Today at the Geneva Motor Show, BMW introduces the new 2013 M6 to journalists from around the world.
The new M6 models make use of the S63Tu engine, a 4.4-liter unit with an output of 560 hp (412 kW) at 5,750 – 7,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 500 lb-ft (680 Nm) on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The rev limiter intervenes at 7,200 rpm.
The engine is mated to a 7-Speed M-Double Clutch Transmission and an innovative Active M Differential. A manual option has not been announced at the moment, but we anticipate the U.S. market receiving one, just as the new M5.
0 to 62 mph is achieved in 4.3 seconds while the spring to 124 mph (200km/h) takes only 13.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible will be the first cars in the history of BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes in gold color. The M Carbon-Ceramic brakes are 42.8 lb (19.4 kg) lighter than the standard brakes. The newly designed M kidney grille now bears an M6 badge, an homage to the first generation M6. The grille’s black, paired kidney grille slats take their cues from the characteristic double-spoke design of the M light-alloy wheels.
A three-dimensional shaping of the air intakes and race-inspired flaps are designed to control airflow to the outer air intakes. The front fenders feature familiar M gills.
M has developed a standard approach to taking BMW cars from super to sublime. It always starts with spreading the wheels apart at all four corners for a wider track, and lowering the car closer to the ground. In the case of the new M6, the track has jumped 30 mm (1.2 inches). This wider, lower stance serves the driver by lowering the center of gravity, improving turn in, road holding, and agility.
To keep the weight in check, BMW introduces the new M6 with aluminum doors, thermo-plastic front fenders and front fascia, an aluminum hood, carbon fiber roof, and fiber-glass trunk lid. M has gone to great lengths to lighten the M6 as much as possible, resulting in a final curb weight of 1,850 kg (4,078 lbs) for the coupe, and 1,925 kg (4,243 lbs) for the cabriolet.
The new 2013 BMW M6 Coupe will reach US BMW Center showrooms in June 2012.
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