This year, the Los Angeles Auto Show marked the debut of a lot of new convertible models. Even if summer’s over, it looks like carmakers are already thinking about the future and plan on getting maximum sales for next year. After we’ve seen debuts like the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible or the new Volkswagen Eos, BMW also joined the pack and revealed the next generation BMW 6 Series Convertible.
Ever since its launch, the 6 Series has been a controversial car, many loving the car’s design and many other hating it for the same reason. And the new 6 Series follows the previous generation’s line, with a long sweeping bonnet with the shark nose, set-back passenger compartment and fins on the soft-top. On the front, the car features chrome elements and LED fog lamps, while at the rear we have the L-shaped BMW signature taillamps which also feature two LED light strips, while rear indicators and brake lights also use LED techonology.
As for the car’s main feature, it’s soft top, BMW opted for a multi-layer roof optimised for acoustic, vibration and thermal isolation, available in three colors, which can be automatically closed or opened from a button on the central console. Customers will also be able to get the Comfort Access option, which allows them to open/close the roof from a button on the car key. The whole operation takes 19 seconds (opening) and 24 seconds (closing) and can be done at speeds up to 25 mph.
And speaking of speed, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible is available with two petrol engines. The first one is 3.0-liter turbocharged unit on the BMW 640i which delivers 320 hp and max torque of 450 Nm and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph, electronically limited. BMW is also proud of the car’s eco-friendliness, the 640i taking 35.8 mpg on the combined cycle and producing 185 g/km of CO2 emissions.
The other engine is the also turbocharged 4.4-liter which powers the BMW 650i and produces 407 hp and 600 Nm of torque, which managing to take the car from still to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Fuel consumption is 26.4 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions level is at 249 g/km.
Of course, as we expect from BMW, the new 6 Series Convertible includes all of the German carmaker’s technologies, under the BMW ConnectedDrive umbrella, including BMW Night Vision, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Change Warning System, Surround-view, Parking Assist and Speed Limit Display. As for the interior, passengers will be able to enjoy features like Dakota leather upholestry, 12 GB hard drive for storing music and BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation.
The new BMW 6 Series Convertible will go on sale on March 26, 2011, in the UK, with pricing to be announced closer to the market launch.