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New BMW single-seater for Australia


2nd November, 2006

BMW pedal car

BMW will next month introduce a look-alike version of the M6 convertible in which you won’t lose your driving licence or ever get a speeding ticket. Guaranteed.

It has the best fuel economy in its class, very low pollution emission and like the full size version, comes with glamorous looks as standard. And best of all - no Luxury Car Tax.

The bad news for full-size drivers is that this new $649 pedal-powered M6 convertible is ideally suited to drivers with between 4 and 7 years’ life experience.

There are two versions available, pure pedal power for sportier performance types who want to push the handling of the M6 convertible to the very limits or a battery-powered electric model for more laid-back driving.

Just like its bigger brother, the detailed children’s version of the BMW M6 convertible is in a class of its own. The metallic-blue paint, the front and rear apron in the original M design and the M6 badge on the boot door and rear wheel arch will seriously impress any child’s playmates. The extra-large rubber tyres with M6 rims look fantastic.

To make sure that junior enjoys the driving pleasure and isn‘t spoiled by (traffic) accidents, the kiddie version of the M6 convertible also makes safety a priority: the painted steel frame and chassis made from protective plastic provide the owner with superb stability. All plastic parts have chamfered edges.

To alert slower drivers of an imminent passing manoeuvre, the M6 convertible is equipped with an electric horn, operated from a button on the steering wheel.

An electric speedometer on the battery-powered model lets drivers keep within the speed limit and like all BMW children’s vehicles, the M6 convertible has of course also been approved by the German standards organisation: TÜV (Technical Inspection Agency).

Junior will revel in the power of the battery-operated version, reaching speeds of 8 km/h travelling forwards, or a more sedate 4 km/h in reverse.

Parents wishing to operate a pit-lane speed limiter for the back yard can reduce top speed potential to 4 km/h.

When fully charged, the battery can provide at least 1.5 hours of fast-paced driving fun. A battery charge status display indicates in good time when the electric car needs to be plugged into the power socket to be ‘filled up’ again.

An important safety feature of the M6 convertible electric car is the dual-brake function. This allows braking while simultaneously pressing the accelerator and brake. All electrical components have also been insulated to make them child-safe. The BMW M6 convertible’s adjustable seat ensures an ideal and comfortable sitting position.

With its smooth-running crankshaft mechanism, the pedal-powered version of the M6 convertible soon picks up speed too. The electric and pedal-powered versions are suitable for children aged between 4 and 7 and can carry weights of up to 50 kg.

The pedal-powered version will be available from Australian BMW dealers next month and costs $649 (RRP).

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