BMW announced the end of production of the M6 Coupe and Convertible

Article by Christian A., on September 7, 2010

If yesterday it was just a rumor, today it became official: Bmw has just announced the end of production of the M6 Coupé and the Convertible. 14,152 units were built by the Bavarian manufacturer since 2005: 9,087 units of the Coupé and 5,065 Convertible models (introduced a year later, in 2006).

Bmw M6 was a remarkable machine, powered by an impressive 5.0-liter V10 engine delivering 507 hp at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 520 Nm. Its power-to-weight ratio of 3.37 kilograms per hp was an unbeatable key indicator.

Mated to a seven-speed SMG Drivelogic fitted with Launch Control, the car could accelerate in just 4.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and had a top speed (electronically limited) of 250 km/h or 155 mph.

The M6 Convertible was able to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds while the top speed achieved was 250 km/h or 155 mph. The BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible received worldwide acclaim as dream cars for automotive enthusiasts with sporting ambitions.

The United States proved to be the number one market for the BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible, with sales of 3,528 and 3,247 units respectively. Germany came in second with sales of 1,183 coupes and 541 open tops. The Great Britain and Ireland was third largest market for the BMW M6 Coupé with 619 vehicle registrations while Canada was the third biggest market for the BMW M6 Convertible, with 209 units sold.

Interestingly, the US, Germany and Great Britain and Ireland were the top 3 market for the BMW M5. BMW sold 8,786 M5 models in the US, 2,473 units in Germany and 1,980 vehicles in Great Britain and Ireland. Global sales for the BMW M5 breached 20,000 units in just under five years -- 19,494 BMW M5 Saloon and 1,009 BMW M5 Touring models have been sold since 2007 to date.

In just less than five years, BMW sold more fourth-generation M5s than the third-generation model in six years, which was the period length of production. This means that the fourth-generation BMW M5 is the best-selling selling generation of the model. To note, the first generation of the M5 was the pioneering model among high-performance saloons when it was introduced more than 30 years ago in 1984.

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BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible: two exceptional athletes reach the end of their career

BMW M GmbH has announced the end of production of the BMW M6 Coupé and the BMW M6 Convertible. The two high-performance models provide the most exclusive opportunity to experience on normal roads the hallmark athleticism of M vehicles combined with drive and chassis technology inspired by the world of motor racing. In total 14,152 examples of these high-performance sports cars were built: 9,087 units of the Coupé, which launched in 2005; and 5,065 Convertible models, presented the following year.

With the departure of these two fascinating and exceptional athletes and the already discontinued fourth-generation BMW M5, production will now also cease for the unique V10 high-rev engine. For years the 373 kW/507 hp powerplant has set the benchmark for delivering sheer power in cars that are both highly dynamic in character and symbolic of the outstanding expertise of BMW M GmbH in developing high-performance engines. For two years in succession, 2005 and 2006, the ten-cylinder unit took overall victory in the prestigious Engine of the Year Award, and in the two years that followed achieved first place on each occasion in the category for engines with displacement above 4 litres.

The stand-out feature of this unique engine, developed exclusively for the BMW M5 and BMW M6 models, is power delivery that is both extremely dynamic and smooth even at higher loads. Output is developed from a 5-litre displacement split between ten combustion chambers, with the two banks of cylinders cranked at 90 degrees to one another. The engine delivers maximum output at 7,750 rpm, with engine speed eventually peaking at 8,250 rpm, and it has maximum torque of 520 Nm. In addition to the high-rev concept, a number of other technological details – electronically-controlled individual throttle valves, an ionic current control system and lateral force-controlled oil supply – were also directly derived from motor racing.

In much the same way, design principles of chassis technology and lightweight construction also found their way from the race track to the road. In the case of the BMW M6 Coupé, for example, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) – a material that largely owes its introduction in the automotive sector to Formula One – was used in both the roof and bumper design. Its power-to-weight ratio of 3.37 kilograms per hp is another unbeatable key indicator in the profile of the BMW M6 Coupé. Moreover, its outstanding performance characteristics are additionally supported by seven-speed SMG Drivelogic and Launch Control for maximum acceleration from a standing start, the speed-sensitive variable M differential lock, and model-specific chassis technology, including Electronic Damper Control (EDC) and compound brakes. Standstill to 100 km/h acceleration time is a mere 4.6 seconds. The BMW M6 Convertible takes just 0.2 seconds longer, giving the driver time to appreciate not only the thrilling dynamic performance but also the irresistible flair of an open-top premium sports car in the luxury class.

The BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible received worldwide acclaim as dream cars for automotive enthusiasts with sporting ambitions. The number one market for both models was the US, which recorded sales of 3,528 closed and 3,247 open-top vehicles, followed by Germany (1,183 / 541 units). In third position for sales of the BMW M6 Coupé came Great Britain and Ireland, with 619 vehicle registrations; in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible it was Canada, with 209 units sold.

Sales of the BMW M5 followed a similar pattern. The United States once again came out on top, with sales of 8,786 vehicles. Then, after the domestic market of Germany (2,473 units), Great Britain and Ireland generated the next highest demand on the continent of Europe, with 1,980 vehicles. In total the BMW M5 recorded global sales of over 20,000 cars in under five years, with current figures of 19,494 units for the BMW M5 Saloon and a further 1,009 units for the BMW M5 Touring, available since 2007.

The total combined figures for the fourth-generation BMW M5 exceed even those of its predecessor model, which was in production for six years. With that it has secured the current high point in the success story of the BMW M5, the first generation of which established the vehicle segment of high-performance saloons at its introduction in 1984.

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