BMW’s shark at­tack

The 6 Se­ries gets a set of fins, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

SOME­ONE at BMW has a fix­a­tion with sharks. Many BMWs now have a roof an­tenna that looks like a shark fin, M mod­els have shark gills down the side, the nose of some looks like a shark, the kid­ney grille ap­pears to have teeth and now the 6 Se­ries con­vert­ible fea­tures two fins on the soft top.

BMW Aus­tralia spokesman Piers Scott as­sures us the shark qual­i­ties ‘‘have noth­ing to do with the per­son­al­ity of our clien­tele’’.

The new 6 Se­ries will ar­rive with a choice of two en­gines, un­like the cur­rent model, which is avail­able with only the 4.8-litre V8.

The 650i will be pow­ered by a twin­turbo 4.4-litre V8 with 303kW/ 600Nm and the 640i has a sin­gle turbo three-litre straight six with 238kW/450Nm.

‘‘More likely we will get the two en­gine vari­ants this time,’’ says Scott. ‘‘We ex­pect this will in­crease vol­ume but also be­cause it’s a stun­ninglook­ing car that could re­al­is­ti­cally win a few con­quest sales from Porsche own­ers who could be se­duced by a slightly larger-proportioned car and some from Maserati.’’ He ex­pects the car to be here by the mid­dle of next year

‘‘Spec and pric­ing are still some way off from be­ing an­nounced but it will be a high spec which tends to be the stan­dard of car that goes out the door for Aus­tralian buy­ers,’’ he says.

Cur­rent sales of the 650i coupe and con­vert­ible are 40 so far this year, down from 57 last year, but Scott says this is un­rep­re­sen­ta­tive of sales fore­casts be­cause the model is in runout phase.

The new 6 Se­ries con­vert­ibles again fea­ture soft tops but with two dis­tinc­tive fins that project along the sides of the rear sec­tion, mak­ing a smoother, more coupe-like roof line.

The multi-layer roof has acous­tic damp­ing to keep the noise out and

Hats off: the new BMW 6 Se­ries is due here mid-year.

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