This BMW 6 Series is based on the iconic E24 "Sharknose" model

BMW revived the 8 Series nameplate in 2018 as a flagship two-door model. At the same time, the German firm discontinued the 6 Series after 15 years of continuous production. The 8 Series was well-received overall, but some BMW fans weren’t quite happy with the exterior design, considered rather dull for a flagship coupe. If you’re among those unhappy with the 8 Series, you should check out the modern 6 Series design by Grigory Butin.

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A more aggressive take on BMW’s current design language, this "next-generation" 6 Series is heavily inspired by the first-generation E24 model.

That's because Butin is a big fan of the old coupe. So he did his best to revamp the sharknose front end, the shape of the roof, and the slanted rear deck.

But while it pays tribute to its ancestor, this modern 6 Series looks into the future as well. It features extremely thin headlamps and taillights, common features among concept cars, cameras instead of side mirrors, and a streamlined design. At the same time, it’s also notably longer than any production 6 Series to date, so it’s more of a competitor for the massive Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

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What do you think? Is Butin’s rendering of the 6 Series better looking than the production 8 Series? Should BMW bring this nameplate back? Let me know in the comments section below.

BMW 6 Series E24 history

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The first-generation BMW 6 Series was introduced in 1976 as a replacement for the popular E9 coupe. A two-door grand tourer with seating for four, the 6 Series was more modern and luxurious than its predecessor. The E24 was offered with various six-cylinder engines ranging from 2.8 to 3.4 liters. While the base 628CSi came with 181 horsepower on tap, the 635CSi was rated at 217 horses.

The E24 was also offered in two M-branded versions. There was an M635CSi with a 3.5-liter six-cylinder rated at 282 horsepower for the European market and an M6 with a 256-horsepower version of the same engine for the U.S. market.

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The first-generation 6 Series was produced for 13 years until 1989, when it was discontinued following the introduction of the first 8 Series. The nameplate returned in 2003.

Source: Grigory Butin via Behance

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