• Jun 21st 2010 at 12:58PM
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2012 BMW M6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

For the last few months, there's been a barrage of BMW 6 Series spy shots. But with the coupe and convertible performing a slow striptease in Germany, one model has been noticeably absent: the next-generation M6.

Caught testing this morning outside the Nurburgring, BMW's high-po coupe differs from its staid siblings with upgraded wheels, drilled brake rotors and the standard M-style quad exhausts. The front bumper also benefits from a slight reworking when compared to the standard 6 Series, with an enlarged lower air dam and something we haven't seen on previous prototypes: a strip of LED turn signal indicators just below the restyled headlamps.

If the 2012 M6 is anything like its predecessors, it's safe to assume that the all-new M5's powerplant will carry over to the coupe and convertible models. If that's the case, the next M6 will be packing a modified version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 currently fitted to the X5 M and X6 M, with output somewhere north of 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. All signs point to a Paris Motor Show debut for the revised 6 Series, so we'd expect the M6 to debut early next year and go on sale as a 2012 model.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Im gonna let ya finish but i got to say that the CTS-V is the greatest luxury coupe of all time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing had better be the real deal, because if Porsche does decide to build the 928, BMW is going to have some tough competition...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty sure this is an official production model called the "Brenda Priddy Edition"
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      • 5 Years Ago
      minus the front bumper, it looks an awful lot like the last generation 300ZX nissan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im liking this shape....looks smooth and round.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think alot of the blandness that people complain about with the new and current 6 can be addressed (if not completely), by giving the car some rear hips over the rear wheel wells.

      When you look at the side, that will break up the long line that runs from the top of the hood, below the windows and to the rear , which I believe is the reason for most of it's blandness.

      By the way, I have one, so, I kinda like the looks. I know most people think its ugly. And yes, I agree the car is porky.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are BMW Style #177. They've been in production for many years already. I have them on my Bimmer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some strong rear fenders and good looking taillights would absolutely "make" this car for me, but then again I never had an issue with the front and overall shape of the current 6.
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