21st June, 2006
- Features 5.0-litre V10 powerplant from Coupé
- Variable M Differential Lock ensures positive traction
- Zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds
- M Power button, Electronic Damper Control, new generation Dynamic Stability
Control, Head-Up Display
The world-famous division of BMW, M GmbH follows its tradition of producing
ultra-performance luxury vehicles by introducing its latest variant - the new
BMW M6 Convertible. For the motoring enthusiast, the M6 Convertible provides the
open-air version of supreme power and high-performance.
The BMW M6 Convertible is a unique performer featuring a 5.0-litre V10 – which
produces 373 kW and maximum torque of 520 Nm. With a suspension developed for
supreme dynamics and a Sequential M Gearbox (SMG) complete with Drivelogic, this
power unit turns the latest product from BMW M into an open sports car
able to accelerate to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.
Measuring 4,871 mm in length, BMW M’s new high-performance convertible is
more than 5 cm longer than the BMW 6 Series Convertible due to its rear air dam,
optimised for aerodynamic performance.
Typical of BMW’s M Cars, the M6 Convertible also features four exhaust
tailpipes at the rear.
Fin-roof look with softtop either closed or open
The roof of the
BMW M6 convertible is made of three layers. A special noise and heat insulating
layer of polyurethane (PUR) foam comes between the rubberised outer layer and
the interior roof lining. Thanks to its unique fin-roof look, the soft top
boasts the same dynamic contours as the Coupe. The wide C-pillar is
characterised by BMW’s famous Hofmeister ‘kick’.
A vertically positioned rear window can be electrically adjusted to move up
or down, regardless of whether the roof itself is open or closed. The roof
itself can be opened or closed either by remote control or via a button on the
instrument panel with the entire process either way taking less than 25 seconds.
The interior: sports car character with proud style
The interior of
the BMW M6 Convertible again boasts a wide range of stylish and practical
features. Due to its driver-oriented cockpit, all essential functions are
positioned either on or around the steering wheel. The iDrive controller, housed
on the centre console, is positioned for access by both driver and front
passenger, and can be used to activate and operate a wide range of comfort
functions via the Control Display. The Control Display comes with an enhanced
menu guidance which also features MDrive management.
The speedometer and rev counter are housed in tube-shaped rings, the faces on
the instrument dials are black, the numbers stand out clearly in white, and the
indicator needles themselves come in traditional BMW M red.
Head-Up Display (HUD), as featured in the M5 sedan and M6 Coupé, presents driving
information essential to the driver directly in their field of vision, with the
driver being able to determine at the touch of a button what information they
wish to see – either the standard display or M specific details.
The V10 Convertible: a pledge to power and performance
373 kW V10 power unit, the BMW M6 Convertible is a pledge to power and
performance. This fast-revving engine forms a perfect match with the optimum
gear and final drive ratios, ensuring a perfectly dosed transmission of engine
power to the drive wheels at the rear.
The entire power and performance concept behind this engine is derived
directly from Motorsport; in the process of developing its maximum output, the
V10 power unit revs all the way to 8,250 rpm. More than 100 hp per litre is truly
outstanding for a normally-aspirated engine. Individual throttle
butterflies on each cylinder with full electronic control give the V10 yet
another highlight from its motor racing heritage.
High-speed power unit and seven-gear SMG
The high-speed power unit
offers supreme output in all situations and under all conditions. As fast
acceleration also calls for a fast and precise gearshift, the BMW M6 Convertible
comes as standard with BMW’s Sequential M Gearbox (SMG) complete with
Drivelogic. Seven-speed SMG conveys the power of the engine to the rear wheels
via the drivetrain, offering the driver the option to shift gears manually, if
required with an extremely fast and efficient gearshift. At the same time the
automated Drive function is available offering rapid but smooth cruising.
SMG is activated either via the selector lever or through gearshift paddles
on the steering wheel.
SMG Drivelogic gives the driver no less than 11 different driving programmes
allowing them to individually adjust the gearshift characteristics of SMG to
their preferred style of motoring. Six of the 11 programmes can be pre-selected
within the manual gearshift functions (S-mode), allowing the driver to shift
gears by hand according to their personal preferences. The only exception is the
Launch Control function which offers maximum acceleration from a standing start.
The gearshift functions required for this purpose are completed automatically by
the gearbox at the ideal point and with optimum slip control. The remaining five
programmes are automatic and found in D-mode.
‘M’ for maximum muscle
Perfect interaction of the V10 power unit
and seven-speed SMG gives the driver ultimate pleasure behind the wheel;
acceleration from 0-100 km/h comes in 4.8 seconds with the standing-start
kilometre completed in just 22.9 seconds. This performance continues all
the way to the car’s top speed limited electronically to 250 km/h.
Lap times on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring almost as fast as in the M6
Coupé confirm the performance of its Convertible stable-mate.
Variable M Differential Lock and DSC with M Dynamic Mode
variable, speed-sensing M Differential Lock gives the M6 Convertible
driving stability and optimum traction especially when accelerating out of a
bend. Even in the most demanding situations, therefore, the differential
provides a decisive edge in traction, for example, with the drive wheels running
on surfaces varying extremely in their frictional coefficient. In such cases the
M Differential Lock immediately builds up growing locking force with an
increasing difference in speed between the two drive wheels, thus maintaining
the car’s traction and pulling forces at all times.
The M6 Convertible features the new generation of BMW Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC). While the first stage of DSC is designed for maximum driving
safety, the M Dynamic Mode is appreciated above all by the performance oriented
Electronic Damper Control (EDC) offers three control programmes, each
enabling the driver to set the suspension to the desired mode ranging from
sporting and firm to comfortable.
The P400 performance programme is automatically activated as soon as the
engine is started and as its name indicates offers immediate output of 400 hp
output. By pressing the Power Button, the full power and dynamism of the
ten-cylinder engine can be called up.
Reflecting the cars outstanding
performance, the M6 Convertible comes with a high-performance brake system
featuring cross-drilled, weight-optimised compound brake discs. On the road,
this means a stopping distance of just under 36 metres from 100 km/h and less
than 140 metres from 200 km/h.
The two-stage brake display in the rear lights ensures extra safety and helps
to prevent rear-end accidents; as soon as the driver applies the brakes hard,
the illuminated area in the brake lights becomes larger than in a regular
braking manoeuvre, indicating to motorists following to apply the brakes harder,
too. A further safety feature is the very bright and fast-reacting LEDs in the
bake lights not requiring any maintenance and free of wear.
Quality: the finest mix of materials
The perfect balance of weight
also contributes to the superior driving characteristics of the M6 Convertible.
This perfection in weight alignment is based on an intelligent mix of materials
for the body-in-white, with the help of modern plastic materials of the highest
quality. Despite their lower weight, these components are stiffer and stronger
than comparable components made of conventional materials, ensuring not only
precise driving dynamics but also optimum vibration control and a very high
standard of crash safety.
Electronically controlled safety systems
The seat belts on all four
seats come with belt force limiters. The integrated restraint systems on the
front seats also feature belt latch tensioners, with two-stage frontal and side
airbags reducing the risk of injury. These safety components are controlled and
masterminded by the Advanced Safety Electronics (ASE), a safety and information
system exactly determining the intensity of a collision and activating the
restraint systems quickly and precisely when they are required.
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