Courtesy of MotorAuthority, we are bringing you a spy photo of the new 2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible sporting less camouflage than ever seen before. The breaking news last week revolved around the North American market receiving a six-cylinder engine in their 6 Series line-up, but today, we were able to confirm that the the first U.S. 2011 6 Series model will debut in March of next year, and the first model available will indeed be the BMW 650i Convertible.
In July 2011, the 650 Coupe will follow. Later in September of 2011, the BMW 640 Coupe and Convertible will launch, along with the xDrive variant of the 650.
The contradictory reports around the 6 Series top variants continue. First reports were claiming a hardtop 6 Series Cabrio, but based on our latest inside information and spy photos, we stated that the new 6 Series will continue using a soft top.
Today, a new rumor launched by the same BMW insider Scott27, mentions the hardtop as being offered as an option to the new 6 Series Convertible. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm these latest allegations and ourselves are bit reluctant to acknowledge them as being valid. The development, testing and production costs of two variants of the 6 Series Convertible would be quite high for BMW and we certainly don’t see a valid business decision behind the alleged decision.
As seen in the spy photo above, the 2012 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 new 2012 BMW 6 Series will not be a twin-brother to the highly acclaimed and much missed CS Concept, but some design cues from the canceled CS Concept and the recently unveiled Gran Coupe made their way into the final design.
The design lines return to the super sleek look and we expect to see plenty of concave and convex design lines hidden underneath the camo, lines that will enhance the luxurious sporty look of the new 6er.
Even though still hidden with tape, the photos reveal the corona ring headlights as seen in other BMW models, a common gene in new BMWs.
The 2012 BMW 6 Series is rumored to be unveiled later this year at the Paris Motor Show and possibly a U.S. unveiling in L.A.
As always, stay tuned for further updates!