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2006 BMW 650i Convertible Review

Stunning Soft-Top

A three-quarter front view of a 2006 BMW 650i Convertible

In short: A powerful, refined and fun luxury convertible.

Performance and luxury come together in this large V8-powered convertible. While it doesn't have a retractable hard top, the cloth roof is nonetheless an innovative design with a rear window that doubles as a wind deflector.

2006 BMW 650i Convertible

A 2006 BMW 650i Convertible ready for take off at the airstrip

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program; 4-year/50,000-mile roadside assistance.

Base Price: $78,800 /As tested: $88,140

Technical Specifications

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

Engine: 4.8-liter V8
Horsepower: 360 bhp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 360 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4,277 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.2/73/54.1 in
Turning circle: 37.4 feet

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist
independent front and rear
traction control, vehicle stability control

Safety: front air bags, front side air bags, optional adaptive headlights, active cruise control

0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 148 mph (governed)

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

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(Updated: 12/06/11 NW)