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2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible reviewed by Autoblog

6-series | February 7th, 2011 by 4
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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 …

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.

2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible reviewed by Autoblog

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.

Full test drive and photos at Autoblog

  • http://imcellular.org Robert

    Nice product, but sad to see that the 6 still lacks tactile steering response – something that I miss in my 2004 645Ci as well (but had in spades in my E36 328is).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001688446429 Giom Mouton

    It seems that more and more testers are realizing that BMW isn’t creating hooligan street racers of every model anymore. In stead, they’re making cruisers with a lot of racing pedigree that can be pushed to the limit with absolute confindence.

    Why then, should every model be an ‘M’?

    • Shawn

      Well said Giom – and then there are the M cars… The new M6 will be stunning, and with 578 hp (expected) and several lb shaved off – it should be plenty quick too. Between the power boost and weight loss, it should get mighty close to a 4 sec 0-60.

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