Autoblog published one of the most comprehensive and in-depth reviews of the new 2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible. Attending an event in Cape Town, South Africa, Autoblog folks jumped behind the wheel of the 650i model. We extracted some paragraphs from their review, but we invite you to read the full test drive.
“In a way, the crisper look of the new 6 Series almost feels like it could be an evolution of the 1989-1999 8-Series, had that GT lived long enough to progress to present day. The body panels are of varying construction – steel, aluminum (doors, hood) and plastic composite (roof, trunklid and side panels), so fitment of the pieces with materials of different properties must have been a task for BMW’s engineers and paint experts, who have done flawless work.
At 192.6 inches long and 4,500 pounds, this big boy shadows competitors like the Mercedes-Benz E Class Cabriolet and Jaguar XK in nearly every dimension – it even outstretches the Bentley Continental GTC. Thanks in part to its new structure derived from the 5/7 Series chassis, it’s 2.6 inches longer than before, and at 74.5 inches, it’s marginally wider, too. In truth, we’re not really hammering mercilessly on the topless 650i – it’s clear from just a few minutes in that this BMW remains a very much grand tourer and not a sports car. Besides, we’re once again getting adjusted to driving on the other side of the road, something that requires a fair bit of thought – particularly given the road network’s relatively narrow lanes and the Sixer’s wide derrière.