Although the 2016 BMW 650i Convertible does boast an ambitious price tag, its incredible performance justifies its hefty cost. There are some slight redesigns to this year’s 650i, that although subtle, give a much sportier feel, reminding you that this 6 series drives much more like a sports car than anything else.
Some slight tweaks to the 650i’s exterior would be evident only to those with a keen eye and a familiarity with the 6 series. The changes include a restyled front air intake, less blades on the kidney grille, adaptive LED headlights and reshaped front grille and bumper. Additionally, you can opt for the new Black Accent package that accents the exterior with sleek black trims instead of the usual chrome finishes. If the 650i’s new look is not sporty enough for you, BMW also offer the M Sport package.
The 650i’s interior has had some slight alterations as well. It is more refined than the previous 650i with beautiful two-tone leather treatments. Included in the 650i’s standard features are: a rearview camera, auto-dimming mirrors, multi-contour seats, heated front seats, Park Distance Control, navigation system, smartphone integration, a USB port, Bluetooth capabilities, Harman Kardon surround sound, BMW TeleServices, Assist eCall and Apps, dynamic damper control and keyless entry. Not to mention, unlike many vehicles with similar power and sports car capabilities, the 650i is very comfortable to sit in for the driver and passenger. The back row, however, is a different story since it offers very little head and legroom despite the 650i’s length. For a single driver, though, this can be easily overlooked as it is one of the 2016 650i convertible’s very few shortcomings. If you absolutely do need easier access to, or a larger, backseat, the 2016 650i comes in a four-door Gran Coupe model. Although the convertible is a joy to ride, the four-door Gran Coupe outsells both the Coupe and Convertible models.
Riding with the top down in the 650i is nothing short of a dream. It shifts smoothly and quickly between gears. The 650i always seems to know what the driver wants. When accelerating, the 650i swiftly reminds you it is indeed a sports car, pinning you to the seat as you reach 0-60 mph at 4.1 seconds thanks to its twin-turbo V-8 engine. If you like variation in your driving experience, the 2016 650i also offers five different driving modes. These include: Eco Pro, Comfort+, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Additionally, these can be tweaked through the iDrive interface, which changes the weight of the steering.
While the nearly $96,000 price tag may at first seem like a lot even for a 6 series BMW, drive in it once and you’ll see why it’s worth it. The 2016 BMW 650i is extremely comfortable, elegant and drives so beautifully, you won’t soon forget it. With 3 different options, Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible, as well as five different driving modes, the 650i has various options to suit your needs.
The MSRP for the 2016 BMW 650i convertible is $95,400.