Upcoming: 2011 BMW 6 Series Coupe

BMW is set to release an all-new 6 Series for the 2011 model year and it couldn't have come at a better time. The previous generation 6 Series wasn't a bad car, but it was chunky looking and not a head turner. BMW is out to correct this and from these early photos, we couldn't be more pleased. Overall, the new 6 Series Coupe shares a similar silhouette to the old model, but when you look closer, it's easy to see the differences.

It features BMW's new front grille design with a full set up LED headlamps and an overall improved sleek look, having lower and wider stance. Like the previous model, people will either love or hate it, depending on their personal tastes. For BMW, this is more of an evolution of their GT road car instead of doing a completely radical redesign. Based off the current 5 Series platform, it takes several design cues from the Grand Coupe Concept. One thing is for certain though: the era of Chris Bangle is over and BMW has moved on from his controversial "flame surfacing" design language.

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Inside, you'll find a much improved interior that has a more organic and flowing look overall. It has the traditional center console angled towards the driver and a new navigation display with tons of better quality aluminum and leather trim bits throughout. There's also a redesigned steering wheel that, like those trims, is a step up from what's offered in the rest of the BMW lineup. BMW hasn't announced final engine choices, but expect for the new 6 to be powered by various inline-turbocharged six cylinders and V8s.

Without a doubt, BMW will offer an M6 within a year or so which should have at least 550 hp (most likely more) from a twin-turbocharged V8. Expect to see a convertible variant of the new 6 Series to arrive as well sometime in 2011.

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