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Bigger, better looking and more efficient than before, the latest BMW 6 Series Convertible is shaping up to be a far more convincing proposition that its predecessor. With some amazingly efficient engines and technology so clever it redefines state of the art, this latest drop top Six has substance as well as style.
There are only two engines currently offered with the 6 Series Convertible although it's a dead cert that a diesel will be slotted in at some point and an M6 variant may also follow suit. For the time being UK buyers are hardly short-changed by the powerplants on offer. First up is the 320bhp 640i model, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six with Valvetronic variable valve control and direct injection. It'll get to 60mph in 5.4s and powers on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The 4.4-litre 650i hits the same electronically governed top speed but its 407bhp V8 catapults it to 60mph in a Porsche-worrying 4.8 seconds.
An eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox is standard fitment on both models, as is Drive Dynamic Control, which allows drivers to choose how responsive they want the gearbox, steering and throttle to be. More technology? How about the optional Integral Active Steering system. This combines Active Steering for the front axle with a steering rear axle, allowing the steering angle and power assistance to be controlled at both the front and the rear with the help of electric motors. It seems BMW's 'more is more' approach of the last Six has been carried over.
If you thought the last 6 Series Convertible was a size, the latest car is even bigger. Longer, lower and wider but marginally lower, it now measures 4,894mm in length, which is longer than a Mondeo estate, so you would expect a bit of space inside. The rear seats of most 2+2 convertibles are about as comfortable as assuming an Abu Ghraib stress position but the 6 Series offers room for adults as long as those in front don't get too ambitious with the seat runners. The boot is decently sized at 300 litres with the hood folded and 350 litres with it raised - the same as before. BMW betrays the target market by letting on that this is enough to hold two golf bags.
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If you're in the enviable position of not having to worry unduly about the finer detail of your disposable income, the 6 Series Convertible looks well positioned. Less porcine than a Bentley Continental GTC, far fresher than a Mercedes SL and guaranteed to be better screwed together than a Maserati Gran Cabrio, it's hard not to see it continuing BMW's record of success.