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2012 BMW 650i Convertible Review – ‘The Ultimate Tanning Machine’ 7
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, BMW, BMW 650i, BMW 650i Convertible, convertible, featured, Test Drives on 06 7th, 2012

Just in time for warmer spring and summer fun, BMW introduces its all-new, third generation 2012 650i convertible.  It comes packaged with sleek and sexy styling,  excellent twin turbo-charged V8 power, a high-tech 8-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, a fully-independent suspension with 4-modes, large, 4-wheel ventilated steel disc brakes, all riding on 20X9 inch alloy wheels that are wrapped with high-performance tires.  Under the skin this latest 6-Series BMW convertible has it all to keep any automotive enthusiast happy when behind the wheel.

This is only part of the 650i convertible as the interior is also new and very sumptuous with the latest innovative infotainment and safety features to keep you and your passengers’ safe.  The all-new third generation 650i convertible will be priced starting at $91,500.00.  My fully loaded test model stickered for $105,025.00.

The signature BMW dual kidney chrome grille, a black lower grille, a sweeping hood, aft-set passenger compartment, long wheelbase and muscular profile embody the hallmark proportions of a BMW convertible.  It combines these features with a classic multi-layered canvas soft-top roof with flying buttress design.  When the one-touch, automatic roof is lowered or raised in just 20 seconds you’ll notice a wide chrome strip from the windshield pillars to around the belt line and finishing at the rear of the thick convertible top giving the car a more elegant look.  HID and LED front and rear lamp clusters, lighted pull-out door handles, deep lower side extensions, a lip spoiler and wide, rectangular chrome dual exhaust tips are just a sampling of the cutting-edge exterior features.

Once inside you’ll be amazed at the power developed by the 4.4 liter, twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum V8 engine with high-precision direct injection that generates 400hp and 450lb.ft. of torque.  This unique ‘reverse-flow’ engine, whose turbochargers are positioned in the V-area between the cylinder banks, produces an instantaneous and sustained wave of power, making it an energetic delight for the enthusiast driver.

Mated to the all-new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters enables you to keep in low gear up to redline, with sprints to 60mph from a standstill in less than 5-seconds.  The launch control feature is spectacular as you are firmly pinned to the seatback as you rocket out from a standstill. This high-performance powertrain returns a respectable 16mph/city and 24mpg/highway.

Your driving fun and enjoyment is further enhanced with the standard Driving Dynamics Control that gives you four settings to choose from depending on how you want your car to respond-COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT AND SPORT + modes using the large rocker switch on the center console.  The fully independent suspension features a double wishbone front axle, active dampers, coil springs and stabilizer bar, while the multi-link rear axle features active dampers, coil springs and a stabilizer bar.  The chassis is geared to the requirements of drivers with sporting intentions but a comfortable ride over poorly paved roads is ensured in the comfort mode.  The all-new 650i is the first car in its class that can be equipped with Integral Active Steering.  This system combines the Active Steering system for the front axle with a new, steerable rear axle.  Precisely harmonized steering angle movements at both axles create a virtual lengthening or shortening of the vehicle’s wheelbase, which fosters great high-speed stability and enhanced maneuverability in city traffic.

Quickly and safely slowing you down from speed are large 13.7 inch, vented front discs clamped with 4-piston calipers, while 13.6 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers are in the rear.  Precision and effectiveness is reinforced with Dynamic Stability Control, ABS, Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, and an automatic Brake Drying function with Brake Fade Compensation, all working together to give you more power and control in emergency situations or when braking on slick pavement.

The new 650i convertible rides on stunning, lightweight aluminum wheels, 20X8.5in. up front and 20X9in. in the rear.  These sporty wheels are wrapped with super-high-performance Dunlop, low profile tires-245/35R20 up front and 275/30R20in. rear tires for incredible grip and a smooth ride.

The comfortable and elegant interior is designed to be a 2+2 with the traditional BMW driver-oriented cockpit.  Its interior offers 14-way power adjustable, Nappa leather front bucket seats with variable side bolstering and heating/cooling functions.  High quality leather, wood and chrome are meticulously formed to produce an ambience defined by luxury, a sweeping style and Teutonic functionality.  The driver oriented cockpit layout features a central section of the instrument panel, containing the iDrive system’s Central Display, the air vents and the controls for the Surround Sound AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/iPod/Sirius Satellite premium audio system and A/C, all angled slightly toward you.  The gearshift lever and switches for the electronic parking brake, roof operation and Driving Dynamics Control are located on a surface that opens out toward you and is set lower than the front passenger side of the center console.  Control and comfort come naturally.

Standard equipment includes a rearview camera, ambient lighting, Park Distance Control, navigation system, Bluetooth, all express up/down windows, power door locks, heated side mirrors, self-dimming rearview mirror, dynamic cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, thick pile carpeting with floor mats, dual map and vanity mirror lights.  Safety systems include driver/front passenger airbags, side-impact airbags, 3-point safety belts, push button start/stop, keyless entry, tire pressure monitoring system, rollover protection, and front/rear/side crush protection.

The all-new 2012 BMW 650i convertible is one of the best 2+2 luxury sport coupes on the market combining the best from BMW’s long history of offering the Ultimate Driving Machine!

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  • Price: Base 650i Convertible MSRP $90,500 As-Tested $105,025
  • Engine: 4.4 liter, all-alloy, 32-valve, twin-power turbo, high precision direct injection, 4-overhead camshafts, and double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing 400 horsepower @ 5500 rpm / 450 ft. lbs. torque @ 1750 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic with paddle shifting sequential drive
  • Total length: 192.8in.
  • Total width: 74.6in.
  • Total height: 53.7in.
  • Wheelbase: 112.4in.
  • Track: f/r-62.8/65in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.1/30.5in.
  • Headroom: f/r-40.3/36.5in.
  • Turning circle: 38.4ft.
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,497lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds

2012 BMW 650i Coupe Review & Test Drive 19
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, BMW, BMW 6-Series, BMW 650i, featured, Test Drives on 10 19th, 2011


First introduced in the late 1970’s as the 3.0CS and 3.0CSi, this latest generation BMW 650i coupe strikes a perfect balance of high-performance driving dynamics and luxury, just like the first 6-Series did as the 3.0CSi.  Sexy, long beautiful design lines, elegant, luxurious and high-tech interior all meet with a 4.4 liter, twin-turbocharged 400hp and 450lb.ft. of torque V8 engine generating power to the rear wheels through a new eight-speed transmission.  It all comes together so smoothly as BMW is known for.

The new 650i is BMW’s top-of-the-line 2+2 coupe.  The body length is nearly 3 inches longer than before, while the width has also increased by 1.5 inches and it is ½ inch lower.  The increased size offers more room for rear seat passengers.  This high-end coupe features a shorter rear deck and a dramatic slope of the rear light, along with perfect proportions all around.  The rear-end loses the hotly debated ‘Bangle Butt’.  The new coupe is the first BMW to received full LED treatment driving lights, indication lights, brake lights and rear taillights.  The front end features a ‘shark-like’ nose featuring a slightly forward leaning kidney grille and a full-width air duct within the lower part of the bumper.  At the rear the L-shaped taillights continue to remain a BMW signature icon and the full LED treatment brings out the luxury and sportiness of the new 6-Series.  Bulging wheel arches, horizontal lines and a shape that broadens downward all combine to accentuate the car’s wide track. The wide trapezoidal dual exhaust tips at each side are another sign of the car’s high-performance characteristics.

The body-to-glass look with its pillarless doors is another trademark of the new 6-Series and fits seamlessly with the rest of the new design.  The greenhouse is now surrounded by a thicker full-perimeter chrome strip further accentuating the luxury found inside.

The interior design is characterized by the typical BMW driver orientation and dynamic forward movement.  The central area of the dashboard, including the control display, the air outlets and the control panels for the audio system and automatic A/C, is inclined slightly towards the driver.  The gear selector is located on a surface that opens up towards the driver and is positioned lower than the front-seat passenger area, perfect!

Also, the fluid connection between the center console and dashboard is emphasized by a contrasting seam on the leather surfaces that gives the interior a more elegant and refined look.

The horizontal dashboard orientation is emphasized by an electroplated trim in the driver’s area.  Its course is contoured on the passenger side in the form of a subtle character line on the glove box.  The dynamic forward movement is stressed by the door panel surfaces, which have a powerful taut look that is continued on to the front and into the dashboard.  The decorative surface, which continues with a slight twist into the center console, gives front seat passenger area an exclusive touch.  Furthermore, thanks to their single-seat design and increased shoulder and elbowroom compared to the previous model, the rear seats guarantee passengers a high degree of traveling comfort.  Also, despite the lower vehicle height, there is great head room on all the seats.

The instrument cluster featuring black panel technology combines state-of-the-art display technology with the classic round instruments typical of a sports car.  A high-resolution 9.2 inch info display installed below the four round instruments shows mileage, fuel consumption and Efficient Dynamics information as well as operator feedback from the driver assistance systems and check-control messages.

Along with the controller and direct selection buttons located on the center console, the standard iDrive control system comprises a newly conceived onboard monitor with an exclusive flat-screen design.  The freestanding control display is prominently and ideally positioned with the dashboard area.  It has a 10.2 inch width, the largest onboard monitor in the segment-featuring a high-quality electroplated chrome surround.  The fabulous comfortable and supportive Nappa leather heated/cooled front bucket seats are infinitely adjustable and are one of the finest in its class.

In the new 650i coupe, spontaneously unfolding performance, superior pulling power, excellent running qualities and the exemplary efficiency of a V8 engine are fascinating attributes.  The 4.4 liter, all-aluminum engine has two turbochargers positioned in the V-space between the cylinder banks.  Apart from compact dimensions, the innovative design principle permits a specific design for the inlet and outlet ducts.  The reduced pipe length and an increased cross-section minimize the loss of pressure at the intake and exhaust sides.  The eight-cylinder engine develops a maximum output of 407hp at 5,500-6,400rpm and a peak torque of 450lb.ft. between 1,750-4,500rpm.

The sporting performance attributes of the V8 engine enable the new 650i to accelerate to 60mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds.  The extraordinary efficiency for this output class is primarily attributable to the gas direct injection.  The jet-guided injection with injectors positioned centrally between the valves, and in the direct vicinity of the spark plugs, guarantees that the fuel is closed with particular precision.  The fuel efficient engine has an EPA rating of 16mpg/city and 24mpg/highway, excellent for a high-performing luxury coupe.

Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a new eight-speed Sport automatic transmission.  It enhances the sporting driving dynamics thanks to exceptionally fast gear changing; it offers outstanding shift comfort and also optimizes efficiency.  You can use shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel or simply put the shifter into the +/- gate to the left to shift gears manually.

The characteristic driving experience in the new 650i is defined by sporty handling capabilities.  At the same time, modern suspension technology provides optimized ride comfort.  The double wishbone front axle and integral rear axle are primarily made up of aluminum components.  Dynamic Damper Control and the Adaptive Drive System are offered as options, which also includeDynamic Driveactive roll stabilization.  The electronically controlled dampers adapt to both the nature of the road surface and you driving style.  Roll stabilization reduces the effects of vehicle body roll when driving through bends at high speed and during sudden swerving maneuvers.  My test 650i came with all three high-tech handling features and really enabled me to take the 650i out to its handling limits without any problems.

In customary BMW tradition for precision, comfort and efficiency, the new 650i coupe combines a unique electromechanical steering system with Servotronic function for speed-sensitive steering power assistance.  Beyond this, the new 650i coupe is the first car in its class to be offered with an option for Integral Active Steering.  It combines Active Steering for the front wheels with steerable rear axle.  I had this option in my test 650i and you could actually feel the car track sharply through the curves with ease.

Driving Experience Control is standard on the 650i.  It enables you to vary sportiness and comfort to suit the situation.  You can choose from the ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport+’ modes.  In addition, you can also use the ECO Pro mode.  In this case Driving Experience Control influences the characteristic curve of the damper and the roll stabilization in addition to adjusting the accelerator pedal progression, engine responses, power-assisted steering characteristics, Dynamic Stability Control, response thresholds and the shift dynamics of the automatic transmission.  In each case you activate a pre-configured and consistent overall setup.

The lightweight floating-caliper brakes with inner-vented discs are easy to use with precision.  Up front are 14.9 inch discs clamped with a single-piston aluminum floating caliper in a large frame structure while 13.8 inch discs clamped with a single piston aluminum floating calipers are fitted to the rear.  The effect of this powerful braking system is supported by the Dynamic Stability Control function.  The dynamic stability system comprises the ABS, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, brake assist, brake fade compensation, the Brake Drying function and the Start-Off Assistant.  The electrical parking brake is standard and it also includes an Auto Hold function, which increases convenience in Stop & Go traffic.  If the vehicle comes to a stop, it is automatically held-even on slopes-by means of constant brake pressure until you press the throttle again.  The Auto Hold function is activated and deactivated with a separate button on the center console.

My 650i test model rode on giant 20X8.5 inch front and 20X9 inch rear light alloy wheels wrapped 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear low-profile high-performance tires for excellent grip and a very smooth ride.

Standard features include cruise-control, cargo net, front console with storage, front dual cupholders, front door pockets, remote trunk release, front seatback storage, 12-volt front power outlets, front/rear parking sensors, power tilt-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, self-dimming rearview mirror, power-remote/heated sideview mirrors, one-touch express windows, power door locks, dual lighted vanity mirrors, dual map lamps, trunk light, dual-zone climate control with active charcoal filtration, and front floor mats.

Standard safety features include airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front and rear seats, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts for all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter integrated into the front seats, crash-activated head restraints at the front, crash sensors, run-flat tires and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The all-new 2012 BMW 650i coupe has it all from long sleek styling, attention to detail inside, high-performance powertrain, state-of-the-art suspension and braking to the latest safety systems to keep you and your passengers safe at all times.




  • Price: Base 650i Coupe $83,000
  • Engine: 4.4-liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 400 horsepower @ 5500 rpm / 450 ft-lbs. torque @ 1750 rpm
  • Width: 74.6in.
  • Height: 53.9in.
  • Length: 192.8in.
  • Track: f/r-62.8/65in.
  • Wheelbase: 112.4in.
  • Curb weight: 4,233lbs.
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Headroom: f/r-40/36.7in.
  • 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds