The 2012 BMW M6 Coupe & Convertible Revealed
BMW has officially unveiled today their new BMW M6 Coupé and Convertible, a refreshed model with a staggering design, extremely beautiful both on the outside and inside, packing a great punch.
The most important upgrades were installing redesigned bumpers, ventilated front fenders and flared wheel arches that boost the scatty aggression of this beast. Other visual additions that need mentioning are the rear diffuser, revised grille, aerodynamic side skirts and LED headlights. The new models also boasts 19-inch or optionally 20-inch alloy wheels and four-pipe muffler tips as an end of the exhaust system.
The Convertible edition features a soft-top with double-buttress, also known as flying buttress, which can be opened in just under 19 seconds and at speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h). The Coupé version on the other hand includes a fiber-carbon reinforced plastic roof, to enhance the car’s lightness.
The inside of the car is opulent and relaxing at the same time. The new gear knob is one of the most insignificant changes, while the steering wheel with paddle-shifting system and the Merino leather sport seats are way more evident. Carbon fiber trims, illuminated sill plates, gorgeous ambient lighting and revised instrument cluster are also included in the new M6 package, while, as some of the optionals, you can pick the GPS navigation, steering wheels and Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Furthermore, there are also features that enable better controlling, orientation, performance and entertainment, like a head-up display, BMW Night-Vision with pedestrian recognition, lane change / lane departure warning system, high beam assist, internet-connected infotainment system with Facebook and Twitter connection and a rear-view camera.
So much for the non-significant changes – let’s go on to the stuff that really makes us drool – the propulsion systems. The hoods of the new M6-ers host a twin-turbo V8 motor that delivers 552 HP and 680 Nm of torque. This humongous power gets to the wheels via a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with launch control and drivelogic, making sure that the coupé accelerates from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds, the convertible being just a tenth of a second slower.
Their top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), the M Driver’s package offering an increase to 189 mph (305 km/h). The fuel consumption is way low for these cars’ class, the coupé using just 9.9 L / 100km, or 23.7 mpg US / 28.5 mpg UK. The CO2 emissions get this car towards the green bar, of just 232 g/km. The convertible is a bit greedier, though, eating 10.3 L / 100km (22.8 mpg US / 27.4 mpg UK) and a 239 g/km CO2 emission level.
In terms of additional features, let’s state the revised dynamic stability control system with the “M” dynamic mode, an active M differential, these added to the sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes (optionally you may choose carbon-ceramic ones), unique dynamic damper control system and M servotronic steering.
First to come on the market is the BMW M6 Convertible, being announced for this year’s June in U.S. dealerships, while the Coupé will be released a bit later during this summer.