These are the first spy pictures of the new range-topping BMW 6-series – but the car is unlikely to take the M6 badge this time around.
Instead, the range-topper for the next-generation 6-series will be the 650i model, pictured testing here.
Despite the M6-style quad exhausts, the car sports little other M6-design cues. The rest of the rear end is reminiscent of the standard 6-series range, while the tyres don’t appear to be as low profile as the current M6’s.
The heavy disguise covers everything bar the A and B-pillars and front roof section; the new 6-series will borrow much of its styling from the Concept Gran Coupe from the Beijing motor show. The next 6-series range will spawn a five-door variant based on the show car, too.
Instead of producing a new M6, Autocar understands BMW will instead create a standalone supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 based on the Vision ED concept from the Frankfurt motor show.
A prototype ED will be running by the summer; it’s intended to be a hi-tech sports car that showcases all of BMW’s eco-tech in the packaging of a performance car.
The production car is likely to be powered by the 4.4-litre V8 engine taken from the next-generation M5.