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2nd July, 2012
Out of a passion for elite performance and an appreciation of exclusive
style comes the allure for which M Automobiles are renowned – and which can now be experienced in two new forms. The new
BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible offer top-class performance attributes and an ambience defined by luxury and
innovative comfort features. In so doing, the high-performance sports cars developed by BMW M GmbH exude a level of poise
and assurance that BMW claim are unmatched in the premium segment of the executive class.
The precise interplay of their high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and 412 kW (560 hp), a
seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, Active M Differential, model-specific chassis technology, an
ideal weight balance and optimised aerodynamic properties serves up a particularly fully fledged M experience.
The conceptual harmony characteristic of M Automobiles also incorporates the specific features of the two models’ body
structures. The new BMW M6 Coupe has a dynamically contoured, lightweight roof made from carbon fibre- reinforced
plastic. The new BMW M6 Convertible, meanwhile, is fitted with a high-quality soft-top, complete with eye-catching “fin”
styling and fully electronic opening mechanism. All of which allows the driver and passengers to enjoy the dynamic
performance of a high-performance sports car in harmony with the natural forces of the sun and wind. The motor sport
technology in the new BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible paves the way for imposing performance on the race track, but
also treats the driver to a captivating driving experience on everyday journeys from A to B. The BMW M6 Coupe sprints
from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, the BMW M6 Convertible in 4.3 seconds. However, the dynamic character of both
models is also defined by their mid-range agility, the precision of their turn-in and traction when accelerating out of
corners, their precisely controllable handling under intense lateral forces and their stopping capability. The latest
innovation designed to optimise the handling of the new BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible in highly dynamic driving
situations are the M carbon-ceramic brakes, offered as an option for the first time.
Another attribute unmatched by any rival is the leap forward in efficiency that comes with the new editions of the two
high-performance sports cars. The new BMW M6 Coupe records average fuel consumption of 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres
(28.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 232 grammes per kilometre in the EU test cycle. The equivalent values for the new BMW
M6 Convertible are 10.3 l/100 km (27.4 mpg imp) and 239 g/km. Despite a 10 per cent increase in engine output and a 30
per cent jump in peak torque – to 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) – fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by
over 30 per cent in both cases compared with their respective predecessors.
Design: athletic aura, powerfully taut surfaces, elegant lines
Classical proportions, the sporty yet elegant lines of the BMW 6 Series and the familiar design language of BMW M
Automobiles form the foundations for the eloquent body design of the BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible. Powerfully taut
surfaces and precise contours underline the athletic aura of the two models. In addition, a model-specific interpretation
of hallmark M styling cues includes design details which are influenced by technical considerations – such as the cooling
air required, chassis geometry and aerodynamics – and therefore further highlight the cars’ performance attributes. This
is an example of how the ultra-dynamic 'character' which marks out these most focused versions of the luxurious Coupe and
exclusive Convertible is expressed through their design.
Wide air intakes, contoured headlight units and large, smooth surfaces shape the front end of the new BMW M6 Coupe and
BMW M6 Convertible. Another eye-catching element of the car’s 'nose' is its newly designed M kidney grille, which bears
an “M6” badge. The grille’s black, paired kidney grille slats take their cues from the characteristic double-spoke design
of the M light-alloy wheels. The 30-millimetre increase in track width over the two cars’ respective 6 Series stablemates
is complemented by powerfully flared front wheel arches, which sit flush with the wheels. This extra width offers a clear
nod to the optimised roadholding of these high-performance sports cars. The three-dimensional shaping of their air
intakes and race-inspired flaps designed to optimise airflow to the outer air intakes likewise underline the cars’
forward-surging, dynamic character.
An LED accent light cuts across the tops of the Adaptive LED Headlights fitted as standard on both models. Their
bright white, three-dimensional LED light rings are levelled off to striking effect at the top and lower edges. Both
dipped beam and main beam use both light rings. Providing the light are LED units, which are placed on a horizontal rib
running through the centre of the units and feed their light into the reflectors in front of them. This ensures that the
distinctive appearance of the twin circular headlights comes across clearly in every situation. The direction indicators
– in the form of horizontally arranged LED units – are integrated into the headlight units below the light rings.
The familiar M 'athleticism' of both models is also clearly visible from the side. The front side sections of the car
feature familiar M gills. Their three-dimensional shaping, wide chrome frames and indicator bars – which bear the M logo
– give them an extremely deep-set look. In tune with the wider wheel arches, the character lines around the gills are
suitably prominent. Eye-catching creases on the likewise model-specific side skirts sweep upwards, diverting the gaze to
the rear wheels. The new BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible are fitted with 19-inch M light-alloy wheels as standard.
The forged wheels feature seven double-spokes in a two-tone finish. The optional 20-inch M light-alloy wheels hint at
reduced weight with their five intricate double-spokes and allow a clear line of sight through to the powerful braking
Broadening towards the road and incorporating horizontal lines and generous surfaces, the design of the rear end hints
at the stable roadholding and powerful poise and assurance of the new BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible. The
reflectors, positioned immediately below the L-shaped rear lights, provide an individual expression of sportiness.
However, the clearest pointer to the identity of the two high-performance sports cars are the familiar M twin exhaust
tailpipes positioned to either side of the diffuser integrated into the rear apron. The form of the outer air intakes
reflects the design of the front apron in their format and the contours of their surrounds.
Dynamic contours, lightweight material: the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof of the BMW M6 Coupe
Like its predecessor, the roof of the new BMW M6 Coupe is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic as standard. The
dark colouring of the roof gives the two-door car’s silhouette an extremely elongated look, which is further emphasised
by a dynamic recess in the centre of the roof. The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car’s centre
of gravity to be lowered, enhancing agility. BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim (standard) draws attention to
this optimised weight balance, its dark colouring covering the side window borders (or the waistline in the case of the
BMW M6 Convertible) and the base and lower section of the aerodynamic M exterior mirror caps.
The exclusive looks of the new BMW 6 Series Convertible are underlined by the “fin” architecture of the high-quality
soft-top roof. Projecting into the rear section, the fins accentuate the car’s dynamically sweeping silhouette. The
heated, vertical glass rear window, which is situated just behind the rear seats, retracts independently of the soft-top
itself. The automatic opening and closing process for the roof can be activated both at a standstill and while on the
move at speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) using a button on the centre console. The optional Comfort Access allows the
roof to be opened or closed by pressing the remote control button on the car key. It takes the roof 19 seconds to open
and 24 seconds to close again.
Range Rover Evoque
Mercedes-Benz E 350
Lexus IS 250C
Mercedes-Benz SL 600
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Customers can chose from one non-metallic and eight metallic shades (including four exclusive M finishes) for the
exterior paintwork of both models. The soft-top for the new BMW M6 Convertible is available in Black and Beige, or – as
an option – in Anthracite Silver effect.
The engine: high-revving V8 with M TwinPower Turbo technology
The new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible showcase their individual style with a raft of unique styling touches and tweaks
to the character of the driving experience. But they draw the output required to serve up their inspirational performance
from the same source: a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, longitudinally mounted at the front of
the car, whose power is channelled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.
This powertrain combines construction features taken directly from motor sport with innovations developed under the
banner of Efficient Dynamics. Its package of technology comprises two turbochargers working according to the twin-scroll
principle (including a cross-bank exhaust manifold), High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve
timing and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. The engine is served by an powerful cooling system and a
wet sump oil supply optimised to work under high lateral forces.
The unmistakable M performance characteristics of the 4.4-litre powerplant are defined by its lightning-quick
responses and forceful, linear power delivery maintained into the higher reaches of the rev range. Indeed, peak torque of
680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The V8 achieves its maximum output of 412 kW
(560 hp) between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and can spin on to 7,200 rpm. All of which means the rev band available in the new
models to generate the performance is almost three times wider than that of the engine powering their predecessors.
This instantaneous and sustained power delivery is the key to unlocking the acceleration. The new BMW M6 Coupe dashes
from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, while the new BMW M6 Convertible reaches the same speed just 0.1 seconds
later. The top speed of both models is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Specifying the optional M Driver’s
Package raises this barrier to 305 km/h (189 mph).
The advances in engine development enshrined in M TwinPower Turbo technology are also reflected in the two new models’
greater efficiency compared to their predecessors. The high operating effectiveness of the engine, the standard-fitted
Auto Start-Stop function and other examples of Efficient Dynamics technology, such as Brake Energy Regeneration and the
volume-controlled oil pump, help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by around 30 per cent. The new BMW M6 Coupe
cards average fuel consumption of 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (28.5 mpg imp) in the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of
232 grammes per kilometre. The corresponding values for the new BMW M6 Convertible are 10.3 litres per 100 kilometres
(27.4 mpg imp) and 239 grammes per kilometre.
Harnessing the high output to dynamic effect: the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic
Tuned seamlessly to the performance characteristics of the V8 engine, the M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic
converts the powerplant’s thrust extremely effectively into rapid acceleration. This capability is underpinned by the DCT
design principle, which effectively combines two gearboxes in one housing – yet with virtually no size or weight penalty
over a conventional manual transmission. Inside the transmission, the torque is transferred via two oil-cooled wet
clutches, which are engaged alternately. This allows zero interruption in the flow of power when the driver accelerates,
even during gear changes.
M DCT Drivelogic offers the driver three different shift programmes, both in automated mode (D) and manual mode (S).
These programmes alter the transmission’s shift characteristics in terms of efficiency, shift comfort and sportiness and
can be activated using the rocker switch located behind the selector lever on the centre console. Added to which, the
electronics also provide a Launch Control function ensuring unbeatable acceleration from a standing start, Low Speed
Assistance for easier low-speed operation and the Auto Start-Stop function for increased efficiency.
The special M gear selector is used for selecting D and S modes and for engaging reverse gear. In S mode the driver
changes gears manually in a sequential format. The new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible are also equipped as standard with a
newly developed M leather steering wheel, complete with multifunction buttons and fixed gearshift paddles. In typical M
configuration, the driver pulls the right-hand paddle to shift up and the left-hand paddle to shift down. The
model-specific steering wheel stands out with its smaller rim diameter and a design which borrows from the double-spoke
construction of the M light-alloy wheels.
Active M Differential delivers outstanding traction in dynamic driving situations
The new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible also impress by offering optimum traction in tricky road and weather conditions
and under dynamic acceleration out of corners. Working behind the scenes to this end is an innovative variable locking
differential in the rear differential. The Active M Differential allows the engine’s power to be split precisely and
quickly between the left and right rear wheel according to the requirements of the driving situation at any particular
An electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential helps to reduce the rotational speed differences
between the rear wheels, which is needed to optimise traction. The Active M Differential control unit is linked up to the
DSC stability control system, allowing every driving situation to be precisely analysed and a loss of traction at one
wheel to be detected at an early stage. The locking effect generated in response can be varied between 0 and 100 per
cent, enabling wheel spin to be prevented on slippery surfaces, in instances where the left and right rear wheel have
widely differing friction coefficients, in tight bends and when changing direction extremely dynamically. Optimising
traction in this way also provides driving stability in challenging conditions and allows impressive acceleration out of
M-specific chassis technology, Dynamic Damper Control, M Servotronic, DSC with M Dynamic Mode
The chassis of the new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible has been developed to M specification and therefore combines
performance attributes with the comfort-enhancing features drivers appreciate on an everyday basis. Like the integral
rear axle, whose subframes are bolted rigidly to the body, the double-wishbone front axle boasts specific kinematics and
newly developed components made from forged aluminium. Chassis mountings using large panels at the front and rear axle
ensure dynamic forces are passed evenly through to the body. Through enthusiastically driven corners, this helps to
noticeably reduce the roll movements triggered by bumps in the road surface. Both the construction of the chassis and its
bespoke tuning for each model are defined by expertise from the race track and have been optimised during extensive
testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit.
The standard equipment of both models also includes electronically controlled dampers. The M-specific Dynamic Damper
Control system adjusts damping force electrohydraulically to provide the required responses for the driving situation at
hand and fulfil the wishes of the driver. A choice of three settings allows drivers to adjust the damper characteristics
to their needs and preferences.
The hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering ensures precision and a high degree of comfort. This system has a variable
ratio, which enhances straightline stability and reduces the number of steering wheel turns required when parking and
turning off a road. The likewise standard Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance is specially tuned to M
specification and allows drivers to choose a personal configuration with the help of three set-up options.
In addition to applying brake impulses and reducing engine output to stabilise the car, the DSC stability control
system of the two high-performance sports cars also employs the services of the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS),
Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assistant, the Brake Drying function and Start-Off
Assistant. M Dynamic Mode (MDM) can be activated to override the basic setting by pressing the DSC button. By raising
the intervention thresholds of DSC, this mode makes it easier to move off on snow or loose sand with slightly spinning
driven wheels. MDM mode also paves the way for the familiar M self-steering response. “DSC Off” mode can likewise be
activated at the touch of a button.
An innovation designed to deliver precise handling: M carbon-ceramic brakes
The latest version of the compound high-performance braking system helps give the new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible
outstanding stopping power. Its features include even lower weight, excellent feel and fade-free performance even under
heavy loads. The diameter of the inner-vented and perforated brake discs is 400 millimetres at the front and 396
millimetres at the rear. The six-piston fixed-calliper brakes at the front axle – painted dark blue metallic and
complete with the M logo – are radially bolted to the pivot bearing.
The M carbon-ceramic brakes available for the first time for the new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible (in conjunction with
20-inch M light-alloy wheels) take the cars’ stopping power to another new level. The brake discs measure 410 millimetres
in diameter at the front axle and 396 millimetres at the rear. Made from a new type of carbon-fibre compound ceramic, the
discs boast even greater resistance to heat and combine this with significantly reduced rotating masses. The M
carbon-ceramic brakes are 19.4 kg (42.8 lb) lighter than the standard-fitted items, yet the innovative material also
displays resistance to wear, and the operating life of the discs is many times that of conventional equivalents. The
optional M carbon-ceramic system also sees six-piston fixed-calliper brakes at the front teaming up with single-piston
floating-calliper brakes at the rear. The callipers can be identified by their special gold-coloured paint finish.
Lightweight design across the board, flawless occupant protection
A blend of materials also gives the body structure impressive strength coupled with extremely low weight, allowing it
to enhance both occupant protection and handling agility. As with the use of CFRP for the roof of the new BMW M6 Coupe,
the choice of materials for all other body components slots into the all-round lightweight design strategy. The doors and
bonnet of the two high-performance sports cars are made from aluminium, the front side panels from thermoplastic. In
addition, their boot lids and – in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible – also the roof cover are made from the glass-fibre
composite material SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound).
A weight-to-power ratio of 3.3 kg/hp (7.3 lb/hp) for the new BMW M6 Coupe and 3.5 kg/hp (7.7 lb/hp) for the new BMW M6
Convertible points to the advances that have also been made in this area over the predecessor models.
Robust load-path structures, large and precisely defined deformation zones and efficient restraint systems provide the
basis for a high level of passive safety in both models. The safety equipment fitted as standard includes front and side
airbags, side curtain head airbags for both rows of seats in the new BMW M6 Coupe, and front airbags and head-thorax side
airbags integrated into the seat frames of the new BMW M6 Convertible.
The soft-top model also benefits from roll-over bars made from high-strength aluminium. Positioned behind the rear
head restraints, these protective bars extend automatically in fractions of a second should there be a danger of the car
rolling over. Both models come with three-point inertial-reel seat belts on all seats, belt force limiters and belt
tensioners for the front seats and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear.
Both the new BMW M6 Coupe and new BMW M6 Convertible are designed as four-seaters, and space in the rear compartment
has increased compared with the predecessor models. The load capacity of the new BMW M6 Coupe stands at 460 litres. The
new BMW M6 Convertible, meanwhile, can carry 300 litres of luggage in the boot with the soft-top down and 350 litres with
M-specific cockpit design: flawless car control, made-to-measure luxury
Newly developed M sports seats offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support through quickly-taken
corners, but also a high level of comfort over long distances. The lightweight seats with integrated belt system have an
M-specific design headlined by extremely prominent cushion and backrest bolsters, head restraints integrated into the
backrests, eye-catching stitching emphasising the segments of the seats, and an M logo embossed into the shoulder area.
The M sports seats have electric height, fore/aft and backrest angle adjustment, and also come with pneumatically
adjustable lumbar support, a memory function and a manually adjustable thigh support. The M sports seats are fitted with
active head restraints to reduce the risk of injury in a rear-end impact.
The luxurious interior ambience of the two cars is characterised by classy materials and dynamically moulded surfaces,
and the bespoke design of the cockpit and centre console – cleverly drawing on the exclusive, high-performance sports car
driving experience – lends it an extra individual flair. The instrument cluster with black-panel technology features
classical circular instruments in traditional BMW M style, with red needles and white illumination, as well as
model-specific displays and the M logo in the rev counter. The standard-fitted control system iDrive includes an on-board
monitor with an exclusive flatscreen design, while the optional Navigation system Professional brings with it a 10.2-inch
version of the Control Display bordered by a high-quality, galvanised chrome frame.
Arranged around the gearshift lever on the centre console designed specially for the new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible
are the buttons allowing drivers to select their preferred settings for all the adjustable powertrain and chassis
functions. The DSC mode, performance characteristics of the engine, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic
responses and M DCT Drivelogic shift programme can all be adjusted independently at the touch of a button. This allows
drivers to put together a detailed set-up configuration for their car and store it by holding down one of the two M Drive
buttons on the multifunction steering wheel. The two standard-fitted M Drive buttons allow the driver of the new BMW M6
Coupe and Convertible to store a dynamic-led configuration under the “M1” button, for example, and a comfort-biased
set-up under “M2” – and to call up either in an instant and at any time. The settings stored on the M Drive buttons can
also be configured using the iDrive menu.
As with the cars’ performance characteristics, the aural profile of the engine can also be tweaked at the touch of a
button. A sound module is used to enhance the engine’s natural acoustic components and this soundtrack is then
transported into the interior. The system’s digital signal processing technology exchanges data directly with the engine
management and adjusts its output to the engine’s revs, the amount of torque being produced and the car’s speed over the
road. This gives the driver an impressively accurate impression of how hard the engine is currently working and of the
power being unleashed, and provides an even clearer window into the car’s responses on the road.
High-quality standard equipment, exclusive options
The exclusive character of the two high-performance sports cars is underlined by the high-quality and array of
standard equipment they have on board – not to mention a selection of high-tech options lending further depth to the
driving experience. Standard equipment for both models includes 2-zone automatic climate control, heated seats for the
driver and front passenger, fine-grain Merino leather trim with extended features, an M driver’s footrest, exclusive
carbon-fibre interior trim strips, door sill strips with “M6” lettering, plus ambient light in the interior, an
automatically dimming rear-view mirror and exterior mirrors (the exterior mirrors also have a folding function), Cruise
Control with braking function, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with HiFi loudspeakers.
The range of optional driver assistance systems and mobility services available from BMW ConnectedDrive add unique
touches to the two new models. The M-specific version of the Head-Up Display – which, alongside a digital speed readout
and tips from the optional Speed Limit Info also shows the gear currently engaged and a multicolour rev counter symbol,
complete with Shift Lights – is joined in the line-up by features including Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera,
High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night
Vision with pedestrian recognition. Added to which, innovative technologies optimise the integration of the Apple iPhone
and other smartphones, as well as music players, and incorporate the use of internet-based services. The Apps option
allows iPhone owners to receive web radio stations, for example. The Real-Time Traffic Information function, meanwhile,
keeps the driver supplied with traffic bulletins.
Additional highlights of the options list include the Navigation system Professional with hard disc storage, M
multifunction seats with electric backrest width adjustment, active seats, active seat ventilation, Comfort Access, a
heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, and the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround
Sound System. This audio system brings high performance into the world of in-car sound reproduction. The fully active
system with digital signal processing comes with individual amplifiers for all the bass speakers, mid-range speakers and
tweeters. Its centre speaker uses the Acoustic Lens Technology developed by Bang & Olufsen. As soon as the audio
system is activated, the central element containing the integrated mid-range speaker pops up from the instrument panel,
prompting the tweeter lens to extend out at the same time. The total of 12 loudspeakers in the new BMW M6 Convertible and
16 loudspeakers in the new BMW M6 Coupe deliver a uniquely rich and dynamic sound experience.
Stay tuned to Next Car for local specifications and pricing, in due course. The new BMW M6 is expected in
Australia in October 2012.