The largest drop-top available from BMW, the 650i two-door Convertible received a number of updates for 2008, including a reshaped front and rear end, and a new optional six-speed Sport Automatic Transmission, which gives drivers the capability of choosing between automatic or manual shift modes. Drivers can shift manually using paddle shifters located on the steering wheel. A Sports button makes the new shifter more dynamic, according to BMW.
In addition, the 650i Convertible's interior comes equipped with upgraded Dakota Leather upholstery, which features Sun-Reflective Technology to help keep the interior seats cooler and reduce color fading. BMW has also added new interior color choices for 2008.
The 650i Convertible sports a fully lined power fabric top with a heated glass rear window, which drivers can raise and lower independently of softtop.
A 360-horsepower, 4.8-liter double-overhead-cam V8 engine powers the rear-wheel-drive 650i Convertible. The engine links to a six-speed manual shifter, which comes standard.
A sport-tuned suspension and speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering ensure that the 650i Convertible handles nimbly in tight curves, although some drivers find the ride a bit stiff. Active roll stabilization (ARS) and Dynamic Stability Control help keep the 650i Convertible on the road in tricky conditions, while electro-hydraulic antilock brakes give the 650i all the stopping power it needs.
In addition to leather upholstery, the 650i Convertible comes equipped with such interior features as brushed aluminum interior trim (which drivers can switch out for maple or birch wood trim), a leather-wrapped multifunction sport steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, and a 10-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player and MP3 capability.
A navigation system with voice feedback also comes standard, although it's accessed, like all the interior electronics, by BMW's iDrive system, which some drivers find overly complicated.
While the 650i Convertible can carry four passengers, drivers note that the back seats can be cramped for adults. In addition, some reviewers point out that some of the 650i's competitors offer a more comfortable ride and better value. Still, the 650i Convertible has plenty to offer discerning drivers.