Scott27 a.k.a. the well-informed Bmw source revealed some impressive information regarding the Bavarian’s manufacturer future plans. According to Scott27, it appears that Bmw’s board management was impressed by the 5-Series coupe and cabrio concepts (especially by an idea of an M5 Coupe), but these cars were killed by the world-wide recession.
Same thing happened with the proposals of a 8er Cabrio and the M8 supercar. Bmw had to concentrate on the more popular 3-Series, which brought the manufacturer to new heigts. Apparently, Bmw always had the idea of a 5-Series coupe and cabrio in mind.
Regarding the 2011 Bmw 5-Series, the new model has been a huge success. Even the new Touring model it’s so popular that Bmw delayed its launch in some markets due to the huge demand.
Now, the addition of a 5-Series Coupe and Cabriolet makes perfect sense, and will fill the gap between the 3-Series and 6-Series, and it seems that some concepts were already proposed. The 5-Series Coupe proposal looks just like the current model except with stretched two doors and rear lights borrowed from the touring version. The new car will look similar to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.
Futhermore, the development of the cars will also cost less, because the manufacturer will create them using the existing resources. Of course, there will be a difference comparing it to the sedan version, because the coupe’s windscreen is raked few inches more towards the rear.
Regarding the cabrio version, this would use the same soft top just like the 6-Series Cabriolet and not a hard-top as in the popular 3-Series Cabriolet. Both concepts based on the current 5-Series were presented beautifully and were recognizable as a 5er but with minor differences, especially at the rear. Now, a decision needs to be taken as the manufacturer is seriously considering new additions to its lineup. [via GermanCarForum]