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By Drew Johnson

Over the last several months, we’ve seen all sorts of next-generation BMW 6-Series prototypes running around Germany in various states of camo. However, for the first time, our spies have just spotted the much hotter M6 coupe!

The bigger wheels, sporty, low-profile tires, cross-drilled brake rotors and quad tip exhaust tell us this 6′er is packining heat! Under the hood, we think you’ll find BMW’s 4.4L twin-turbo V8, with as much as 500 horsepower on tap.

The new 6 series doesn’t appear to stray far from the design of the current model, however, this 2010 prototype does look a bit sleeker as well as slightly longer and wider than the car you currently find on dealer lots.

The next-generation 6-Series coupe is expected to bow at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, so don’t expect the M variant until sometime in 2012.



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Spy Shots: 2012 BMW M6 ready to tackle the 'Ring

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Jun 21st 2010 at 12:58PM

2012 BMW M6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

For the last few months, there's been a barrage of BMW 6 Series spy shots. But with the coupe and convertible performing a slow striptease in Germany, one model has been noticeably absent: the next-generation M6.

Caught testing this morning outside the Nurburgring, BMW's high-po coupe differs from its staid siblings with upgraded wheels, drilled brake rotors and the standard M-style quad exhausts. The front bumper also benefits from a slight reworking when compared to the standard 6 Series, with an enlarged lower air dam and something we haven't seen on previous prototypes: a strip of LED turn signal indicators just below the restyled headlamps.

If the 2012 M6 is anything like its predecessors, it's safe to assume that the all-new M5's powerplant will carry over to the coupe and convertible models. If that's the case, the next M6 will be packing a modified version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 currently fitted to the X5 M and X6 M, with output somewhere north of 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. All signs point to a Paris Motor Show debut for the revised 6 Series, so we'd expect the M6 to debut early next year and go on sale as a 2012 model.



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Spy Shots: 2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


June 23rd, 2010

The new 2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe and Convertible aren't due to arrive in showrooms until early next year at the earliest as the current model was only given its mid-cycle facelift a little over two years ago.

Prototypes of the new car, however, are already testing in Europe and have been captured by spy photographers on several occasions testing near BMW’s headquarters in Munich or around the Nurburgring circuit. We now have new shots of a prototype for the 2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible, captured with much of its production details revealed.

Comparing previous spy shots of the Coupe and these latest shots of the Convertible, several clear differences can be seen. The rear side windows are a different shape on the two cars, the roof profile is also slightly different and the rear window on the Coupe is slightly wider than the one on the Convertible as well.

This suggests that BMW is preparing two separate 6-Series models unlike what it did for the latest Z4 Roadster, which now only comes with a folding hard-top roof. BMW will sell both a 6-Series Coupe and a 6-Series Convertible with a conventional soft-top roof.

The current 6-Series has proven to be a sales success, with numbers averaging just on 20,000 units per year. BMW doesn't want to risk hurting sales of the next-generation model so for the new car designers will be dialing down the controversial styling. The spy shots reveal a much sleeker look and a wider, more purposeful stance.

Inside, the new 6-Series will feature plenty of luxury appointments as well as an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters. The current engine lineup is expected to carry over relatively unchanged, but there’s chance that the range-topping M6 model may not be replaced as BMW is planning a new standalone high-end sports car to fill that segment.



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