by George Skentzos

While technically capable, the current BMW 6 Series has always suffered from its controversial styling, unbefitting of a luxury-sports coupe or cabriolet – but this is all set to change.

It was certainly a surprise for our spy photographers to come across a new generation BMW 6 Series prototype – even more so considering it was the cabriolet version, with the coupe yet to be seen.

As these image show, the 6 Series Cabriolet will continue to be offered with a canvas roof rather than a retractable hard top, most likely to preserve luggage space so as to remain a somewhat practical luxury convertible.

2011 BMW 6 Series Cabriolet spied and rendered

The overall shape of the 6 Series will remain relatively identical, although each panel has been subtly refined to makeover the look of the car.

2011 BMW 6 Series Cabriolet spied and rendered

The new BMW 6 Series range will again be available as the 630, 650 and 635d models with a flagship M6 variant to follow shortly after.

  • Bavarian Missile (.)(.)

    Still prefer it with a lid on………

  • Devil666

    I’ll take the old CLK or the new E convert thx.

  • Captain Mainwaring

    If this is the post-Bangle BMW look I’m all for it.
    As long as they finish the job by killing the X6.

  • Bavarian Missile (.)(.)

    hahaha Awwwwwwww Captain please if they end up giving the X6 away in NZ let me know hun Ill pick yours up,Hoooooooopefully that will help with you forgiving BMW on the model. hehehe

  • Wheelnut

    I don’t really like cabrios although this day and age surely it should have a folding tin-top?

    I expect that just like 90% of all other cabriolets out there this will be another one which will be driven around in 30 degree days with the roof up – worth paying the premium?

  • Captain Mainwaring

    BM (+)(+),

    I Looove BMW’s engines, steering and suspension. But NOT the styling of certain models (guess which), or the way they tend to take their customers for granted.
    As for folding tin-tops, they are not worth the weight or complexity.

  • Frontman

    If this is a DE-Bangled 6, then I gotta say I like it. Sorry Wheelnut, whilst the Merc macrame SLK is nice I like the traditional touch of the rag top. (although when I had the 330ci, it was a bitch in the rain because rain on a cloth roof always reminded me of every time I went camping)

  • Alex

    Wheelnut, you’ve made a couple of comments like that before when the topic is convertibles; why do you have to drive with the roof down just because it’s a nice day? Have you ever owned a convertible?
    It’s more of a mood you have to be in or maybe something that you save for weekends than something you do all the time.
    Whether it’s worth paying the premium, well that’s up to the buyer. I have had convertibles and they have been in England so you can imagine that I didn’t get the roof down all that often but occasionally I did and when I wanted to, it was indeed worth it.

  • Alex

    I think this just goes on to prove that all the classiest and most upmarket convertibles are staying with soft tops. And why not? These days they’re water-proof and usually as refined with the roof up as it would be with a hard top.
    The facts are that the DB9 Volante, Vantage Roadster, Azure, Phantom DHC, A5 Cabriolet, Alfa Romeo Spider, Porsche 911 and Boxster, Jaguar XK etc. are all soft tops. The classiest and most luxurious, not to mention tasteful convertibles, GTs and roadsters are all soft tops.
    Now, if you would read on – Ferrari California, Lexus SC430, Renault Megane CC, Peugeot 308 CC, BMW 3 Series Convertible, Nissan Micra CC. Do I have to go on? The only good looking ones I can think of are the Eos and the C70.
    Folding hard tops should certainly not become the standard neither should they be expected on things such as this. They add weight, take storage space and add a certain cheapness to a car no matter how much it cost.

    Just to say, I don’t want to give the wrong impression, I like the Ferrari California, I just think it’s a bit weighty at the back.

  • Bollinger

    Its all very well this business about soft v hard folding lids but let’s address the elephant in the room shall we? Namely that BMW seems to be drawing inspiration from the animal world for its current styling; specifically that of the porcine ilk. Every new model has these two enormous snout-like apertures where once the lovely kidney grille used to be. What with Audi going the ‘beaver’schnoz thank goodness merc is still executing some nice restrained German style.

  • Wheelnut

    Alex my point is why pay for the extra cross members etc that are required to give the car the same level of structural/torsional rigidity – for the odd occassions when the roof may actually be down.. if you’re not going to put the roof down anyway?

    As for having a metal roof instead of a ragtop sure it might add a couple of extra kilos but convertibles aren’t bought by those who want to go fast they are generally bought by people who prefer love to cruise.. yet they choose to cruise with the roof up.. go figure.

    All in all to buy a convertible and not put the roof down is like having a 4×4 off roader and never going bush

  • majedhibiah

    its very naice car and strong on road