We had the chance to speak to BMW NA M Brand Manager Matt Russell and BMW M Marketing Director Thomas Schemera at the 2012 NYIAS about many things M. We covered some hot topics/models, including the M5, M6, M3 (current and future generation) and M Performance Automobiles.
M5 / M6
Can you tell us about the changes to the 2013 M5 from the 2012 M5? Why the wait for the 2013 model year for the US market?
It’s nothing major. It’s small things; it’s electronics underneath, little computer things. It’s definitely not customer-facing changes and not a great deal of functionality change.
How does the manual transmission affect the M5’s performance?
About 0.10 second 0-60mph difference (slower than DCT). We don’t have official EPA MPG estimates yet, but it’s not much. … CONTINUED
A Frozen Silver (BMW Individual Color) F10 M5 is on display at the 2012 NYIAS, from where BMW has announced the US pricing for the 2013 M5 sedan - starting at $90,695 (destination and handling included).
The preliminary options/standard equipment information for the U.S. 2013 M5 has also been posted yesterday (info here).
The 2013 M5 will begin production in July and begin deliveries in September. Order guides will be available in two weeks and ordering begins on April 23. European delivery is available on dates beginning September 1st.
Frozen silver is among the range of BMW Individual exterior colors recommended for the 2012 M5, including:
Brilliant White Metallic
Frozen Gray Metallic
Frozen Silver Metallic
On display at the 2012 NYIAS is a gorgeous frozen blue metallic M3 coupe. Frozen blue metallic paint is available as a BMW Individual color, which (if you remember) can be ordered through any US BMW dealer.
One thing we’ve reconfirmed at the show is that the E92 M3 coupe will see production into mid-2013 and the E93 M3 convertible will end a few months after that. So, there WILL be a 2013 model year M3 coupe and convertible, despite recent faulty information from some dealers.
As for its successor, there will be no F8X M3/M4 (whatever it’ll be called) until after E92 and E93 M3 production ends, so the successor model will come as 2014 model. Our full interview with BMW M is forthcoming.
Live from the 2012 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), we’re happy to share more photos of the amazing 2013 BMW M6 Coupe and the 2012 BMW M6 Convertible. Powererd by the 560hp 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 internally dubbed S63 and mated to a 7-speed double clutch transmission, the 2012 M6 Convertible will be the first new M6 model to hit US showroom floors in June and the M6 Coupe to follow in September. The stunning colors seen are sakhir orange on the coupe and san marino blue on the convertible.
BMW announced today that the 2013 M6 Coupe and the 2012 M6 Convertible will be priced at $106,995 and $113,995 respectively (see full pricing announcement).
Preliminary US M6 options/equipment information has also been posted HERE.
Stay tuned to … CONTINUED
Now that the US F10 M5 pricing has been announced, see what the standard options and optional equipment are like. Here is the preliminary information. Ordering for the M5 for the US market starts April 23. Ordering guides will be available in under 2 weeks.
On the occasion of the 2012 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), BMW has announced U.S. pricing for the 2013 BMW M5. Including destination and handling, the all-new BMW M5 is priced at $90,695.
Compared to the last U.S. M5 price (2010 E60 M5) of $85,700, that’s a price increase of ‘only’ $5,000 or 5.8%. Some other markets saw bigger price increases (UK, Germany) while the price for the M5 in Canada is even lower than for the outgoing model.
As we reported before, BMW has decided to wait for the 2013 BMW M5 and skip the 2012 model year. As production for the 2013 models will start in July 2012, we expect the first M5 models to hit U.S. dealer showroom floors in September. There are no … CONTINUED
On the occasion of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), BMW has announced U.S. pricing for the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe and the 2012 BMW M6 Convertible. Including destination and handling, the all-new BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible will carry a MSRP of $106,995 and $113,995, respectively.
Compared to the last U.S. price (2010 M6 models) of $102,350 and $108,150 respectively, that’s a price increase of $4,600 or 4.5% for the M6 Coupe and $5,800 or 5.4% for the M6 Convertible.
The 2012 M6 Convertible will be first to hit US showroom floors in June with the 2013 M6 Coupe to follow in September (just as with the M5, production of the M6 Coupe starts in July 2012).
Here’s a summary of the M6 coupe … CONTINUED
Lovely Spring days bring warmer weather but it also returns BMW prototypes to Nürburgring testing, and we’ve just spied on video the king of all current BMW prototypes - the much-anticipated [B]F80 M3 Sedan[/B]. Powered by an inline 6 or V6 displacing more than 3 litres good for roughly 450hp and featuring up to 3 turbos (with possible electric turbo), the new M3 is set to be better than its predecessor in any and every regard, as usual. BMW will again offer both a 6-speed manual and an (optional) 7-speed double clutch transmission for the M3.
As we’ve oft repeated, the new 2014 F80 M3 may be the only M3 model BMW will offer for the next generation as rumors suggest that the F82 … CONTINUED
Over the past four days BMW has been wining and dining the lucky recipients of sales awards (including site sponsor Ryan Amico of Steve Thomas BMW) at the BMW Sales Award 2011 event. The F12/F13 M6 convertible and coupe were on hand as well as the F10 M5.
This represents the first showing of the F12 M6 convertible, which will make its auto show debut next week at the 2012 NYIAS. Hotlap rides were given in the F10 M5.
Check out the event photos inside.