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2009 BMW 650i Convertible photos

The 6-series may have its problems, mostly in the design of its posterior, but it's still a BMW, and benefits from exceptional technology under the hood and in its chassis.

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BMW's 6-series became legendary when launched in the late 1970s, and acquired the appellation "shark" for its body style. BMW's revival of the 6-series lacks the styling of the original, but modern BMW driving characteristics are excellent.
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The 2009 650i gets some minor styling updates, such as a strip of LEDs above the headlights. High intensity headlights come standard with the 650i.
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Belying the car's designation, the engine is actually a 4.8-liter. This V-8 produces 360 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque.
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This convertible version of the 650i has a power-operated soft-top. We found it's not particularly fast. A special control lets you roll down the rear window.
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The 650i is a couple configuration with two seats in the rear that won't prove very useful, as the front seats cut off leg room.
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The worst design element of the 650i is the trunk lid. Lacking the nice slant of the original 6-series, the rear of the 650i rises up, forming a vestigial spoiler, while rounded rear fenders seem out of place.
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Trunk room is better than we've seen in other convertible coupes. The top doesn't compromise space to a great degree.
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The cabin is comfortable for front passengers, and these seats are covered with optional high-grade leather.
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BMW keeps it interior design relatively simple, and tends toward metals and plastics rather than wood.
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Key cabin electronics can be controlled with steering wheel buttons. BMW also has unique programmable buttons on the right spoke.
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The head up display is an optional feature in the 650i Convertible. It shows the car's speed projected on the windshield, and route guidance information when a destination has been set with the navigation system.
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The six-speed-automatic transmission is programmed well, actively downshifting when you hit the brakes. A six speed manual is also available.
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The 650i uses the old iDrive interface, reason enough to wait for the model update before making a purchase.
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The navigation system in the 650i, which comes standard, is DVD-based, resulting in slow operation. But it does have live traffic with active detouring.
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An iPod and USB connector comes as part of the Premium sound package.
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The iPod interface works OK, although the iDrive-style interface isn't our favorite.
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Bluetooth phone support is standard in the 650i, and lets you view a phone's contact list with the car's interface.

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