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BMW Working Hard to Make Next 6 Series Lighter and Sexier

The 6 Gran Coupe will no longer be a Mercedes CLS rival.

The facelifted F12/F13 BMW 6 Series may have just debuted but the more interesting news is without question its successor. Due to arrive sometime in 2017, the next generation 6 Series lineup will be a dramatic departure from the current car or any of its predecessors. As it stands, the 6 Series is a fine GT car but it’s ridiculously heavy for its size and doesn’t offer up enough performance creds. The M6, though powerful, is more at home on a highway than a track or twisty mountain road.

BMW wants to change all that and the essential key, obviously, is weight loss. Latest reports indicate the 2017 6 Series, in coupe form at least, will shed around 500 pounds for a total weight of about 3,500 pounds. As previously reported, BMW’s ultimate goal here is to make the 6 Series a better Porsche 911 rival. And the Gran Coupe? It will no longer be a direct rival to the Mercedes CLS. BMW is aiming more at the Porsche Panamera this time around. In fact, the bottom line for the entire next-gen 6 Series lineup: Porsche rivals.

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