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Kez Casey | May, 16 2016 | 0 Comments

The current BMW 6 Series, while still possessing the brand’s dynamic signature, leans more towards the plusher side of merely luxurious. But, with the new model to appear in 2018, that looks set to change.

With the next Z4 to share its underpinnings with the coming Toyota Supra, so too will the new 6 Series range.

Currently, a plush four-seater coupe, convertible, and four-door coupe are available in the 6 Series range, but for the new range both the cabriolet and the Gran Coupe have reportedly been axed.

The 6 Series coupe will survive, and retain its four-seater capacity, but a strict weight reduction campaign means the new model is set to drop some 230 kilograms compared with the current generation.

Like the current 7 Series, the 6 Series is likely to be built atop the same Carbon Core platform with key structural components replaced with lighter carbon fibre elements.

The platform in the 7 Series is derived from a combination of carbon fibre, aluminium, and high strength steel, with the new construction technique also expected to spread to other models in BMW’s range including the new 5 Series and next X5.

As well as the high-tech chassis, BMW is also likely to offer optional M-tuned air-suspension and rear-wheel steering to cement the 6 Series’ dynamic credentials.

BMW's current single-turbo inline six
BMW's current single-turbo inline six

Under the bonnet a new quad turbo inline six-cylinder engine is expected to feature among the powertrain range, pushing out in excess of 410kW of power.

Those changes mean the 6 Series will be able to shake off its 'tourer' label and compete with more lithe and agile sportscars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT and segment stalwart, the Porsche 911

As for the convertible and Gran Coupe, rumour has it that the open-top version is unlikely to reappear, while BMW’s ultra-luxurious 9 Series will carry the four-door coupe torch, but at a much higher price bracket.

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