2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible

The third generation BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible were unveiled on the 6th of March at Geneva Motor Show.

The new M6 gets the usual M styling design cues that give it a more athletic aura.

The twin powered 4.4 Litre V8 engine fitted to both the Coupe and Convertible is mated to a high-torque 7 speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT), which optimises power transfer between the rear wheels. This along with extensive chassis and suspension upgrades ensure that the engine’s performance can be transferred to the ground.

The engine peak power output is 412kW and has a maximum torque of 680Nm. The engine produces around 10% higher output than the V10 engine of its predecessors and torque is up by over 30%. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 are expected to be reduced by approximately 30%. Along with the host of features the new BMW M6 features both Brake Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switch off the engine when the car comes to a stop.

The M6 Coupe accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds whilst the Convertible takes 4.3 seconds. The top speed of both models is electronically limited to 250km/h.

The track widths of both the M6 Coupe and Convertible have been increased by 30 millimetres compared to their respective 6 Series stablemates and thus enhances the road holding of the cars. The Car comes fitted with a standard wheel and tire combination of  19 inch M specific light alloy wheels fitted with 265/40 R19 ultra-high performance summer tires in the front and 295/35 R 19 tires at the rear. As an option 20 inch forged M light-alloy wheels will also be available.

To braking on the M6 is by means of 400mm diameter brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the back both fitted with 6 piston fixed calipers. Also as an option the new M6 will be the first BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes with 410mm brake rotors at the front and 396mm at the rear.

The roof of the new of the new BMW M6 Coupe is molded from natural color Carbon Fiber Composite.  The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car’s center of gravity to be lowered, further enhancing the agility of the M6.

The BMW M6 Convertible automatic opening and closing of the roof can be activated both at a standstill and while on the move at speeds of up to 40 km/h. It is claimed that the roof takes 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close.

 

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