Breaking from Detroit today, BMW pulls the silk back from its new 6 Series Cabriolet, internally code-named the “F13.” Sounds almost illegal, doesn’t it? I mean, does homeland security know about this? Well, it’s rumored to be the next Bond car, so perhaps it does have a few tricks up its sleeves. It’s fast for starters, with 400 hp spinning out of its force inducted 4.4 Liter V8. It’s dripping with technology from bonnet to boot and sets new standards for BMW interior design. Chiseled new lines are angular and intriguing; I find the character line dropping diagonally off the front wheel arch to be particularly intriguing.

Both the 640i and 650i will join the US line-up. The entry-level 6er Convertible is powered by the N55 TwinScroll turbocharged engine. The engine produces 320 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The 640i Convertible weighs 1,840 kilograms (4,057 lb), but still manages a zero to sixty time of 5.7 seconds.

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Fuel consumption is impressive for a car of this size, 7.9 liter per 100km, approximately 29.7 US MPG. Compared to the 650i model, the 640i sports a pair of round tailpipes instead of the oval exhaust tips for stylistic differentiation.

BMW has kept the E64’s automated  soft top for the F13.  We welcome back the soft top for its classic, timeless look, lightweight design, and excellent trunk space when stowed.

Please enjoy our exclusive photo gallery from the Detroit Auto Show floor.