If Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) had proven nothing else since its New Class line of sedans were debuted in 1961, it was their penchant for successful and ahead-of-the-curve innovation which kept the automotive manufacturer relevant and commercially successful for several years running. Realizing that they were their own competition in many respects, the engineers and visionaries at BMW made the most of each year and continued to improve upon car and motor designs. Seven years after its famous introduction of the New Class 1500, the Bavarian manufacturer made yet another tremendous leap forward with the release of its BMW New Six CS / BMW E9, a coup model which represented a stylistic departure from the 1500, 1600, and 1800 sedan designs which had elevated BMW to a place of exceptional commercial strength.
The BMW New Six CS / BMW E9 was far more than just a pretty face, though it certainly was pretty. Descended design-wise from the coup variant of the BMW 2000, known as the CS, the BMW New Six CS / BMW E9 was reconfigured to allow for the placement of a larger engine. This engine dwarfed the M10 motor, centerpiece of many New Class designs, in every respect. Labeled the M30, the engine was a straight-six SOHC engine which would go on to be produced for a quarter of a century, a testament to its engineering quality and adaptability. The BMW E9 cemented its manufacturers reputation as a sporting alternative to the tamer sedans against which it was marketed. Admittedly, that reputation was long in the making and really began with the comparatively underpowered 1500 and its immediate successors, but the E9 was the point of no return. Classic car enthusiasts the world over can feel the power and taste the legacy themselves, provided they collaborate with a skilled dealer in acquiring their own BMW E9.
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