BMW 6 Series Coupe: design images

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BMW 6 Series Coupe: design images

The design images and information on the 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe, the premium 2+2 seater that introduces a sleeker design inspired by the natural movement of waves.


Presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the BMW 6 Series Coupe is strongly based on the concept car unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The extensive gallery includes exterior and interior shots and photos from the interior design and clay modeling process.

Exterior Design

BMW 6 Series Coupe Design SketchWith its width of 4,894 mm and width of 1,894 m (2,081 with the side mirrors) the new 6 Series Coupe is longer and wider than its predecessor, while the total height has been reduced by to 1,369 mm.

The surface treatment of the exterior was inspired by the natural movement of waves generated around an object in flowing water.

The front end is dominated by the large and slightly forward-slanting kidney grille, which has a broad, flat design and creates a visual connection with the engine nestling behind.

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The kidney grille slats, angled slightly towards the top, lend additional emphasis to the front end’s “shark nose” character.

BMW 6 Series Coupe Design Sketching BMW 6 Series Coupe Design Sketching

BMW 6 Series CoupeThe contour lines of the hood converge towards the kidney grille, forming a V-shape which is continued by the contours of the headlights, kidney and wide air intake to give a road-focused look.

In the side view, the design underlines the car’s length with a long, sweeping hood and the character lines running along the full length of the body.

A further character line emerges from the swell of the front wheel.

The chromed side window border emphasizes the “counter-swing” at the foot of the C-pillar (Hofmeister kink) with its tight line.

BMW 6 Series CoupeIn the rear view, the car’s weight is accented by the horizontal lines and the bulging wheel arches.

The slightly concave lower section of the trunk lid generates light and shade effects which lend an extra lightness to the rear of the car.

The edges of the trunk lid and the license plate surround create a V-shape, which – similarly to the front of the car – steers the eye towards the road.

Interior Design

The 2+2 cabin features the typical driver-oriented dashboard, with a rigorous design dominated – like the exterior – by horizontal lines.

BMW 6 Series Coupe Interior The decorative surface of the instrument panel extends into the center console with a slightly curving sweep.

Despite the reduced height, the four individual seats provide more headroom compared to the outgoing model.

The central Control Display has a 7-inch screen and a 10.2-inch version is available as optional.

Premium equipment includes the Head-Up-Display, a rear-view camera, Surround View, Parking Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure and Change Warning Systems.

BMW 6 Series Coupe Design Sketching BMW 6 Series Coupe Design Sketching

Technical Features

The 6 Series Coupe will be offered in two variants: the 640i Coupe with a 320 hp six-cylinder in-line engine, and the 650i Coupe, with a 407 hp V8 unit.

Among the technical highlights are the eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox, Adaptive LED Headlights, Dynamic Damper Control and Adaptive Drive system.



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