The extensively delayed BMW X1 and the upcoming BMW 6 Series Convertible were spotted somewhere in California. The U.S. launch of the X1 has been postponed to an unknown future date, but BMW continues to test these vehicles across the country.
The spied test mule features the Montego Blue and judging by the photos, it’s one of the entry-level models in the U.S. market, most likely the xDrive28i.
On the other hand, the 2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible is getting close to its official market launch. First model available at launch is the 650i variant that has a starting price of $91,375.
Going on sale as a 2012 model, the 650i Convertible features BMW’s 4.4-liter, “reverse flow” V-8 engine with 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available including the standard 6-speed manual and BMW’s brilliant optional 8-speed automatic, both suited perfectly to the sport-luxury mission of the 6 Series.
As with the previous 6 Series Convertible, the new 650i Convertible features a super insulated folding soft top which can retract in a mere 19 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 25 miles per hour. The interior of the new 650i Convertible features a fresh, ergonomic design with more passenger space, improved ergonomics, and superb materials choices, including optional full-leather trim with contrasting stitching.
The BMW X1 has been a hit for the Munich-based automaker. Sales have exceeded all the expectations and the Leipzig plant is running at full capacity to produce enough units for the demanding European market. One of the reasons for the U.S. launch delay is strictly related to production capacity and the ability to satisfy the requests from all markets. While BMW of North America has refrained from commenting on the new launch date, we anticipate to see the first model sometimes at the end of this year.
[Source: Thanks for the tip Damian! Photos courtesy of Robert ]