Next generation BMW 6 Series may shed 230 kg – Report
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Scheduled for a launch in 2017
It’s not been long since BMW unveiled the mid-cycle refresh for the 6 Series, and already reports about the next generation 6 Series have started surfacing.
According to Automobile Magazine, the new 6 Series will be designed and developed from the ground up and is expected to lose 230 kg, thanks to a new platform. Also part of the new platform is a lower center of gravity and equal distribution of weight across both ends.
The report suggests that the body of the next gen 6 Series Coupe and Convertible will have shorter overhangs and wider track width. This will help the car attack corners effectively, while the GranCoupe will be longer for extra cabin space at the rear. Like the 3 Series GT, BMW will experiment with active aerodynamics for the upcoming 6 Series.
The engine lineup may include a 3.0-liter inline-six twin turbo that is expected to produce 350 hp, a V8 650i option that outputs 450 hp, while the range-topping M6 will get a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that is rumored to produce 600 hp.
Even with the growing trend of plug-in hybrids, the report says that the next gen 6 Series will not come with such a variant. It will power either the rear wheels as standard, or all the wheels through the BMW xDrive system.
The next generation BMW 6 Series is scheduled to go on sale in 2017. Expect it to make its way into the Indian market in 2018.
Competitors (for complete 6 Series family): Mercedes SL Class, Audi S5, Audi A7, Mercedes CLS
Tentative launch date: 2017
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[Source: Automobile Magazine]