Paris Motor Show has been chosen as the host for the world premiere of the 2012 BMW 6 Series. Introduced in a concept format, the new 6 Series is one of the most exciting BMWs to be unveiled this year. After the unveiling of the new X3, the 6 Series becomes the oldest BMW in the lineup and a refresh of the current design has been highly awaited.
The new exterior design is sharing plenty of details with the BMW Gran Coupe Concept unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year. While both cars are going to the production line, the new 6 Series will continue to be marketed as a super sleek high-end sporty coupe and convertible, in contrast to the Gran Coupe which is a four-door automobile that falls into the controversial naming convention of “four-door coupes”.
After the 2003 design introduced by the current Director of Design at BMW, Adrian Van Hooydonk, the new 6 Series takes a new approach with a less bulky appearance and a more fluid style.
The car is longer and wider than the current generation and will sport shorter overhangs and a lower roofline. The muscular look will be present both at the front and rear-end, with the corona headlights emphasizing the evolution in BMW design.
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 found in the other 50i models.
Unfounded past rumors of a missing M6 from the future lineup are behind us now, and even though BMW has yet officially acknowledged the high-end ///M model, our sources indicate that an M6 will appear at the end of 2012 with an engine similar to the one found in the upcoming M5.[Photo: Car and Driver ]