Best of the Best 2012: Convertibles: BMW 650i Convertible

  • Photo by Daniel Kraus
    BMW 650i Convertible Photo by Daniel Kraus
  • Paul Dean

If BMW’s slogan of "building the ultimate driving machine" refers to its vehicles’ muscle and punch, it does not apply to the BMW 650i convertible (www.bmwusa.com). Though the $91,000 car receives 400 hp from a twin turbocharged V-8, delivery of that power is passive, and progress is languid. This, however, is the smooth, indulgent, and elegant charm of the 650i. The full four-seater—heavier, longer, and wider than its previous generation—is equipped with a rev-reducing 8-speed automatic transmission.

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