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InsideLine drives the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

6-series | January 27th, 2011 by 7
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U.S. automotive outlet InsideLine brings forward a new test drive review of the 2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible. While the design language and technical details …

U.S. automotive outlet InsideLine brings forward a new test drive review of the 2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible. While the design language and technical details have been heavily discussed by us before, we will give you an excerpt from their review that focuses on the driving experience.

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“The 2012 BMW 650i Convertible’s on-road character is determined by BMW’s DynamicDrive system, which alters the setting of the springs, shock absorbers, antiroll bars, throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, weighting of the electromechanical steering and, on our test car, the optional rear steer system. It’s all controlled by a button on the dash that offers a choice between Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes — the latter of which also delays the intervention of the stability and traction control systems.

InsideLine drives the 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

Handles Well for a Big Fella
We found the Normal mode best suited to most conditions, although there’s no doubting that Sport mode turns the new BMW into a surprisingly adept performer. The new chassis, much of which is shared with the latest 5 Series, shines through, offering a surprising amount of feedback. And even with that big engine sitting up front, the inherent balance makes it feel alive and responsive to every movement of the wheel. All this in an open-top car that weighs more than 4,200 pounds.

The 2012 BMW 650i Convertible is deceptively quick over winding mountain roads. The abundant front end grip and terrifically secure rear end allows you to thread it effortlessly through tightening-radius corners at speeds that might have you feathering the throttle in some open-top rivals. The inclusion of rear-wheel steer ensures excellent response as you turn in and with hydraulic motors acting on the antiroll bars there’s precious little body roll as lateral forces begin to build.

For such a big lump of a car, overall agility is very impressive. Weight it seems is no match for BMW’s vast array of dynamic enhancing systems. Despite the firm qualities of the springs and dampers in Sport mode, the 2012 BMW 650i isn’t overly harsh or unforgiving. Only hard struck corrugations prompt a shudder through the chassis, and even then they are well controlled; the upmarket open top settles superbly after initial shocks, requiring just one extra compression to dissipate energy.”

Full review at InsideLine

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  • Babken

    So if the new 6 shares much of its chassis with the new 5, why do you criticize the 5 handling and praise that of the 6? Inside Line, let me doubt your competence.

    • wazon8

      Exactly, first they bashed 5-er chassis, then they praised 6-er chassis. Eighter there is crucial difference between these two cars (perhaps, some steering improvement), which I am inclined to doubt about, or someone in InsideLine has problem with being consistent or not being baised in favour of some cars and against other.

      Still, I like some of InsideLine’s reviews, namely those in which they limit themselves to provide Track Test numbers: acceleration, slalom speed, skid pad and braking distance. No comments, just numbers.

  • Br

    I found that BMWs nowadays(of the new generation) look better, sometimes, only look good in darker colour. The 7,5,6 and especially the 5GT. The new 6 series is not bad, it looks quite good at the front, but i think they should use LED lights for the turning lights as well. BMW just focus too much on cost cutting. BMW won’t lose a million dollars because of this. Also, they signed B&O for the 6 series but not for the 7, while 5 GT has more ambient lights and a better interior than the 7; the 5, 6 and 5GT all have the luxurious equipment of the 7, holy moly!! They even put a pair of crappy exaust pipes on 730d or Li in order to let others distinguish that it is the cheapest 7. Would customers want others to know that they are drving 730 but no 750? The mercedes S300 looks the same as S500 on the outside. Comfort seats are not optional, actually, the main difference between the 7 and the 5 series is that more leather is used in the 7. Also, the S Class had seat adjustments at the back more than then years ago, but frr the seven? You have to pay extra and, only for four seaters!! Total failure!! The current(not to say the upcoming LS) Lexus is much better than the 7 in terms of equipment inside, most of them are standardised! Don’t understand why don’t they go for the designs and lines exactly of the CS concept. Hope that the grancoupe and vision won’t be that crappy anymore. Audi is improving so much, merc is getting more luxurious, lexus is trying to copy from other brands, jaguar is improving, BMW? Downgrading from luxurious vehicles to premium vehicles? Oh my!

    • Heddlu_Cymru M5

      Eh? I’m curious why do you say that BMW is downgrading from luxurious to premium? Compare the E60 to the F10 and you’ll see which one is more luxurious. And makes me wonder again, what is the difference between Premium and Luxurious?

      • Br

        Try to compare the 7 series to the s class. You may find that BMW looks a bit more fashionable but it should be much better than the s class, cause it is 5 years newer than the s class. What will happen when the new s comes out, the opponent for the 7 is not the current s class, but the upcoming one. Even the A8 has a better interior than the 7. Don’t forget that the 7 series is the flagship of BMW. Also, the new SLK will definitely outsell the z4 again. So worry about BMW!!

        • wazon8

          In what respects isn’t 7-er much better than S-class? You could be much more exact. What happened when new S-class will appear? Who knows? If it gonna stay in such relation to W221 as W220 stands to W140, then no reason for being worried. Implausible scenerio? Perhaps, but take few fresh examples. All new generations of almost each model are faster and more efficient than previous one and it seems to be rather strange thing when new car is worse than previous one in terms of overall efficiency. But MB neglected this rule with their new E550: it’s slower, handling worse, has longer brake distance, has lower slalom speed and worse skid pad than previous E-class. Not enough? Take SLS AMG and SLR, of which first was replacement. How much does SLS improve over SLR? Hard to say, few things are, however, obvious, namely: previous model was faster from 0 to 186 mph by 5 sec., achieved the same track time at the Ring and was faster at Top Gear test track. Pretty disappointing, isn’t it? So, it’s not obvious that new S-class will be better than actual one.

          As for your prediction for Z4, well… it’s your prediction, nothing more. Personally, I don’t see how could SLK comes even close to Z4. Why? Because of lack of cohesive design and simply terrible interior design, especially with this stupid ugly clock in at the top of dashboard – stressed as if this poor thing was something that’s worth to boast about. Moreover, dials are pretty cheap, they look as if they were from teenager car, not the premium design. Not mentioning about inability to hide controls in the central panel. The only nice thing about this interior is that it somehow alludes to 70-ties, but still some recklessly placed elements and their disign wore impression of the whole. Exterior is far from being close to Z4 and car should sell much better than new SLK, at least as far as I can see. But that’s my opinion and nothing is “definitely” about it, since I don’t make any research about market and I don’t know what trends there are.

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