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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.
The X1 has been long awaited to make its American debut since the German automaker announced its delay, due to high demand in the European market. Confirmed is the new TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine powering the BMW X1 with 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. We are still hoping that BMW will bring its X1 M35i xDrive to America.
The third generation M6 is powered by a new M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine with 560-hp with a seven-speed M-DCT transmission. The 6 Series Gran Coupe will also arrive early this summer to American dealerships.
GALLERY: BMW X1 xDrive28i
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.