2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible
The BMW 6 Series Coupe is all new for 2012, but oddly, it's actually the convertible version that will go on sale in North America first.
We got our chance to drop the top of BMW's new Grand Tourer in sunny Mexico, where roads were delightfully smooth and traffic free, allowing us to fully spool up the twin-turbos of the 650i's 4.4-liter V8.
It puts out 407-horsepower and 443 lb-ft. of torque. Fun in the sun, even if it does come with a gas-guzzler tax.
The top is still cloth and multi-layered, with one touch power operation at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Smoothed out styling helps mask the new 6's increase in size.
In typical GT-car fashion, ride-and-handling are smooth and capable, not stiff or rigid. This cabrio feels most at home on high speed sweepers where there's plenty of room to let all of its curb weight get set. Long haul comfort was a definite priority in the design.
Not that it's tame.
"Other than being in the beautiful country of Mexico, the thing that stirs my soul the most about the 6-series convertible is the shifts. With the 8-speed automatic in sport mode, every time it upshifts you get this big bassy crack snappin' out of the exhaust; and it's just music to my ears." – Ben Davis
To hear that symphony ring in your ears will cost you over $90,000. A somewhat less pricey inline-6 twin turbo 640i Convertible should arrive later this year.
Engine: 4.4-liter V8
Price: Starting at over $90,000