Offered between the 1996 to 2003 model years, the fourth-generation 5 Collection was out there as a sedan and wagon. A coupe wasn’t supplied for the reason that authentic 8 Collection was nonetheless round for probably the most half, with the E31 discontinued in 1999. The German luxurious model additionally had the M3 E46 Coupe roughly across the similar time, however what if BMW had one other sports activities coupe to bridge the hole between the 2?
Unbiased artist Abimelec Design has imagined a previous wherein the M6 by no means went away by rendering an E39 M5-based M6 Coupe to fill the void between the E24 M6 discontinued in 1989 and the E63 M6 launched in 2005. Such a automobile would’ve gone up towards the AMG variations of the Mercedes CL, however it by no means occurred. Nevertheless, the digital design train serves as a “what if” situation.
Hypothetically carrying the E40 codename, this imaginary M6 has been rendered as an aesthetic coupe with no B-pillars to echo the E9. Coincidentally, the Mercedes CL additionally did away with the B-pillars. It’d’ve been an pointless model at the moment, however it’s attention-grabbing to see how the sports activities sedan’s physique model may’ve been modified had BMW determined to construct a coupe.
Abimelec Design remained as devoted to the unique as attainable to offer the phantasm of an actual M6 E40 made by BMW within the late Nineties and early 2000s. The entrance finish has been largely carried over from the donor automobile, whereas all the opposite physique panels have been modified with out straying away too removed from the design language of these days.
As nice because it seems to be, a barely decrease roofline would’ve made the rendering much more interesting by enhancing the coupe silhouette, however to every his personal. The second-generation Mercedes CL had a considerably extra inclined roofline and its design has aged effectively, and we’d’ve in all probability stated the identical about an E40.
Extra renderings can be found on the supply hyperlink beneath.
Supply: Abimelec Design / Fb