The all-new BMW M6 will be good for 552bhp and 502lb ft from its 4.4-litre V8
25 January 2012

The all-new BMW M6 will be the most powerful super-coupé in BMW’s history when it goes on sale this summer. The M6 gets the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 from the M5, which is good for 552bhp and 502lb ft.

The M6’s rear-drive chassis has been tuned extensively at the Nürburgring and BMW insiders claim that it has the dynamic proficiency to cope with prodigious power outputs.

Although the previous M6, with its cutting-edge construction and V10 engine, was radical when it was launched in 2005, the new model will take things even further. It will again feature a carbonfibre roof and other carbonfibre body panels but will also get carbon-ceramic brake discs and lightweight alloy wheels to boost stopping power and reduce unsprung mass.

A BMW M insider, speaking to Autocar at the Detroit motor show, insisted that its new range-topper would be just as capable a grand tourer as before, despite its sharper focus.

“It’s still a car for daily use,” the insider said. “It’s just as at home on the autobahn as it is at the Nürburgring.”

However, despite the M6’s new-found hard edge, our insider insisted that it should not be compared with a pure sports car such as the Porsche 911. Instead, M is pushing BMW to be given licence to develop its own supercar in the mould of the AMG-developed Mercedes-Benz SLS.

“M wants to build its own car,” said our insider. “BMW has a great heritage of super-coupés and the M6 is the latest part of that. But we also want to do something that we can call a ‘super sports car’.”

The comments are the latest of M division’s attempts to ramp up pressure on BMW to be given the go-ahead to develop its own bespoke model.

Albert Biermann, BMW M’s development chief, told Autocar last year that BMW and M were struggling to find a business case for the supercar.

“We have the skills and we’d love to do it,” he said. “We’ve discussed it several times but we’ve never been able to make the business case. Everything we do has to make money.”

Our insider confirmed that the M6 coupé will be launched at the Geneva show in March. A cabrio is likely to follow by the end of 2012.

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25 January 2012

Super Coupe. I like that, rather than the motoring press comparing it to a 911 rather than an XKR or Gran Turismo. Heres hoping it will drive better than the standard 6 series.

25 January 2012

[quote Autocar]

...However, despite the M6’s new-found hard edge, our insider insisted that it should not be compared with a pure sports car such as the Porsche 911. Instead, M is pushing BMW to be given licence to develop its own supercar in the mould of the AMG-developed Mercedes-Benz SLS....[/quote]

I'll bet it won't stop the Autocar (and others) do that exact comparison (with the 911) though.

I do think the previous M6, despite its cluncky gearbnox and weight issues, was somewhat underrated. They will have sorted out the gearbox problems for the new model, judging by how good the new M5's is, but the weight problem if anything has got worse, which is very disappointing by BMW.

25 January 2012

Nice car - provided you can afford the huge sticker price, monstrous depreciation and vicious repairs/maintenance expense once it is 4-5 years old with 60-80,000 miles on the odometer. E

25 January 2012

[quote Engelbert]Nice car - provided you can afford the huge sticker price, monstrous depreciation and vicious repairs/maintenance expense once it is 4-5 years old with 60-80,000 miles on the odometer. E[/quote]

+1

Think that sums it up nicely. No matter how nice it is, the target market for this car is now so small (in this country at least) resale values are going to be low.

With regards to their super car project, I can imagine the M division would want to make it as no compromise as possible, hence the problems with trying to make a profitable business case.

I wonder if they could use an existing floor pan and hardware if it would be any more feasible?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

25 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]I wonder if they could use an existing floor pan and hardware if it would be any more feasible?[/quote] But would it really qualify as a 'supercar' then?

25 January 2012

I hate to sound like a broken record, but I preferred the V10 M6 as to the V8 M6 in the same way that I prefer the V10 M5 to the new V8 one. But anyway, I think this engine suits the M6 a bit better than it does the M5. Still, in my eyes at least, this would no longer be the best in class. Sorry, BMW.

25 January 2012

[quote Lesia44][quote TegTypeR]I wonder if they could use an existing floor pan and hardware if it would be any more feasible?[/quote] But would it really qualify as a 'supercar' then?[/quote]

Good question.

I guess if they worked it well enough then it could be?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

25 January 2012

Its going to be a stormer

BMW M6

25 January 2012

I hope it's not like the new M5, weighing well over 100kg more than it's predecessor. And I do hope they sort out the electric steering so that it communicates with the driver rather than be full of artificial 'feel'.

I think BMW and M have lost the plot and are now going down the AMG route of building over weight cars with way too much power and too much electronics to try and harness that power. As for artificial induction sound from the speakers; don't get me started.

BMW and M need to get back to making proper driver's cars and could do with some guidance from Lotus, particularly where steering feel is concerned.

25 January 2012

“We have the skills and we’d love to do it,” he said. “We’ve discussed it several times but we’ve never been able to make the business case. Everything we do has to make money.”

This statement it finally proves that BMW has sold its soul to the bean counter, VW made a statement and the Veyron, they lost millions, but it is a fantastic achievement, one that will likely never be repeated or bettered.

When was the last time a new BMW genuinely deserve the title of "ultimate driving machine". This new M6 will be amazing, but as most have pointed out, its too heavy and not as special as the V10.

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