2013 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible launched
BMW has unveiled the 2013 M6 Coupe and Convertible models before their first public appearance which is scheduled for next month at the Geneva Motor Show, before going to the New York Auto Show in April.
Under the hood of both versions is the same V8 4.4-liter power unit with two twin-scroll turbochargers that can also be found in the latest generation of the M5 which came out several months ago. This 8-cylinder engine is capable of generating 560 hp (412 kW) available between 5,750 and 7,000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 502 lb.-ft (680 Nm) reached between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The German automaker said that the rev limiter will kick in at 7,200 rpm.
Those ponies are sent to the road via the standard seven-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission and the company’s Active M Differential that is able to optimize the power transfer between the wheels at the back. The M6 might be also getting a six-speed manual transmission in the U.S., just like the M5 did.
Performance-wise, the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe needs only 4.2 seconds to hit 62 mph from start, on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). BMW also offers an optional M Driver’s package that increases the maximum speed to 189 mph (305 km/h). The Coupe can reach 124 mph (200 km/h) in 12.6 seconds while the Convertible will do it in 13.1 seconds.
Even though this new model is 10% more powerful and has 30% more torque than the previous V10 models, the German company has said that these new V8-powered M6s drink approximately 30% less fuel, managing to return 23.8 mpg (9.9 liters / 100 km or 28.5 mpg UK) for the Coupe model, while the Convertible does 22.8 mpg (10.3 liters / 100 km or 27.4 mpg UK).
In order to compensate the larger dimensions of the new M6, BMW has implemented a bunch of weight saving measures, like the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof, aluminum hood and doors and thermoplastic front side panels. A glass-fiber composite material was used for the boot lid and the roof cover of the Convertible model. However, don’t expect that the cars are light as the Coupe has a curb weight of 4,078 lbs (1,850 kg) while the Convertible is even heavier, standing at 4,365 pounds (1,980 kg).
A novelty for the 6-Series is the optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes that can be ordered exclusively with the 20-inch alloys. These brakes are 42.8 lb (19.4 kg) lighter than the regular ones. As standard, the 2013 BMW M6 rides on 19-inch M lightweight alloy wheels wrapped around in 265/40 R19 “ultra-high performance” summer tires for the front while at the back there are 295/35 R19 tires.
As far as the design is concerned, the new M6 is wearing an aero package that includes front + rear bumpers, rear diffuser that houses four chromed tailpipes, side skirts. Aside from this, the front of the car features a new design for the M kidney grille that houses the M6 badge. Inside the car you get the usual M-specific sport seats, instrument panel gauges, steering wheel, trim and gearbox lever.
The 2013 BMW M6 Convertible will be arriving in the U.S. dealerships this June, while several months later BMW will bring its Coupe sibling.
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