BMW To Show 6-Series Coupe At Shanghai Auto Show

While BMW unveiled the 6-Series Convertible at the Detroit Auto Show, the German automaker is going to hold off until the Shanghai Auto Show to pull the covers off of the new 2012 6-Series Coupe.

There are certain norms that automakers seem to follow when it comes to unveiling new vehicles and one of those sees the company debut the coupe before the convertible. BMW on the other hand, are switching it up with the 2012 6-Series.

BMW has yet to launch photos of the 6-Series Coupe, but chances are it will take some design cues from the convertible version. Realistically, one would expect to be able to take the convertible, draw a hardtop roof and be left with a hardtop 6-Series.

The 2012 6-Series Coupe should arrive in showrooms with numerous engine options. The base 640i will get a 320 horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder, just like the convertible version. In the much more expensive 650i, BMW will toss in the 4.4-liter V8 with 407 horsepower.

If one has some extra money to blow, the new 2012 M6 should be a suitable expensive. So far, spy cameras have only seen the M6, but one can assume it will pack the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that currently lies in the X5 M and the X6 M. This engine puts out 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

The new BMW 6-Series Coupe and Convertible should be in dealer lots by spring, just in time for a brisk drive under the blooming trees. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it will likely be a tad more expensive than the current version.

The BMW 6-Series has been around since 1976 and during that time, has undergone numerous changes. The car, which looked like any normal BMW at the time, was killed off in 1989, only to be brought back in the form of a shark for 2003.


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