The BMW M display at this year’s 2012 Paris auto show featured the latest M models to be released – the F10 M5 and F12 M6 coupe. What you see is the 2013 M6 in Sakhir Orange, its launch color. The 2013 M5 wears Frozen Grey, a BMW Individual color which looked excellent under the show lights. Also on display was the M5/M6′s monster 560hp V8 twin turbo S63Tu engine.
Most of you have read about the M5, M6 and S63Tu specs repeated times already, but for reference or as a refresher, see the official info threads linked inside.
Here is a report from the 2012 BMW M6 M Power Experience at the Yas Marina Formula 1 race circuit in Abu Dhabi, courtesy of BIMMERPOST member willaw.
This year’s M Power Experience event took place in Abu Dhabi, where the program was principally held at the Yas Marina Formula 1 race track. Last year’s M Power Experience in Spain focused on the F10 M5, and this year’s Abu Dhabi event will featured the new M6 coupe and M6 convertible. There were also excursions into the desert to test BMW M SAV vehicles.
Check out the report, photos, and videos inside.
Velos Designwerks video announcing their F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 Stage 1 Performance Software Tune (for the S63Tu engine). Initial power gain estimates for the Stage 1 tune is roughly 73 hp and 80 lb ft of torque.
Autoexpress puts two potent German convertibles to the test – the 2013 M6 Convertible (F12) against the 2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG.
On paper, the F12 M6 features a 4.4L V8 pushing 560hp/680 Nm torque, while the SL63 is powered by a 5.4L V8 with 556hp/800 Nm torque.
The 2013 M6 convertible carries an MSRP of $113,995 in the US, compared to the SL63′s sticker price of $146,695. Watch Autexpress’ impressions inside.
BMW M School instructor Andy VanCleef takes BIMMERPOST around Laguna Seca on some hotlaps – in-car footage.
Watch as BMW race car driver Bill Auberlen pilots the 2013 M6 coupe (F13) around the Laguna Seca track, while playing lead and follow with an Alpina B7.
We are in attendance at the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe (F13) press launch and press drives at the Laguna Seca Raceway. We’ll post our feedback on the M6 soon, but for now, have a look at some of the beautiful M6 coupes that were made available at the event.
We’ve also posted the slides from the presentation on the F13 M6.
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Site member Palbay spotted the new F13 M6 Coupe in Sakhir Orange with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC. Posing next to it was a Monte Carlo Blue M5 for a good visual comparison of the two cars.
Here are the physical stats compared between the M6 coupe and M5 sedan.
M6 – 1374 mm
M5 – 1451 mm (3.03 inches higher than M6 coupe)
M6 – 2106 mm (to side mirrors)
M5 – 2119 mm (to side mirrors) (0.51 inches wider than M6 coupe)
M6 – 4898 mm
M5 – 4910 mm (0.47 inches longer than M6 coupe)
M6 – 2851 mm
M5 – 2964 mm (4.44 inches longer than M6 coupe)
Weight (unladen (DIN/EU)):
M6 – 1850kg / 1925kg (4078 lb / 4243 lb)
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The 2013 M6 Coupe (F13) is a beautiful car, especially in its eye catching launch color – Valencia Orange. But, it’s refreshing to finally see it in another color (besides the Brilliant White M6 Coupe shown at the Beijing auto show). Here it is in San Marino Blue, which is the launch color for the M6 Convertible (F12). This M6 features the now-standard trunk spoiler for the coupe.
Both San Marino Blue and Sakhir Orange are available for the U.S. M6 coupe and the convertible as standard metallic colors in addition to Singapore Grey, Imperial Blue, Mojave (Havana), Black Sapphire, Space Grey, Silverstone and Alpine White. Current factory Individual colors ($1800 option) for the U.S. include Moonstone, Tanzanite Blue, Citrin Black, and Ruby Black.
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