BMW's M division has significantly upgraded the performance level of its M6 coupe and convertible by fitting in a 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is used on the latest M5. BMW described the M6 as its fastest-ever two-door road car, with speed of up to 155 mph for both versions – coupe and convertible.
A customer, however, can avail of an optional M Driver's package that could go as fast as 189.5 mph. BMW will unveil the M6 coupe and convertible at the Geneva motor show in March, and will make the cars’ North American debut in April at the New York Auto Show.
BMW will try to duplicate the approach it used to sell the third-generation 6-series in North America. The company will market first the M6 convertible as a 2012 model in June. The company will then deliver a limited number of M6 coupes, which will be marketed in September as a 2013 model.BMW has yet to disclose the M6 pricing, although sources at BMW North America said that they don't expect significant increases compared with the first-generation model.
To distinguish the M6 from the 6-series models, BMW decided to implement typical M division styling, giving the former a more aggressive appearance than the latter. M6 will feature a deep front spoiler that contains larger honeycomb-fronted air ducts and a shallow lip; a distinct M-specific double-slat grille insert with a small M6 badge; a traditional air vent aft of the front wheel arch; widened front wings; and distinctly shaped exterior mirrors and beefed-up side sills. Both the M6 and the 6-series will be produced at the company’s Dingolfing plant in Germany.