2012 BMW M6 Coupe & Convertible unveiled

2012 BMW M6 Convertible 11.2.2012
2012 BMW M6 Convertible 11.2.2012

Launches later this year

BMW has officially unveiled the new M6 Coupe and Convertible.

Looking decidedly aggressive, the models feature a unique appearance with new bumpers, flared wheel arches and ventilated front fenders. There's also LED headlights, a revised grille, a rear diffuser and aerodynamic side skirts. Lastly, the models have a four tailpipe exhaust system and 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inchers are optional).

The coupe has a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof, while the convertible retains its trademark soft top with a double-buttress (aka flying buttress) design. It opens in 19 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph).

Inside, the cabin is luxuriously appointed with Merino leather sport seats, a bespoke gear knob and a unique steering wheel with paddle shifters. There's also a revised instrument cluster, carbon fiber trim, illuminated sill plates and ambient lighting. Options include a heated steering wheel, GPS navigation and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

In the tech department, the models can be equipped with a head-up display, high beam assist and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Customers can also order a lane change / lane departure warning system, a rear-view camera and an internet-connected infotainment system with apps for Facebook and Twitter.

Under the hood, both models are powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 560 PS (412 kW / 552 hp) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with drivelogic and launch control. This enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, while the convertible does the same task in 4.3 seconds. Both have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), but that can be increased to 305 km/h (189 mph) with the M Driver's Package. In terms of efficiency, the coupe averages 9.9 L/100 km (28.5 mpg UK / 23.7 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 232 g/km. The convertible, on the other hands, returns 10.3 L/100 km (27.4 mpg UK / 22.8 mpg US) and has CO2 emissions of 239 g/km.

Other highlights include a sport-tuned suspension, an active M differential and a revised dynamic stability control system with an "M Dynamic" mode. There's also high-performance brakes (carbon-ceramic brakes are optional), M servotronic steering and a unique dynamic damper control system.

The BMW M6 convertible will arrive at U.S. dealerships in June and the coupe will be launched later this summer.

Source: BMW

The new BMW M6. Coupe and Convertible

• New edition of the BMW M6 in Coupe and Convertible body variants; generous dose of M feeling combined with alluring design aesthetics, a luxurious aura, seating for four and innovative equipment features; high-performance sports car with superior performance attributes and extremely exclusive character; BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible both occupy a unique position in the premium segment of the executive class thanks to their blend of outstanding dynamics, hallmark M conceptual harmony and everyday usability; further development of both concepts breaks new ground with significantly improved efficiency, optimised controls for individualising the car set-up and a wider variety of driver assistance systems and infotainment functions available from BMW ConnectedDrive.

• Visually imposing body design with dynamically elegant lines and hallmark M athleticism provides an accurate visual showcase for the car's high-performance properties; BMW M6 Coupe with strikingly contoured roof made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP); BMW M6 Convertible with high-quality soft-top boasting distinctive "fin" architecture.

• High-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control; hallmark M power delivery headlined by instantaneous responsiveness and a sustained wave of thrust; highest output in the segment; 412 kW/560 hp at 6,000 - 7,000 rpm, maximum torque: 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from 1,500 rpm; maximum engine speed: 7,200 rpm; engine output 10 per cent higher than predecessor models, maximum torque 30 per cent higher.

• Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds (BMW M6 Coupe) or 4.3 seconds (BMW M6 Convertible); 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 12.6 (13.1) seconds; electronically governed top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) or 305 km/h (189 mph) with M Driver's Package.

• Extraordinarily fine balance between performance and fuel consumption represents major improvement on previous models; average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle: 9.9 litres per 100 km / 28.5 mpg imp (BMW M6 Coupe) and 10.3 litres per 100 km / 27.4 mpg imp (BMW M6 Convertible); Auto Start-Stop function and further Efficient Dynamics technology as standard; fuel consumption of the respective predecessor models cut by more than 30 per cent.

• Seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic; automatic gear selection tuned to deliver optimum traction, Launch Control and Low Speed Assistance; bespoke M gear selector; newly developed M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.

• Power sent to the rear wheels; Active M Differential ensures fully variable distribution of drive between the rear wheels. Result is optimised traction and directional stability during dynamic lane changes and when accelerating out of corners.

• High-performance characteristics with outstanding dynamics and precisely controllable handling, thanks to hallmark M harmony in the interplay of powertrain and chassis technology, aerodynamics and weight balance; weight-to-power ratio - BMW M6 Coupe: 3.3 kg/hp (7.3 lb/hp),
BMW M6 Convertible: 3.5 kg/hp (7.7 lb/hp).

• M-specific chassis with bespoke front and rear axle kinematics;
M-specific Dynamic Damper Control as standard; DSC stability control incl. M Dynamic Mode; M Servotronic steering; body strengthening using special panels; lightweight compound high-performance braking system; available as an option are newly developed, globally unique M carbon-ceramic brakes with optimum resistance to fade and wear, and lower weight.
• Engine responses, M Servotronic mapping, Drivelogic shift program,
DSC mode, damper characteristics and information shown on the Head-Up Display can be programmed individually; two M Drive buttons on the steering wheel can be used to store and call up individually configured car set-up options.

• Body design with classical BMW Coupe/Convertible proportions, customary sporty yet elegant BMW 6 Series looks and typical M sporting edge; special M design features provide an accurate visual representation of the car's technical profile and performance; three-section, strikingly modelled lower air intake with aerodynamically optimised flaps; new M kidney grille with black double slats; flared wheel arches; hallmark M gills with integrated direction indicator bars; aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors and side skirts; BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line; exposed reflectors below the rear lights; aerodynamically optimised rear apron with diffuser between the right and left-hand pair of twin exhaust tailpipes; 19-inch (standard) or 20-inch (optional) forged M light-alloy wheels, each with a distinctive interpretation of the familiar M double-spoke design.

• Luxurious, elegantly sweeping interior design with special M controls and styling features; newly developed M double-spoke leather steering wheel; M gear selector and car set-up controls on the model-specific centre console; exclusive M sports seats with integrated belt system (optional: M multifunction seats); Merino leather upholstery with extended features; exclusive carbon-fibre interior trim strips; illuminated door sill finishers with model lettering; M-specific instrument cluster with black-panel technology; 2-zone automatic climate control with extended features, ambient lighting.

• Adaptive LED Headlights fitted as standard, extensive range of BMW ConnectedDrive features, some unmatched by any rival: BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific information, High Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, rear-view camera, Surround View, Speed Limit Info, internet access, extended integration of smartphones and music players, Real-Time Traffic Information and apps for receiving web radio and using Facebook and Twitter.

• Almost all BMW 6 Series equipment options available, including Comfort Access, active seats, heated steering wheel, doors with Soft Close Automatic function, Navigation system Professional, Bang & Olufsen High- End Surround Sound System.

Performance, fuel consumption and emissions data:

BMW M6 Coupe:
Acceleration [0 - 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.2 seconds,
acceleration [0 - 200 km/h (124 mph)]: 12.6 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph), 305 km/h (189 mph) with M Driver's Package,
average fuel consumption: 9.9 litres/100 kilometres (28.5 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions: 232 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

BMW M6 Convertible:
Acceleration [0 - 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.3 seconds,
acceleration [0 - 200 km/h (mph)]: 13.1 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph), 305 km/h (189 mph) with M Driver's Package),
average fuel consumption: 10.3 litres/100 kilometres (27.4 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions: 239 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

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Comments (35)

SimplyMerc SimplyMerc
I don't like the headlamps and the steering wheel... But the rest is really cool...
Feb 19th, 2012 12:11pm
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ItWasntMeReally ItWasntMeReally
I love every single part of this car, but the headlights!..... i8's headlights would look nice on this car IMHO!
Feb 13th, 2012 6:07pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
One of the sexiest car ever made...could even be the sexiest car ever made.
Feb 13th, 2012 2:50am
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Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
Remove that F#$$%#$ M badge from the grill and it will look nicer.
Feb 13th, 2012 2:03am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
This is unreal. Bring us a 7spd manual!
Feb 12th, 2012 11:59pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Love it, sporty and sleek at the same time. Brilliant in blue.
Feb 12th, 2012 8:37pm
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ifudge ifudge
It looks quite good but I can't help feel that it could look so much better than it does.
Feb 12th, 2012 5:11pm
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eddie eddie
I saw the new coupe version last week and pictures do not do the car justice. The car is stunning, almost futuristic. i think the 6 series is one of the best looking cars around. I have completed some of the M driving courses in Spartenburg, South Carolina and it is as great as is the company.
Feb 12th, 2012 5:07pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
Absolutely stunning!
Feb 12th, 2012 4:50pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
would be nice if they offered this with a manual, at least for the US. I would be quite a pain in the ass to re-import it to Europe, but worth it.
Feb 12th, 2012 1:19pm
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
They look really nice especially the Coupe. However, I still think the front of this 6-Series generation is very poor and looks so awkward.
Feb 12th, 2012 1:19pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
This to me is gonna be a hot seller, improved gearbox, dollops of torque, forced induction and unanimous good looks, purist or not this is going to be for BMW what the SL55 was to Mercedes. And it will spawn a new era of livable day to day M cars.
Feb 12th, 2012 12:31pm
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swifthead swifthead
Exactly as you sad....this is now what SL55 was 10 years ago!
Feb 13th, 2012 2:34am
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
0-62mph only 4.2 seconds. Audi S8 hits 0-62mph 4.2 seconds, and its much heavier than M6 is. Will see how fast new generation Audi RS6 and RS7 is. Much faster than Audi S8 is ;)
Feb 12th, 2012 12:17pm
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radmeister radmeister
The S8 is only 11.8% heavier, 445lbs exactly and has AWD. You forget that the A8s are made out of aluminium and composites, its actually quite light for it's size.
Feb 12th, 2012 7:38pm
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BeEmWe BeEmWe
You forgot BMW's tendency to understate it's cars' performance stats!
Feb 13th, 2012 9:29am
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v1p3r v1p3r
You forget Car & Driver tested the F10 M5 with the same engine at 3.7s and low 4's seem to be the norm with the M5, and the M6 is lighter. I wouldn't be surprised to see the M6 do 0-100kph in less than 4 in some tests
Feb 12th, 2012 8:17pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
@radmeister Audi S8 weihgts over 4300Ibs, M6 weights under 4100Ibs. So its heavier. @v1p3r Yes, but those are just carmagazines test. That is real times, what manufacturers promises for performs.
Feb 12th, 2012 8:36pm
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
Comparing both cars, S8 is ugly
Feb 12th, 2012 11:31pm
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
by now everyone should know that BMW always understates their 0-60 times...as far as drivability there is no comparison though
Feb 13th, 2012 3:21am
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bucky bucky
Everything is perfect on the car except the engine. Even though it's a great power plant and produces more power than the v10, I wish they still offered it in this one. The v10 sound was to die for.
Feb 12th, 2012 12:11pm
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I guess it's the color from 1M) Looks so sexy and aggressive. A pure BMW. At night I will dream about her
Feb 12th, 2012 12:08pm
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surubutna surubutna
It isn't. The 1M color is 'Valencia Orange', this one is 'Sakhir Orange'. Cheers ;)
Feb 12th, 2012 11:09pm
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Thank you. Beautiful color =)
Feb 13th, 2012 8:35am
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sl65amg_612 sl65amg_612
awesome car! i hope it sounds better than F10 M5...
Feb 12th, 2012 11:15am
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tenart tenart
wow... a very beautiful car and a very beautiful BMW... Bravo bmw, u got it right this time plus i think it has one of the best interior in the world
Feb 12th, 2012 10:38am
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Imo I'm not fond of the new 6er standard models with its fussy-and-grumpy fascias. But, the new M6 changes my perception a little. It looks brutish, ready to chow down Audi's and MB's for breakfast. The hyped-up bruiser looks way better than I have anticipated. Good job BMW!
Feb 12th, 2012 10:00am
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
Th does look so much better then I expected... Perfect lines.
Feb 12th, 2012 7:38am
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M! M!
nice. glad to see marketing pushed the engineers to get the convertible ready for the summer before the coupe. btw the ///M 6 emblem in the front is a little nostalgic but, really, looks like a booger in the nostril.
Feb 12th, 2012 6:07am
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vilivo vilivo
I really want one! Well, not for me. I would LOVE to get one for the misus, she has always loved the brand and I for one agree on this one. Wonder how much we'd lose on her car though...
Feb 12th, 2012 5:47am
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