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Spy Video: 2011 BMW 6-series Convertible

Spy Photos | November 26th, 2009 by 9

The next generation 2011 BMW 6 Series has been spotted again during a testing session. With the new 5 Series out of the way, the …

The next generation 2011 BMW 6 Series has been spotted again during a testing session. With the new 5 Series out of the way, the focus of the BMW community will move onto the next year unveiling of the redesigned 6 Series and the second generation X3.

2011 BMW 6 Series will come in three flavors: Coupe, Convertible and the almighty M6. The next 6-series coupe and convertible will be radically different from the current cars’ styling. Even people close to BMW said that the current 6-Series is very polarizing due to the “Bangle butt” it carries, but the redesigned 6er, will be a “super sleek” vehicle.

Also, the redesigned 6 Series is slightly longer and wider than the current generation. It will have shorter overhangs and a lower roofline which implicitly gives the car a more muscular look. Even though the video is deceiving by showing us a soft top (used for camouflage purposes), the car will receive the hardtop as seen in the BMW 3 Series Convertible and the soft top will NOT be an option. The bodystyle has been designed to accommodate the hardtop, so no raised up rear-end. The headlights will resemble in some ways the ones from the CS Concept, which is good news for the die hard CS fans. We also expect a larger than usual front-grille, a trend seen in the latest models.

The current engines are here to stay. The award winning twin-turbo 6-cylinder will power one of the entry levels models with its 326 horsepower, while the V8 twin-turbo 407 horsepower engine found in the new 5 and 7 Series will be found in the higher-end models.

Diesel fans have not been forgotten and the 6-cylinder diesel found currently in the 635d will “stick” around. The 354 horsepower Tri-Turbo 6-cylinder diesel is a great candidate for the new models as well.

BMW will also offer a 655 model, a hybrid version using the same technology as the upcoming BM X6 Hybrid and 7 Series Hybrid.

The 2011 BMW 6 Series will use the latest 8-speed transmission as well as the 7-speed DCT one. To make the 6er appeal eve more to car enthusiasts, a new damping system will offer four different sport settings from Comfort right through to Performance , including an option for efficient performance.

In a recent interview, BMW North American CEO, Jim O’Donnell called the 2011 6 Series, “Best-looking BMW in years”. We certainly hope so!

[Video source: Bimmerpost ]

  • rum

    funny thing is that about 1:20 into the video as he turns into the highway, he drives next to a what looks like a new 5 series in the traditional swirly disguise…(check it out on the right side of the 6er..)

    • Jag

      so why is it funny? this video was taken before the official launch of the new 5er and they tested both cars at the same time.

  • michael

    I’m curious as to why they’d be going through a carwash.. unless it’s to check the weather seals.

    Just seems a bit funny to me.

    Anyway let my new obsession begin – I love the 6s :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    hey Horatiu what about 6gt,any rumors..this is like 3rd time im ¨asking˝ u..

  • :p

    I wonder why BMW made a 6 series. Why not name it the 5 Coupe and Convertible like how the 3 series has a sedan, coupe and convertible. Other wise just name the 3 coupe and convertible the 4 series

  • Axelsaurus

    and 6er coupè?

  • http://www.bmwblog.com sg

    The video has been taken close to the BMW “Forschung- and Innovation Zentrum” (= FIZ = Headquarter of development and innovation.). So, no wonder that you can see other camouflaged cars in the backround.

    And the reason to take the cars through a car wash is not that special. Its winter in Germany, and there s a lot of salt on the street to avoid ice and snow. that crap is awful on cars – especially if you want to check different things underneith the car. A buddy of mine worked for BMW, and it was a MUST for them to bring cars back to the plant washed. not allowed to park them dirty. btw – thats the exit of the carwash of BMWs contract petrol station – also right in front of the FIZ.

    I used to live in that area of Munich for years – my experience is, that BMW dont take the camouflage off the cars even after official press release. I m sure that there are more than 50 of the new F10 driving around – to take the camouflage off is just a waste of time and money right now. I think they will drive around like this till jan. or feb. – and to be hones, something that is secret is even more interessting – isnt it? ;-)

  • Bryce

    We need a better rendering of the 6 series. By the looks of these “spy” photos, the headlights really will be more similar to the CS than the current rendering. It looks like there is one light behind the other,like the CS, instead of being side-by-side. Also, they seem to be using the CS as the base for a lot of their design cues, but the Vision Concept seemed to generate a lot more excitement than the CS.

  • 100$ GUY

    Good heads up SG!

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