Geneva Motor Show Preview: BMW M6


The BMW M6 falls in line with the M Division mandate by loosing two cylinders and gaining two turbos.

WIth the recent release of the 1 Series M and M5 (I won’t mention those two SUVs), BMW’s M Division is now hurling at terminal velocity into the turbocharged era. The latest car to join them is the all new M6, which is set to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

Offered in Coupe and Convertible variants, the M6 shares the same 560 hp twin turbo V8 found in the M5. This propels the M6 from 0-62 in 4.2 seconds for the coupe and 4.3 seconds for the convertible. Combined fuel mileage is improved by 30 percent over its predecessor on the Euro cycle to 28.5.

Being more grand tourer than sports car meant the M6 was never going to be a feather weight, but even so, BMW has managed to give the M6 near perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Other interesting bits include a carbon fiber roof for the coupe and for the first time ever on a BMW, carbon brakes as an option. Brakes have always been seen as somewhat of an achilles heal for the M Division, so the carbon items should offer a convincing solution to this, albiet an expensive one.

The M6 has always seemed somewhat redundant when compared to the less flashy, more practical, yet equally capable M5, but there’s no question that the M6 will be a brutally quick continent crusher.