BMW’s star at the 2010 Paris Motor Show was without a doubt the new BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept, the preview of the next generation 6 Series due out in early 2011.
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The 6 Series joins the new design language at BMW, as seen in the 5 Series, a new design trait that debuted last year with the Z4 Roadster. The enhanced belt lines with the hood creases and lines flowing from the front till the end, are highly visible on the 6er.
The concept is more emotional that the photos described it and looks, and is longer than we imagined. The short overhangs and slope lines give the car the distinctive look we came to love in the 6 Series Coupe, a car that emulates perfectly the style and passion of BMW’s chief designer Adrian Van Hooydonk ( An exclusive and extremely interesting interview with Van Hooydonk will follow).
Designed by the young and talented Nader Faghihzadeh, the very same designer that penned the Gran Coupe, and interestingly enough, the interior cabin, this time of the BMW 7 Series, the car that signifies the return of very driver-oriented dashboards and increased luxury. Three design competitions won in the last few years make Nader a star designer at BMW and we personally look forward to different design from him in the future. (An interview with Nader will be available soon as well).
Moving inside, the cabin perfectly emulates the characteristics of the exterior, and according to Christian Bauer, interior designer 6 Series, the harmonious combination between the outside lines and inside design, are due to a strong collaboration and common design ideas with Faghihzadeh.
While the production car will see some minor changes in the trim/leather combination, the overall design is set in stone and a a first glance, it is simple, effective, sporty and most important, very connected to the driver.
The new 8.8 LCD screen that sticks out of the console dominates the cabin and serves as a central point between the driver and its car’s functionalities. Contrary to Audi’s philosophy of a retractable LCD screen, BMW believes that the screen initiates and maintains a constant communication channel with the driver, and the need of a retractable option becomes less relevant.
A more detailed review will follow shortly, but so far the reactions from the automotive press are quite favorable and the design received high praises.
For now, enjoy more exclusive photos and a live video of the new BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept.
All BMW 6 Series coverage can be found here.