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My BMW 335is Convertible
2013 BWM 335is aka ///M2.5
Video "I LIKE THAT"
Richard Vission and Static Revenger starring LUCIANA
Director: Dennis White
Edited by: Drew Pearson for D-dub
Cinematographer: David Burgoyne
UK Producer: Stephen Burgoyne
D-dub Inc/Superstar Productions
BMW 650i Convertible-- Video Test Drive with Chris Moran
An in-depth 2008 BMW 650i Convertible review with Chris Moran.
For most people, purchasing a large luxury coupe or convertible is entirely
an act of passion and indulgence, and right or wrong, outward appearance
can make or break the deal. Compared to the sleek offerings from rival
manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar, well...let's just say the 2008 BMW
6 Series has a great personality. If there is such a thing as a sleeper
among the entries in the big-ticket touring class, this is it. Only when
you've taken the time to become fully acquainted with its pure driving
dynamics, innovative use of technology and lower price of entry does the 6
Series' true beauty become apparent.
In its fifth year of production, the rear-wheel-drive, four-passenger BMW
650i coupe is based on the same platform used for the 5 Series sedan. But
BMW aims the 6 Series higher. It has but one engine available, a 4.8-liter
V8. Not a single body panel is shared with the sedan, and the front and
rear suspensions are likewise calibrated for the 650's lower ride height
and sportier intentions. To keep its weight in check, aluminum is used
extensively for the suspension, hood and doors. Thermoplastic front fenders
and a composite deck lid do their high-tech best to keep the 6 Series
feeling spry, though this is still essentially a 4,000-pound car.
BMW equips its 6 Series well in terms of equipment, and you'll find but a
handful of features that are optional. Convertibles use a fully lined
folding soft top rather than a retractable hardtop, but it's a
sophisticated design capable of keeping interior noise to sedanlike levels.
The glass rear window opens for ventilation when the roof is up, and can be
raised to act as a wind buffer when the top is down. If you don't want to
go the convertible route, the 6 Series coupe feels nearly as airy, thanks
to its large glass roof section. The glass is too large to slide open, but
you can tilt it up slightly for ventilation.
Among high-dollar touring coupes and convertibles, the 2008 BMW 6 Series is
easily one of our top recommendations. However, for buyers chiefly
interested in style and opulence, the sleeker Mercedes-Benz CL550 and
Jaguar XK/XKR will prove more satisfying. The same goes for the highly
regarded Mercedes SL550 roadster. For enthusiast types who care about the
drive above all else, the smaller Porsche 911 is likely the better choice,
as it easily outhandles this plus-size Bimmer coupe.
Yet these cars are all more expensive than the 6 Series. And while cost
concerns are seldom of primary concern in this segment, when a car strikes
that near-perfect compromise between coddling its passengers and thrilling
its driver that the 2008 BMW 650i does, such a value proposition is hard to
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
Available in both coupe and convertible body styles, the 2008 BMW 650i
comes with a healthy complement of standard features including 18-inch
wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, leather upholstery, 12-way power front
seats with driver memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth
and an eight-speaker CD audio system with iPod integration and a regular
auxiliary audio jack. The convertible has a power soft top with a power
retractable rear window.
Two distinct option packages are available: Sport, which brings 19-inch
alloy wheels, enhanced exterior trim and sport seats to the table; and Cold
Weather, with heated seats and steering wheel. Other options include active
steering, adaptive cruise control, upgraded leather upholstery, a
surround-sound audio system, HD and satellite radios, a head-up display and
Powertrains and Performance
Motivation for both the rear-wheel-drive 650i coupe and convertible is
provided by a 4.8-liter V8 rated at 360 horsepower and 360
pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are carried out by either a six-speed
manual or BMW's new six-speed automatic transmission with
steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and downshift rev-matching.