BMW 6 Series Convertible Joins 6 Series Coupe March '04 Launch

The New BMW 6 Series Convertible

BMW 6 Series

BMW today lifts the lid on the new BMW 6 Series Convertible that will debut at the NAIAS, Detroit in January. Priced at £55,355 on-the-road (manual) and £56,705 (automatic), the BMW 645Ci Convertible goes on sale in the UK from March 2004 alongside the acclaimed Coupé variant.

With its award-winning V8 engine, chassis and body panels using lightweight materials, an almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a stylish roof design, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible offers an intoxicating mix of sports car performance, grand tourer practicality and drop-top motoring.

Raising the roof

Available in either grey or black, the vinyl roof is raised and lowered at the touch of a button on the dashboard or via key fob activated remote control. In around 20 seconds - and at speeds of up to 20 mph - six hydraulic cylinders guide the compact roof into its housing, without significantly compromising luggage compartment space.

Rather than designing a Coupé then removing the roof, BMW designed the Convertible alongside the Coupé, resulting in the drop-top retaining a near 50:50 weight distribution. The roof’s relatively low weight also contributes to the car’s solid driving feel.

With the roof down, drivers will appreciate a throaty exhaust note that reflects the power of the V8 VALVETRONIC engine. However, when up, exterior noise is kept to a minimum thanks to noise insulating polyurethane foam between the rubberised outer layer and inner roof lining. The foam is also heat insulated.

continues... | Part Two
Published 11 December 2003 Melanie Carter

The information contained this BMW 6 Series news article may have changed since publication on the 11 December 2003. Our car specifications, reviews, and prices may only apply to the UK market. You may wish to check with the manufacturer or your local BMW dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce our car news in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018