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.