The all-new 2012 BMW 650i Convertible will start at $91,375. Finally, the updated and better-equipped 2012 BMW 1 Series models will be priced as-follows: 128i Coupe $31,825; 135i Coupe $39,925; 128i Convertible $37,475; 135i Convertible $44,675. All prices include $875 Destination & Handling fee. The price of theall-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, at $47,010, is where most enthusiasts expected it to sit. It’s above the new entry price of $40k for a 135i and below the $55k price of an E90 BMW M3. Much of the car’s existence can be pinned on BMW’s need to cater to older E46 M3 owner who weren’t able or willing to make the jump to the more expensive E90/E92 M3. Therefore, the 1 Series M Coupe is aimed to fill the gap between the models and provide a car with similar pricing and performance as the last generation E46 M3.
Essentially a BMW M3 chassis with Competition Package packed into a modified 1 Series body, the 1 Series M Coupe is set to be one of the fastest, most remarkable M vehicles ever built. It features one of the most powerful inline-6 engines BMW has ever built, massive brakes, and a very wide footprint for maximum agility and stability in the spirit of the original BMW M3, which was a race-ready homologation special. The 1 Series M Coupe will be available in limited quantity as a 2011 model. The new 650i Convertible ($91,375) goes on sale as a 2012 model. The 650i Convertible features BMW’s 4.4-liter, “reverse flow” V8 engine with 400hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available, including the standard 6-speed manual and BMW’s brilliant optional 8-speed automatic.
As with the previous 6 Series Convertible, the new 650i Convertible features a super-insulated folding soft-top, which can retract in a mere 19 seconds at vehicle speeds up to 25mph. The interior of the new 650i Convertible features an ergonomic design with more passenger space and superb materials choices, including optional full-leather trim with contrasting stitching. Last, but not least, the popular BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models have received substantial enhancements for an early start to the 2012 model year. The 128i model has received BMW’s innovative Air Curtain system, which smoothes airflow over the front wheels to reduce wind resistance.
All 1 Series models receive updated headlight and tail light assemblies, featuring a new “eyebrow” design up front, and new tail lights at the rear. Xenon Adaptive headlights – standard on 135i models, optional on 128i models – add LED backlighting for the new eyebrow and LED light tubes in the tail lights.
All 1 Series models now feature standard iPod/USB integration. Convertible models now feature standard through-loading system for improved storage capacity, while 135i models gain standard power seats with adjustable lumbar support. Convertible models receive larger alloy wheels, now 17” diameter on 128i Convertible and 18” diameter on the 135i Convertible.
The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, as well as the 2012 650i Convertible, and 1 Series Coupe and Convertible will arrive at authorized BMW centers this Spring.