2012–present (Gran Coupe)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Grand tourer/Executive car|
|First generation (E24)|
|Assembly||Dingolfing, West Germany|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Engine||3.5 L M88/3 I6 (M635CSi)
3.5 L S38B35 I6 (M6)
|Power output||286 hp (290 PS; 213 kW)(M635CSi)
256 hp (260 PS; 191 kW) (M6)
|Transmission||5-speed Getrag manual|
|Wheelbase||2,620 mm (103 in)|
|Length||4,755 mm (187.2 in)
US: 4,923 mm (193.8 in) (with bumpers)
|Width||1,725 mm (67.9 in)|
|Height||1,354 mm (53.3 in)|
|Curb weight||1,500 kg (3,307 lb) (M635CSi)
1,619 kg (3,569 lb) (M6)
In 1983 BMW took the M88/3 six-cylinder engine, a modified version of the M88/1 from the BMW M1 and put it in the E24 chassis of the BMW 6 Series, thus creating the M635CSi (dubbed simply "M6" in North America and Japan).
The first generation M6 was critically acclaimed throughout its lifespan for its elegant, aggressive "shark-nose" styling, its luxury equipment and its performance. A top speed of 158 mph (254 km/h) made the European M635CSi the second fastest BMW ever built next to the M1. However, Rug Cunningham, of Cunningham BMW, ran a bone stock 1987 U.S. M6 in the La Carrera Classic Race in Mexico in 1989 and recorded an indicated top speed of 176 mph (283 km/h).
The vehicle can be distinguished from other E24 models by "///M" badges on the front grille and rear decklid ("///M6" on the North American version), body color side-view mirrors, BBS RS wheels, rear lip spoiler, larger front air dam, larger front brakes and a 10mm lowered ride height.
The North America and Japan M6 was fitted with the catalyzed S38B35 engine, producing 256 hp (191 kW) and 243 lb⋅ft (329 N⋅m) of torque, whereas the European M635CSi received the non-catalyzed M88/3 engine, producing 286 hp (213 kW) and 251 lb⋅ft (340 N⋅m) of torque. A total of 538 catalyzed M635CSi models were sold in Europe between 1988 and 1989.
According to BMW, the car will achieve 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 5.8 and 6.8 seconds for the European and North American versions respectively. However, Car and Driver Magazine tested a North American U.S. M6 in July 1987 and actually achieved a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time of 6.1 seconds. Also in 1987, Road and Track touted the U.S. M6 as being one of the 10 fastest cars in America.
The quarter mile time for the M635CSi has been recorded at 14.5 seconds while 100 mph (161 km/h) is achieved in 15 seconds. Production of the E24 M635CSi/M6 ended in 1989.
|Second generation (E63/E64)|
|Production||2005 – July 2010|
|Designer||Karl John Elmitt
Adrian van Hooydonk
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door convertible
|Related||BMW M5 (E60)|
|Engine||5.0 L BMW S85 Odd firing V10|
|Power output||507 PS (373 kW; 500 hp)|
|Transmission||7-speed single-clutch SMG
|Wheelbase||2,781 mm (109.5 in)|
|Length||4,872 mm (191.8 in)|
|Width||1,854 mm (73 in)|
|Height||Coupe: 1,372 mm (54 in)
1,377 mm (54.2 in)
|Curb weight||Coupe: 3,770 lb (1,710 kg)
Convertible: 4,420 lb (2,000 kg)
The new BMW M6 concept made its debut at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It was based on the BMW E63/E64 6 Series, introduced in 2004. It shares the same uneven firing 5.0 L V10 S85 engine and SMG III gearbox with the E60 M5, and produces 373 kW (500 hp) and 520 N⋅m (380 lb⋅ft).
BMW claims it accelerates from 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. Road & Track (Feb 2006) measured the 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) time as 4.1 seconds. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). De limited top speed was 205 mph (330 km/h) with the optional M-driver's package.
The M6 has the same 'power button' as the M5 which toggles the choice of a "P400"or "P500" mode of engine power. From ignition, the car delivers 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp), but engaging the Steering wheel's M button allows the full 373 kW (507 PS; 500 hp) (P500) if it is configured so via the iDrive settings. It weighs 1,710 kg (3,770 lb) Road & Track (Feb 2006) compared to the 1,660 kg (3,650 lb) E92 BMW M3 Road & Track (Dec 2007) thanks to a carbon fibre reinforced plastic roof panel as well as thermoplastic front wings, aluminum doors and bonnet and fibre reinforced plastic (sheet moulding compound) boot lid.
The carbon fiber and other light materials are used in places like the bumpers and roof that are far from the center of gravity and/or high up, so that they not only reduce the overall weight but improve the handling by reducing the moment of inertia and lowering the center of mass height.
It was offered as both a coupé and a cabriolet. Both the M6 coupé and convertible can be visually distinguished from the 630i, 645Ci and 650i by their deeper front valance with air intakes, more contoured side sills, aerodynamic side view mirrors, an additional rear valance with diffuser and the absence of front fog lights. Only 701 examples were produced with a true 6-speed manual gearbox. (323 Coupes + 378 Convertibles).
In the 2010 model year, the M6 was the second-most expensive BMW sold in the U.S. after the $137,000 760Li, with an MSRP of $108,150 for the convertible and $102,350 for the coupe.
Production of the M6 ended in mid-2010, with sales over the five-year run totalling 9,087 for the coupe and 5,056 for the convertible.
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|Third generation (F06/F12/F13)|
BMW M6 (F06) Gran Coupé
2012–present (Gran Coupe)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door convertible (F13)
2-door coupé (F12)
4-door gran coupé (F06)
|Engine||4.4 L BMW S63B44T0 twin-turbo V8|
|Power output||568 PS (418 kW; 560 hp)|
|Wheelbase||2,850 mm (112.2 in)|
|Length||4,897 mm (192.8 in)|
|Width||1,919 mm (75.56 in)|
|Height||1,369 mm (53.9 in)|
|Curb weight||Coupé: 1,925 kg (4,244 lb)
Convertible: 2,055 kg (4,531 lb)
Gran Coupé: 1,950 kg (4,299 lb)
Details for the new generation M6 were announced in February 2012, with it being shown at the Geneva Motor Show the following month.
The new model is based on the BMW F12/F13 and shares its 7-speed M-DCT gearbox, BMW S63 V8 engine and other technology with the BMW M5 (F10). The M6 coupé has a carbon-fibre roof and other weight saving measures, making it 20 kg (44 lb) lighter than the M5, however it is 140 kg (309 lb) heavier than the previous M6. The M6 convertible is 50 kg (110 lb) heavier than the previous M6 Convertible.
The official claimed performance figures state the acceleration from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) with the de-limited top speed being 189 mph (304 km/h) with the optional M-driver's package. The design language of the M6 was similar to the then M series cars. The front of the car has a newly designed M kidney grille with an “M6” badge – a homage to the first generation M6.
With the 2014 Competition Package, the BMW M6 has 600 hp (608 PS; 447 kW) and 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft) of torque along with a 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) acceleration time of in 3.9 seconds (4.0 seconds for the Convertible).
BMW M6 F13 553 hp; 560 PS (412 kW):
0–100 km/h : 4.2sec – 402m : 12.0sec @ 201.4 km/h – Standing 1 km sprint : 259.6 km/h @ 21.3sec
BMW M6 F13 Competition Pack 577 hp (585 PS; 430 kW):
0–100 km/h : 3.9sec – 402m : 11.9sec @ 202.1 km/h – Standing 1 km sprint : 262.5 km/h @ 21.1sec
BMW M6 F13 Competition Pack 600 hp (608 PS; 447 kW):
0–100 km/h : 3.8sec – 402m : 11.8sec @ 203.2 km/h – Standing 1 km sprint : 264.2 km/h @ 20.9sec
The BMW M6 GTLM is the racing version of the M6 created to participate in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and intended to replace the BMW Z4 GTE. The cars are entered by BMW Team RLL, debuting in 2016, with no wins in its debut season. The car would earn four class wins during the 2017 season before being replaced by the BMW M8 GTE for 2018.
Around the start of 2015, BMW Motorsport began developing a replacement for the successful BMW Z4 GT3 which already had been in action since 2010, where they selected the M6 as the base model. Throughout the year, the factory engineered the M6 to match FIA GT3 specifications. Emphasis was placed on safety with BMW Motorsport producing an "FIA-approved safety cell in accordance with the very latest safety standards". Unlike the Z4 GT3, which used an engine derived from the BMW M3, the engine of the M6 GT3 was virtually unchanged from that of the production model of the M6 (and the BMW M5). The engine only faced some modifications for use in motorsport. In May 2015, at Dingolfing, BMW works driver Jörg Müller drove the M6 GT3 on its first roll-out to contribute a milestone to its development, and later the M6 GT3 was revealed near the end of the year.
The M6 GT3 showed its success on its debut year in 2016 when Rowe Racing clinched overall victory at the 2016 Spa 24 Hours with BMW works drivers Philipp Eng, Maxime Martin, and Alexander Sims at the wheel. The car also saw success in championships around the world, with wins in the VLN, Italian GT Championship, and Super GT Championship.
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