Next Generation 6 Series to Spawn Three Variants

With the next generation 6 Series BMW intends to up the ante in styling, technology and performance. As with the current car, the plans include a two door coupe and a convertible – this time a hardtop. However there will be one important addition to the range – a four door coupe model. Or in BMW speak a 6 Series Grand Turismo.

The 6er GT will feature seating for four (and only four) and a sloping hatch back that will make it the sleekest most rakish four door BMW to date. And of course four traditional (if not small) doors.

The design of the new 6 Series range will move away from the Van Hooydonk penned E63 and it ‘s flanked trunk lines and convex shape and more towards what we saw in the CS Concept from last year. Look for taut surfaces and aggressive lines complemented by large wheels and LED lighting everywhere (except for high and low beams which will of course be standard xenon units).

Inside the 6er will continue the Z4 ‘s theme of driver oriented dash design and high grade materials with some improvements of its own. Technology options will come straight from the F10 5 Series and will be loosely based on what we need in the current F01 7 Series.

Motivating all of this will be three powerplants. The twin-turbo inline six will be bumped to 326 hp (basically the same unit found in the current 740i sold outside the US) while the twin turbo V8 and the twin turbo diesel six cylinder will be carried over from the 7 Series. Look for the latter to be quickly replaced with BMW ‘s first tri-turbo diesel pumping out more than 500 ft lbs of torque.

BMW will introduce the new 6er late next year as a 2011 model followed in the spring of 2011 by the convertible hardtop. Finally later in 2011 look for the 6 Series GT (four doors and all) to round out the range.

But what about the M6? Exact specifications are still up in the air but we ‘ve been told to expect all variants (including the GT) to be fully worked over by the M Division.

Several sources helped with this reporting including the infamous Scott27 on GCZ

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  • JonPD

    Will be looking forward to seeing what they come up for the design of the new 6 coupe, styling wise I had a lot of respect for the E63 design. Moving to more CS styling could be a good thing however. I do have to wonder though if the recent trend of the much higher and flat front ends will come to the 6 series?

    As for the run of the GT series I am sure we will see a GT in every model possible within group BMW. Quite a gamble as so far I have some questions on just how many they are going to sell of the new 5 GT.

    As for the news that the GT is going to be worked by the M division I am much less happy. BMW is changing what M stands for quickly and I am not a fan at all of the recent moves of SAV M’s.

    Ick!

  • As for the news that the GT is going to be worked by the M division I am much less happy. BMW is changing what M stands for quickly and I am not a fan at all of the recent moves of SAV M’s.

    This one will make you happy… trust me.

  • JonPD

    Very cool Gabe, I just am a little horrified by the current 5 series GT pictures. Holding final judgment on it until I can see one of them in pictures.

    I look forward to seeing what they come up with as your commentary intrigues me.

    Still less happy that some much work is going into making SAV’s the main product of M. I would be much happier with a true M sports car, not a a fancy high speed mom wagon.