Details emerge on next-gen BMW 6-Series

The next 6-Series will be considerably sportier than the current model.

A new report coming out of England sheds light on what to expect from the next generation of the BMW 6-Series.

The new 6 is set to ride on a modular platform that will be inaugurated next year by the 2016 7-Series. Called CLAR internally, the platform will be built with lightweight materials like magnesium, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber, allowing the 6 to shed up to 440 pounds over the current model.

The Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible body styles will be retained. While the Gran Coupe will get a marginally longer wheelbase in order to offer a more spacious cabin, the two door models will both go down in size thanks in part to shorter overhangs on both ends. The reduced dimensions and the lower weight will make the next 6 noticeably sportier and more nimble to drive than today's model.

In Europe, all three 6s will be available with a 347-horsepower 3.0-liter gas-burning straight-six, a 3.0-liter straight-six turbodiesel rated at 333 horsepower and a 4.4-liter V8 that will churn out 476 ponies. The M6 will boast an evolution of the V8 tuned to generate about 600 horsepower, 25 more than a 2015 model equipped with the optional Competition Package.

Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system will be available at an extra cost on select models. Transmission options will likely include an eight-speed automatic and an enthusiast-focused six-speed manual.

Look for additional details about the next-gen BMW 6-Series to emerge over the next few months. BMW's big coupe is set to debut in 2017 as a 2018 model.

What's Next?The current BMW 6-Series will be given a minor facelift in time for the 2016 model year. Official details are scarce, but an earlier report indicates the updates will include a revamped front end and a new center console. The facelifted 6 is expected to bow at next month's Detroit Motor Show.

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