2019 BMW 6 Series Convertible Performance – The BMW 6 Series is currently in its third-generation and went through a minor update for the 2015 model year. Just recently our photographers caught the next-gen 6 Series Coupe doing some real world testing, and just weeks later, we finally got our hands on shots of the next-gen 6 Series Convertible. The exterior of the next-gen model will change a little to freshen things up, but the real news is what’s happening below the skin. The new 6 Series is expected to shed a few pounds in the chassis department, get some new technology on the inside, and get a good selection of power plants that will produce enough power to keep competing models like the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet at bay.
2019 BMW 6 Series Convertible Future
But, the 6 Series has one major problem, and that’s its starting price point. While similar offerings from the likes of Mercedes and Audi start out in the $60,000 range, the 6 Series starts out closer to $90,000. That’s a hard sell in any market, but with the next-gen model expected to debut as a 2019 model, it will at least be fresh inside and out, and will hopefully come out of the gate a little quicker thanks to that lighter chassis. We still have a while to wait before we get to see the new BMW 6 Series Convertible in the metal, but let’s take a good look at the first round of spy shots and talk a little more about what’s coming in 2019.
2019 BMW 6 Series Convertible Exterior And Interior
There’s no denying that the 6 Series is a hot (and expensive) commodity in the automotive market. And, with that kind of reputation, it’s not likely BMW will change much with the new generation. Sure, there will be some changes – the corner air intakes will take on a new design, exterior lighting will change a bit, and the side view mirrors will probably get a little smaller, but don’t expect anything too drastic. In the spy shots, we have here; the new convertible is apparently sporting a face fascia, grille, and headlights. I’m not sure what’s going on in between the two grille openings, but apparently, BMW thought that would throw us off.The inside of the new BMW 6 Series Convertible should mirror that of the coupe. Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten a good look at the inside of either test mule so that we will speculate a bit… for now. Expect to see the cabin take on a fresh redesign that will bring it more into the modern times. And with a $90,000 price tag, you can bet there will be healthy doses of Alcantara, leather, polished aluminum, and fine wood available. Honestly, it’s entirely possible that BMW will go the extra mile and give the new 6 Series a more futuristic cabin like that of the BMW i8. A two-tier dash with a large (possible 10-inch) display atop sounds pretty sweet and the center console will be toned down to include fewer buttons and more touch sensitive controls. Seat Seats will be power adjustable, have heating and cooling, and should get the message feature to help you relax after a long day at the office.
2019 BMW 6 Series Convertible Engine
As is the case with the current BMW 6 Series Convertible, it will likely come in two different trims here in the U.S. The 640i and 640i xDrive should get a 3.0-liter, twin turbo, inline-six while the 650i and 650i xDrive should get a 4.4-liter, twin turbo, V-8. In the current model, the 3.0-liter delivers 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, while the 4.4-liter offers a cool 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet. With that said, we’re expecting the new-gen model to get a bump up in power all the way around, so the 3.0-liter will likely be massaged to deliver something in the range of 350 horsepower and 340 pound-feet, and the 4.0-liter could see an output increase to the tune of 475 horsepower and 500 pound-feet. Shifting duties for each engine are handled by an eight-speed “sport” automatic transmission. xDrive models also get all-wheel drive, while on-xDrive models are stuck with rear-wheel drive.
2019 BMW 6 Series Convertible Price And Release Date
Compared to the cars it competes with, the 6 Series is already heavily overpriced anyway. In entry-level, convertible form, you’ll be asked to pony up at least $85,100. Meanwhile, the 650i commands $96,500. Going with all-wheel drive will add an extra $3,000 to each model. With that said, I wouldn’t expect pricing to go up much at all, and will likely remain about the same. With models like the Audi S5 and Mercedes E-Class Mercedes E-Class starting out significantly cheaper, it’s true brand loyalty that keeps the 6 Series going, so if you’re new to this segment, don’t think twice about going with either competitor – you get more for your money all the way around.