BMW introduces new M6 Coupe and Cabriolet

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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BMW M GmbH is the performance division of BMW, and has produced the German automaker's now legendary M cars since 1972. While there have undoubtedly been some spectacularly good M cars in the past, BMW's new M6 may be the very best. The M6 is - and always has been - a high-performance variant of BMW's revered 6-series, and the latest M6 boasts menacing style, high-tech sophistication and plenty of power.

A prod of the accelerator pedal stirs the M6's 4.4-litre V8 engine, which features BMW's TwinPower Turbo Technology. The engine delivers 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque and will rev to 7,200 rpm. A 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) with Drivelogic comes paired to the engine. It can be set to automatic mode or manual mode, which allows the transmission to be shifted sequentially with either the gear selector or with steering wheel-mounted paddles. With its plentiful power and close-spaced gearing, the new M6 will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds in Coupe form and 4.3 seconds in Cabriolet form. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h in both models.

When it comes time to hit the brakes, the M6 relies on six-piston calipers to chomp down on its large brake rotors, and an M Carbon-Ceramic braking system is an available option. In comparison to the standard braking system, the carbon-fibre ceramic brakes possess greater heat resistance and weigh 19.4 kg (42.8 pounds) less. Like the standard brakes, the M Carbon-Ceramic brakes make use of six-piston calipers but they're finished in gold instead of the standard blue. The M6 also features brake energy regeneration and an auto start-stop function which shuts off the engine when the vehicle slows to a stop.

BMW's new M6 is hunkered down over 19-inch M light-alloy wheels that are housed within flared fenders. Front end styling includes an M-specific kidney grille, adaptive xenon headlights and three large air intakes. M grilles are located on each of the front fenders, and at the back the M6 sports M quad exhaust tips positioned on each side of the rear diffuser. Topping it all off, the M6 Coupe features a carbon-fibre composite roof.

Inside, the M6 features new M sport seats, carbon fibre interior trim and a 10.2-inch iDrive control system. An M head-up display is also featured and projects information such as vehicle speed and gear selection onto the windshield.

Vehicle control aids available to the driver include dynamic stability control and a sophisticated anti-lock braking system with dynamic brake control, cornering brake control, brake assistant, brake fade compensation, a brake drying function and start-off assistant.

BMW says its new M6 will debut in Cabriolet guise as a 2012 model this June, while the Coupe arrives in late summer as a 2013 model. Other information such as pricing and fuel consumption ratings will be divulged closer to the M6's on-sale date. Before then, the M6 will be on display at this year's Geneva Motor Show.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Convertible, Roadster, Sports Coupe, BMW, 2012, 2013, M6,

Organizations: BMW

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