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STYLING | 8 out of 10
The frumpiness of the previous model is gone with this generation of 6 Series. With its long, sculpted hood and front end, the 2012 model recalls the "shark nose" look of the original model.
Its best angle is coming straight at you; a V-shape hood and front fenders stack in three levels, hinting at lapping waves.
New York Times
It's not as elegant as the Jaguar XK's streamlined design, but the 2012 BMW 6 Series interior offers top-shelf materials and craftsmanship in a fitting, cockpit-centric design.
It is clearly evident through the attention to detail lavished on the instruments, controls and overall design that BMW has taken a good deal more time developing the interior of its new open top than it did with its predecessor.
The 2013 BMW 6-Series lineup covers several different body styles--Coupes, Convertibles, and Gran Sport four-doors--but they're all very expressive.
Last year, Coupe and Convertible versions made their debut, with a wider, lower, more athletic look that tends to look just as striking whether at rest or in motion. The overall look is one of confident, luxurious speed, although some of the interior details speak more to the luxury side.
With a profile that's otherwise lower, longer, and wider than the previous 6-Series, these models simply look hunkered-down and ready for action, but the front and rear end styling can leave you with very different impressions. An aggressively creased hood, converging into the broad nose, and a version of BMW's distinctive kidney grille, altogether gives the 6-Series models a furrowed brow; and at the same time, that aggressive hood design tends to have a slimming effect on the front end. Whether you go for the Coupe, Convertible, or Gran Sport, you get the same hunkered-down look from the back--where the 6-Series models look most like a grand-touring sports car.
At the sides, the surfaces are kept simple, with mildly flared fenders and the coupe profile the dominant details, but there's definitely some play between convex and concave sheetmetal, and helps the beltline look low from the few paces back. Large alloy wheels look at home in the Coupe and Gran Sport models especially.
Inside, the layout is sport-inflected, but those seeking the intimate, stark, and down-to-business interior of a performance coupe may be surprised to find out that the 6-Series cabin feels like that of a richly appointed luxury car first and foremost. Controls and instrumentation follow a very driver-focused layout, surely, but it's orderly, restrained, and generally low-key in design, with the same more horizontal look that BMW's instrument panels have taken in recent years, with a center console running back. Warm and inviting trims make the cabin feel every bit as plush as a 7-Series in most ways.
Whether looking at the Coupe, Convertible, Gran Sport, or M6, the 6-Series is expressive on the outside, aggressively posh inside.