The "shark nose" BMW returns!
The first-generation BMW 6 Series remains one of the best-loved coupes ever made by the brand. It has aged like fine wine and the "shark nose" front end is still one of its most noticeable styling cues. It couldn't be further removed from BMW's newest coupe, the brash and controversial 2021 BMW 4 Series.
While the second-generation 6 Series introduced many years later was a sublime GT, it arrived during BMW's Bangle design era that also afflicted the E65 7 Series, so it didn't look much like its predecessor at all. In an attempt to create a truly modern interpretation of the original 6 Series, Grigory Butin from Germany came up with his own design, and we love what we see.
"I wanted to pay tribute to the amazing E24 body and create a spiritual successor to this beautiful car," said Butin. In his modern 6 Series concept, Butin retains the long front overhang which is slanted forward just like on the original 6. The headlights, however, are more in line with modern design, with a sleeker cluster replacing the double rounded items of the original.
For the kidney grille, Butin smartly chose to keep it reasonably sized and stretched horizontally, not vertically. The Hofmeister C-pillar kink remains, but it's more pointy and less rounded than on the original. A more steeply raked windshield and narrower glasshouse have been used.
The rear view is completely different, with much slimmer taillight clusters and a trunk lid that is rounded at the base of the rear window. The giant wheels are barely contained in the arches. At the back, the BMW badge is oddly placed horizontally. Overall, Butin's design looks spectacular from most angles. Even if it were toned down slightly, this is the big BMW coupe we'd want, not the current 8 Series.
Most of all, we love that Butin has created a truly contemporary design but used several elements that made the original 6 Series such a looker. All it needs now is the V10 engine from the second-gen M6, hopefully in a more reliable form, and it'd be the perfect BMW.