The next generation BMW 6-series convertible, which retains the folding soft-top, has been spied testing.
The new BMW 6-series coupe and its convertible variant will be based on the new 5-series platform and are expected to first appear at next year’s Geneva show.
Don’t be fooled by the similar appearance, all the panels on the next 6-series will be new. BMW has chosen to stick with a fabric roof because it improves the centre of gravity and keeps weight to a minimum.
The new BMW 6-series’ engines will be drawn from the 5-series; they will be mildly revised versions of today’s six-cylinder petrols and diesels, and V8 petrols. The big-selling powerplants will be the 3.0-litre petrol (630i) and twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel (635d).
The next 6-series will be the introduction of ZF’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. It will be capable of running with stop-start systems, the first time the car has had this ability. Coupled with BMW’s Efficient Dynamics, this should boost economy and cut emissions.
BMW is shortening the launch gaps for M models, and the new M6 will be no exception. M6 sales are tipped to start by early 2011.
Expect a major change under the M6’s bonnet, where a new twin turbocharged V8 engine will replace today’s V10.