By on February 12, 2012

Dentists and divorcees, rejoice! The BMW M6 will debut as a convertible first, with deliveries starting in June. The hardtop will go on sale later this summer – both will get all the same mechanical bits as an M5, but with only two-doors, you can shed the family image in favor of someone who pays (or receives) alimony.

The 4.4L twin-turbo V8 makes 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, with peak twist coming between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. A 7-speed dual clutch helps the coupe hit 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, with the cabrio taking an additional tenth. While BMW is touting the 16″ ceramic brakes, electro-hydraulic dampers and carbon fiber roof, they didn’t release any weight specifications for the car. The previous versions weighed in the neighbourhood of 4,000 and 4,400 lbs, gargantuan figures for a passenger car. BMW cited a power/weight ratio of 7.3lb/hp for the coupe and 7.7lb/hp for the convertible, which suggests a curb weight of 4088 lbs for the coupe and 4312 lbs for the ragtop. Plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose. Or whatever the German equivalent is.

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10 Comments on “2013 BMW M6 To Debut As A Ragtop, Then Coupe...”


  • avatar
    PintoFan

    This entire car is at least a foot and a half too long.

    • 0 avatar
      niky

      It has always puzzled me how they could get as little space out of the 6 series as the 3-series Coupe. Granted, the extra weight does nice things for the ride, but it’s kind of pointless except as a way of telling people you’ve just spent more money than they did.

      Even then, I’d want to get an M3.

      At least this car looks attractive, much more so than other new BMW models. I still shudder every time I see a new 1…

  • avatar
    lilpoindexter

    Eleventy billion times better looking than the last one.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    i think if you’re in the market for a 4,400lb four seat convertible with 500hp that’s not a Lincoln Continental you probably have too much time and money to waste… a car looking for a niche i guess

  • avatar
    JJ

    Despite me being a BMW fan the new 6 series just doesn’t quite do it for me. I think it’s a very nice car but it’s too big IMO and a little bit bland. If I’d want a BMW coupe I’d have an M3. If I’d have a bigger BMW for cruising I’d rather have a nicely optioned 5-series. If I had the coin for an understated stylish GT like this, I’d have a Maserati Granturismo, Jaguar XK or AM V8/DB9.

    Now the high revving V10 is gone along with some of the controversial styling the whole M6 proposition has weirdly gotten worse IMO, just because despite arguably being a better looking and overall better car a few of the USPs are now gone and as a result it stacks up less favourably to the competition IMO.

  • avatar
    theonewhogotaway

    I am surprised at the canvas top in a car that will have a starting price of at least $100K. Maybe they did it for weight reasons, but still…

    I think that the 6 series is one of almost lost breed that started in Detroit: Large Luxury Coupes. They almost lost it themselves after not being in production for the whole ’90s and part of this millennium. Probably very niche market, but if anyone is willing to pay for a car the price of a very small appartment or 2-4 years of a College education (depending on the school) we are starting at niche to begin with…

  • avatar

    Zomg it’s not a manual diesel station wagenz kill it with fireeeeeeeeee!!!!!1

  • avatar
    Felis Concolor

    Cue Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time”.

  • avatar

    Drove the last 650i. It was already over the top. Sadly most of the divorcees, etc will be a waste for an M version.

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    BMW has finally built a Mercedes.

    As resurrected 6-series go, this one is considerably less Pontiac than its prdecessor, and arguably the true incarnation of what a Grand Tourer SHOULD be. It should be fast on the highway, smooth over bad roads, and able to cruise for 12 hours with only fuel breaks (and not time off to re-apply the warming pads for a sore back). Whether BMW realizes that this is the equivalent of a highway cruise missile and not something that should defy all laws of physics on a road course remains to be seen.

    A car like this bears merit on what it feels like at 80-90mph in the left lane of a worn and torn highway on a red-eye drive from Atlanta to Tampa.

    Too bad it’s a crappy turbo. A beast like this needs more displacement and to breathe on its own. Turbos belong on pickup trucks and stupid high school kids’ subcompacts.


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