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 yet it encompasses a true coupe and a convertible. The British have a term that allows both models to be called coupes, and that term for a convertible top on a coupe body is known as a drop-head coupe.

And in reality that’s exactly what BMW intended with the convertible, to make it as close in form as possible to the coupe. The 6er coupe is the pure styling form from which the drop-head version was cleverly created.

The 6er coupe, in this author’s estimation, is better looking than the drop-head version. Frankly the shorter rear deck and the dramatic slope of the rear light, are the reason it appeals more to this writer’s eye. The proportions seem perfect on the 6er coupe.

The addition of a horizontal character line that defines the rear spoiler and runs through into the C-pillar is another nice touch. And that line is picked up in parallel by the horizontal line that runs along the top of the rear bumper back into the rear wheel well area.

Dare it be compared to an Aston Martin DB9? Well, yes it can. It serves a similar clientèle, with the Aston Martin being a bit more exclusive. But the 6er coupe doesn’t give up anything on the styling front.

Word has it that Aston Martin is considering six cylinder engines again. And with the 640i coupe, that would help bring back the glory era of six cylinder Grand Touring cars.