Rumors: New BMW M6 to launch June/September 2012 with 600 hp
The folks over at Autofans.be have the scoop today on the all-new BMW M6. According to the Belgian site, BMW will first launch the M6 Convertible in June 2012. The M6 Coupe version will follow three months later, in September 2012.
But there is more. The first four-door M6, alas the M6 Gran Coupe, will come to market in March 2013. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe will built atop the next year release of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, a four-dour coupe vehicle that will come to market to compete with similar offerings from Audi (A7) and Mercedes-Benz (CLS). The new M6 Gran Coupe will eventually replace the M5 and M6 at the top of the M family.
But how many horsepower will the high-end Ms carry under their hood? Sources close to the aforementioned publication will use a 4.4 liter V8 turbocharged engine with horsepower around the 600 mark, 40 more ponies than the recently launched F10 M5. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed M double-clutch gearbox. With this much power increase, we expect the M6 vehicles to run from 0 to 62 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
The 2013 BMW M6 will feature an aggressive front end with a redesigned apron that includes vertical air intakes for the air curtains, for improving the aerodynamics, especially at high speeds by reducing turbulence and therefore less air resistance on the front wheel arches. At the rear, the typical M four tailpipes are present, along with a diffuser framing.
The redesigned M6 will have its own attributes and characteristics in order to challenge the established rivals from Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.
We expect the base price of M6 Coupe and Convertible to jump over the $100,000 mark in the U.S., with the M6 Gran Coupe adding a premium price as well.