Next-generation BMW 6-Series will shed up to 200 kg (440 lbs)

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 3, 2014

The first details regarding the next-generation BMW 6-Series are starting to emerge on the Web thanks to Britain’s Car Magazine. Codenamed G15, the new BMW 6-Series will become sportier, lighter and more powerful, in order to become proper rivals for the Porsche rivals.

Just like the current generation, the new 6-Series will be available in three different body styles from 2017: the 6-Series Coupe (G15), 6-Series Cabriolet (G14) and the 6-Series Gran Coupe (G16).

What’s more interesting is that for the 2017MY, the 6-Series Coupe and Cabriolet models will come down in size as BMW wants to shave around 200 kg. Meanwhile, the 6-Series Gran Coupe will get a longer wheelbase and offer more interior space.

Moreover, the next-gen BMW 6-Series derivates will receive a new advanced modular architecture known internally as 35up and recently renamed CLAR, the short for cluster architecture.

The CLAR uses materials such as carbon fiber, high-strength steel sections, magnesium and titanium accents and a variety of aluminum alloys. An active aero kit is also expected to be offered as an option across the range, while the BMW M6 will receive it as standard.

When it comes to engines, the BMW 640i will receive a 3.0-liter in-line six with 347 hp, while the 640d will get a 3.0-liter in-line six with 333 hp. The 650i will get the 4.4-liter V8 with 476 hp, while the M6 will get the 4.4-liter V8 with 600 hp.

Four-wheel drive xDrive models will continue to be offered, while a hybrid version is not currently planned.

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