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BMW reveals M6 Coupe and Convertible UPDATE: Video added!

552bhp, carbon roof, should be an incredible performance car...

BMW has officially unveiled the new M6 Coupe and Convertible.

The new M6 has a very aggressive look, much more so than the previous model. There are also more changes to the bodywork than in the previous generation to mark out the M6 a little more from the rest of the range.

At the front there is a new bumper featuring wider and more curvaceous kidney grilles, combined with lower bumper openings much more angular and aggressive than the regular 6-Series. In the kidney grille sits a small M6 badge which is a nod to the original M6 model from the 1980s. The bonnet has more prominent styling lines and a raised centre to make room for the engine whilst providing a more menacing look, and the wings now feature a small vent with a crease running downwards. All these new features combine to give the front of the new M6 a much sportier appearance. At the rear there is the usual BMW M-car looks with the quad exhaust tips and not much else. Wings, massive diffusers and other such things are left to the competition – M-GmbH is more about subtlety these days.

One standout aspect of the coupe is that it now comes with a carbon fibre roof, which has a unique double-bubble design creating a channel down the middle, whilst lowering the centre of gravity of the car considerably. The convertible retains its trademark soft top with a double-buttress (aka flying buttress) design. It opens in 19 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph.

Inside, the cabin is luxuriously appointed with Merino leather sport seats, a bespoke gear knob and a unique steering wheel with paddle shifters. There's also a revised instrument cluster, carbon fibre trim, illuminated sill plates and ambient lighting. Options include a heated steering wheel, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a head-up display, high beam assist and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Customers can also order a lane change / lane departure warning system, a rear-view camera and an internet-connected infotainment system with apps for Facebook and Twitter.

Under the hood, both models are powered by the same twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine with 552 bhp and 502 lb/ft of torque found in the M5. It is connected to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with launch control. This enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the convertible does the same task in 4.3 seconds. Both have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, but that can be increased to 189 mph with the M Driver's Package. In terms of efficiency, the coupe averages 28.5 mpg with CO2 emissions of 232 g/km. The convertible, on the other hands, returns 27.4 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 239 g/km.

Other highlights include a sport-tuned suspension, an active M-differential and a revised dynamic stability control system with an "M-dynamic" mode. There are also high-performance brakes (carbon-ceramic brakes are optional for the first time), M-servotronic steering and a unique dynamic damper control system.

The M6 Coupe and Convertible are due to appear in UK showrooms in September, with the Coupe starting at £93,795 and the soft-top coming in at £98,995. Those are some serious prices for the big M, putting it in direct competition with the premium brand coupes and convertibles, though it does outgun most of them in the power stakes. We will have to see if the driving experience can live up to the price tag, but if it does BMW will surely sell as many as they can make.

We look forward to being able to pick one up in 10yrs time for £15,000 as one thing can be guaranteed with a big M-car – epic depreciation.

Images courtesy of BMW

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more