Munich/Doha, 5th April 2013. Anniversary of a successful partnership: when the 2013 MotoGP World Championship gets underway with the Qatar Grand Prix this weekend, BMW M will be starting its 15th season as “Official Car of MotoGP”. BMW has been involved in MotoGP since 1999 and provides the official Safety Cars.
The first of many highlights over the course of the anniversary comes at the opening round, which will be held at the “Losail International Circuit” in Qatar: the first public outing of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. It is only a few weeks since the latest eagerly-awaited high-performance coupé from BMW M GmbH was enjoying its world premiere at the NAIAS in Detroit. This season, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe will spearhead the fleet of … CONTINUED
These two desirable BMW coupes are on exhibit at the 2013 NY auto show, with the F13 M6 coupe representing the newly here while the 135is coupe is on its way out.
This black sapphire metallic M6 is the flagship BMW M coupe with its 560hp / 502 lb-ft torque twin turbo V8 powerplant, while the 135is coupe remains one of BMW’s best performing small coupe, for now…
The 135is coupe will be replaced later this year by the BMW M235i coupe (the E82 1 series coupe will be replaced by the F22 2 series coupe). The M235i coupe will be the first M Performance automobile to be introduced to the North American market when it begins production in November 2013. It will be joined by the … CONTINUED
The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is now available for online configuration at BMWUSA.com
Pricing starts at $113,000 ($3800 more than the M6 coupe and $2500 less than the M6 convertible).
Manual transmission is now announced for the M6 Gran Coupe, as a no charge option. The first European Delivery date available has not yet been announced.
For all specs and info on the M6 Gran Coupe, see http://www.6post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=780486
In the latest episode of Fifth Gear, Jason Plato has a go in BMW’s flagship convertible – the F12 M6 Convertible, boasting 560hp / 501 lb-ft torque from its twin turbo V8 S63Tu motor, but weighting in at 4,530 pounds.
Plato praises the power delivery and sound from the new S63Tu based powertrain. He achieves 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds for the M6 convertible in his test.
Although the car weighs in at 4,530 pounds, it never feels like it to according to Plato. There’s a bit of understeer in high speed cornering, but that can be somewhat alleviated by more aggressive throttle application, albeit resulting in a harsh transition from understeer to oversteer. Overall, Plato feels the M6 is a great driver’s car which delivers really good … CONTINUED
G-POWER has now released the full specs and images on its M6 F13 “Bi-Tronik III” upgrade program, featuring:
• G-POWER Bi-Tronik III with 640HP (+80hp increase) and 573 lb-ft (777 Nm) torque (+73 lb-ft increase).
• New ASA Series supercharger with Bi-Tronik III tune which ups boost while managing fuel and ignition parameters, as well as managing torque figures during the shifting process for reduced stress on transmission.
• 0-100 kmh (0-62 mph) covered in 3.8 seconds and new top speed of 315 kmh
• G-POWER coilover suspension RS
• G-POWER SILVERSTONE RS wheels 21″
• (optional) G-POWER Carbon braking system for front axle (likely up to … CONTINUED
We’ve updated our official thread for the BMW M6 Gran Coupe with a new set of wallpapers, guaranteed to cause drooling.
Hamann debuts their flashy and extremely shiny (chrome like) Mirr6r BMW M6 Coupe at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Hamanna Mirr6r M6 features a completely custom aero kit including, widebody front and rear vented fenders, custom front bumper with large air intakes and integrated spoiler lip, custom rear bumper with square intake outlets, sideskirts, high rear wing, carbon fiber Venturi diffuser, and vented carbon fiber hood.
The Hamann exhaust system features a push button selectable feature for a toned down note mode and an aggressive sound mode.
The suspension features sports springs which lower the M6 by 35mm. The Mirr6r M6 sits on forged wheels – Edition Race or Unique Forged Formula wheels, wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires which are 265/30 ZR front and 305/25 … CONTINUED
In terms of M cars at the 2013 Geneva show, BMW has brought out two M6 models – a Frozen Silverstone M6 Gran Coupe and a San Marino Blue M6 Convertible.
Unfortunately, there has been no sign of the F80 M3 concept, which many speculated may be making its debut here at the show. We’ve reported in the past that we believe (and still do) that the F80 M3 concept will instead bow in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The 560 hp M6 Gran Coupe was revealed 3 months ago [official thread] and has been priced in the US starting at $113,000 [official pricing info].
BMW M CEO Friedrich Nitschke gave some insight into certain aspects of future M models when speaking recently to Autocar.
AWD vs RWD
While current non-SUV M models all remain RWD, as horsepower numbers climb for each successive generation of models, the question has arisen whether future models would benefit from AWD xDrive offerings, to help with traction and getting all that power down to the ground effectively; especially considering the AWD offerings from competitors – such as the E63/CLS63 AMG 4Matic and upcoming RS6/RS7 Quattro models.
To this, Nitschke reaffirms M’s stance on RWD: “Our philosophy in regards to steering feel and precision is that rear-wheel drive is the best solution,” … “xDrive brings an 80-90kg weight penalty and the M differential is the industry’s best rear-drive … CONTINUED