Detroit Show Preview: BMW 645Ci Convertible

Summer comes early with the debut of a breezy droptop from Munich.

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Hot on the heels of the sensual 6-series coupe comes BMW's new 645Ci Convertible, which makes its official world debut on January 5th, at the 2004 North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Hall. The 645Cic employs coupe's 4.4-liter V-8 engine, which produces 325 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque and pairs to one of three six-speeed transmissions—a traditional manual, a manu-matic, or a paddle-operated sequential manual. BMW claims its airy four-seater will make the trip to 60 mph in about six seconds and press on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 2004 North American International Auto Show opens to the public on Saturday, January 10, and runs through Monday, January 19. Be sure to visit automobilemag.com for the latest news from the show floor in beautiful downtown Detroit.

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