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 |  Apr 05 2012, 9:45 AM

BMW has just announced MRSP pricing for its new vehicles, including the incredibly powerful M5 sports sedan and M6 Coupe. 

Starting us off is the $87,395 2013 BMW 650i which has a 445 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 and can get to 60 mph in as quick as 4.6 seconds.  The all-wheel drive 2013 BMW 650i xDrive model will be $90,395 and does the 0-60 dance in 4.5 seconds.

The more practical and powerful 2013 BMW M5 will cost $90,695, a fair bit cheaper than it’s coupe and convertible stablemate. The new 2013 BMW M6 coupe will cost $106,995 while the convertible will be even more expensive at $113,995. All three models feature a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 which has 560 horsepower.

Lastly BMW announced pricing for its updated 2013 BMW X6 M. Its coming in $2,600 more expensive than the outgoing model at $93,795.

 |  Mar 07 2012, 8:14 AM

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There’s little doubt that the new BMW 6 Series makes for a more stylish grand tourer than its predecessor. Those chiseled features also help the new 2013 M6 a more muscular sports coupe, in keeping with its performance potential.

With a 560-hp twin-turbo V8, a carbon fiber roof and optional carbon composite brakes, find out even more in AutoGuide’s first look video of the new M6, direct from the Geneva Motor Show below.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 10:34 AM

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M Division BMWs make their mark on the performance segment — hands down, but often at the expense of style, some would argue.

Arguments be damned, BMW is doing its best to alleviate that concern with the 2013 M6 coupe, unveiled today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

The long-bodied M coupe offers a sleek, flat design where an M3 or M5 would feel considerably more stout. Despite that sleek styling, the M6 coupe is still an agressive performance machine capable of running from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds.

It achieves that time with the same high-revving 4.4-liter V8 as the M5, but with 20 extra horsepower for a total 560 hp.

Despite its considerable grunt, the car is actually supposed to be 30 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor thanks to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, though those numbers are based on the European test cycle which is often unreliable.

Perhaps the most attractive feature is the optional 20-inch M wheels that come with the optional M carbon ceramic brakes and massive 15.6-inch rotors (larger than some cars wheels).

Governing those wheels, an active differential constantly adjusts the power distribution between the rear wheels to ensure maximum power delivery.

Check out AutoGuide’s first look video of the BMW M6 below.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 coupe

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GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 Coupe

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 |  Mar 06 2012, 9:54 AM

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The 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe made its public debut today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The four-door coupe is a first for the brand with a unique shape that features unusually flat proportions for a sedan, hence the “coupe” name.

Under the hood, BMW offers a range of powerful engine options starting with a twin-turbo inline six that makes 320 hp, an inline six-cylinder diesel engine that makes 313 hp and a range-topping, twin-turbo 450-hp V8.

All versions come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that the company says reduces fuel consumption across the board. Engine start / stop technology also helps reduce consumption. For the most environmentally-friendly driving experience (which is a relative term with any of these engines) drivers can press the “ECO PRO” button to send the 6-Series Gran Coupe into its most efficient mode.

There’s plenty of storage space in the trunk, especially if the rear seats are folded down — more than 16 cubic feet with them up and more than 44.5 cubic feet with the rear seats sitting flat.

Aside from storage space, the interior gets typical BMW luxury treatment with dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a leather interior and a “professional” radio all come standard.

Interested parties can expect the product launch in June of this year with an M Sport available simultaneously.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

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GALLERY: 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

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 |  Feb 29 2012, 5:04 PM

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Somewhere in the snowy recesses of Scandinavia, our man managed to snap some spy photos of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe undergoing winter testing.

The car is motivated by the same high-revving 4.4-liter V8 as the M5, but will offer a sleeker alternative to sedan-oriented customers who want legendary M performance.

In the photos, we see the car’s deep front spoiler and wider fenders that lend a more agressive look than previous models. Quad exhaust pipes round off the changes at the rear, sure to deliver the throaty chortling exhaust note you’ve come to expect.

As usual, there’s serious substance behind that music: You can expect at least 560 horsepower though rumors are circulating that the M6 Gran Coupe may actually get an extra 20-hp boost which will make it to the wheels via BMW’s DCT transmission.

The full details will be available next week during the Geneva Motor Show, where we’ll be reporting live.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

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 |  Feb 17 2012, 9:45 AM

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BMW has announced its extensive plans for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, with the 6 Series badge taking center stage. Set to make their world premieres are the new 6 Series Gran Coupe, the updated 2013 X6 and the stunning new M6 Coupe and Convertible.

The Gran Coupe will arrive in sleek bodywork as a rival for the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes CLS and Audi A7. Offering in base 640i trim with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder it makes 315 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. A 650i model will deliver 445-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. All that style will, however, set you back with a starting price of $76,895 – almost $25,000 over a 535i.

M6 coupe and convertible models both come with a high-output twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Other highlights include a carbon fiber roof and optional Carbon Ceramic brakes, which weigh 42.8 lbs lighter than the standard units and come with bright gold calipers.

In addition, BMW will show off the first models in its M Performance vehicle line, using a tri-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six diesel motor making 381-hp and an incredible 546 lb-ft of torque.

Along with the updated 2013 X6, BMW plans to showcase its new 3 Series with several smaller gasoline and diesel engines for Europe. Plus, BMW will continue to show-off the i3 and i8 concept cars.

GALLERY: 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

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GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

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GALLERY: BMW M Performance Vehicles

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview Here

 |  Feb 11 2012, 7:58 PM

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BMW has finally unveiled its third generation M6 Coupe and Convertible after a two year break. The stylish M6 comes back “more powerful, more athletic, more luxurious and more efficient than ever before.” It’s also significantly better looking.

First to arrive US dealerships will be the M6 Convertible as a 2012 model year starting in June, while the Coupes will come this summer as a 2013 model year. Pricing and full technical specifications including EPA mileage ratings won’t be disclosed until closer to the official launch of the vehicle.

What we do know is that the M6 will be powered by the same powerplant that’s seen in the M5 Sedan, a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 with 560-hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a high-torque, seven-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission.

The new M6 will also be the first cars in the history of BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes. Those that do opt for the brake upgrade will also get 20-inch M wheels. With it comes massive 16.1-inch rotors for the front while the rear receives 15.6-inch rotors made from carbon-fiber ceramic compound. Not only are the brakes 42.8 lbs lighter than the standard units, the optional system also comes with six-piston calipers in the front and a single-piston floating caliper for the rear. The calipers are finished off in a unique gold shade.

Standard wheels for the M6 will be 19-inch variants while (as previously mentioned) 20-inch M wheels are available as an option. While the majority of the M6′s styling is predictable given the recent design history of the German automaker, the new M6 does sport a Carbon Fiber Composite roof similar to its predecessor. It will be offered in one non-metallic paint choice and eight metallic shades, including four exclusive M finishes.

Here’s to hoping its pricing isn’t completely out of this world, like the recently announced 640i Gran Coupe pricing.

GALLERY: BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

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For more on the new M6, look for AutoGuide’s Geneva Motor Show Coverage starting here March 6th.

 |  Jan 25 2012, 10:30 AM

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With the most powerful BMW M5 making its debut at Frankfurt last year, it was likely only a matter of time before it would be joined by an M6 counterpart.

Now, there’s confirmation that the next iteration of the potent 6-Series coupe  (shown in regular form above) is indeed on its way, slated for introduction sometime this summer. Like the M5, the heart of the beast is a 4.4-liter twin turbo V8, rated at 552 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque.

Like its V10-powered predecessor, the new M6 will retain features such as a carbon fiber roof and body parts, yet in an attempt to reduce weight and improve dynamics, it will sport carbon-ceramic brakes and lightweight alloy wheels.

Although clearly designed to be an even more focused performer than the old M6, BMW insiders still maintain the new one is more of a highly capable Grand Tourer than all-out sports car.

“It’s still a car for daily use,” said one company spokesman. It’s just one that “is at home on the autobahn as it is at the Nürburgring.”

Look for the new M6 to gets its official reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March, followed later in the year by a Cabriolet version.

GALLERY: BMW 6 Series

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[Source: Autocar]