It's probably hard for some people to believe, but the BMW 6 Series has been around now since as long ago as 1976. Back then though, the likes of the 635 CSI were very different to today's models. And in fact, the first production run of the 6 Series actually came to an end in 1989 before the car as we know it today rose from the ashes in 2003. As well as the incredible technology we take for granted these days in the BMW, another thing we have now they didn’t have back in the day is a BMW 6 Series Convertible.
The 2017 BMW 6 Series Convertible we have today is now part of the car's third-generation that went into production in 2011. Although we're now all used to the latest design, it's probably fair to say the jury was out when it was originally launched as to whether it was actually a better-looking car than the second-generation it replaced. That's no insult to the third-generation in any way though. It's just the second-generation was such a fabulous design it was always going to split the crowd when the time came to restyle it. In truth, that was probably more the case with the coupe as the third-gen 6 Series Convertible was pretty much a knockout from day one. BMW stays with a fabric roof over a heavier folding metal affair, which as well as not taking as much space up in the boot also helps to keep the weight down.
There are three different engines available in the current model, which are six- and eight-cylinder petrols and a six-cylinder diesel. The 640i models feature a 3.0-litre six-cylinder developing 235 kW (320horepower and 450 Nm of torque. The more powerful petrol is the 4.4-litre twin-turbo eight-cylinder producing 330Kw (450 horsepower) and a very serious 650 Nm of torque. Finally, the six-cylinder diesel is a 3.0-litre unit putting 230 Kw (313 horsepower) and 630 Nm of torque at your disposal. All three units are available with rear-wheel drive or BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system.
The fastest version is the 650i xDrive that has a top speed of 250 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of just 4.5 seconds. As for the 640i and the 640d models, they both offer similar performance with a 0-100 km/h time of 5.5 seconds. The diesel offers effortless acceleration and decent fuel economy and has been the first choice for the majority of buyers, although how long it will stay as the favoured option in the current climate remains to be seen.
A convertible, especially a soft top, is never going to be as quiet and refined as a coupe, but the 6 Series does a fine job in this area. The quality, style and comfort of the interior is everything you’d expect from a car of this quality, and although this isn’t the best out there at protecting occupants from the wind with the roof down, the fabulous engine sounds make that irrelevant. The ride is a little harder than a 5 or a 7 Series, but this is meant to be a lot closer to a sports car after all. Of course, it's too big and heavy to drive and handle like a genuine sports car, but there's little doubt BMW has got the balancing act exactly right with this simply stunning 6 Series Convertible.
The 2017 BMW 6 Series Convertible is available now from Kearys BMW, so don’t hesitate to get in touch right away for more information and to arrange a test drive.