Bmw M6 Gran Coupe is the new MotoGP safety car for the 2013 season

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2013

The pace/safety cars for the MotoGP series this year are again from BMW’s M division. It was in 1999 that this division first teamed up with MotoGP when it got a Z8 and put in some graphics and a light bar to be used as a MotoGP safety car. Since then, a variety of BMW M cars have been used to lead a group of motorcycles.

In 2009, the division unveiled the X6 M sports activity coupe to the public in MotoGP safety car form. In 2013, BMW M offered eight vehicles for the series. Its most major development is the addition of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which was recently introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Aside from the 560-horsepower four-door coupe, we will also see the M6 coupe (with two fewer doors), and an M5 sedan (with the same engine) as safety cars.

A BMW M3 that uses frozen gray paint is what the safety officer of the track will be using. Meanwhile, the medics will carried by two M550d xDrive wagons. Lastly, two HP4 models will be used as safety bikes. These two vehicles will be entering the track at the Qatar Grand Prix, located at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. “We are delighted that our cooperation with MotoGP is already entering its 15th season,” said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing at BMW M GmbH.

Looking closer at the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, it is offered with an array of M design elements that carefully take into account several performance aspects like its cooling air requirements, weight balance and aerodynamics, and chassis geometry. Its front end is marked by a model-exclusive M kidney grille flanked by Adaptive LED Headlights as well as large air intakes.

When viewed from the sides, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is distinguished from its BMW M6 Coupe sibling through its rear doors and 113-mm longer wheelbase. Its silhouette is defined by a low roofline smoothly flowing into the rear, side windows extending into the C-pillars as well as the swage line. The sides of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe feature a wide track made more appealing by the prominently flared wheel arches.

Further elements defining the exterior look of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe include distinctive M gills, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line package and aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors, as well as 20-inch double-spoke M light-alloy wheels twin exhaust tailpipes located on the outer edges of the rear apron, which is also home to a CFRP diffuser.

The roof’s construction also makes use of CRFP, with the visible carbon structure and the dynamic recess in the center of the roof providing a striking element. This recess is referenced inside the BMW M6 Gran Coupe through the anthracite-colored Alcantara roof liner featuring a leather central section.

The interior of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe -- just like the exterior – appropriately conveys the dynamism and elegance of the vehicle by blending sports car styling, generous cabin room and a luxurious environment. Front occupants are treated to M sports seats fitted with integral belt guides. These seats are wrapped in Merino leather upholstery.

The rear cabin, meanwhile, could be specified with two or three seats with a 40:60 split that allows its boot capacity to expand from 460 liters to up to 1,265 liters. Power for the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is provided by a 4,395 cc V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology.

Featuring a horde of innovations like a cross-bank exhaust manifold, a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, this V8 engine could deliver up to 560 hp (412 kW) of output available between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm, and up to 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque available between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm.

With this amount of power, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe could accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h/155 mph. This top speed jumps to 305 km/h/189 mph once the optional M Driver's Package is installed. Under the EU test cycle, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe consumes – on average -- 9.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (28.5 mpg imp) and emits 232 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

Press Release

BMW M: 15th season as “Official Car of MotoGP”

Munich/Doha, 5th April 2013. Anniversary of a successful partnership: when the 2013 MotoGP World Championship gets underway with the Qatar Grand Prix this weekend, BMW M will be starting its 15th season as “Official Car of MotoGP”. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official Safety Cars.

The first of many highlights over the course of the anniversary comes at the opening round, which will be held at the “Losail International Circuit” in Qatar: the first public outing of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. It is only a few weeks since the latest eagerly-awaited high-performance coupé from BMW M GmbH was enjoying its world premiere at the NAIAS in Detroit. This season, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe will spearhead the fleet of Safety Cars in action in the MotoGP World Championship. The high-performance BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a premium product, which combines outstanding performance with captivating aesthetics and luxurious elegance. The latest top model to emerge from BMW M GmbH is powered by a high-rev V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and generating 412 kW/560 hp. It is this power that allows the BMW M6 Gran Coupe to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. The engine performance, chassis technology, aerodynamic properties and balance, which is optimised using components such as the carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof, are aligned with the kind of precision that people have come to expect of M. As such, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe not only offers a new luxury experience in an M vehicle, but also fully exhausts the dynamic driving potential, which is rooted in the BMW 6 Series. The Safety Car version of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe has been specially modified for its use as a pace car out on the racetrack.

In total, the fleet of official MotoGP cars for the 2013 season comprises five BMW M and M Performance models. As well as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, the BMW M6 Coupe and the BMW M5 will also be in action as Safety Cars. The Safety Officer will take to the track in a BMW M3 Coupe, while two BMW M550d xDrive Tourings will be used as medical cars. BMW Motorrad will also provide two new BMW HP4s as Safety Bikes. You can find more information on the 2013 Safety Car fleet online at

“We are delighted that our cooperation with MotoGP is already entering its 15th season,” said Thomas Schemera, Director of Sales and Marketing at BMW M GmbH. “This shows that Dorna Sports sees us as a reliable partner when it comes to guaranteeing that practice sessions, qualifying and races pass safely in the pinnacle of motorcycle racing – even in the most difficult weather conditions. In return, the Motorcycle World Championship provides us with the perfect platform. This allows us to present our high-performance automobiles to a target group consisting of motorsport enthusiasts who share our passion for technologically innovative and dynamic sports cars – and that all over the world. We are particularly proud to be able to run our high-performance luxury coupe, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, as a Safety Car in the 2013 season.”

BMW M GmbH’s involvement in MotoGP is not solely restricted to the Safety Car fleet, but also comprises numerous sales and marketing campaigns within the Grand Prix environment. The BMW M Hospitality in the paddock will display MINI, BMW and BMW M automobiles. Visitors will also receive detailed information on the Grand Prix, riders and teams. An exclusive VIP sales programme completes the offering in the BMW M Hospitality. On the BMW M MotoGP Experience, guests spend the race weekend in the VIP village, thus gaining insights into what goes on behind the scenes of the Motorcycle World Championship. Among the highlights of this visitor package are the garage tours with former world champion and BMW M MotoGP Expert Loris Capirossi (ITA), meetings with the current crop of riders, and taxi rides in one of the BMW M Safety Cars.

The BMW M Award is also celebrating an anniversary this year. Since 2003, this award has been presented at the end of the MotoGP season to the rider with the best overall qualifying record. Among the recent winners, who receive an exclusive BMW M car for their efforts, are Valentino Rossi (ITA), Casey Stoner (AUS), Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) and Nicky Hayden (USA). To mark the tenth anniversary of the award, the best qualifier this season can look forward to a special highlight – however, the exact BMW M model will not be revealed until the start of the European leg of the season in Jerez (ESP) in May.

BMW M GmbH rang in the first grand prix week of the season with an exclusive M6 event hosted by Alfardan Automobiles, the BMW importer in Doha. This pre-launch event enabled Qatari national media representatives and invited customers to be the first to view the eagerly anticipated BMW M6 Gran Coupe Safety Car. This pace car, to be deployed on-track for the first time this weekend, was unveiled by BMW M MotoGP Expert Loris Capirossi. Also present were the BMW M6 Coupe Safety Car and the BMW M6 Convertible.

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