• Jan 17, 2011
2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's not a common practice for an automaker to debut a convertible before its coupe counterpart, but that's exactly what BMW has done with its next-generation 6 Series. The droptop made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, and while the hardtop Sixer will be rolled out within the coming months, our spies have just captured the swoopy new coupe out in public completely undisguised.

We're hardly surprised by the design of the new 6 Series Coupe – a fixed-roof version of the attractive new cabriolet that takes inspiration from the Concept 6 Series Coupe that debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Obviously, some of the concept's finer points (the large wheels, the large lower air intakes) have been softened for the production car, and what we're left with is a pretty sleek evolution of the big coupe's design.

We fully expect powertrains to be carried over unchanged from the convertible, meaning a twin-turbocharged V8 packing 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque will be in store for the 650i coupe, mated to a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. We haven't been given the official word on when the Big Six will officially debut, but we'd be shocked if the new coupe didn't turn up at the Geneva show in March.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      More like a dislike button.

      Theres a fender vent? Really BMW? Really? And whats with those (looks like) 16 in wheels? They look pretty awful. And that rear overhang... Makes it look outdated already. I like the current outgoing 6 better than this. My $0.02.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the budget rims?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like it, it looks so ordinary
      • 3 Years Ago
      It reminds of the Acura 'Legend'...
      • 4 Years Ago
      i've always like those chrysler sebring coupes. it's nice bmw is copying that handsome design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the exact same thing from the B-pillar back. The shape of the tail-light is almost identical in profile.

      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a little to conservative....does not radiate excitement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a huge fan.... the tire profiles look HUGE, but that can always be fixed with different wheel options (duh). But it is an improvement from the last generation, i just don't like how all BMWs look bloated now days.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW, looks like I'm the one that missed it--it's Not a real hardtop! My bad-but it looks good. Having said that, I don't take back a thing about my like for a real hardtop--any don't tell me it can't be done because of safety etc today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Disgusting, the roof line and body line look like a bad photoshop job from two different cars.

      That's what you get when you take existing architecture and try to debangle it...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not as musclular as the Benz or elegant as the Jag...kinda JDMee. Not diggin it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This just looks blah as hell. The first gen 6 was gorgeous but this? This may as well be a Corolla.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks a lot like a longer version of the 8 series from the 90's, only with chrome.

      The front ends of all these cars are too tall because of regulations, so I have a hard time blaming the designers, it's government regulation.

      When these cars aren't really objects of beauty that no sedan could compare to, I don't see the point in producing them. The performance wont be better, it doesn't look better, it's not more comfortable and it isn't less expensive.

      A sleeker 5 door hatch is more appealing.
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