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Paris Preview: BMW unwraps 6 Series Coupe Concept

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Like so many "concepts" from BMW, the 6 Series Coupe bound for the Paris Motor Show is a concept in name alone. What you're looking at is BMW's next GT, and even a cursory glance proves that the Bangleization of BMW is officially over.

Set to be based on the 5 Series' underpinnings and taking several cues from the Grand Coupe concept shown in Beijing, the next BMW 6 Series takes the brand's new upright grille, frames it with a set of full-LED headlamps and than caps things off with a more contoured rump. We're not going to pass judgement on the design until we see it in person, but like the last 6er, this new GT appears to be a love it or loathe it affair.

17-bmw-6-series-concept-paris-2010-250opOn the contrary, the interior is an airy, organic environment, complete with an asymmetrical center console tilted towards the driver, a new navigation display and a host of aluminum and leather accents that are several steps beyond what's currently on offer from BMW. We're particularly digging the redesigned steering wheel and the waterfall of material that connects the dash to the transmission tunnel.

BMW isn't giving up specifics on dimensions or engines - this is a "concept" after all - but expect the 2012 BMW 6 Series to be slightly lower and marginally wider than the current model. Power will be supplied by BMW's current array of naturally aspirated and turbocharged inline sixes, with the next M6 outputting over 550 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. The standard 6 should be in showroom early next year, with the M6 to arriving in late 2012 and the soft-top due out in late 2011.

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Paris Preview: BMW unwraps 6 Series Coupe Concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Sep 2010 20:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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It has a nice stance, especially from behind. Too bad BMW can't make a good looking front fascia to save their life. This one is better but still not great, IMO. The rest of the car looks good. Interior looks like any other BMW.

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BMW 6-series coupe concept revealed

Greg Kable

AutoWeek -- September 20, 2010 06:01 CET

BMW AG will give its new 6-series coupe a more classically elegant form than the bullish appearance of the existing car.

The new-generation 6 series will debut later this month at the Paris auto show as a concept that will be very close to the production car.

The concept's refined styling was first shown on the four-door Grand Coupe concept in April at the Beijing auto show and it provides the 6 series with clear visual links to other recent BMW models.

Most notably, there's a strong resemblance to the 5 series with which it shares rear-wheel-drive underpinnings.

The new 6 series continues BMW's design revolution under Adrian von Hooydonk, whose mold-breaking Z9 Grand Turismo concept car first shown in 1999 laid down the styling template for today's 6 series.

“With this car, I feel like I have come full circle. I was lucky enough to influence today's 6 series, and I've also been heavily involved in defining the new look of the coupe concept,” he said.

Despite its billing as a concept, von Hooydonk confirms that the production version of the new 6 series will get only minor changes, including different mirror housings, tailpipes and less flamboyant wheels. “What you see is largely what we intend to place into production,” he said.

The 6 series receives what von Hooydonk describes as “a shark-like nose” featuring highly technical headlamp graphics (to be offered with optional LED corona lenses like those featured on the concept), a forward-leaning kidney grille and a full air duct within the lower part of the bumper designed to accentuate width.

The long hood -- a design cue reflecting the 6 series' longitudinal engine mounting -- is more contoured than before, and like the rest of the car's steel body, it boasts tauter surfacing than today's somewhat bloated-looking model.

The addition of chrome around the side window graphic, which is virtually similar to that of the first-generation model, is aimed at enhancing overall elegance, giving the new 6 series a more upmarket flavor.

At the rear there are characteristic L-shaped taillights that use LED graphics similar to those seen on the 5 series. The trunk is also more integrated than before and now boasts a subtle spoiler integrated into the metal.

A fabric roof convertible version is also due in 2011.

BMW hasn't provided official figures, but company insiders confirm that the new 6 series is virtually the same length though it's a good deal wider and slightly lower than the current car.

It also boasts an incremental increase in wheelbase along with wider tracks front and rear -- measures that help ensure the confident stance of the current model is retained. The added dimensions also boost interior accommodation, most notably in the rear.

Driver's car

Inside, BMW's design team gave the new 6 series a unique asymmetrical dashboard that channels the German carmaker's early models by adding a center console angled toward the driver.

“It's a coupe, a driver's car,” von Hooydonk said. “We think it should have a more driver-centric feel than our regular models.”

BMW is not revealing the engine line, though the 6 series will use an eight-speed automatic transmission. Topping the range will be a successor to the M6 running a twin-turbocharged V8 in combination with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100920/ANE/100919841/1130#ixzz106FKGhMn

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Very nice, new, something different in the front end without abandoning some sort of familiarity.

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It has a nice stance, especially from behind. Too bad BMW can't make a good looking front fascia to save their life. This one is better but still not great, IMO. The rest of the car looks good. Interior looks like any other BMW.

The kidney grille is becoming more and more like a pig-nose. But there's something about that front end that reminds of the E9 coupes... In fact, to my eyes the whole design has a very strong E9 meets E24 vibe.

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