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BMW’s latest two door sports car, the brand new 6 Series, has arrived down under in convertible form, with the launch this week of the 650i Convertible.

Smoother and less confronting than the previous 6 Series, the new model of the 2+2 coupe shape is also lower and wider, featuring more deeply set headlights and more flowing curves. And yes, the boot lid looks like it was designed to be there in the first place.

Our first look at the 6 Series Convertible has been (literally) dampened by the pouring rain here on the Gold Coast, but underneath those drops of water we can see quite a good looking profile. The 6 Series isn’t just about styling, though; there’s plenty of mumbo to back it up, too.

Under the bonnet lies the now-familiar 4.4-litre, twin turbo petrol V8 engine, producing a healthy 300kW and a grin-inducing 600Nm. What’s really special is that peak torque kicks in at 1750rpm and doesn’t let up until it’s over 4500rpm.

Couple that with the ZF eight-speed automatic (with paddle shifters) and you’ll find there’s plenty of urge in every gear and at any speed. The benchmark sprint from 0-100km/h, for example, is dispensed with in just 5.0 seconds. The remarkable thing is it’s still rated at 10.7-litres/100km on the combined ADR fuel cycle.

Let’s talk standard equipment. The 650i Convertible comes with the following:

  • 19” V-Spoke alloys
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Bluetooth
  • Comfort seats with lumbar support, heating and cooling (sports seats are a no-cost option)
  • Professional Navigation
  • Rear View Camera plus Surround View
  • Front and Rear Park Distance Control
  • High-Beam Assist
  • Internet
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Cruise Control with brake function
  • LED fog lights
  • USB and iPod connectivity
  • Dynamic Driving Control and Adaptive Drive (altering the car’s suspension and gearshift mapping)
  • Alarm System
  • Ambient Light for the interior
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Hi Fi loudspeaker system
  • Metallic paint
  • TV function

The 650i Convertible also debuts digital radio, as well as full colour graphics for the head-up display. And the price for all this goodness? BMW will be selling the 650i Convertible for $248,300. The turbocharged six-cylinder 640i Convertible will go on sale around August at a price of $194,300.

Tomorrow we’ll be putting the 650i Convertible to the test through the Gold Coast Hinterland and will bring you a full road test report shortly afterward. Here’s hoping the rain holds off.

  • Tom Harte

    An incredible looking car…

    • Anthony Crawford

      I agree, it does look the business.

  • Ox

    Strange that they release the convertible before the coupe

  • Grammar Nazi

    Can’t help but think that the 6-series has lost some of its mojo

  • JD

    i want a hardtop convertible

  • bangel

    Love their big bold grill now on new releases , i thought the audi allroad had an imposing front , but the X5 looks very cool and the 6 very good.

  • nugsdad

    Great article on the Sydney Morning Herald about why these type of cars cost so much. All the talk of tax is crap – short answer is the manufacturers are gouging us.

    • Trump

      Manufacturers blame it on forward currency contracts, which is BS

      But basically they want us to pay for their mistake of locking themselves into onerous contracts

    • Dougie D

      when you don,t sell alot of vehicles,but run a very expencive business the money has to come from somewhere

  • Hendrik

    Proportions remind me of the 850 from the early 90s.

  • Sam

    Whilst entertaining, this articles was in many places non factual! A significant reason why luxury cars cost so much more is the investment made by premium manufacturers in R&D to develop new technologies to make cars safer, better performing, more efficient etc… The technology and features that are in luxury manufacturers premium models will eventually find their way into more affordable cars. Why do you think non premium manufactures are so cheap now days? It\’s because the technology has been developed for them by others, and in most cases, many years ago!

  • Andrew Juma

    I do not know, something looks wrong with this car. I prefer the old one somehow.

    • Jimmy

      Me too.

  • G

    You\’re completely disregarding the discrepency in prices between countries. Why do we pay more than double what they do in the US? Why is a Commodore exported to the US sold for $20000 cheaper than locally when it has to be shipped halfway around the world. These differences have nothing to do with recovering R&D. What you said about recovering R&D costs accounts for some of the premium but not the amounts we\’re seeing here in Oz.