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 - the manual’s low take rates do not justify its development costs. According to Biermann, “Last year, maybe 15-20 percent of our M5s in the U.S. were manuals and maybe this year it will be 15 percent. It’s declining.” He … 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 introduction is so far away for this potential halo sports model that engine and performance specs are mostly speculative and subject to change, but the report speculates that it may be powered by a turbocharged V8 with 600-650 horsepowers, with … 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 M lineup.
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 being delayed for customer cars until next year.
Thanks to Philip for the photos.
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.