2013 BMW M6 Overview
The M6 is BMW's high-performance version of its 6 Series sports car. It has more aggressive, M-specific styling cues and is powered by a turbocharged V-8 engine that's rated at 560 horsepower. The M6 is available as a coupe or convertible, competing with the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Jaguar XKR.
The M6's sporty styling includes a number of changes to the body, including a different treatment for BMW's signature twin-kidney grille, an aggressive lower front bumper with gaping intakes and revised rear bumper styling with quad exhaust tips. The convertible features a soft-top, and when raised the top keeps the graceful roofline of the coupe. A lightweight carbon fiber roof lowers coupe's center of gravity, while the convertible top takes 19 seconds to open, 24 seconds to close, according to BMW and can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph.
The M6's cabin retains BMW's familiar driver-centric dashboard design, which features at its center a 10.2-inch screen that serves as the display for the standard iDrive system. The M6 can seat up to four people, and the front bucket seats have an M-specific design and aggressive side bolstering, integrated active head restraints and an embossed M logo. Interior features include Merino leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim, M6 lettering on the doorsills, and two customizable M Drive buttons on the steering wheel for vehicle settings. The M Drive system can alter the characteristics of the engine, steeringm and stability system, among other settings. A head-up display and Bang & Olufsen premium stereo are available.
Under the Hood
A twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 generates 560 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 pounds-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles and launch-control function. Maximum turbo boost pressure is 21.7 pounds per square inch. The engine also uses fuel-saving stop-start engine technology. An electronically controlled limited-slip Active M Differential, adaptive dampers, and adjustable power-steering assistance provide superb balance and handling. Available carbon ceramic brakes with 16.1-inch front rotors and 15.6-inch rear rotors bring the M6 to a rapid half. Acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes 4.2 seconds (coupe) or 4.3 seconds (convertible), according to BMW, and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system with deactivation setting, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags (coupe), and pop-up aluminum roll bars behind rear head restraints (convertible).
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com