1. BMW 650i Convertible Review : Suave Bavarian

BMW 650i Convertible Review : Suave Bavarian

16th January 2017

Mankind has evolved significantly over the years. His needs, wants and desires to view and perceive things have taken a different dimension, thereby making a radical departure from the past. Riding high on our human intelligence and technical know-how, we have come out with some breathtaking innovations and technology which is a boon for the society in all aspects. In our quest for excellence, this has also led to modifying and revamping the traditionally accepted norms and methods and this extends to the four wheels also. The German Luxury Car Manufacturer BMW since long has been revered and honored with novelty introductions and concepts that have helped setting benchmarks and revolutionized the automotive industry on a whole. Inferring from the company’s ability to make some of the best renowned engines for the World War II jets and the fastest production motorcycle in 1937, their cars too have enjoyed the same appreciation worldwide for their excellent drivability and timeless design language.

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One vehicle from the Bavarian stable that looks and feels distinctive with its alluring presence is the 6 series. It has emerged significantly through its various iterations and generations and we can notice that how the famed Bangle design has undergone variety of changes and comes alive as a sui generis convertible, making a special place for itself in the enthusiast’s heart.

Exterior Poshness

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The legendary kidney grille has grown wider, bigger and more pronounced much on the lines of the bigger 7 series. The plain surfacing has been embedded in the history books and in front of us stands a magnificent two door convertible exemplifying the sheer artwork of the BMW designers back home. The broad and crispy shoulder lends it a muscular and subtle stance while accentuating its length when viewed from the horizontal side angle.

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The front end with those gorgeous and immaculate LED corona rings conveys an emotion of its own which is unique with every BMW. The circular shaped rings get a fine inscription of an upward lit boundary complemented by an orange strip of light beneath for the indicators. A low slung appearance head on courtesy the detailing on the bumper with a honeycomb grille design underneath the kidney grilles in the center for air intakes and three jewel daytime running lights integrated within the black housing enclosed in a silver chrome strip all around it.

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The rear end has its own splendor and blends perfectly indeed with the overall design language of the car. The meticulous placing of the reflectors and the emergency braking light with the tilting up of the BMW logo for the reverse camera will leave on -lookers spellbound and delighted.

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The rhombus shaped exhausts add more flavor to the already splendid looking convertible. The handsome detailing on the 5 twin spoke 19 inch alloy wheels portray a shining royal star and fit in well within the curvaceous arches. The striking opening and closing of the soft top in motion is simply a beholding sight to watch and appreciate.

Grandeur of the Interiors

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The enticing frameless doors of the convertible beckon you to touch and feel the exquisite texture and it provides an instant reminiscence of the more expensive sports cars. The driver centric layout with practical arrangement of buttons and toggle switches is in fact at the core of every BMW and the same being illustrated by this vehicle too. The entire arrangement is similar to the rest of the family cars, but this one feels more sporty and jazzy thereby going well with the modern crowd. The 20 way powered front seats with memory settings exclude individuality and make you feel at home every time you enter the luxurious cabin.

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The three spoke high quality leather wrapped steering wheel feels as if you are driving this car for ages, as it grips extremely well in your hands. The IDrive screen on the dashboard feels intuitive with good and high quality graphics and is fast with its responses giving you the privilege to virtually control the car including suspension mechanisms, phone and Bluetooth setting, history of service records along with the explanation on any vital part of the vehicle. Our car had beautiful cinnamon brown seats configuration that blended well with the black color of the dashboard and silver finishing around the A/C vents as well as the gear lever panel.

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The claustrophobic feeling does not arise due to a spacious interior and off course the big glass windows by your side. The backseats are easy to access to by folding the front seats, but keeping the current generation tastes and requirements in mind to look and feel good, the 650i qualifies more of a self-driven convertible that makes a style statement and announces one’s arrival.

The Explosive Heart and on the Move Experience

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The propulsive and monstrous 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 motor churning out a healthy 407 bhp and 600 Nm of insane torque takes the centre stage with its blistering and exhilarating performance from the word go. It overwhelms you with its elegant and refined cruising ability and changes character pretty quickly to a beast incarnate depending on your mood.

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The smooth nature of the engine is evident when you are travelling at a leisurely pace but as soon as you bury your right foot an avalanche of power emerges and a strong thrust pins you to the back seat and the car just takes off at the blink of an eye. Its nerve wrecking 0-100 kmph timing of 5.2 seconds feels even faster and reaches its top whack of 250 kmph without a fuss and shows the engine’s rev happy nature while exhibiting the wide potential range of torque availability.

The acclaimed eight speed ZF transmission is like a companion throughout your entire day journey and never once will give you any cause to complain. Its silky smooth and precise shifting is a boon and will understand your sporty intentions rather well leaving no room for error.
This potent and lively four door monster redefines driving dynamics and establishes new benchmarks. The Adaptive drive boasts of flexible dampers and anti- rolling bars and play a catalytic role in modifying one’s driving experience. In the SPORT setting, the ride does become firm but the corner cutting ability of the BMW is the most enthralling of all.
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In the SPORT+ mode, one can surely burn some rubber on the road by allowing the traction control to be disengaged. The 6 series on that occasion takes off in a jiffy with full force wiggling its tail much to the ecstasy of the onlookers .

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And here comes the role of the Dynamic Stability Control that monitors driving conditions and provides the much needed grip for all four wheels and help the vehicle go in the intended direction and skillfully manages both oversteer and understeer by applying brakes individually on the affected tyre.
The electro hydraulic steering feels communicative in the NORMAL mode and weighs up considerably in the SPORTS configuration giving that extra bit of confidence and agility needed at high speeds. The various driving modes on offer can be adjusted as per the road and tarmac conditions but we recommend that the sports mode should be confined to use only on the highways and by a matured audience having experience to deal with such brisk and rapid machines.

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The BMW 650i convertible comes across as the most tempting package. It is meant for those who desire and want something different from the conventional, tried and tested run of the mill sedans. A resplendent and ostentatious piece of four wheels with an astonishing road presence makes this one the pick of the lot. One indeed can be rest assured that with the best Bavarian brains going in to manufacture this graceful example, the sheer driving pleasure propagation is surely going to be elevated to an all new stature.

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