• Sep 18th 2010 at 8:07PM
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BMW 6 Series Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Like so many "concepts" from BMW, the 6 Series Coupe bound for the Paris Motor Show is a concept in name alone. What you're looking at is BMW's next GT, and even a cursory glance proves that the Bangleization of BMW is officially over.

Set to be based on the 5 Series' underpinnings and taking several cues from the Grand Coupe concept shown in Beijing, the next BMW 6 Series takes the brand's new upright grille, frames it with a set of full-LED headlamps and than caps things off with a more contoured rump. We're not going to pass judgement on the design until we see it in person, but like the last 6er, this new GT appears to be a love it or loathe it affair.

On the contrary, the interior is an airy, organic environment, complete with an asymmetrical center console tilted towards the driver, a new navigation display and a host of aluminum and leather accents that are several steps beyond what's currently on offer from BMW. We're particularly digging the redesigned steering wheel and the waterfall of material that connects the dash to the transmission tunnel.

BMW isn't giving up specifics on dimensions or engines – this is a "concept" after all – but expect the 2012 BMW 6 Series to be slightly lower and marginally wider than the current model. Power will be supplied by BMW's current array of naturally aspirated and turbocharged inline sixes, with the next M6 outputting over 550 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. The standard 6 should be in showroom early next year, with the M6 to arriving in late 2012 and the soft-top due out in late 2011.


  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)
  • The BMW Concept 6 Series Coup� (09/2010)

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Though I have not been a fan of everything to come from the Bangle era at BMW, I always thought the 6-series was one of their stronger designs. The proportions and shapes just had a way of working together like a rolling piece of Cubist art . However, with the new design it looks as though BMW handed a pencil to a 4th grade kid and asked them to draw everything a car needed; engine, place for people to sit, and wheels. Then they drew a line around it all and called it the new 6-series coupe. Note, I'm not saying there is anything inherently wrong with the design, it just does not seem as special and different as I would expect a car of this price point to be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a disaster ....no, a Catastrophe!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is definitely a big improvement but a bit too bulky,
      glitzy and/or dull for me by turns? The Bangle influence is
      still very much there-just look at the cut lines on that
      otherwise graceful tail. This is still a car that is way too
      large for me and I hope the new 3 Series coupe will improve
      on the old which I still like very much. This next 'grosser'
      coupe is aimed at 'burgers' cross-shopping large MB coupes
      and it should do well in that milieu.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks a lot nicer than before, though I doubt that interior will make it into production (though the basic layout might) - and honestly, the interior says "Mercedes" to me more than "BMW" - maybe it's because of the tan leather trim...?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a Civic steering wheel?

      It looks like a sad and watered-down Bangle interpretation. Blech.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When will the Germans build an interior that says "Modern Luxury, Technology, and Sculptured Elegance?"

      I like the design of BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but the interiors look cheap and dated to say the least. It's a damn shame when a fully loaded Hyundai Sonata, or a Buick LaCrosse has a more modern and sophisticated cabin than the Big Lux makers for thousands less.

      *you may down rate me now*
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good observation. The improvements in mainstream car interiors has really put the pressure on luxury manufacturers to step up their game. It seems the universal answer is to cover the dashboards in leather and add bits of chrome around all of the controls. BMW goes a step further by layering contrasting metal finishes, wood, leather, and grained plastic surfaces to create a complex design language. In this case the complexity of the forms are harmonious, but the number of different finishes and sporadic selection of satin and bright metal finishes is overwrought.

        Oh . . and where are the cupholders?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a mess!

      The brown leather looks cheap too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is MILES better than the current car. It's sleek, muscular, elegant, yet understated.

      It's not too derivative, it's got a bit of character. I like it. Very nice.

      So when they release this for production, it'll join the 1-Series and the 3 sedan and estate as the only BMWs I can say that I like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      now you know why you should not have hired bangle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW said this was supposed to be in one of the most beautiful cars they have ever made i guess that was a lie
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think this car is pretty and elegant. I'd give it an A-.

        It's not prettier than the 507 roadster, the original 6, or the Z3, however.
      sixxtyten
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is big step up over the current 6 series. The outgoing model is outdated looking already due to its trendy design. While a good looking car, it tires quickly as does the drab interior of the E63. This vehicle looks elegant, fast and the interior is much more welcoming than the outgoing model. In addition, this car harkens back to more a more classic BMW design language than the previous model. It's a big step forward, and you should all see that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not digging the Toyota-like asymmetrical dash.
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