• Nov 27th 2009 at 10:56AM
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It looks like the lakes around Arvidsjaur Sweden have frozen early this year and the engineers from Munich have hit the ice already. The current generation BMW 6 Series has been one of the company's more controversial designs of the past decade, along with the previous-generation 7 Series and Z4. Like most of the rest of the lineup, it will be getting a re-work in the not-too-distant future, and judging from some new photos, it will be following a similar design direction to other recent introductions.
It looks like the bustle back trunk lid (a.k.a. "The Bangle Butt") is being given the heave-ho, although the convertible that was spotted looks like it might be sporting a two-piece rear lid similar to the 5 Series Gran Turismo. It also appears as though there are two cut-lines, the lower one being the one that goes along the side to open for the top to go up and down. The second smaller one higher up might be just for cargo access.

Another element that some will be to see go are the flying buttresses on the top. Thankfully, it appears that BMW has decided to avoid the unnaturally long rear deck that would come with a hard top and retained the fabric variety. At the front, the 6 gets a more vertical grille and headlights that look much like the Z4.

Underhood, the current 4.8-liter V8 will probably be replaced by the newer 4.4-liter twin-turbo and the six-cylinder will probably be the new 300-horsepower single turbo unit just announced for the 5 Series.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I still think it is a hardtop convertible and they and that canvas is just there to fool us.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The way the deck lid seems to open does suggest you're right....I guess time will tell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eh, it doesn't do it for me. I prefer the 5 Series anyway, especially with the refresh.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Good riddance to the flying buttress, BMW never executed it properly anyway, neither has Mercedes Benz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully they'll reduce the weight over the current model, but I'm not holding my breath.
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