Revealed here is BMW’s first-ever convertible 6-series, and the photographs suggest that the sexy convertible carries off design chief Chris Bangle’s controversial lines more successfully than its coupe sibling.
Munich has ignored the current rush towards folding metal hard tops in favour of a traditional canvas roof. The vertical glass rear screen drops into the bulkhead independently of the hood.
At the March launch, just the 645Ci will be offered for £55,355. An extra 200kgs of weight over the coupe (up to a hefty 1815kg) adds half a second to the 0-62mph time, which now stands at 6.1sec for the manual and 6.2sec for the auto. Top speed is limited to the usual 155mph.
The firm’s three transmission options of manual, automatic or SMG sequential will all be available from launch, mated to the 392bhp 4.4-litre V8.
Other versions will follow 12 months later, including a six-pot 630Ci and V8 635Ci, plus a monster 500bhp V10 M6 for late 2005. However, BMW has said it won’t build a diesel 6-series cabrio.