BMW’s 650i gets a complete makeover for 2012 and our convertible tester truly showed how beautiful the new design theme translates onto the road.
Outside, the new model is lower, wider and longer than the car it replaces and has and a more elegant and complete look than ever before.
From the front ends new LED light assembly, traditional twin kidney shaped grille and subtle shark-like nose down the tasteful but muscular side panels to the raised rear deck, the 650i is absolutely flawless.
Drop the black fabric roof in about 20 seconds and the cars visual impact is even more impressive without losing the slightest bit of cohesiveness.
Inside, BMW gained occupants more head and legroom and improved the overall look and feel of the materials, controls and technology to yield a more driver focused passenger compartment.
We liked the 650’s luxury seating package that included premium leather heated, cooled and multi-adjustable surfaces, huge 10.2-inch center stack integrated screen, hooded drivers instrument panel, real time navigation and voice command, oak wood trim pieces, ambient lighting and contrast stitching.
On our tester there were four option packages as well.
A Drivers Assistance package added automatic highbeams, a lane departure and blind spot detection system, side and top view cameras and a heads up display unit.
There was also a Cold Weather Package with a heated steering wheel, a Luxury Seating package and a Premium Sound package.
The only power pairing for the U.S. is the best package and uses a twin turbo 4.4 liter V8 rated at 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque and paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission to deliver outstanding acceleration, amazing mid-range power and seemingly endless torque.
A 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds is claimed and based on our test drive and a few full right foot extensions; the claim seems believable and maybe even a little understated when maximizing the manual shift paddles.
Providing a smooth, quiet and ultra responsive ride is a combination of multi-link suspensions, 20” wheels, active roll stabilization, damper controls, dynamic stability and traction controls and a stiffer chassis and underbody structure.
Toss the 650 into a corner and it feels solid as a rock and well planted.
Accelerate hard out of the turn and the coupe reacts immediately with progressive and consistent grip giving drivers a confident and engaged feeling- exactly what we expect from a vehicle of this caliber.
Safety features include those already mentioned in addition to the usual array of airbags, ABS, nanny programs and a rollover protection system.
It used to be you went to somewhere like Canadian Tire, bought a round or rectangular light – they were all the same – and popped it into place.