BMW Unveils 2012 BMW M6 Coupe Ahead Of Geneva Debut
By Carl Malek
Following in the footsteps of the company’s recently reworked BMW M5 sedan, BMW has decided to give the world a sneak peek at the 2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible before their formal debut at next month’s Geneva Motorshow.
The 2012 M6 is based on the standard 6 Series coupe which made its way to dealer lots last year, but BMW engineers have outfitted the M variant with a number of unique styling cues that do a good job of setting this car apart from its more mainstream siblings. These touches include the use of a much more aggressive body kit, bigger and more exaggerated air intake grilles, and the use of LED lighting – all of which works together to give the car a much more menacing profile and a look that is much more constant and unified than the out going model it replaces. To help shed precious pounds, the coupe version will make use of a special carbon composite roof whereas the cabriolet will be equipped with a traditional cloth top that features a heated glass rear window.
When it came time to revamp the performance hardware for 2012, BMW engineers pulled out all the stops to make sure the 2012 M6 would still be a world class automobile. A major change for 2012 is that the V10 engine that powered the outgoing car has been shelved and replaced with the same 4.4 liter twin turbocharged V8 that also sees duty in the M5 sedan. Good for 560 horsepower and 500 lb ft of torque, BMW claims that the 2012 M6 will make the sprint to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (4.3 for the cabriolet) and hit 124 MPH in 12.6 seconds before finally hitting the electronic limiter at 155 MPH.
However unlike its four door cousin, the M6 will not have a shift-it-yourself option available, instead offering BMW’s familiar seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox which offers seamless shifts through the use of either the steering wheel mounted paddles or the gear lever itself. Other goodies that will be offered on the 2012 M6 include BMW’s M drive system which gives the driver the ability to choose among six different parameters to match various road conditions, as well as launch control to help make the sprint from 0 to 60 much more exciting. To help keep the car planted on the road during spirited driving, BMW engineers have equipped it with an Active M limited slip differential as well as suspension tuning that is specific to the M6 while big and meaty 15.7/15.6 (front and rear brakes) should do a good job of bringing the car down to a quick and stable halt. Carbon ceramic brakes will also be offered but only as an optional (and most likely pricey) extra piece of equipment. BMW has not yet released the official fuel economy figures for the 2012 M6, but the company is quick to point out that it expects to see a 30 percent increase in fuel savings when compared to the previous generation M6 lineup.
Expect the 2012 BMW M6 to arrive at your local BMW dealer sometime this summer with the convertible arriving in June as a 2012 model wheras the coupe version will arrive later in the season as a 2013 model. Until then, BMW has released two short videos featuring both the coupe and the droptop in action both on the track as well as a sandy beach area which can be seen below.