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author photo by Nick Palermo February 2012
  • 560-horsepower twin-turbo V8 replaces second-generation's thirsty V10
  • High-performance equipment including launch control and a torque-vectoring differential
  • Start-stop function and lightweight roof contribute to better economy

Switching from a big, thirsty V10 to a slightly smaller turbocharged V8, the third generation high-performance version of BMW's luxurious 6-Series still packs quite a punch. In fact, the new M6 Coupe and Convertible are more powerful than their 2010 counterparts. It appears that the year off - no M6 was offered in 2011 - gave the folks at BMW's Motorsport subsidiary, the group responsible for the company's performance-tuned M cars, the chance to create a pair of luxury GTs that are every bit as sporty, yet more efficient than their predecessors.

Under the hood of the new M6 is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 producing 560 horsepower, 60 more than the last M6. Torque is up too, now at 502 lb-ft. Variable valve timing and direct fuel injection contribute to the bump in power and fuel economy, which BMW is 30-percent better than the 2010 model. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels through a torque-vectoring rear differential that can apply power to the wheel with the most available traction. BMW has not mentioned a manual transmission option.

Still, the M6 is rich with high-performance features and equipment, including paddle shifters, launch control, Dynamic Damper Control and high-performance brakes. Carbon-ceramic brakes are optional. Light-alloy wheels use the traditional M-style parallel spoke design in standard 19-inch or optional 20-inch sizes.

Like other high-performance luxury manufacturers, BMW takes advantage of technology to promote efficiency without sacrificing power. A start-stop function is standard. The coupe uses a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof to keep weight down.

As expected on a vehicle of the M6's caliber, a wide range of standard and optional safety, comfort, convenience and connectivity equipment is available. These include an updated version of BMW's ConnectedDrive system, head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, surround view, lane departure warning, Bang & Olufsen sound, and more.

BMW's 640i and 650i models offer similar coupe and convertible configurations without the M's high-performance tuning. Even though the robust V10 from the last model is gone, the new M6 appears to be every bit the sporty and luxurious machine as its predecessor.

What it means to you: The new M6 models include a coupe and convertible, both with more power, more equipment and better economy than their predecessors.

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