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.