The next generation BMW 6 Series is due to launch next year and several prototypes are being spotted weekly during winter testing. While the car has yet to enter the Final Evaluation Phase where the camouflage becomes minimal, it is still interesting to see overall dimensions and stance.
Underneath the psychadelic camouflage, the test mule in the photo above still features some plastic parts that hide the fine details.
According to previous reports and inside sources, the next 6-series coupe and convertible will be radically different from the current cars’ styling. The current 6 Series is very polarizing due to the “Bangle butt” it carries, but the redesigned 6er, is rumored to be a “super sleek” vehicle, as seen in these latest spy shots as well.
While not confirmed, it is said that some elements from the canceled CS Concept made their way into the final design.
The 2011 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. The convertible will receive the hardtop as seen in the BMW 3 Series Convertible.
The bodystyle has been designed to accommodate the hardtop, so no raised up rear-end. We also expect a larger than usual front-grille, a trend seen in the latest models.
The interior design has also been re-drawn from ground up and it is being said to reflect some of the design cues seen in the Z4 Roadster, so expect a very driver oriented dashboard and plenty of sporty elements.
Engine wise, the new 6 Series will feature a combination of diesel and petrol offerings. The high-end diesel model will be the 640d, powered by the N57 turbocharged straight-6 common rail diesel engine outputting 306 horsepower.
The 650i will be the highest offering powered by the 4.4 liter V8 Twin-turbo engine.
Sales are expected to begin in the second half of 2011 with an early revealing at one of the major auto shows.
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