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.



  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupé - Exterior (03/2011).

  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe© - Exterior (03/2011).

  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupé - Exterior (03/2011).

  • 2012 BMW 6 Series coupe
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupé - Exterior (03/2011).

  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupé - Interior (03/2011).

  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupé - Interior (03/2011).

  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupé and the new BMW 6 Series Convertible (03/2011).

  • The BMW 503 Coupe (03/2011).
  • The BMW 3200 CS Coupe (03/2011).
  • The BMW 635 CSi (03/2011).
  • The BMW 635 CSi (03/2011).
  • The BMW 635 CSi (03/2011).
  • The BMW 3.0 CSi (03/2011).
  • The BMW 3200 CS Coupe (03/2011).
  • The BMW 3.0 CSi (03/2011).
  • Drawing BMW 503 Coup� (03/2011).
  • The BMW 503 Coupe (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).

  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior (03/2011).
  • Das neue BMW 6er Coup� - Exterieur (03/2011). The new BMW 6 Series Coup� - Exterior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Interior (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - BMW 650i TwinPower Turbo, BMW V8 petrol engine with direct injection (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - BMW 650i TwinPower Turbo, BMW V8 petrol engine with direct injection (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior, Adaptive LED Headlights for low and high beam, including cornering function, foglamps with LED technology. Lights off (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior, Adaptive LED Headlights for low and high beam, including cornering function, foglamps with LED technology. Lights on (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior, rear lights with LED technology. Lights on (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe - Exterior, rear-view camera (03/2011).
  • Exterior sketch of Nader Faghizadeh, Exterior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Exterior sketch of Nader Faghizadeh, Exterior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Nader Faghizadeh (Exterior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe) taping a foiled clay model of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011),
  • A modeller working on the clay model of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Modeller discussing at the clay model of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Decision - Nader Faghizadeh (Exterior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe on the right) and a modeller in front of a BMW 6 Series Coupe model (03/2011).
  • Nader Faghizadeh (Exterior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe) taping a foiled clay model of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Nader Faghizadeh (Exterior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe on the right) and a modeller at a BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Perfect surfaces - A modeller at the clay model of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Nader Faghizadeh (Exterior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe) at a BMW 6 Series Coupe clay model (03/2011).
  • Sketches - First sketches of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Sketches - First sketches of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Material decision - Christian Schneider (Colour and Trim Designer) choosing the materials for the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Details - Barbara Romberg (Colour and Trim Designer) choosing the materials for the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Material decision - Christiane Schneider (Colour and Trim Designer on the right) and Maria Boewingloh (Colour and Trim Designer on the left) choosing the materials for the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Sketching - Christian Bauer (Interior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe) sketching the interior of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Sketching - Christian Bauer (Interior Desinger BMW 6 Series Coupe) sketching the interior of the new BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Matrial decision - Christiane Schneider (Colour and Trim Designer) discussing the materials for the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • Geometrie in detail: Marc Girard (Head of Interior Design BMW Automobiles, on the left) discussing with Christian Bauer (Interior Designer BMW 6 Series Coupe, on the right) parts of the dashboard (03/2011).
  • Seat - Jochen Paesen (Interior Designer) modelling a seat of the BMW 6 Series Coupe (03/2011).
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe and the new BMW 6 Series Convertible (03/2011)
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe and the new BMW 6 Series Convertible (03/2011)
  • The new BMW 6 Series Coupe and the new BMW 6 Series Convertible (03/2011)
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).
  • Production BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW Plant Dingolfing (03/20011).


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