2010 Paris Motor Show: Bmw 6-Series Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2010

BMW has recently released the 6 Series Coupe Concept, and the car made its debut today at at the Paris Motor Show. Expected to enter production in 2011, this concept is described to be a pure state-of-the-art model.

The luxurious 6 Series is inspired by some design lines from the Concept Gran Coupe. In fact, it would be accurate to describe it as a two-door version of the model shown at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in China.

The new model will feature LED adaptive headlights, the typical BMW twin-kidney grille, a four-tailpipe exhaust system plus 20-inch aluminum wheels. The interior of this model has two-tone leather upholstery with wood trim and black details, a brand new 10.2-inch iDrive display in the center of the instrument panel plus a Head-Up function.

It will also feature a powerful16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system designed specifically for the 6 Series. The engine options that will power this new BMW model have yet to be officially announced but it’s speculated that a 4.4-liter V8 configuration that would develop around 395hp and 609 Nm of torque is being considered and is the likeliest to make it to the 6 Series.

Coupé models have long been a part of BMW’s history that it has become synonymous with sporty driving enjoyment. The latest offering from this prestigious brand is the BMW 6-Series Coupé Concept which goes back as far as 70 years to a period where the brand had a number of memorable wins as well as legendary icons in the field of automotive design.

This latest offering traces its origins back to the BMW 327 and BMW 327/28 models. After that, it was the BMW 328-based racing coupés. This was later followed by the BMW 503, then the BMW 3200 CS, and the BMW 2000 CS. Then came the large coupés which were generally based on BMW 3.0 CSi and from the 1976 to the present, the BMW 6-Series models.

BMW 327 Coupé was originally unveiled during 1938 and due to its amazing performance and elegance, became BMW’s most exclusive model for the pre-war period. The BMW 327/28 took this a step further with the 80 hp sports engine of the BMW 328 Roadster being placed in the 327. By 1940, the brand manufactured a one-off coupé version of the 328.

This was driven during the Mille Miglia endurance race by Fritz Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer, who became the overall winner. The reason for the win was due to different factors like the in-line six-cylinder engine that can deliver 136 hp, the lightweight design, and the optimized aerodynamics.

The different features that made the 328 excellent can still be found in the design of many of the brand’s newer models. BMW Mille Miglia Concept Coupé for example, though unveiled in 2006, is a modern interpretation of the traditional coupé and honors the people behind the success of the 328, which were the engineers.

After the 328 came the 503, which was launched in 1955 and was designed by Albrecht Graf Goertz. Along with Wilhelm Hofmeister’s 2000 CS, both were unveiled in 1965 and set what would become the new standard when it came to coupé design. The 2000 CS had that svelte roofline and slim pillars.

It also had the narrow twin-kidney grille and the Hofmeister kink at the C-pillar’s base. All of these resulted in giving the 2000 CS a distinctive signature style. This design language was later used to move further the next-generation models with more powerful engine thus ensuring sports performance as well.

The big coupé’s proportions were improved and refined with a longer bonnet. The addition of twin round headlights gave it a sportier appearance.

During 1973, the brand released the 3.0 CS, the 3.0 CSi, and the 3.0 CSL, all of which were powered by six-cylinder in-line engines that could deliver a maximum of 206 hp. All of these models also managed to dominate the world motor sports for many years.

Press Release

BMW at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

World premiere: the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé.

The 2010 Paris Motor Show is the setting for the world premiere of the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé. This design study for a premium-class 2+2-seater is the embodiment of a passion for aesthetics and dynamics. Flowing lines and aesthetically sculpted surfaces define the design of the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé, in which classic BMW coupé styling cues are given a modern rendition. Among the innovative details featured in this concept study are full LED headlights and a newly designed, freestanding Control Display for the iDrive operating system.

World premiere: the new BMW X3.

Boasting enhanced dynamics, ride comfort, interior space and versatility, the new BMW X3 significantly extends its lead in the segment established by its forerunner. And in the efficiency stakes, the two engine variants accompanying the launch likewise set new benchmarks. For the first time the Auto Start-Stop function is combined with a six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new BMW X3 is also the first BMW X model to feature electromechanical Servotronic steering as standard and the option of Drive Dynamic Control. Also unique in this segment are the driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive available for the new BMW X3, which include Adaptive Headlights, Head-Up Display and the rear view camera with Top View.
World premiere: the new BMW 5 Series Touring with additional engine variants and the M Sports package.

Two additional diesel engines and a further petrol unit complement the range of powerplants available to the new BMW 5 Series Touring. The BMW 525d Touring is powered by a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with 150 kW/204 hp, while the straight-six that drives the BMW 535d Touring summons up 220 kW/300 hp thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The BMW 528i Touring lines up for action with lean-burn high precision injection and output of 190 kW/258 hp. Also stepping out in Paris are the first all-wheel-drive models of the new Executive Touring in the form of the BMW 535i xDrive Touring and the BMW 530d xDrive. Yet another debut is that of the new M Sports package for the BMW 5 Series Touring.

World premiere: M Sports package and xDrive all-wheel drive for the new BMW 5 Series Saloon; xDrive for all BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo models.

The range of engine variants for the new BMW 5 Series Saloon is being extended by a further diesel unit, namely the in-line six-cylinder engine of the BMW 535d Saloon with output of 220 kW/300 hp. The Paris Motor Show also presents the M Sports package, available for the new BMW 5 Series Saloon for the first time. In addition, BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive technology is now also available for the new BMW 5 Series Saloon – in conjunction with an eight-cylinder engine for the first time in this model series. Next to the BMW 550i xDrive, Paris also hosts the world premiere of the BMW 535i xDrive and BMW 530d xDrive. All engine variants of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, moreover, can in future be specified with xDrive all-wheel drive.

Innovation: “hands-free tailgate opening”.

At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, BMW for the first time grants a preview of an innovative comfort function from BMW ConnectedDrive that facilitates loading the car. The “hands-free tailgate opening” function is demonstrated on the new BMW 5 Series Saloon and new BMW 5 Series Touring. When the customer is standing behind the car, this feature allows the tailgate to be automatically opened by a specific movement of the foot. This innovative function will form part of the Comfort Access option and will be available for the new BMW 5 Series Touring and new BMW 5 Series Saloon from autumn 2011.

Innovations: the new product range from BMW M GmbH.

The range of products on offer from BMW M GmbH has been extended by new options that highlight the racing-inspired dynamics of the BMW M3 even more sharply. The M Performance retrofit components from the Original BMW Accessories range make their debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and are focused on the areas of aerodynamics and the interior. In addition, an M Sports package is being presented not only for the new BMW 5 Series Saloon and new BMW 5 Series Touring, but also for the new BMW X3.

Innovations: BMW ConnectedDrive with new functions.

Thanks to the intelligent linking of the driver and his vehicle with the wider world, BMW ConnectedDrive is able to create fascinating possibilities for boosting comfort and safety as well as optimising the use of infotainment functions. BMW ConnectedDrive also takes the global lead when it comes to connecting smartphones and music players in the car. At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, BMW showcases a globally unique technology for integrating BlackBerry smartphones in the car, which among other things permits the display of emails including the text-to-speech function. BMW also presents the new Bluetooth interface technology that was created for the Apple iOS 4 operating system and allows the new Apple iPhone 4 to be integrated, among other devices. Also on show is the iPod Out function, which optimises the operation of various Apple music players in the vehicle. New possibilities for online use are opened up by the WiFi hotspot function that provides rear-seat passengers using a notebook or iPad with wireless internet access while on the move.

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