As far as BMW vehicles go, the arguably most revered class of the company by both auto enthusiasts and the manufacturers themselves has always been the M series of performance vehicles. Despite our hope that BMW will bring back the legendary M1 supercar (though the i8 Concept is beautiful), we’re more than game to accept a new member of the family whenever the BMW motorsport design gods feel like fueling the passionate fan fire this sub-brand ignites.
Back at the Geneva Auto Show in March (alongside the new Lambo and Ferrari), the company revamped the eye-catching M variant of its six-series line of executive coupes and convertibles. The series, which got its own overhaul for the 2012 auto year, is decidedly a legacy vehicle that exudes luxury and the perfect hint of sports appeal, which has made it so popular.
The M6, which is being released in both coupe and convertible models, brings together the historic legacy of the brand with concept-style esthetics, premium technology and absolutely perfect tuning specifications.
After unexpectedly ditching its predecessors’ V10 engine, the M6 now sports a powerful 4.4-liter eight cylinder that of course utilizes the M TwinPower Turbo technology, featuring high-precision direct fuel injection, fully variable valve control and cross-bank exhaust manifold. The jaw-dropping maximum output of 560 hp between 6-7000 rpm gives this powerhouse 502 lb.-ft. of torque, which is 30 percent higher than the last M6. Overall, this gives the M6 the distinction of being 10 percent faster than the 2010 second-gen model, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (or 189 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package).
The M6 delivers a resoundingly decent 28.5 miles per gallon combined and emits 371 g/mile. The seven-speed M double clutch transmission features Drivelogic, which gives the driver further control over the car’s power and limits power interruptions through the acceleration. Combined with the increasingly common performance paddle shifters, the vehicle is more than equipped in the leather-wrapped cabin to keep you entertained and exhilarated on the road.
The redesigned exterior features a bold and aggressive body design that intertwines dynamic lines and a striking façade, alongside the contoured carbon fiber roof for lower weight and center of gravity, improving your driving experience. Beginning with the traditional M grille and imposing lower air intake, the body lines pan out along the doors, giving the car the appearance of a shell rippling with waves.
Overall, the intensity of both the M6’s athletic character and top-notch performance specs make this car an absolute dream for the enthusiast who expects the perfect package but doesn’t necessarily want to show off. The 2013 BMW M6 Coupe starts at $106,100. Check out more at www.bmw.com