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BMW has been providing the official safety cars for MotoGP for the past 13 years, and this year it has decided to update mid-season with the new M6 Coupe, replacing its 1 Series M Coupe safety car.
The MotoGP M6 safety car will make its debut at this weekend’s Nürburgring M Festival sporting plenty of carbon fiber accessories including its front bumper lip, side mirrors, and adjustable rear wing. And since a partnership with Akrapovic was announced just a few months ago, we expect one of Akrapovic’s high quality exhaust systems to find its way on the M6.
After its debut at the Nürburgring, it will make its way to the M Festival’s M Corso event.
While we’ve seen photos of the new M6 convertible floating around the Internet, this will be the first time the vehicle has made a physical appearance. The company decided to debut the car on American soil, where convertible models tend to be more popular.
Powering the M6 convertible will be the same engine in its coupe counterpart, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The same powerplant is also seen in the M5 sedan. Mated to a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission, the M6 convertible will undoubtedly be one of the sportiest drop-tops to hit the market.
Read our full coverage of the 2012 New York Auto Show here.
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
GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 Coupe
Bold styling, an aggressive exhaust note and pure adrenaline are all watermarks for BMW‘s M cars, not the least of which is the 2012 M6 convertible.
On the off-chance you don’t believe us, there are two videos below that show the latest land shark in motion, though we would have hoped for more tire smoke and less melodramatic music.
The company revealed the latest in their line of tire-burners over the weekend, letting on that it will be a more powerful, luxurious and efficient iteration of the previous M6, which returns after a two-year hiatus. A coupe version is usually first to make the market, but BMW decided to operate in reverse of the convention, releasing the convertible model in 2012, with the hard-top version to follow next year.
You can read the full details of the car in our previous post, but just in case that isn’t enticement enough we should mention that it’s making 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque thanks to the M5-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8.
The videos below show the convertible and coupe in motion.
GALLERY: 2012 BMW M6 convertible
GALLERY: 2013 BMW M6 coupe
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
For more on the new M6, look for AutoGuide’s Geneva Motor Show Coverage starting here March 6th.
New rumors are surfacing regarding BMW‘s new M6 and the possible M6 Gran Coupe, now speculated to make its debut before the M6 Coupe and Convertible variants.
Rumor has it the M6 Gran Coupe could make its debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show around March. The M6 Coupe and Convertible would then make its debut sometime in June. It’s really all pure speculation at this point, but it will be interesting to see if the M6 Gran Coupe can compete with Mercedes-Benz‘s CLS and Audi‘s A7. It may seem that will be late to the party, but there’s never any questioning an M-model’s performance once it makes it onto the street.
[Source: GT Spirit]
BMW reportedly considered creating a stripped-out CSL version of its M6 luxury coupe, but ended up axing the project after the company could not justify a business case for the car.
The CSL would have had an active aerodynamics package, 220 lbs stripped from the car and upgraded power levels, but BMW ended up nixing the car, along with a prototype X5M that featured a rear-drive layout, SMG transmission and an unspecified V8 engine. BMW revealed the cars on Monday, as part of a collection of classic M vehicles.
While an M6 CSL sounds great on paper, the M6 was always more of a Grand Tourer, with an emphasis on luxury and rapid pace rather than outright performance. A CSL version would have run counter to the car’s mission, and judging by the amount of convertible M6s in existence, would likely have found few takers.
BMW‘s M division saw sales of its sports cars increase by 14.2 percent in 2010, to 16,967 units. The M3 remained the brand’s most popular car, with the coupe, sedan and convertible making up 10,116 units. In second place was the X6M with 3,082 units and X5M with 2,778 units.
The US led the world in M car consumption, followed by Germany and the UK. Fastest growing markets were China (up 355 percent), Brazil (237 percent) and Russia (104 percent). With the way the global economy is going, don’t be surprised to see those three countries make up the top three markets by sales volume in the near future.
A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia saw his Ferrari get auctioned off by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, after they seized the vehicle for excessive speed in September.
The Ferrari was racing a BMW M6 in the north end of Vancouver, and was clocked traveling 124 mph in a zone designated for speeds of around 40 mph. Reports state that the Ferrari narrowly missed a mother and her children.
Provincial laws allow the police to seize and take possession of vehicles involved in excessive speeding or reckless driving incidents. The Scuderia ended up selling for $306,000, with the money divided between the vehicle’s owner and the government in an 80/20 split. The BMW M6 will be auctioned sometime next week.
[Source: The Province]
Feel like driving a BMW today? If you live in Munich, you’ll be able to rent one whenever the mood strikes you with BMW on Demand.
Just like the Zipcar service, BMW is taking it up a notch by offering premium vehicles that can be rented by the hour. The BMW on Demand service allows customers to choose from a range of BMW vehicles, like the 5 Series, the Z4 or the M6. The car-sharing service will only be available in Munich, but it could expand to major European cities, and the pilot project will initially run over the course of a year.
Perfect for impressing a date or a potential client, you are able to book the preferred model with choices in color and with desired equipment. There is also staff on hand to help you make your pick.
If you’re in Munich and want to try this service out, you can book via the BMW Welt website at www.bmw-welt.de/bmw-on-demand or by calling the hotline on +49 89 3184-3430. Depending on what you pick, the hourly fees vary. For example, a 1 Series BMW, costs €16 an hour (roughly $22 an hour), while a 5 Series BMW costs €23 an hour (roughly $32 an hour). Prices also vary depending on the time of day.