All-New Third-Generation BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible Officially Unveiled

BMW’s all-new third-generation BMW M6 Convertible and Coupe models have been officially unveiled. After a two year hiatus, the M6 is returning.

The first model to arrive in U.S. showrooms will be the 2012 M6 Convertible in June 2012, the M6 Coupe will arrive in the late summer as a 2013 model. The M6 shares its engine with the M5. The twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 puts out the highest output ever created by a BMW M car with 560-hp and 500 lb-ft. The new V8 puts out 10% more horsepower and 30% more torque than the old V10 engine, while fuel consumption and emissions levels are expected to be reduced by approximately 30%. The V8 is mated to a standard seven-speed double-clutch transmission (M DCT). A manual transmission is still being considered.

BMW claims that the M6 Coupe will reach 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the M6 Convertible will take a tick longer at 4.3 seconds. The top speed of both models is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The all-new M6 gets an Active M Differential, which is an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential programmed to optimize traction, stability and sporting character. 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. The brake rotors are made from a carbon-fiber ceramic compound and measure 16.1 inches in the front and 15.6 inches at the rear. The ceramic brakes are also also 43 pounds lighter than the standard brakes. M6 models equipped with the M Carbon-Ceramic system can be easily identified through the wheels by the special gold-colored calipers. The M6 rides on standard 19-inch wheels, but 20-inch light-alloy wheels are optional.

The third-generation M6 stands out from the lesser powered 6 Series models with its wider air intakes, the M kidney grille with its “M6” badge, wider fenders cover the 1.2-inch increase in track width, M gills in the front fenders and the carbon fiber composite roof.