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.
As viewed from the front, the new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible are elegantly imposing. This is thanks to their wide air intakes and well-contoured headlight units, as well as a newly designed M kidney grille with an "M6" badge. This grille feature black, paired kidney slats inspired by the double-spoke design of the cars’ M light-alloy wheels.
These M6 models come with 3D-shaped air intakes and race-inspired flaps that could help optimize airflow to the outer air intakes. As standard, both M6 models are fitted with Adaptive LED Headlights which has its top areas marked by a LED accent light. This accent light feature white 3D LED light rings that have been leveled off. Light rights are also employed for the dipped beam and main beam. Meanwhile the main LED units have been placed on a horizontal rib that runs through the center, thereby feeding light onto the reflectors on their front – resulting to a characteristic appearance. The light cluster also includes horizontally arranged LED units serving as direction indicators – all integrated into the headlight units.
New BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible also features powerfully flared front wheel arches that sit flush with the wheels. Its tracks are now around 30mm wider compared to those of the models’ 6-Series counterparts. Track widths of these two M models have been increased to further optimize their road-holding capability.
The front side sections of the new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible are provided with 3D-shaped M gills with wide chrome frames and indicator bars as well as the M logo. Surrounding these gills are prominent character lines. The sides of the new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible also feature model-specific side skirts that sweep upwards.
As standard, the new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Convertible ride on 19-inch M light-alloy forged wheels with its seven two-tone double-spokes. Customers may optionally avail of 20-inch M light-alloy wheels that feature five intricate double spokes.