• Apr 5, 2011
2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW has just given us an early preview of the 2012 6 Series Coupe in Munich ahead of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, and as you'd expect, the all-new hardtop 6er simply adds a fixed roof and a Hofmeister Kink to the cabrio we sampled earlier this year.

Head designer Karim Habib tells Autoblog that he drew most of his inspiration from BMW's iconic 3.0 CS produced in the late 60s and early 70s – particularly the elongated wheelbase, endless hood and upright, sharknose grille that just so happens to conform to the EU's pedestrian impact standards. The fascia benefits from full LED headlamps and triple-element foglamps (optional on both the coupe and cabrio), along with lower, wider kidney grilles that – when compared to the 7 Series' vertical slats – come off as less pinstripe-like and more aggressive; toothy, even.

Underneath that expansive hood lies BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, producing 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque – identical to its drop-top sibling. An eight-speed automatic gearbox shuttles power to the rear wheels, allowing the coupe to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds before topping out at the electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

According to BMW officials, the cabrio was introduced before the coupe because it makes up 60 percent of 6 Series volume in the U.S., the 6er's largest market. BMW hasn't released an official curb weight for the coupe, but it has confirmed that it will be lighter than its 4,500-pound convertible brethren. Sales are set to begin this Fall and should command slightly less than the cab's $90,000 point of entry.





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      • 3 Years Ago
      Compared to the last 6, ANYTHING would be better looking, and while this new 6 is definitely not ugly, it just seems to not be as sexy or exciting as I had hoped... especially seeing as how its taking inspiration from the gorgeous CS concept, but just doesn't pull it all together quite as well.

      In a market segment that also has the stunning Audi 5 and the CTS-Coupe, I was hoping for something with a little more style from BMW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In profile it looks pretty sharp....I can see how the front end though will take some time to like, if ever. Seems a lot of new cars are starting to resemble catfish one way or another.

      However, still waiting for BMW to update the gauge cluster/display. I cannot imagine spending $90k for something with archaic gages like that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @simian -- yes, I am with you in not just making gauges, etc flashy for flashy's sake. I can appreciate the readability of BMW's gauges, but they also remind me of Windows 95/XP...after so many years of the same look one just needs a change (I switched to Mac partly for a change). Plus, I prefer an odd number of circular gauges with a tach in the middle, and ideally a digital display of speed within that gauge like Ferrari, Porsche, do. To me Porsche gauges are the best balance between looking modern and maintaining non-gimmick functionality.

        @skimrn -- yes, the rest of the center console buttons on a BMW are perhaps the most dated/vanilla looking controls in the entire industry!
        • 3 Years Ago
        You call the gauges archaic -- I call them refreshingly traditional in a world full of flashy, pointless gimmicks. One thing I can say about classic BMW gauges: they are easy to read at a glance and they don't tire or distract your eyes at night. By contrast, I'm no fan of overbearing electroluminescent guages I've seen on some cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car was revealed ages ago, there's been a tv advert for it here in the UK..
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like BMWs, owned a 330i. But lately their cars are getting bloated. Sure they handle like they are on rails, but the only car that looks like a true Beemer is the 135. Come on BMW, trim down the size and weight. It looks like you're trying to be the German version of Cadillac.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way too much chrome on the twin kidney grille.. too much bling for my taste, but to each their own, I guess..
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car would be perfect if it wasn't for the shape of the front end. It just doesn't work for me. It looks like pedestrian safety standards are probably to blame.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sure BMW could have made the front end leaner while still meeting the regulations. Just look at the new 5, which has significantly shorter front overhang.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Totally agree!! Front end is bland.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What utter bulls*it that this car draws any inspiration whatsoever from the elegant 3.0 CS coupes of yore.

        The poster above is right: it looks like a dead fish.

        But hey, even dentists' wives need something to drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a Hofmeister Kink on the cabriolet too...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure what's the big deal about a "reveal" the ads have been on TV over a week here
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like the 2 door Accord. If it's looks were a color, it would be beige. If it's looks were music, it would be smooth jazz. It it's looks were a flavor, it would be boiled tofu. This actually makes the bland looking previous 6 series look exciting.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The previous 6 is by far my favorite Bangle design, and yes, it makes this look very boring. Classy, maybe even handsome, but boring.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, well, BMW's last designer took risks and thought outside the box and was reamed for it.

        You may not like all of Chris Bangle's designs but you certainly remember them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW seems unable to design a 6-series that is as sexy as some of Aston Martin's and Jaguar's coupes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...elongated wheelbase, endless hood and upright, sharknose grille..."

      This describes the CS concept from a few years back, not the iconic E9 3.0CS. The E9's wheel base is not much longer than the short, upright greenhouse + wheel diameter, the hood is not much longer than the underlying big six, and the grille actually overhangs and looks more like a pig snout. I don't see how this (or the concept) relates to the E9 at all.
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