BMW 6 Series Convertible Joins 6 Series Coupe March '04 Launch - Performance Figures | Part Two

The New 6 Series Convertible

BMW 6 Series

Coupé contours are reflected in striking C-pillar style ‘fins’. A retractable glass rear window is housed between the fins, offering draught free ventilation, excellent visibility and impressive levels of noise insulation. This window is not attached to the roof and can be raised and lowered into the space between the luggage compartment and rear bulkhead whether the roof is up or down.

Another key factor for open-top motoring is that the designers have ensured minimal wind ingress into the cockpit through careful attention to the car’s aerodynamics. At speeds of well over 100 mph, driver and front passenger will experience very little turbulence.

With the roof up, the boot offers a capacious 350 litres of space and 300 when down which is ample for a medium sized suitcase and up to two 46 kg golf bags.

6 packed with power

BMW 6 Series Coupé and Convertible models are powered by the 2002 International Engine of the Year. Under the bonnet, this V8 powerplant pushes the BMW 6 Series Convertible to 62 mph in just 6.1 seconds (6.2 seconds for the auto). Top speed, available in fifth and sixth gears, is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Power and torque figures are predictably impressive. As with the Coupé, the BMW 6 Series Convertible achieves its maximum power of 333 bhp at 6,100 rpm with maximum torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) available at 3,700 rpm. BMW’s VALVETRONIC valve control and Bi-VANOS infinitely variable valve timing ensure that power is used as efficiently as possible.

Three six-speed gearboxes are available, including a standard manual and optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic. Completing the trio is BMW’s optional SMG Sequential Manual Gearbox, with leather sports steering wheel-mounted ‘up’ and ‘down’ shift buttons offering drivers more than a hint of Formula One gear changes.

Driving Dynamics Control (DDC) is standard with all gearbox options and is operated by a Sport button on the centre console. DDC offers a more sporty drive, by sharpening throttle reaction for more responsive acceleration, as well as giving a more direct feel from the power assisted steering. Where an automatic or SMG gearbox is fitted, DDC also up-shifts at a higher rev range.

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Published 11 December 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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