BMW 650i Convertible (F13 2011)

In brief

BMW has released photos of its new 6-Series convertible that will debut at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show in January. Like the 5-Series sedan that it's closely related to, the new 6-Series sheds its controversial skin for new duds that are far more aesthetically pleasing.

Unlike the 3-Series convertible, the 6-Series sticks to a conventional canvas roof that can be electrically raised or lowered in 19 seconds. Tech kit includes Parking Assistant that can search out parking spots and steer you into them, a colour head-up display, cornering headlights, LED tail-lights and fog lights, massaging seats, the latest iDrive navigation and entertainment system and in-car internet access.

The only confirmed engine variant so far is a 4.4-litre turbocharged petrol V8 that will be badged as the 650i. This engine churns out 300kW of power and 400Nm of torque to the rear wheels. Overseas buyers can choose between either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Outlook

The car will be officially launched at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show. Australian pricing, specifications and sale dates have yet to be announced.