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2012 BMW 650i

2012 BMW 650i

2012 BMW 650i

2012 BMW 650i

2012 BMW 650i Convertible: 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

BMW introduced the production version of its 650i Convertible today and said the 2+2 will be in U.S. dealerships next spring as a 2012 model.

The 650i Convertible gets a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that makes 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission. The convertible gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, with a 155-mph electronically limited top speed.

Integral Active Steering and Active Roll Stabilization are available options. BMW makes Driving Dynamics Control standard, with selectable Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes.

The 650i Convertible features a “classic” electrically powered soft-top roof made of multiple layers of canvas, with a flying-buttress structure. It opens in 19 seconds and closes in 24 seconds, says BMW, and it can be operated while the vehicle is moving at speeds up to 25 mph. The vertical rear window is made of glass and retracts separately from the top.

Electronically speaking, the show in Los Angeles is marking the world debut of BMW’s new optional head-up display with imagery in 3D and in full color. The much-discussed BMW iDrive control system features a free-standing 10.2-inch screen, and there’s a standard rearview camera.

A range of BMW’s ConnectedDrive “mobility services” is available for the 650i Convertible as well. The Driver Assistance package includes lane departure warning and active blind-spot detection, among other technology on offer.

The BMW 650i Convertible will be built at Dingolfing, Germany, which also builds the 5 and 7 Series. Information about pricing and fuel economy will be available closer to the spring 2011 launch date.

Source: insideline

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