On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago searches for the soul inside the heavy yet powerful 2013 BMW M6 Convertible. Is the new M6 really a desirable driver’s car or simply a clever feat of engineering? Or is it both?
New photos of the mystery shrouded BMW model spotted at the BMW Museum shows that it is indeed a coupe shape, ruling out the possibility that it is the F80 M3 sedan. However, new info and clues provide some guidance on what it may be.
The car is confirmed to have quad exhausts, which confirms that it’s an M model. We can think of two upcoming M models expected in the next 2-3 years bearing the shape and size suggested by the photos – the F82 M4 … CONTINUED
A mystery BMW model appeared at the BMW Museum a bit over a month ago, shrouded under a big blue tarp. It’s yet to be positively identified, but could this possibly be the next generation F80 M3 sedan or F82 M4 coupe?
There’s not much to go off of by way of the sparse photos, but the one part of the car that can be partially seen – the wheels, happen to match the wheels that have been spotted on the F80 M3 sedan prototypes from our … CONTINUED
The F10 M5 is now in service a the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC and an M5POST member was on hand to be one of the first lucky drivers to sample the new 2013 M5 at the facilities. As previously revealed, they all have the carbon ceramic rotors. This is his account of the experience:
In short, the car is fantastic. Some may miss the screaming V10 but the turbine like rush of acceleration, pulling hard from a slow corner even in 3rd, is mighty … CONTINUED
Here’s a rather unique BMW Individual color – the 2013 F10 M5 in Individual Cognac Metallic. This model was spotted at an Italian BMW dealership and retails for 105.900 EUR.
BMW has released a set of lengthy videos featuring some uncut and unenhanced clips of the 2013 BMW M6 coupe and convertible driving footage, exterior design and interior design. View all five videos inside.
Road and Track compares the 2013 M5 against the Cadillac CTS-V. Will the M5 redeem some of the losses that the E60 M5 took against the latest CTS-V in the last years of the previous M5′s life cycle? See inside.
BMW took the 2013 F10 M5 onto the salt flats for a some high speed run, slowed for our eyes with a high speed slow motion camera, where it mimics a high speed bullet as it hits various targets. The promo mixes a bit of high art with the aggressive sounds and in-car footage from the M5.
The location reminded us of the popular and by now classic E39 M5 commercial which was shot on the Bonneville Salt Flats. See both videos below.
Press drives for the 2013 BMW M6 (F13) coupe are underway and the first reviews are in. This one hails from Autoexpress UK and they rate the F13 M6 a 4 of 5 stars. Given that the M6 coupe weighs 130kg less than the convertible, they deem it a much better drive than the convertible. With less weight to lug around, and using the optional carbon-ceramic brakes fitted to the test car, the Coupe goes and stops with monumental force. Full review … CONTINUED
The 2013 BMW M6 coupe (F13) press launch is underway in Spain and we’ve uploaded the newest official hi-res wallpaper images of the M6 coupe and convertible (F12) into our Official M6 Thread. If you noticed a slightly new look to the F13 M6 coupe, it’s the new trunk spoiler that it now receives as standard equipment in order to improve aerodynamics.
Check out the full set inside.
If you’re an M5 and manual transmission fan then this current F10 M5 generation will be your last chance to own the combination. BMW M’s head of engineering, Albert Biermann let on this week to Insideline that there are no plans to fit the next generation M5 or M6 with a manual transmission. Manual transmission is currently offered as a no-cost option for the F10 M5 in North America (only) and will likely become an option for the F12/F13 M6 as well.
The reasoning is as expected … CONTINUED
The GruppeM Ram Air Intake System for the BMW F10 M5 has officially been released. The carbon fiber air intake system’s dyno graph shows peak gains of +15 HP and +30 lb-ft torque over stock.
The on-again-off-again BMW supercar successor to the M1 is now rumored to be coming in 2016, according to Autobild. Why so long? Because the i8 electric hybrid sportscar launches in 2014 and BMW would like to give the i8 some time on the market without any potential sales cannibalization posed by a successor to the M1. We think it’s unlikely that BMW will revive the M1 nameplate, but may instead choose a previously unused and higher identifier – perhaps the M10 (which was recently trademarked).
The market … CONTINUED
Someone at BMW M HQ in Garching has been gabbing and has let on to Bimmerfile that the next generation 2014 F80 M3 may be getting electric power steering instead of the hydraulic power steering that M cars have always been equipped with (even with the latest M5 and M5).
Porsche’s new 911 991 is equipped with EPS which has been praised, which likely gives manufacturers such as BMW hope that a sporty EPS system can be developed for their most sporty cars – the … CONTINUED
The M3 CRT sounds off with its amazing sounding factory exhaust system with titanium mufflers, in this rare listen at the M3 CRT. Afterall, there were only 67 M3 CRTs made total, worldwide.
The F10 M5 has hit BMW’s Spartanburg Performance Center in force. There are now at least 15 new M5s being prepped for duty at the BMW M School in Spartanburg!
Among this fleet is the very first Sakhir Orange F10 M5 we have seen. Sakhir Orange is a new color available for 2013 M5s. You can see photos of all the other available M5 colors in our photo threads compilation.
All the M School M5s will be equipped with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, an option which is actually … CONTINUED
A couple of production level F10 M5 sedans have been spotted for the first time with M carbon ceramic brakes, which we previously announced as being delayed until the 2013 calendar year sometime.
The gold ceramic brakes look great paired with the Alpine White M5!
Here’s a first real life look at the Frozen Blue Individual BMW M5 F10 M Performance Special Edition, which is currently on display at the Canary Wharf MotorExpo in London.
Photos and details inside.