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Stuff.co.nz reviews the new 6 Series Cabriolet

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Stuff.co.nz reviews the new 6 Series Cabriolet
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On the heels of the 'official' release of the new 6 series Coupe, the press are now releasing their 6 series cabriolet reviews. Author Dave Moore writes an interesting review of the new 6 titled, "BMW's six pistol pleasure returns", citing the car's high points as: Simpler styling; technology laden; thunderous performance; useful passenger and load areas; nimble for one so big.

Low points: A bit heavy; absence of smaller engine choice; dominant iDrive screen, and overall verdict: Impressive convertible is a cinch to drive and even with all that technology, great fun.

Here are a few quotes from the article, but make sure to follow the source link at the bottom of the page to read the article in its entirety.

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while you can see just a few vestiges of the Bangle car, there are some hints of the gorgeous original in the new car with a homage to the shark- like grille and cleaner, simpler lines, and with an eye to saving weight, it has thermoplast front wings and bootlid, although it still weighs as much as an SUV - at more than two tonnes.
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The car gets over its weight penalty partly thanks to a new eight-speed ZF automatic - two ratios up on the old car's transmission - and what feels like a tauter chassis, for it never feels as heavy as the figures suggest.
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The key to the flexibility of the BMW's chassis is the 650i's switchable comfort, normal, sport and sport-plus driving dynamics settings, which affect the mapping of transmission and throttle responses, as well as steering resistance, dampers and active roll stabilisation, when fitted, and the active steering set-up, again, when fitted.
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But the quality of the cabin materials, whether it's hide, vinyl, or cut-pile carpeting, is exemplary, and the stitching, even on the smallest piece of leather, is superb. This is obviously where a lot of the money goes to - the 650i asks at least $248,500 even before you start ticking the boxes on its beguiling list of options.
Source: [Stuff.co.nz]

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