6-series convertible will stick with folding soft-top
13 November 2009

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.

See the hi-res spy pics of the next BMW 6-series

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.

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13 November 2009

I hope its more desirable than the current one,

13 November 2009

It certainly looks more acceptable than the current one.

13 November 2009

I hope it rides better than the current one. Replacing the wheels and suspension with that of an Amish buggy should help.

13 November 2009

"The next 6-series will be the introduction of ZF’s new eight-speed automatic transmission."

Isn't this transmission already in the 7-series and the Lexus LS?

13 November 2009

Unless people at BMW are able to pull a rabbit out of the hat, this car has the potential to remain one of the most ugliest designs produced by BMW. Let's just hope that they are able to do what I have said in the introductory clause.

13 November 2009

"The next 6-series will be the introduction of ZF’s new eight-speed automatic transmission."

Only???

Why not ten speed?

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