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Garage List reviews the new 6 Series Cabriolet

BIMMERPOST NEWS 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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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