BMW reveals 2012 M6 Convertible at New York International Auto Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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BMW's M6 - the high-performance version of its recently redesigned 6-Series - was officially introduced at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. But it was an M6 Coupe that was on display in Geneva, and the drop-top was absent from the festivities. BMW remedied this at the recent New York International Auto Show, finally displaying a gleaming blue version of its forthcoming M6 Convertible.

Under the hood the new M6 Convertible has a 4.4-litre V8 engine that features BMW's TwinPower Turbo Technology and revs to 7,200 rpm, delivering 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed M double-clutch automated transmission 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 2012 M6 Convertible will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

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-specific 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 Covertible 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 either side of the rear diffuser. The convertible roof opens in 19 seconds, closes in 24 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 40 km/h.

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.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Convertible, Roadster, BMW, 2012, M6 Convertible,

Organizations: BMW

Geographic location: New York

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