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      06-22-2010, 03:49 AM   #47
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For all those who think that this is an M6... from Autocar magazine UK...

These are the first spy pictures (same as pictures featured at the beginning of this thread) of the new range-topping BMW 6-series – but the car is unlikely to take the M6 badge this time around.

Instead, the range-topper for the next-generation 6-series will be the 650i model, pictured testing here.

See the latest BMW 6-series spy pics

Despite the M6-style quad exhausts, the car sports little other M6-design cues. The rest of the rear end is reminiscent of the standard 6-series range, while the tyres don’t appear to be as low profile as the current M6’s.

The heavy disguise covers everything bar the A and B-pillars and front roof section; the new 6-series will borrow much of its styling from the Concept Gran Coupe from the Beijing motor show. The next 6-series range will spawn a five-door variant based on the show car, too.
Instead of producing a new M6, Autocar understands BMW will instead create a standalone supercar to rival the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 based on the Vision ED concept from the Frankfurt motor show.

A prototype ED will be running by the summer; it’s intended to be a hi-tech sports car that showcases all of BMW’s eco-tech in the packaging of a performance car.

The production car is likely to be powered by the 4.4-litre V8 engine taken from the next-generation M5.

Interesting bit about the 5 door version- a possible A7 rival or is it the wagon version of the Gran Coupe?
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