2007 BMW 650

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2007 BMW 650

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Stylish appearance
  • Performance potential
  • RWD handling and stability
  • Power glass rear window in convertible

The bad:

  • Minimal backseat space
  • Jittery ride at times
  • Fuel economy
  • Price

1 trim

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  • i

    $74,700

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Notable features

  • 4.8-liter V-8
  • Manual, automatic or sequential manual
  • Lightweight construction
  • Dynamic Driving Control
  • Run-flat 18- or 19-inch tires

2007 BMW 650 review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

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What to say about a car whose presentation and ride seems perfect, but overall is not much fun?

That’s the case with today’s test car, the 2007 BMW 650i convertible. Make no mistake, this is a world-class touring car and I could imagine it ripping up the Autobahn in Germany or twisting through the Alps at high speeds.

Heck, even the previously confounding I-Drive controls (picture a computer mouse between the seats and a screen at center dash that tells you how you are doing) were relatively manageable in this model.

Yet, it lacked the sporty feel I have come to expect from BMW. The ride was relatively soft, and even the sport mode, with its noticeable uptick in revs, could not convince me I was ready to rock.

There was a sense of vague steering, a trait appreciated by drivers of a certain age who liked their cars to handle like a wood-hulled Chris-Craft on Lake Winnipesaukee.

The car is definitely not lacking in power — its 4.8-liter V-8 engine produces 360 horsepower and 360 lb.-ft. of torque. Were the 650i not a rear-wheel-drive beast, I could imagine plowing snow with this car (and a BMW with a plow would make a statement in my New Hampshire surroundings).

The engine has about 35 more horsepower than previous BMWs in this series, but it seems like a subtle tweak. You can easily move beyond all prudence and law, but a lot of cars in today’s high-horsepower market can do that.

In trying to get a grip on what this car is all about, I think big American steel. Its electronics, engine, and interior design are far superior to most of what American companies have ever built (though Cadillac and, yes, Saturn are moving the blocks). Still, it felt bulky and bodacious in a boring sort of way. That is hard to say about a car that, as tested, costs more than $90,000.

Don’t get me wrong, if plush leather, ample leg room for four, and the chance to drop your top on a weekend cruise to Kennebunkport are your thing, this is a smart choice. And that 360 horsepower can feel like 400 when you pull away after depositing your money at the Hampton tollbooths.

Despite the slightly soft ride, the car does hold flat in hard corners (with some body roll), and accelerates from highway entrance ramp to passing lane with ease.

Stability and traction control are standard, as are antilock brakes, roll stabilization, and front side air bags.

A cold-weather package that includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and ski bag adds $750 to the base price of about $81,000. Toss in a sport package with sport seats, exterior trim, 19-inch alloy wheels, and performance run-flat tires and you add another $1,800. Head-up display and night vision (see white bodies on your windshield before you see them in the flesh) add an additional $3,200. An upgraded sound system will cost $1,200 more, something that seems odd in a car that is already so expensive.

In reviewing the 650i convertible I feel like a guy who just won $35 million in the lottery, but complains about the hit he’s taking from the IRS. I was paid to drive a $90,000 BMW — should I have even a hint of dissatisfaction?

Royal Ford can be reached at ford@globe.com.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Still a wonderful car @ 100,000+ miles later

I own it for 14 years from 15 miles to 100,000+ and still in love with it! The very least problem and still perform. I have a convertible top model and still enjoy it every season.

4.6

Great handling and fun to drive automobile

Perfect road car. Very comfortable for all day cruising. The styling is timeless, both inside and outside. The 650 has the power when I need it, and silky smooth when I don't.

4.7

It?s the classiest car I have ever driven.

I am a car guy and this car totally fulfills my needs and desires. I love the style and look. It?s somewhat unique and it?s really powerful when there is a need. I didn?t get much time this rear to drive with the soft top down, but I looking forward to better weather to get it off!

See all 30 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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