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The next-generation BMW M6 or BMW 6 Series M Sport has been spied doing laps of the Nurburgring Nordschelife.

This latest prototype has a different front fascia with larger lower air intakes compared to earlier prototypes. It also wears larger alloy wheels, and seems to be riding on lower suspension and utilising bigger brakes.

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Out the back, this vehicle features the same exhaust setup as earlier cars, rather than the typical quad-tip arrangement seen on true M models.

Unfortunately, as this car was running in a fleet of cars, including an M5, the spy photographers were able to discern what type of engine this prototype is powered by.

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It’s unknown if this prototype, and earlier ones too, are pre-production versions of the new 6 Series or 8 Series. Rumours have been circulating that BMW will replace the current 6 Series with a new 8 Series model, which will be pitched as a sporty luxury grand touring two-door.

BMW has even gone to effort of trademarking the 825, 830, 850, 860, M850, and M8 nameplates.

According to this scenario, in time, BMW will relaunch the 6 Series with a new generation that will be pitched as more of a sports car, and a competitor to the Porsche 911.

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Either way, the car seen here, given its dimensions, seems to be based on the latest 5 Series, and will serve as the effective replacement for the current 6 Series coupe.

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