New BMW M6 – The New Flagship
The first turbocharged M6 is also the fastest production BMW ever made. Its twin-turbo V8 with 560 horsepower and 680 Nm of torque (or 502lb ft) propels the new two door coupe from 0-100km (0-62mph) in just 4.2 seconds. The convertible version does that same exercise 0.1 seconds slower. The new BMW M6 expectedly shares the engine of the new M5, but is 95 kilograms lighter and has a shorter wheelbase. All power is of course delivered to the rear wheels.
Compared to the previous generation, the new BMW M6 adds 150 kilograms of weight, 53 “horses of power” and 160 Nm of torque. The top speed will be limited to 250km/h, but if the limiter is removed, the car will easily go past the 300km/h mark.
New BMW M6 – BMW’s Newest Tech at Work
The transmission will also be the same as the as the one found in the M5, namely the 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT). A manual option is being considered for the US market, but is not yet confirmed. Other technological highlights are the new Active M-Differential and sport-tuned double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension with unique dampers, springs and bushing. The new M6 has the same track width as the M5. Compared to the regular 6 series, the M6 sits 30mm lower.
BMW’s Efficient Dynamics features have been heavily applied to the new coupe/convertible flagship. Start/Stop function is now available together with brake energy regeneration and variable capacity oil pump. This together with use of carbon fiber and aluminum to lower the weight helps reduce the fuel consumption by about 30%. Traditionally, the M6 has a carbon-fiber roof that helps reduce weight and at the same time lowers the center of gravity of the vehicle.
The average fuel consumption for the coupe version according to the EU test cycle is 9.9 l/100km. The CO2 emissions are rated at 232 g/km. The referent values for the convertible are 10.3 l/100km and 239 g/km. These numbers look quite underestimated but nonetheless, the new car will undoubtedly be much more economical than the previous generation M6.
New BMW M6 – A 6 Series, M-ed
The design of the new BMW M6 is quite aggressive, but remains close to the normal 6 series. There are some significant differences such as the traditional lack of fog lights in BMW’s M models. Instead the space is left for the air intakes and filters. The front spoiler is deeper and there is an M6 badge on one of the “kidneys. The rear diffuser resembles the one of the M5 and has four chrome-finished exhausts. 19 inch alloy wheels with 265/40 R19 tires at the front and 295/35 R19 at the rear connect the new M6 to the road. 20 inch alloys are also available as an option.
One of the most anticipated options by M enthusiasts debuts on this new M6, namely the carbon-ceramic brake discs. They are quite impressive – 410mm up front and 396mm in the back – and BMW claims that they are 19.4kg lighter than the standard. This option is only available together with the 20 inch wheels option. To distinguish that carbon-ceramic option, it comes with gold painted brake calipers.
The coupe will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month, while the convertible will wait until the New York show in April to make an appearance.
Images courtesy of BMW M GmbH