BMW’s shark attack
The 6 Series gets a set of fins, writes Mark Hinchliffe
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.