The 2016 BMW 650i Convertible Is A Fantastic Cruiser

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Fall is coming to South Florida; that means 75 degree weather with partly cloudy skies. BMW has created the perfect car for cruising while basking in the warm sunshine, the BMW 650i Convertible. The car offers full size luxury in the form of a droptop that goes up and down in 19 seconds.

The driver focused interior on the BMW 650i Convertible has been enhanced (versus previous generations) with even more leather and more wood. The model I tested was fitted with beautiful nappa leather and dark red sycamore wood. The seats are adjustable in 20 different ways, which includes an adjustable upper back support and seat extender. Heated seats are standard, ventilated front seats are optional. While the front seats are definitly the center of attention, the backseats are not forgotten. The backseats are big enough for both kids and adults to ride comfortably.

Driving the BMW 650i Convertible is an enjoyable experience with both the top up or down. Heavy sound proofing around the car and on the canvas top, deliver a quite ride even at highway speeds.

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The BMW 650i Convertible blends technology and traditional luxury very well. A mid-sized display is accompanied by physical elements to enhance the driving experience and prevent distractions. It displays, telephone, navigation, phone and vehicle information such as your speedometer and tachometer. A gigantic split screen display sits on the top of the center console. This screen allows you to display both the radio and navigation at the same time; while it may not seem important, it is a very convenient feature. As an available option, the 650i Convertible offer a heads up display.

The BMW 650i Convertible is one of the heaviest cars in its segment, but at the heart of the BMW 650i Convertible is a twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 445 horsepower and 480 pounds of torque. It launches the car from zero to sixty in under 4.5 seconds.

The BMW 650i Convertible’s comfortable ride, beautiful interior, and powerful engine make it a great choice for those who want a luxurious daily driver. Contact your local BMW dealer for more information.

Soak up the sun in the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

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The 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet is the ideal convertible: it is super fun to drive, sexy, sophisticated, sumptuous, and sporty.

The S5 is an A5 on steroids. It comes equipped with a 333 horsepower super-charged V6 engine, a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and a sports-tuned suspension. The extra 113 horsepower and quicker shifting gearbox make a huge difference. The optional sports differential greatly improves its agility… This car was built for increased performance.

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The rear of the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet is seductive; with a quad-exhaust system that unleashes a powerful roar when you press the gas pedal. The S5’s beautiful exhaust note enhances the driving experience and breathes new life into the meaning “fun in the sun.” I could drive around all day with the top down listening to it.

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Behind the wheel of the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet, you are surround by an ultra-sporty and lavish interior. The seats, doors, and steering wheel are wrapped in red and black Napa leather; complete with red stitching on the seats, doors, steering wheel, and gears shifter. The aluminum & black wood inlays on the vehicle I tested created a really unique appearance (see the photos above).

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Just incase you get too much sun, the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet provides a really enjoyable experience with the top up. It is very quiet for a traditional soft-top convertible and it looks good too! The Audi A5 and S5 are one of the few convertibles (in my opinion) that look just as good with the top up as they do with the top down. The canvas top fits seamlessly and flows beautifully to the trunk of the car. Speaking of trunks; the Audi S5 Cabriolet offers plenty of trunk space both with the top up and down.

audi-logo Visit your local Audi dealer for more information on the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet or click here to visit Audi’s website.

It is the perfect time of year for an Audi A3 Convertible

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New to the Audi North America line up is the A3 series, complete with the A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet. This is Audi’s new A segment – replacing the A4 as the brand’s entry level vehicle.

Even though the 2015 A3 Cabriolet is an entry level convertible, it is still packed with goodies. 

Under the hood is a fuel efficient 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that offers 170 horsepower and 200 Ib-ft of torque. You can expect to get 35 miles per gallon from the A3 convertible.

For those looking for an extra punch, an optional 2.0L 4-cylinder engine brings the total horsepower up to 220 and the torque to 258 ib-ft. Personally I would opt for the bigger motor because the smaller one seemed under powered for a performance minded car. The bigger engine also adds all-wheel-drive for improved handling and safety on wet roads.

Standard on both models is a six speed S tropic dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is magnificent gearbox, because it shifts faster than a manual transmission and it offers the convenience of an automatic.

The car drives beautifully! It handles well and feels solid on the highway. If you are use to driving big cars, it feels small, but not cramped.

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The interior of the 2015 Audi A3 is sleek and modern. You will noticed a newly designed dash, complete with circular chrome air vents and aluminum trim.

Leather seats are standard on all models – you won’t find that entry level models from Mercedes or BMW.

Personally, I find Audi to have amongst the most comfortable seats on the road. The shape of the seats work well with my back. I drove an Audi A6 round trip from Saint Louis to Ft Lauderdale a few years ago and no back pain. So, I am really glad to see that the A3 features a similar seat design.

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Technology helps set the 2015 Audi A3 apart from the competition. Featured (with the navigation package) is a large multifunctional display that pops out of the dash. Using an LTE data connection, you can access Google Earth to get turn by turn directions, weather, traffic, and restaurant recommendations. Audi is the only manufacturer to feature this type of integration with Google. The pros of a system that uses a wireless data connection are that you always have the most up-to-date maps and traffic data. The downside of a system that use a wireless data connection is that you have to purchase a monthly data plan for your car.

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As with most convertibles, you get a lot of wind noise with the top down. An available wind deflector helps reduce the noise, but then you loose the use of the two rear seats.

Driving with the top up is almost like diving a coupe. The rear glass window is easy to see out of and the top is well insulated.

Whether you have the top up or down, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is a great car! Nothing beats the feeling of a cool breeze blowing through your hair. With temperatures cooling off in South Florida, now is the perfect time to buy a convertible.