand over the forward area of the door panel and follow the line that breaks up into the front fender and it becomes hard to see, but you can feel it. What’s interesting is that the front fenders are thermoplastic. The doors are stamped aluminum and the rear fenders steel.

The creases on the hood flow forward onto the nose of the car. Again aluminum hood and thermoplastic nose. These little touches have to drive the production folks crazy, but they make the styling work.

First Look: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

Given the intended buyer of this car, the styling has to be somewhat conservative. It needs to look like ‘old money’ – effortlessly elegant. The interior design was built around the idea of tightly defining the driver’s space. Consider anything covered in leather below the air vents the passenger’s space, the rest belongs to the driver. And of course the production process to define that split, the twist on the passenger side center stack is difficult to make.

First Look: 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

Unfortunately photos don’t really pick up all the subtlety of this design, you really have to get up close to see and feel them. We should have more on the 6er design tomorrow for you after the 6 Series Convertible Design Workshop lead by Adrian van Hooydonk.

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  • Russell

    Not sure if you are aware or not, but the outgoing 650i convertible also has thermoplastic front guards and aluminium doors and bonnet/hood. The more I look at this car, the less I think they’ve done in development – much of the construction, the body-in-white and the roof appear to basically carry over. Given that the drivetrain is pure 5-series in all models, they haven’t spent a lot of money…

  • Laszlo

    But they removed the bungleism. the trouble is the actual price increase is huge ! 91k+ for a base 650i ? way too much for a ragtop.

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  • Tom

    i find this car absolutely stunning and i cant even imagine how it is in person. the only thing that bothers me is the headlights.. idk something about them is off. hopefully that will change when im up close to her

  • Laszlo

    wood interior ? in 2011 ? Yuck ! Horrible. loose the wood finally BMW… its not the 80’s and 90’s anymore.

    I have not seen this ugly wood in a longest time. probably the 80’s wood interiors were the same ugly.

    • Heddlu_Cymru M5

      If you don’t like the wood, you can always get an Aluminium or Piano Black or anything because not everybody is as of your opinion. In my opinion, that wood in the car above is still owkey compared to the one used in the 3-Series (Mercedes C-Class FL comparison) and the one with bright wood which I forgot the name, was absolutely terrible for 21st Century cars to me. I would definitely go for Aluminium or Piano Black if available.

    • wazon8

      I’ve got the same impression as Heddlu. Why the hell do you think that your opinion is obligating for customers? Even if you was authority in this field, cusmtomers simply wouldn’t care about you. For who are wood trim? For all those customers who used to wood in luxury cars and expect it. I bet my father would be happy with them. Damn, you are so pretencious, when aesthetic is concerned. Of course, all arguments are you’re able to provide are of type “I don’t like it”, “I haven’t seen such ugly thing”, “We’ve got 2011″. The first two, one can simply ignore. You don’t like it, good for you. I don’t like some of wood trims eighter, others look great to me. To the last one, one can simply reply: “So what? We’ve got 2011 and people still choose wood trims. We had 70s and people were excited about steel plus glass buildings and sneer at building from 50s. Which ones do look better right now? We’ve got 80s and people loved jeans with tight legs and sneer at flares. Which ones do look better right now?”.

  • Efoza

    Sorry but lets face it this is too similar to the outgoing model.

    Come on BMW you can come up with better designs than this!

    • Tom

      how the hell is this too similar to the outgoing model? i see zero comparison except for the sleek look.. which the 6 series is made for.

      • wazon8

        They are similar – both have two headlights and two kidneys between them. :D

        • Fredy

          “” Two Kidneys !!!!! maybe you can show me a BMW without them!!!! this is not a Audi or mercedes that they change the front of the car every 5 years! BMW is solid to its visual image since almost the Co. began.

          • wazon8

            As you wish, 3/20 was the BMW without kidneys. Kidneys are with BMW since BMW 303 appeard in 1933.

            But what is the point of your comment? Did I state that there are BMW cars without kidneys? I just joked at Efoza claim on similarities between previous and new 6-er by saying that there are no more similarities than sharing usual features of BMW cars.

        • Tom

          lmao dont be a smart ass:)

      • Efoza

        Come on stop fooling yourself and being childish. This design is just a cheap facelift of the old 7 year old current design.

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