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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
With BMW seemingly bent on filling every automotive niche it possibly can, we’ve now been given more details on the M6 Gran Coupe, based on the 6-Series four-door slated for introduction this year.
In essence, the M6 Gran Coupe takes many features from the new F10 chassis M5, including that car’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and wraps them in a slightly harder edge package (slicker profile and lower center of gravity).
With 552 hp and some 501 lb-ft of torque on tap, that should give it a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed (electronically limited of course), of 155 mph.
In typical M-car fashion, the Gran Coupe M6 will get more aggressive styling tweaks than the garden variety version, including a more pronounced front fascia, rocker panels and rear diffuser with signature quad exhaust tips.
With the launch of the regular 6-Series Gran Coupe (shown above) still several months away, it’s unlikely we’ll see the M version materialize for at least a year, though when it does, this car will certainly give Mercedes’ 5.5-liter CLS AMG (which makes less power but slightly more torque) a good run for its money.
With the 2012 North American International Auto Show shaping up to be a focal point for new vehicle introductions, automakers appear to be jostling with each other in a bid to not be outdone.
As far as BMW goes, the Munich based concern’s big announcement will likely be the M6 cabriolet, powered by a version of the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, which made its debut in the F10 chassis M5 back in Frankfurt this past September, though power and torque are reported to be increased.
Other M6 Cabrio features include a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, though rumors are surfacing that a conventional six-speed manual could be offered for US customers.
The M6 ragtop will also sport M Dynamic Control as part of it’s stability control setup, along with an active rear suspension and differential, designed to further enhance handling and traction. There will also be M Servotronic hydraulically assisted steering and two M-Drive functions, essentially allowing the car to change personality depending on the driver’s request.
Other vehicles slated to be on the company stand in Detroit include the new BMW 3-Series, ActiveHybrid 5 (making it’s North American premiere) along with the F10 M5; plus the i3 EV and i8 plug-in hybrid concepts first seen in Frankfurt.