BMW 6-series coupe (2011) scooped

Published: 12 April 2010

The new BMW 6-series goes on sale in spring 2011 and these are our latest scoop photographs of Munich’s new coupé. The new Six follows the recipe of today’s sports car range, with a tin-top and soft-top versions in the pipeline (click here for our previous scoop of the convertible).

Codenamed F12 and F13, the new 2011 6-series coupé and convertible are both 2+2s in the classic big sports car mould. They’re aimed at the Mercedes SL and Porsche 911 sector of the marketplace and usher in a new, less controversial design statement as is the trend in Munich’s design studios these days.

The wheelbase is slightly stretched over the outgoing 6-series, according to CAR’s sources, while the overhangs are minimised. One of the biggest design flourishes was due to be the lack of B-pillars, allowing both models to drop all four side windows for the full fresh-air experience – but these latest spy shots appear to show quite chunky pillars.

New 2011 BMW 6-series: under the bonnet

A quick glance at the latest 5- and 7-series ranges tells you all you need to know about the new 6-series.

It’ll use the regular rear-wheel drive matrix that underpins all the big Bavarian saloons and estates these days. Likely engines include:

• 635i 306bhp 3.0 straight six petrol
• 650i 407bhp 4.4 V8 petrol
• 640d 306bhp 3.0 straight six TD

What about inside the new 6-series?

The Six is freshened up with a 5-series style interior – bringing the BMW joystick gearlever and all the usual goodies expected in this class, such as radar cruise control, night vision options, a steering wheel that vibrates to keep you in lane and other such fripperies.

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet