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Spy Shots: 2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible

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We already have a fairly good idea as to what the new 2012 BMW 6-Series will look like following the reveal of the Concept 6-Series Coupe back at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, as well as a leaked shot of the new 6-Series Convertible, which was taken while the car was in a photo shoot.

However, there are some details that we can gather from this latest crop of spy shots, showing the new 2012 BMW 6-Series Convertible with its top down. Prototypes of the 6-Series are testing in Europe and have been captured by spy photographers on several occasions near BMW’s headquarters in Munich or around the Nurburgring circuit.

Comparing previous spy shots of the Coupe with these latest shots of the Convertible, several clear differences can be seen. The rear side windows are a different shape on the two cars, the roof profile is also slightly different and the rear window on the Coupe is slightly wider than the one on the Convertible as well.

This suggests that BMW is preparing two separate 6-Series models unlike what it did for the latest Z4 Roadster, which now only comes with a folding hard-top roof. BMW will sell both a 6-Series Coupe and a 6-Series Convertible with a conventional soft-top roof.

The current 6-Series has proven to be a sales success, with numbers averaging just on 20,000 units per year. BMW doesn't want to risk hurting sales of the next-generation model so for the new car designers will be dialing down the controversial styling. The spy shots reveal a much sleeker look and a wider, more purposeful stance.

Inside, the new 6-Series will feature plenty of luxury appointments as well as an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters. The current engine lineup is expected to carry over relatively unchanged, but there’s chance that the range-topping M6 model may not be replaced as BMW is planning a new standalone high-end sports car to fill that segment.

Expect the Coupe to launch in the middle of next year, with the Convertible model to bow in before the end of 2011.

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  1. I think you might have meant V8 twin turbo like the next M5... unless I'm wrong, in which case, that'd be quite amazing to behold. and I reckon the engine lineup will probably include the 35i - it works in just about anything else, so it should work fine as a lower-range engine in the new 6. and the 6 series has been probably my favourite car in terms of styling on the market. can't wait!
     
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  2. Cannot wait to see the new M6
     
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  3. Though it may not happen, I wish we could get the inline 6 turbo version in the States, and the diesels.
     
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  4. the m6 has always been a real favorite of mine. if they're planning on doing away with it, they'd better have a damn good "stand-alone" sports car replacement. bmw is pretty late to that game anyway. people already own R8s and the SLS isn't too far off (i don't know if it's out yet).
     
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  5. yes William It's hard to say anything with all that camouflage
     
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  6. could nt wait any longer..... awwww
     
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