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A single photo of BMW‘s new 6 Series Cabriolet has appeared online courtesy of the folks at AutoBild, but the story is more than just a simple leak. The photo itself is actually a doctored version (and quite a good one we might add) of another photo of the 6er drop-top from what one BMW insider says is a BMW accessories catalog.
It seems the folks at AutoBlid got a hold of the original photo and managed to up the grainy quality and remove someone who was standing in front of the car.
As this is out first look at the new 6 Series Cabriolet, we liking it, but not loving it. There’s still a lot of the current 6ers front end (at least from the angle shown), while the rear gets a distinctive adjustment to look more like the Z4. Overall, it seems like a product of BMWs rather tame design department.
We do love the wheels, but those won’t be factory equipment. Instead, they’re part of the accessories offered for the new 6 Series. Set to debut in the coming months (LA Auto Show perhaps), BMW will offer a 650 coupe and convertible with the new 400-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, as well as a 640i coupe and convertible with the turbocharged inline-six and finally a 650xi in both hard top and retractable top forms.
Check out the original spy photo in the gallery below.
GALLERY: BMW 6 Series Cabriolet Spy Photo
The next-generation BMW 6 Series will be offered with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine as well as an all-wheel drive V8 model. According to a BMW employee posting on BimmerPost, the 2012 6 Series will initially be offered as a 650 model in both coupe and convertible form with production starting in early to mid 2011, with 640 and 650xi models heading into production in September. We expect the 640 to use the same turbocharged inline-six found in the new 740i.
Also noteworthy is the fact that the second-generation BMW X3 will also get a turbocharged inline-six. Launching as a 2011 model year crossover, the X3 will go into production in December of 2010 with an X3 xDrive28i model offered as well as the 300-hp turbocharged x3 xDrive35i.
Jim O’Donnell, the man in charge of BMW North America has said that the next iteration of the company’s 6 Series will be the “best-looking BMW in years.” O’Donnell made the comments to Automobile magazine prior to the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Calling it, “really stunning,” O’Donnell said that both the coupe and convertible models will be radically different than the current car, which has been harshly critiqued for everything from its enormous “Bangle-butt” rear end to its plane-Jane design that is somewhat unbecoming of its price tag.
The move seems to be the latest in a long list of changes the company has made over the past few years to quietly correct its mistakes with the previous generation of cars. From all-but eliminating the iDrive system to de-Bangleing its designs, BMW is making big changes. And if the new look of vehicles like the 7 Series and Z4 are an hint, we’re sure to love the new 6.
As for when we might see such a car; it is expected to make its official debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, although a concept version could most certainly appear long before then.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]