A Shape of Things to Come: BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe

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As the 2010 Paris Motor Show nears its October 2nd opening, it seems automakers worldwide are bringing out their ‘A’ game to impress in this fashion-cautious city. Adding to the widespread schedule of world premieres, BMW has announced the unveiling of the Concept 6 Series Coupe.

The first larger scale conventional coupe BMW built since the 8-Series discontinuation in 1999, the BMW 6 Series attracted personal luxury car buyers in North America even with an over $75,000 price tag. However, since the 2006 introduction in the United States, the 6 Series image has grown stale in comparison to recently entered or updated premium coupes from other automakers. While slated as a concept car, this newest two-door coupe design is likely to be a faithful representation of the upcoming BMW 6 Series production car.

BMW will likely not be shy to admit the BMW Concept Gran Coupe is playing a leading role in carving the Concept 6 Series Coupe appearance. Featuring the fully LED headlamps on the front sandwiching the BMW kidney grille, the rear end lighting is composed in the same unique fashion first shown on the Gran Coupe. Even the pronounced lines are identical to the four-door coupe concept. Rumours within the automotive industry had long indicated a strong correlation between the next generation 6 Series and the soon to be produced Gran Coupe-inspired vehicle was expected.

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The 2+2 sized interior design is kept relatively clean despite the fact considerable technology immerses the dashboard and center console. Multiple colouring of the Concept 6 Series cabin includes center console contours acting to circumference in the driver’s cockpit. Positioned on the top center of the BMW Concept 6 Series dash, a freestanding Control Display provides easy visibility of applications within the vehicle’s iDrive system.

Like the Gran Coupe concept shown earlier this year, BMW is maintaining a tight lip on engine choices of an upcoming 2+2 coupe with the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe offering no further hints. While an eight-cylinder engine is a safe bet for the North American market, a future BMW 6 Series might include a stoutly-powered six-cylinder option for the United States (an engine previously reserved only for the European markets).

As the new BMW 6 Series is released, fans of the Bavarian car company will be eagerly awaiting the next-generation M6 model. For 2011, the V-10 powered BMW M6 model has been suspended acting to help fuel the anxiety European high-performance fans will feel as a new M6 is expected for the 2012 model year. Power expectations for a 2012 BMW M6 has been mentioned at 600 horsepower.

Also showing off the all-new BMW X3 and the world premiere of the 2011 M Sport Package on the 5 Series, the German company’s exhibit in Paris will also include an enhanced BMW ConnectedDrive.

Information and photo source: BMW

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