Along with the F12 M6 cabriolet, BMW has also officialy released the F13 M6 coupe version, which in my opion is the most beautiful BMW from the last decade. All the body design is like an aerodynamic sculpture, combining beauty with performance. The 3d generation BMW m6 comes with more gadgets and performance level than ever before.
Like its predecessor, the roof of the new BMW M6 Coupe is molded from natural color Carbon Fiber Composite. The dark color of the roof gives the two-door car’s silhouette a longer look, which is further emphasized by the dynamic longitudinal character lines unique to the M6 Coupe. The use of the lightweight material for the roof allows the car’s center of gravity to be lowered, enhancing agility. The standard BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim surrounds the side windows (or the waistline in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible) and the base and lower section of the aerodynamically optimized M exterior mirror caps.
Today, BMW has officialy released the 2012 BMW M6 F12 Cabriolet and BMW M6 F13 Coupe models. As expected, the 2012 BMW M6 is powered by the same engine with the recently unveiled M5 F10. The S63Tu engine uses similar M Twin Power technology combined with the reverse flow V8 layout. The result is that the high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo Technology offers a powerful power thrust at higher rev ranges for which M cars are known. The iconic M6 returns from a two year hiatus more powerful, more athletic, more focused, more luxurious and more efficient than ever before. Since the “M6” badge was first placed on a BMW back in 1987, this iconic model has exemplified the luxury and daily usability of a top range BMW coupe combined with true super-car performance. Now, in its 3rd generation, the all-new BMW M6 will again be offered as a 4-seat Coupe and Convertible.
The new BMW M6 F12 Coupe and F13 Convertible will be the first cars in the history of BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes (in conjunction with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels). The brake rotors measure 16.1 inches (410 mm) in diameter at the front and 15.6 inches (396 mm) at the rear. Made from a carbon-fiber ceramic compound, the rotors boast even greater resistance to heat combined with significantly reduced rotating masses. The M Carbon-Ceramic brakes are 42.8 lb (19.4 kg) lighter than the standard brakes.
Tuning companies have started to offer tuning products for the 2012 BMW M5 F10. KKS performance company is offering a tuned quad exhaust system, with triggerable inside noise valves. The stock exhaust valves open/close at certain rpms. KKS promise that the exhaust system makes the S63Tu engine growl even more, on hard accelerations.
Mat Watson from AutoExpress magazine takes the BMW M5 F10 on a long journey from Spain to the UK. He has already reviewed the M5 F10 against a BMW S1000RR superbike in a previous youtube video. Mat wants to find out how the M5 handles in city traffic, but also on a long motoring journey. He plays with all M5 gizmos and buttons, and testing both sport and comfort modes.
The F10 M5 engine S63tu V8 twin turbo gives a power output of 560 bhp and 740 NM, making any overtaking , even uphill, a piece of cake.
The fun factor is there, but what about the fuel economy? Mat discoveres that averaging a speed of 70mph(112km/h) the M5 mpg is about 28.8 (~8% l/100km). That is a very good value considering the 560 bhp max output and the 1950kg heavy weight. Also in terms of autonomy, the M5 does it better than the previous generation, because of the 30% better mpg and also the fuel tank capacity increase with 10 liters.
BMW has officially confirmed on the 2012 NAIAS motorshow in Detroit that the 6-Speed Manual Transmission will be available for the 2013 M5 on the US market. In an earlier post, i posted some photos with a M5 F10 fitted with manual tranmission shifter .
The production of the US spec BMW M5 F10 wil stat around July 2012, while deliveries will probably take place later on. No pricing has been presented so far by the BMW US dealers. It will be available with either a seven-speed DCT or a six-speed manual transmission , which is welcome news for manual transmission fans. Despite the fact that Europe is genuinly using manual transmissions, BMW has decided to offer it only for the US market like they did in the past with the old E60 M5 V10.