BMW opted to bring back their M6 Convertible for 2012, and as expected, it offers up more horsepower, better looks, and increased fuel economy.
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You know us. After hundreds of stories and nearly 50 podcasts, you know that all of us here at VehicleVoice are rather addicted to screeching around test tracks. Someone asks us, “Hey! You VehicleVoice folks! Wanna go screech around a test track?” And we always say “Yes.” We’re easy. We’ll admit it.
But a few weeks ago, when BMW asked us if we wanted to get into some of its high performance M cars and go screech around the California Speedway, we didn’t know what to say. Mainly because we had been struck dumb. We were that excited. We eventually found our voices, and yelled “Hell yes!” Then we packed our cameras and microphones, and our resident (ex) race car driver, David Barrett, and we headed for Fontana.
Thank you BMW! Thank you for letting us drive an M5 at mach speed. Thank you for letting us go skidding across wet pavement in an M3. Thank you for letting us take an M Roadster for a spin on the autocross track. Thanks for not believing all those rumors you heard about us! And by the way, there is an important story here, too. Watch this podcast and get the inside line!
Show Runtime – 13:12
01:58 Skid Pad Exercise
04:38 Autocross Exercise
06:4 Racetrack Exercise
In spring 2006, BMW
‘s M6 coupe finally went on sale in the States. It was formally introduced at the Los Angeles auto show (click
for our coverage from January). Just yesterday, BMW released the photos of the M6 Cabrio (perhaps in part because someone had already leaked them). Whatever the strategy behind their release, VehicleVoice
is ready to bring them to your attention. As of this writing, BMW USA had not added the M6 convertible to their web site, but a terrific, though broadband-intensive, overview can be found on BMW’s international consumer website
Yeah, we love the way the cabrio looks with the top down, but BMW’s rationale eschewing a retractable hardtop for a softtop just does not hold water. Every, and I mean EVERY, modern cabriolet should have a retractable hardtop. This improves creature comforts and yields two cars – a coupe and cabriolet – for a slight premium price over a single coupe or cab. Additionally, I read about the 279 suspension settings available… this means that there is every setting available EXCEPT GOOD. I’ll spend my money on something much less complicated.
Writing ten months later in April 2007 we note with some satisfaction that the BMW 3-Series Cabriolet has now become a retractable hardtop. Great move.
Aside from the coupe’s carbon-fibre roof versus the Cabrio’s soft top, there are no significant differences between the M6 coupe and convertible. Both get the 500HP 5.5L V10 and seven-speed sequential manual gearbox introduced in the latest M5. The M6 convertible even offers the same lightweight nineteen-inch wheels as the coupe. Convertible buyers do not have to give up the DriveLogic program and its three engine output programs, the M Drive system that helps manage the possible 279 DriveLogic and suspension settings, the M Differential lock, the new-generation Dynamic Stability Control, the Electronic Damper Control, or the a hill detection that adjusts the transmission’s up- and downshifts when on hills or steep grades.
Exterior cues warning you the M6 Cabrio is about to (or just did) overtake you are just as subtle as those on the coupe, including a larger front air intake, the new rear diffuser surrounding the four exhaust pipes, sculpted side sills, M-style mirrors, the M logo in the ornamental side slats, and the M6 badge on the decklid.
500HP, 11 Shift Programs, and a Carbon Fiber Roof.
Subtle Styling Cues Signal Special Model
BMW’s M6 high performance coupe started with borrowing the 500HP 5.5L V10 and seven-speed sequential manual gearbox found in the latest M5. Though launched in 2005 in Europe, North American sales do not begin until spring 2006. The M6 was introduced in the States at the 2006 Los Angeles auto show in January, where its nearly $97,000 price tag was also revealed.
Consistent with European understated high performers, M6 specific exterior cues are subtle and include a larger front air intake, the unique nineteen-inch wheels, a new rear diffuser surrounding the four exhaust pipes, sculpted side sills, M-style mirrors, and the M logo in the ornamental side slats. There are seven colors available for the M6 in its first year, with four of them exclusive to BMW M cars.