2011 BMW 6-Series roomier, less controversial

6-series | June 14th, 2007 by 40
2011 bmw 6 series

BMW’s followup to the dramatic 6-Series won’t bring anything shocking to the table, but it should address concerns with the existing model and increase the …

BMW’s followup to the dramatic 6-Series won’t bring anything shocking to the table, but it should address concerns with the existing model and increase the large coupe’s competitiveness, according to a new report by Germany’s AutoBild.

While the current 6-Series ? introduced in 2004 ? is arguably one of BMW’s most aggressive and controversial designs, its successor won’t do anything to push the envelope further. Instead, it will serve to move the 6er further toward grand tourer territory.

Longer than today’s model, the 2011 6-Series will offer more legroom for rear passengers. At the same time, it will get a sportier cockpit with a more driver oriented console layout.

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As signaled by BMW’s new CS concept, the automaker will be abandoning its awkward trunk design features on the 5-,6-, and 7-Series in favor of a more streamlined design.

Three engines options will give customers a choice between 306, 408, and 507 horsepower, the report claims. The 306 hp model will make use of BMW’s new twin-turbo inline-six found in the 335i. It’s unlikely the 635i will make it to U.S. shores, since Germany luxury makers generally don’t offer entry-level engines in premium cars in America.

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The 650i’s successor will climb in output to 408 horsepower ? up from 360 horsepower in the current model, which itself was a significant jump from the 645i’s 325 horsepower. The M6 is expected to retain BMW’s 5.0-liter V10, with output of at least 507 horsepower.

The convertible version is expected to make use of a folding metal roof, like the new 3-Series convertible. Front overhang on both models will decrease by an inch and a half, despite increased pedestrian safety requirements. Wheelbase will grow three inches.

A previous Autobild report suggested BMW would also offer a four-door variant of the next-gen 6-Series codenamed F14, but it now appears rivaling the Mercedes CLS will be the job of the CS-based 8-Series.

[Illustration by CarAdvice and Autobild ]

40 responses to “2011 BMW 6-Series roomier, less controversial”

  1. remi zero says:

    this sucker is ugly i like the current 6 series thats what i own.

      • Nick says:

        This reminds me of BMW’s attempt to redesign the 2004 740 which was a total disaster. I own a 2006 650 convertible. I would definitely pass this one by. I dont know how they can one day design the Z8 and then take a winner like the 650 and not evolve it.

  2. Toy Yoda says:

    I own a 6, and I like how it looks. This is a step backwards. I’ve come to like how the trunk on the 6 series looks like. The front of the current 6 is much better than what’s rendered here. Hopefully they next iteration will just make slight aliterations to the basic 6 design.

    I like how they plan to lengthen the wheelbase to give more leg room for rear passengers. I’m hoping, however, they don’t increse overall length of the car. Any longer and it would be too long. Plus the car needs to go on a serious diet. Like it could stand to lose another 300 lbs somewhere.

  3. Mark says:

    They will release the new M6 with the same 507hp as the current generation?? Why would the 2011 M5 supposedly be getting 550hp and the new M6 stay at 507?? Besides, read the reports of numerous M5/M6 owners on M5Board.com and see that VERY few if ANY, actually get 507hp….more like around 455-485hp…..

    I suspect that when the new M6 comes out it will have the same HP as the new M5, since they share the same motor….eh???

    The possibility that the rear passengers will have more space is also enticing and very much needed…..otherwise, the 6 Series (in any iteration) is basically a strictly 2-person car….


  4. cody says:

    I have a bmw 6 series and that, what is displayed now is not attractive. I hope bmw remodels the new 6 series, because they will have a bad time selling it.

  5. nazam says:

    it looks nasty

  6. Johnny says:

    I am in the market and am looking at buying a 6 myself. If I saw this car on the lot, I’d walk right by it and not give it a second glance. It looks like the front half of the 6 got welded it to the back end of a 1 with a very large bumper.

    Stay with the big and bold look!

  7. sikasaro says:

    wow…. that’s really ugly n the design is not a characteristic of BMW..
    i love the current 6 than that…
    I want to buy one soon…
    uh… Love it…

  8. Lisa Legnon says:

    I have owned a 7 Series, currently own an X5, and am in the market for a 6 lSeries. However, the new body style looks more like an over weight 3 Series, rather than the stand alone look of the beautiful 6 Series! They need to stay with the current model and take into consideration what the public thinks. BMW, please don’t go backwards!

  9. Jack says:

    Is there any chance the 6 series might an xi option?

  10. kurniadi says:

    6 series should be shorter than 5 series. Around 4,67-4,75 m is the perfect lenght for this car.

  11. Kevin says:

    Omg! finally, the 6 series look somewhat decent cus the current 6 series are hideous as specially the side view, hate it. I’m an M3 & X6 owner, want to also purchase the M6 but can’t stand the look of it. Hope the new body looks totally different from what it is now.

  12. Chrissy says:

    im pleased thats ugly because its going to make the current six a real collectors item. Ill buy a current six whilst i can. Thanks BM!!!

  13. Jack says:

    Does anyone know if there might be a xi in the 6 series future?

  14. ahmad says:

    i think the 2009 6-series is better 2011.and the 2012 is better than 2009 and 2011.
    i am from iran and i want to be a car designer.

  15. viper says:

    the M6 will have the same copy and paste thing as always from the upcoming m5 , thats the same engine and same hp , it would be a miracle if they modified the V10 and output more than 507 , like 580 or 620…..it should be bmws most powerful engine to date…I wish

  16. What’s the big stink about I totally love the 2011 body design I plan to order mine in April. I want every option available. Thanks BMW

    • Arthur says:

      MMmmmmmmm strange, only you like the new 6. Maybe it is better design for women! Hope u enjoy ur overweight 3 series…..

  17. John says:

    I love my ’05 645CIC…seeing these renderings makes me love it even more. I check on the design changes from time to time as I might want to trade in for a newer model. From what I see, I think I’m keeping it for a long time. If BMW moves forwad with that design, I think my car will be highly sought after.

  18. MIMI says:

    I am very excited about the 2011 BMW 6 series…The current one looks like a Ford Taurus from the back!

  19. Peter says:

    I wish the 2011 6 series convertible was out now. I’m currently in the market for a convertible in that class but have immediately eliminated the current 6 series convertible from my consideration. I think it is truly hideous. The new one looks like an enormous improvement.

  20. Dman635 says:

    I love it compared to the last version. It is much cleaner, and doesn’t have that awkward looking trunk line. BMW will never be able to match the original 6 series design of the 80’s, (one of the most beautiful cars in my opinion) but this is miles ahead of the last version.

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  22. andy says:

    thats an uglly bemeer ever made for this generation – pls consider the current design its the best.

  23. Arthur says:

    I have a 6 2005, I was waiting to see the new one. The only thing that I can say it’s yaacccckkkk. It is awful, I will get the new Maserati GT. It is beautiful, I have a BMW since 1989 they are reducing quality, specially in the interior. The materials used are cheap. Well it was nice the 20 year relationship, this is not the BMW spirit.

  24. BeeeMeeeR says:

    !! OMG !! BMW is this a joke ?? Are u serious ??
    I was afraid that my current 6-series would look old, and crappy after 2011 however, I’m keeping my 2009 6 series soft-top.
    If I was a Honda lover i would purchase this new Accord coupe version.
    Note: Sorry this is not a BMW 6-series anymore.

  25. kingmack says:

    What a joke BMW has become. Vanity cars. This car is oversized and not even attractive. $80,000? Are you kidding me? For what? 0-60 in 5.5 and lousy gas mileage. BMW has really lost it. Their engine technology is trailing edge. Soon, the wil have two turbos in everything. Better lease. You don’t want to own those puppies a after 60,000 miles of hard driving.

  26. hamid sousani says:

    i like have a bmw 6series but i have not money :(

  27. Jimmy says:

    Sorry, but I LOVE my 6! Black over Imola red with 20″ Beyern rims. Serious head-turner! It’s my 5th. Bimmer, and it’s my fave even over my e46 M3. This new one, as it’s depicted here, is a cure for insomnia. It’s because of Bangle’s design that makes this current 6 such a hot car. The new design for all of the cars is too tame. They all look alike; this new 6 looks ( especially from the rear ) like the 3 series.
    Maybe when I see the new one in person I may feel differently, but for now it looks like I’ve got a keeper!

  28. Anthony Lorenzo says:

    I prefer the Old body Style of the 6 Series better than the new one. As Arthur said above This BMW look like the Overweight for a 3 Series.
    I am greatfull to BMW because they will make our Old 6 Series Looking like a Bomb cars.
    So I am enjoying My 2009 650 Convertible the best I can until BMW will re-design the 2011 6 Series.

  29. Ben says:

    it looks like it has the new F01/F02 (new 7 series) new front end, but im not to keen on the rear end, i currently work for bmw and the 6 series has always tryed to be diffrent i think,

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  31. Driving says:

    We always like the old shape and it will take some time to get use to this model

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