Heading up a steep grade, we squeeze the throttle of the new BMW 650i Cabriolet and its twin turbo V8 is only too happy to respond, the roar echoing through the canyons of stone bleached white by the relentless sun. Mile after mile, we tear through blind switchbacks that wend their way up and back down the hills, finally emerging onto a long flat stretch, the Sea of Cortez suddenly emerging into view, where we can push the new convertible to triple digit speed.
We’ve come to the Southwest tip of the continent to get our first sense of what BMW has delivered with the latest iteration of the legendary 6-Series. The new line will be rolled out in phases, starting with the 650i Cabriolet’s arrival, well- timed for warm weather. The 6- Coupe will make its debut later in the year followed by the M6.
For BMW aficionados the design of the 2+2 should seen familiar, though in some ways, the 2012 650i Cabriolet harkens back to an earlier version of the 6-Series, rather than the model it immediately replaces. There’s the classic shark’s nose, its lower twin-kidney grille framed by new LED headlamps. The 2012 remake feels sculpted, rather than stamped of sheet metal, capturing the rippled muscles of an athlete. Low and wide, the new convertible is the visual definition of aggressiveness.