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2012 BMW 650i Convertible Review

Even More Stunning Soft-Top

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2012 BMW 650i Convertible

In short: A powerful and intelligent luxury soft-top convertible.

If you are in the car review business, the BMW 650i Convertible is possibly on the list of the best cars to examine. For our test drive, we got a fully loaded car truly worthy of the title "The Ultimate Driving Machine," filled with cool new technology that brought the price up to $101K. It's a rather long and imposing ride, but in California it's not really a problem.

On the road, the 650i felt safe and sure-footed with 20" wheels and performance tires. We enjoyed playing around with the different ride modes, which range from comfort to normal to sport and sport+, ensuring that everyone will find a style that suits them. Despite its 400-horsepower twin-turbo-boosted V8 engine and vermillion red metallic color, we did not get in trouble with the authorities during our time with the convertible.

Inside, the cabin is loaded with electronics, from expected smart phone integration to a side mirror alert system that also vibrates the steering wheel. Yes, it has the notorious iDrive infotainment system; however, it becomes easier to use over time. Soft top operation is a no-brainer and the rear window doubles as a wind deflector. Seating is the perfect size for front passengers, but those traveling in the rear may well have wished that they had driven their own cars. All things considered, the trunk is quite roomy, although its considerable depth makes getting things in and out a bit of a workout.

Overall, the BMW 650i Convertible is a fun car that you can get a lot of use out of, from trips to the golf course to romantic weekend getaways. Of course, it also functions as a cool daily driver — getting you to the office so that you can work hard enough to pay this one off and prepare for the next one.

We're not sure if it will become a classic, and about the price, well if you have to ask...

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program; 12-year rust perforation limited warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile BMW roadside assistance program

Base Price: $90,500 / As Tested: $101,375

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with direct injection and VVT
Horsepower: 400 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 450 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Curb weight:
4,531 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 192.8/74.6/53.7 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS; and dynamic brake control
Suspension: sport suspension
Traction: dynamic stability control; traction control

Top Speed: 155 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

driver and front passenger dual-stage front airbags; front seat side-impact airbags; rollover protection

Likes: style; performance; quality

Dislikes: price; interior instrument panel is a bit dated; mpg

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PNW103111 (Updated: 01/31/13 NW)