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The next BMW 6 Series-click above for high-res image gallery

We've been seeing spy shots of the upcoming 6-Series Convertible for some time now (also, here), but this is the first time we've seen the hard topped version out in the streets. Well, halfway out in the street, as BMW has it all wrapped up for up for a psytrance after-party. We will tip our hats to BMW for this black and white disguise, however, as there's a slight resemblance to the Maserati 4200 GT in front, while they taped off the C-pillar ape the Z32 300ZX. That said, they're not fooling anyone.

First of all, the stuff they didn't/can't cover with camo-wheels, brakes and mirrors-all scream BMW. Especially the "Efficient Dynamics" brake kit that will charge the battery while you're slowing down. Also, the trunk is still fairly Bangled, though less so than the current car.

snout250.jpg The engines will be coming out of the 7 Series, though probably not the vaunted 760Li's twin-turbo V12. Expect the double-scroll single turbo 3.0-liter straight six and the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, as well as few diesel mill we won't be seeing in the States. As far as the next M6 goes, that's up in the air. Early reports indicate that BMW will be selling some manner of R8-fighter based on the Efficient Dynamics Concept, though it will probably be stuffed with a 600+ horsepower version of the BMW 262 cubic inch twin-turbo V8.

Before you get salty tears in your coffee, our spies also inform us that a four door version of the new 6 Series is expected. Something along the lines of a 650i Gran Turismo, including a hatch/trunk lid similar to the one found in the 550i GT. A model needed (apparently) to combat the upcoming Audi A7 four-door coupe. Those wacky Germans...

Spy Shots: Clearest look yet at BMW's next 6 Series originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 Apr 2010 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW 6-Series Coupe illustrated/spied

04/09/2010, 1:52 PMBY MARK KLEIS

Our spies recently caught the upcoming 6-Series Coupe for the first time ever, and now our illustrator has created an accurate representation of the next-generation 6-Series Coupe. Our illustrator created the next-gen GT coupe with the use of inside sources and our most recent spy photos, making this a very accurate representation of the production model.

This illustration shows BMW’s likely application of crisp new lines across the hood, along with a matching crease down the side profile. These new lines follow the same design language found on the recently revealed 5-Series sedan.

Overall, the next 6-Series Coupe appears to be paying homage to the simple design of the original 6-Series in the 1970s and 1980s. Up front, this coupe seems to be borrowing the narrow and lower front-end styling found on the modern Maserati Gran Turismo – although it lacks the distinctive wheel-well arch found on its Italian friend. More obviously, the 6-Series certainly shares much of its design language and overall shape with virtually every modern Aston Martin coupe, albeit with a slightly less pronounced stance.

Spy photos tell the story of the new rear fascia

This test mule was spotted on the streets on Munich, wearing nothing but thin psychedelic black and white camouflage. Given the fairly revealing nature of the photos, we can tell that the newest 6-Series Coupe will be sporting a much more refined rear-fascia – ditching the somewhat controversial styling of the current model.

Like the convertible 6-Series mule that has been spied, the coupe also appears to feature a stance that has been slightly dropped – giving it a sportier feel and look. BMW is said to have wanted to go after a more mainstream buyer, and is looking to appeal to traditional sports car buyers with its changes.

In late 2009, Leftlane reported about an interview with Automobile Magazine in which BMW boss, Jim O’Donnell, said, “In my opinion, the next 6-series is the best-looking car that BMW has done in years. It’s really stunning.”

One major change we can count on will be the addition of BMW’s new 8-speed transmission. The motor lineup should solider on mostly unchanged, including the 6-Series’ V10 M option.

The next 6-Series isn’t expected to debut until March 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show.



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