The new 6er Coupe made its debut in a concept form at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and production was announced for fall of 2011. Earlier this year, the cabriolet version of the 6 Series was officially launched at the Detroit Motor Show.
Last year, China was also the host of another concept based on the 6 Series bodystyle, the new four-door coupe Gran Coupe. With the introduction of the new BMW M5 at the same auto show this year, Shanghai is slowly becoming one of the most important automotive venues, an indication the Chinese market is constantly growing and evolving.
Just recently, BMW announced China as being their third-largest market.
BMW 6 Series Coupe is the first vehicle from the Munich-based automaker to get full LED treatment; driving lights, indication lights, brake lights and rear-lights. It has the same length as the current 6 Series, but sits on a wider track and has been lowered to enhance its sportiness character.
Looks-wise, the 6 Series concept appears stronger, more sculpted, and more fluid designed that the current model. Flame surfacing is out and the car features more hardened lines running across its side.
Its interior is more closely related to it predecessor, with an evolved, more dynamic driver-centric IP. The most intriguing aspect is the passenger side dash top and the surface above the glovebox, which twist, tornado-style along the center stack and into the center console. The interior is dominated by the large 10.2 inch display that reveals the latest infotainment system from BMW. Framed by a chrome plated frame, the flat-screen takes a more upright position, in contrast to the built-in approach we have seen in previous models.
The concept version features the high-end sound system developed specifically for BMW by Bang & Olufsen, but the production version will not currently offer this option. Other changes from the concept to the production vehicle include a new set of wheels and side mirrors, along with different interior trims and upholstery.
When the car debuts in the U.S. with the 650i model, the base price will most likely fall around the $90,000 mark.
2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe Photo Gallery