Photo Comparison: New 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe vs. E63 6 Series Coupe

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A trademark of BMWBLOG for years now is to compare any new BMW to the previous generation. Today, with the unveiling of the F13 2012 …

A trademark of BMWBLOG for years now is to compare any new BMW to the previous generation. Today, with the unveiling of the F13 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe, we are going to compare the current and upcoming generation 6 Series from different angles.

Previous generation 6 Series was penned by BMW’s VP of Design, Adrian Van Hooydonk, and the new 6 Series was designed under his direction as well. The F13 6 Series Coupe comes to emphasize the new design language at BMW which started in 2009 with the E89 Z4, followed shortly by the F01/F02 7 Series and last year’s big seller, F10 5 Series.

As our own Hugo Becker pointed out earlier, BMW considers the new 6 series the top of their model range. Its role is to be the pinnacle of BMW’s coupe offerings and judging by these photos, it has not been disappointing. The high-end Coupe features shorter rear deck and a dramatic slope of the rear light, along with perfect proportions. The road presence is impressive and it is shaping up to be a “dominatrix” on any roads.

F13 6 series vs E63 6 series 655x250The unique shape of the headlights are inspired from the Gran Coupe Concept, the four-door coupe that will come next year to further expand the flagship offerings from BMW. Same headlights design is said to be featured in the 2012 BMW 3 Series. At the end, BMW fans will praise the new design that makes forgotten the overly discussed Bangle-butt. The L-shape taillights continue to remain a BMW icon and the full LED treatment bring out the luxury and sportiness from the new 6.

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Inside BMW stays true to another core value, the driver orientation. and compared to the previous generation, the luxury level has reached a new peak. The dashboard features a line coming from the center stack that doesn’t just wrap around and close in front of the driver, but actually shows the direction you want to drive towards to. The layering technique first introduced in the Vision ED Concept is the underlying factor here. Layering opens up the space and BMW designers have done a great job showing light and shadows inside the car, especially around the door.

But is the E63 ready to retire? Many would say yes, but judging by these photos, the current 6 Series seems almost as fresh as 7 years ago, one of the few BMWs that has not aged significantly. The design continues to be attractive to the eye, the dynamics and flame surfacing emphasize its sportiness and luxury. This is most likely Van Hooydonk’s best design to date and we can see why Nader Faghihzadeh, F13 designer, used the main three color elements from the 6 Series as a starting point: athletic, elegant and modern.

Before we let you enjoy these unique comparison, we would like to throw one question out there:

If the new 6 Series already has the “looks”, would the new M6 become THE ultimate BMW?

18 responses to “Photo Comparison: New 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe vs. E63 6 Series Coupe”

  1. Frederico Silva says:

    You’re the man! :D

    • Horatiu B. says:

      I know :)) Thanks hahaha

      Now spread the word :)

      We started these comparisons years back and noticed everyone is doing them lately, even car magazines from Germany.

  2. Tom says:

    The previous gen front looks better.

  3. viper says:

    E63 still looks better except a little more advanced interior in 2012 6.

  4. pimeto says:

    I nevel liked the now old 6er headlights…. they have that cute expression of Manga character…
    But the new 6er, i am totally won by this! I expect the M version to have more aggressive headlights, because they now are still cute looking…

    • Horatiu B. says:

      The new M6 will be amazingly impressive. I already predict lots of horsepower and a pure M. That bodystyle offers the M guys lots of room to play with.

      • viper says:

        but of course they wont play too much , we all know that thank you.
        the m guys were never visually impressive nor they will be this time , except some 580hp which is the strongest production m to date.
        there are stronger rivals tho , it will be very interesting with rs’s amg’s gtr’s…

  5. Giom Mouton says:

    I’ve always been, and still is a fan of the old Six. To me, it’s still one of the most interesting and beautifull cars ever made. The Six has just moved the game on – even if it is in a more mainstream maner. Can’t wait to see this baby live!

  6. Alex says:

    i dont get why people hated the E63’s looks, it was a great looking car, wouldnt mind having both that and an F13

  7. sok says:

    I expected most people don’t like E63 ‘s especially from the front. It’s really ugly and there’s approved by hard sell.

  8. R.T. Elkin says:

    New one looks ok, but I still like the last model better. More of a “driving” and less of a “luxury” machine. The rear on the new one is less brash, less distinctive, less smack-em-in-the-face, & the F1-derived V10, economical or not (with its targeted audience that’s no problem anyway), was the brand’s true hallmark.

  9. Jim says:

    As a current E63 owner, I was looking forward to the eventual upgrade to the new m. Now that the wraps are off, I can say… no upgrade needed.

    • Josh B says:

      As an E63 owner i too agree with you Jim,
      I cant help feel very disapointed with the new 6….
      My next sports car will be the Grandtorismo from the looks of it

  10. Yuck says:

    They’re both butt ugly.

    • Razvan says:

      As an e63 owner upgraded to the F13 I can say that the only difference between them it is  regarding the interior part quite improved. To be honest, I can’t feel big difference regarding the driving.  The e63 outside look is the most I missed. The F13 lost it’s ‘beast’ look becoming closer to a GT than the Sport Coupe car.

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