BMW 6-series Coupe (2011): the new spyshots

Published: 02 February 2011

BMW is testing its 6-series Coupe ahead of a planned debut in spring 2011. Munich has gone with the 6-series convertible first this time around, to take advantage of summer sales for its executive rag-top.

The new BMW 6-series Coupe will be shown in the next few months, but won't appear at the 2011 Geneva motor show, CAR understands.

BMW 6-series Coupe: the new spyshots

Our sequence of six spy photographs was taken in Scandinavia as the engineers put the finishing touches to BMW's biggest coupe.

We already know the technical story: it's a rear-wheel drive architecture related closely to that in the 5-series and, of course, the 6-series Convertible.

So basically it's the Concept 6-series Coupe made real?

You got it. They're not terribly imaginative, are they? The show car from Paris 2010 was a barely disguised look at the new 2011 Six coupe. It's a less radical, gently poilshed-off take on the outgoing, distinctive 6-series with its floating Bangle bootlid.

That suggests it's 4894mm long, longer and higher than before. The nose is longer, too, letting the engine sit in a more front/mid position to boost handling. But this remains a grand tourer rather than an out-and-out sports car.

At launch, we expect three engines:

640i 3.0-litre turbo six, 302bhp
650i 4.4-litre V8, 402bhp
640d 3.0-litre turbodiesel six, 309bhp

And the new BMW M6?

It's coming in 2012, CAR understands. Fireworks provided by a 4.4-litre V8 muscled up with twin turbos to ramp up power to 547bhp. Farewell cackling V10, hello slightly less hedonistic V8.

By Tim Pollard

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