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BMW 6-Series convertible spied …in snow this time

Spy Photos | November 30th, 2009 by 14
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BMW test mules are moving up north for the winter testing sessions at Arctic Driving Center in Rovaniemi, Finland. AutoExpress and their team of spy …

BMW test mules are moving up north for the winter testing sessions at Arctic Driving Center in Rovaniemi, Finland. AutoExpress and their team of spy photographers spotted the 2011 BMW 6 Series Convertible during some….snow drifting.

It is worth mentioning that their report is a bit misleading in regards to the soft-top. Despite the several prototypes seen in the past with a soft top, BMW will offer the new 6 Series sportscar with a similar hardtop found in the 3 Series Cabrio.

As we mentioned several times before, for now it has been confirmed that the 2011 BMW 6 Series will come in three flavors: Coupe, Convertible and M6. There are still some rumors around a Gran Turismo model based on the 6 Series, but prototypes have yet to be seen.

BMW 6 Series convertible spied ...in snow this time

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. The redesigned 6er 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.

The current engines line-up will be the base in the next generation 6 Series.  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. It has not been yet confirmed with multiple sources, but the rumor mill has it that BMW is developing a tri-turbo diesel engine based on the six-cylinder turbo existing in the BMW line-up and one of the top 6er models.The tri-turbo engine will output 354 horsepower and it will be initially used in a BMW X5 Performance Diesel.

BMW’s Efficient Dynamics updates, including Stop/Start and regenerative braking will also be available on the 6-Series for the first time. The M6 will replace its powerful and large V10 engine with a turbocharged powerplant.

The new 6-Series will make its online debut late next year and it will officially unveiled at 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

[Source: AutoExpress UK ]

  • Giom

    Are you sure about the hard top? Cause all the test mules we’ve seen so far had a real soft top. You can even see the ribs underneath. I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes out as a soft top – weight and packaging being the reason. Time will tell…

    I’m releaved to read about it being ‘radically different’. But I hope it’s towards a more daring side, not a more safe side. The overall shape of this test mule looks very similar to the current car. As long as it looks low and mean, it’s gonna be ok.

    • Babak

      Seems like all new BMWs are moving to a more ‘safe’ design. So don’t get your hopes high too much…

  • Axelsaurus

    what about the 6er coupè? I haven’t seen test mules..
    I think that hard top will increase weight too much… it doesn’t make sense if there will be also the coupe model… I hope that it’ll not be replaced by the convertible with hard top.

  • Axelsaurus

    the 635i’ll have the N54 L6 3.0? why not the N55?
    or 635i with 306hp (N55) and 640i with 360cv (N55 bi-turbo).

    • Axelsaurus

      *twin-turbo

  • BMfan

    Need it be wider and longer? A sports car should be cute and powerful-neednt be monstrous.

  • XCpac

    I see a very ‘safe’ design coming. It will be no doubt a nice car, nothing to alienate current customers. Sadly, the days of controversial but incredibly cool cars are over.

  • viper

    the current 6er is really a stunning great car , I dont expect too much from new one , it should be the best looking in bmw lineup , but I doubt that from thee pictures , bmw is playing safe , bangle was the king

  • billy

    It still has a bit of a bangle butt, you can see the slight difference in angles at the back

  • xcpac

    If it just looked as the Z9 Grand Turismo Concept… (sigh) This BMW has to compete against Aston Martins and Porsches 911. Please BMW, don’t make it wrong…

  • xcpac

    I know, I know…

  • p.wong

    i know it sucks but i still wanna see a cs concept on the street lol

  • xcpac

    Well, Concept CS is all over the lineup right now, but sadly BMW is no longer bold enough to put that exact car in the market. I guess is ‘safe-designs times’. Anyways, a CS would blow the competition away!

  • reece

    This car looks very similar to the current car. Is it possible that they are using the old shell just for testing the engin and other dynamics? I llike the CS concept very much… that would have been a good 6er shape. I like the crisp folds of the metal. It echos precision and lightness. the gentel folds are very normal and safe and look heavy.

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