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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 BMW 6 Series Convertible will go on sale in Australia on May 29, with the 650i model to be joined by the entry-level 640i in August.

The 640i is new to the Australian line-up, and will be priced from $194,300 (more than $50,000 cheaper than the outgoing 650Ci).

Powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged petrol engine, the 640i produces 235kW of power and 450Nm of torque (between 1300 and 4500rpm).

Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 5.7 seconds, while combined cycle fuel consumption is 7.9 litres/100km and CO2 emissions average 185g/km (European standards).

The new 650i packs a 300kW/600Nm tune of BMW’s 4.4-litre TwinPower turbocharged V8, launching from 0-100km/h in just 5.0 seconds while using 10.7 litres/100km combined.

Both variants of the new 2+2 premium convertible feature the full suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies including brake energy regeneration, high precision injection, electric power steering, auto start/stop and air vent control.

Standard features of the 640i include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, high-beam assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, heated seats, Dynamic Driving Control, cruise control with brake function, 10.2-inch display screen, Navigation System Professional, internet connectivity and full-colour head-up display.

The 650i adds Adaptive Drive (which includes four driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+), comfort seats, Surround View, TV function, automatic soft-close for doors, Professional HiFi system and front seat ventilation.

The new 6 Series Convertible maintains the soft-top ‘fin architecture’ of the first-generation model, with the roof following a similar line to the hard-top Coupe. The roof can be opened in 19 seconds and closed in 24 seconds at speeds of up to 40km/h.

BMW Group Australia managing director, Phil Horton, said he expects the new 6 Series Convertible to “lure discerning customers from an array of exotic marques”.

Last year, BMW sold 41 6 Series models, including the Coupe, Convertible and M6 variants, although sales have dried up in anticipation of the new model, with just four sold in the past five months.

The new BMW 6 Series Coupe will join its Convertible sibling in Australia in the first quarter of 2012.

2011 BMW 6 Series Convertible manufacturer’s list pricing:

  • BMW 640i Convertible – $194,300
  • BMW 650i Convertible – $248,300



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