2012 BMW 6-Series Performance
So far, Autoblog is the only publication that’s published a review on the 2012 BMW 6-Series, and their automotive journalists went to South Africa to do it. But, based on their experiences there, they think the 650i convertible will gain the same label the 2010 model had: grand tourer. That means the 6-Series is powerful, but it’s best for city and highway cruising.
This year, the 650i gets a more powerful 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that’s significantly more powerful than the 2010 model’s 4.8-liter V8. When comparing thing two engines, the 2012’s turbocharged engine pumps 40 more horsepower and 90 more pound-feet of torque. Once U.S. test drives are out, we’ll let you know what automotive writers think about this jump in power.
- "In truth, we're not really hammering mercilessly on the topless 650i, it's clear from just a few minutes in that this BMW remains a very much grand tourer and not a sports car." -- Autoblog
Acceleration and Power
In comparison to the 2010 model’s 4.8-liter V8 engine, the 2012 has a smaller, but more powerful engine. It gets a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that pumps 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly more than the previous model. By comparison, it squeezed out 360 horsepower 360 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged engine is paired with a six speed manual transmission. An eight-speed manual transmission is optional.
The EPA hasn’t rated the 2012 650i, but fuel economy data for the 2010 model is available. Paired with an automatic transmission, the coupe got 15/32 mpg city/highway. The coupe's manual transmission had similar averages: 15/22 mpg city/highway. The 2010 650i convertible averaged 12/53 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission and 14/21 mpg city/highway with a manual.
BMW says fuel economy has improved for 2012, but we’ll have to wait for the EPA to confirm their prediction.
- "While the official EPA fuel economy figures haven't been released yet, BMW promises the new powertrain will be more efficient, but that's not saying a great deal, as the outgoing car was practically an OPEC Club Gold member, ringing up 15 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway." -- Autoblog
Handling and Braking
So far, there’s only one review that critiques the 2012 BMW 650i convertible, and that test drive occurred in South Africa. However, reviewers said the 650i handles well during leisurely drives. We’re waiting for test drives to occur in the United States, so check back soon for more updates.
The 650i has electrical steering and optional integral active steering. BMW says this $1,750 feature makes steering more direct at speeds of 30 mph and lower. Automotive journalists aren’t sure if they’d pay nearly $2,000 for this option.