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12-17-2004, 02:41 PM
The announcement of a new M car remains a rare and exciting occasion, and the launch of the new M6 in 2005 will reveal a potent new combination of BMW engineering and M power.<p>Hot on the heels of the new M5, and taking lightweight design solutions from the M3 CSL, the new M6 combines supercar presence with Grand Touring potential. Joining an exclusive club, the fourth new M car of the decade sets a new performance benchmark for a production car. The beauty of the M6 is also its ability to comfortably crush kilometres on a cross-country cruise.<p>The BMW M6 is the new standard-bearer for BMWs M car range, as well as the return of a much loved and highly regarded BMW badge. The latest M car features:<p> * 5.0-litre V10 engine producing 507bhp<br> * Seven-speed SMG (personally programmable)<br> * Lightweight body panels including carbon fibre roof<br> * 0  62mph in 4.6 seconds / 62  0 in 36 metres<br> * 155mph limited top speed<br> * MDrive Manager control settings <p>Like its predecessor - the legendary 1985 M635CSi  the new M6 resets the sports GT benchmark, with supercar performance, dispatching the zero to 62mph sprint in 4.6 seconds and achieving a limited top speed of 155mph. If derestricted, the M6 would be capable of a 200mph+ top speed. During tests at the famous Nrburgring Nordschleife circuit, the new M6 regularly clocked<p>eight minutes lap times. These rarefied performance statistics are, however, backed up by real world economy and efficiency - the new M6 delivers a combined EU fuel consumption of 19.0mpg and a CO2 rating of 357g/km.<p>Powered by the same 4,999cc engine that set new standards in the M5, the 507bhp power output ensures that the new M6 maintains the M car tradition of breaking the 100bhp per litre benchmark. Peak power is developed at 7,750rpm with the red line set at 8,250rpm. Peak torque of 520Nm is developed at 6,100rpm of which 450Nm is available from just 3,500rpm. The 90-degree V10 aluminium-silicon alloy engine block is extremely light yet robust and is the first V-arrangement engine to use a bedplate construction. The aluminium bedplate with cast-iron inlays ensures the engines rigidity throughout the rev range, but the complete unit still weighs just 240kg.<p>The capable chassis of the new M6 permits lateral acceleration in excess of 1g. To cope with such forces, the V10 engine features a lateral force-controlled oil supply that, from 0.6g of lateral movement, activates one of two electronic oil pumps to draw oil from the cylinder head and delivers it back into the sump to ensure perfect lubrication even in the most extreme situations. It is because of the extreme forces that can be induced by the M6 that the car also makes use of a semi dry sump lubrication system with an oil reservoir on each side of the front subframe.<p>Masterminding all the M6s engine electronics is one of the most advanced engine control systems ever developed. The MS S65 control unit coordinates all engine functions using three 32-bit processors that handle more than 200 million operations per second from over 50 incoming signals. Each of the 10 cylinders has its own throttle butterfly, with its position being monitored 200 times per second. Reacting to changes in throttle position, the butterfly can move from closed to fully open in a mere 120 milliseconds (approximately three times faster than the blink of an eye).<p>Like the M5, the new M6 also uses BMWs new third-generation seven speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) with Drivelogic. Drivelogic offers the choice of 11 different change patterns, depending on the speed of change required. Six change patterns are available in the manual mode and five in the automatic mode, in which the gearbox will automatically select the most appropriate gear depending on driving conditions.<p>The new SMG gearbox also offers safety benefits when downshifting on slippery surfaces. If it detects the rear wheels locking up, the clutch opens for a fraction of a second to ensure traction is maintained. Hill Detection is another SMG feature. In automatic mode, the SMG gearbox recognises that the car is travelling on an incline and holds gears uphill to maintain acceleration and selects lower gears when progressing downhill to make the most of the available engine braking.<p>The suspension of the new M6 is based on the standard 645Ci geometry. With the exception of components such as tie bars, wheel mounts and bearings, the double-arm spring strut front axle is made completely of aluminium. The U-shaped front subframe houses the rack and pinion steering assembly, anti-roll bar and track control arms.<p>The Integral IV rear axle assembly is also made from aluminium to reduce unsprung masses. In addition, the new M6 features BMWs variable, speed-sensing M Differential Lock. Featured on all current BMW M models, the M Differential Lock builds up locking action whenever one of the rear wheels begins to spin, channelling drive to the wheel with the most grip to improve handling and stability.<p>Electronic Damper Control is also standard on the M6. Offering the driver three suspension settings  Comfort, Normal and Sport, drivers can select the most appropriate setting for their driving style or road conditions. The new BMW M6 also features a BMW M version of Servotronic steering with two specific settings corresponding to the Electronic Damper Control settings, Sport or Comfort.<p>BMWs DSC stability control system has been adapted for the M6. Featuring M Dynamic Mode (first seen on the new M5), drivers can take their cars to the limit of the laws of physics, allowing considerable angles of controllable oversteer when circumstances allow.<p>The new BMW M6 comes with a Power button (pioneered in the M5) in the centre console. Initially the car pre-selects the P400 setting, delivering 400bhp for town or city driving, for example. Engaging the Power button modifies the response of the throttle and enables the P500 setting to deliver the full 507bhp generated by the V10 engine.<p>Control of all of these features has been brought together using the M6s MDrive Manager. MDrive allows the driver to pre-select specific settings for the Power button, SMG gearbox, DSC, EDC and Head-up Display. With one push of the steering wheel-mounted button, the driver selects his or her chosen character. For example, the car can be set up for an exciting 30 mile A-road drive to and from work or, on the other hand, for a city commute. More extreme settings can be pre-programmed for track use.<p>For a car with such potential, high performance brakes are needed and the new BMW M6 doesnt disappoint. Using aluminium double piston callipers and cross-drilled disc brakes, the car can stop from 62mph in just 36 metres and from 124mph (200km/h) in only 140 metres  equivalent to 1.3g deceleration.<p>Specially developed tyres ensure that the prodigious horsepower and braking power are transferred to the road. Measuring 255/40ZR19 on the front and 285/35ZR19 on the rear, the tyres are mounted on lightweight five-spoke 19-inch forged aluminium wheels, each weighing 1.8kg less than a normal cast alloy wheel.<p>Like other 6 Series models, the new BMW M6 uses a hybrid construction of aluminium, thermoplastics and SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound). This mixture of materials delivers an extremely rigid, yet light, body structure. The front wings are made of thermoplastics, the doors and bonnet of aluminium and the boot lid, SMC. Like the legendary M3 CSL, but unlike the 630i and 645Ci, the new BMW M6 also uses carbon fibre in the construction of the roof panel to reduce the weight yet further  this feature alone saves nearly 5kg and contributes towards the overall weight of just 1710kg.<p>Visually, the new M6 differentiates itself from the 6 Series by a deeper front valance with air intakes for the engine and brakes, more contoured sills and rear valance that includes a diffuser to increase aerodynamic efficiency. Nestling under the rear valance are BMW Ms telltale four rear exhaust pipes. To complement the changes in body styling, the new M6 is available in four exclusive M colours  Indianapolis Red, Sepang Bronze, Interlagos Blue and Silverstone alongside three other 6 Series colours.<p>Inside, the new M6 comes with fully adjustable M sports seats that include lumbar support and an adjustable backrest width as standard. They are covered in extended Merino leather, with the owner able to choose between Black, Silverstone or Sepang. As an option, full Merino leather can be specified in Indianapolis Red and Portland Natural Brown alongside the other three colours that includes a leather covered dashboard and Alcantara headlining.<p>The new BMW M6 also features BMW Ms version of the new Head-up Display system. Unlike the standard Head-up Display available on 5 and 6 Series models that offers navigation instructions and cruise control information, the system on the M6 projects driver-focussed information such as engine speed, gear selected and road speed directly into the drivers view, obviating the need for the driver to take his or her eyes off the road ahead.<p>The new M6 will go on sale towards the end of 2005. Dates and prices will be announced in due course. <p>-BMW Press through GermanCarFans.com

12-17-2004, 02:44 PM
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12-20-2004, 02:51 PM
im not sure if these wheels match the car quite right, i think the m5 wheels would look better

12-20-2004, 03:22 PM
wut is the fastest time at the ring...i know 8 mins and under is pretty fast but how much faster is the fastest time???

12-20-2004, 03:36 PM
i would probaly say its about 3-5 seconds off the m5's time, the m6 is heavier isnt it?

12-20-2004, 04:02 PM
niice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icon11.gif" BORDER="0"> that's an odd color in those pictures too, but i like it, nice departure from the regular silver <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

12-20-2004, 04:22 PM
looks wicked, nicest pics yet.... <p>I thought that the black covered part in all the other pics by the rear of the door was going to be a air vent or something, turns out to be nothing... strange.

12-20-2004, 04:53 PM
<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> are there any 0-60 times

Snake Vargas
12-20-2004, 07:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Dal</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i would probaly say its about 3-5 seconds off the m5's time, the m6 is heavier isnt it?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>The guys at GermanCarFans say that the M6 will be lighter, the 6er is lighter than the 5er at any rate. It should be faster, then.<p>Also, I like these wheels much more than the M5 wheels.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Alx1rl</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I thought that the black covered part in all the other pics by the rear of the door was going to be a air vent or something, turns out to be nothing... strange.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah, I was expecting something there. Maybe they just wanted to hide the way they were going to make the side skirt flaring join on to the body. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

12-20-2004, 07:46 PM
I really like the wheels, and they remind me of the ones on the M45 Sport!

12-21-2004, 01:09 AM
AutoCar Report:<p>BMWs mighty icon  the M6  is back with a vengeance. The new model, pictured here officially for the first time, arrives 16 years after the first-generation M635 CSi, pictured right, ceased production.<p>Due to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the new coup is revealed in our gallery, and should go on sale in the UK before the end of 2005 for around 70,000  8000 more than the four-door M5 upon which it is heavily based.<p>Prime targets for the new coup include the next Maserati Coup and the Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG. With power coming from the M5s extraordinary 500bhp 5.0-litre V10 engine, and a series of cutting-edge construction techniques to keep weight down, however, the new BMW may end up setting its sights even higher.<p>BMW bosses had hinted they were also considering a direct Porsche 911 rival. But Autocar was told that some of the top brass thought the M6 so good there was no need for such a car.<p>The M6s 40-valve, 90-degree powerplant, with dual-Vanos variable valve timing and individual throttle butterflies for each cylinder, retains the M5s 100bhp-per-litre state of tune. This gives Munichs new performance coup 500bhp at 7750rpm along with 384lb ft of torque at 6100rpm  171bhp and 52lb ft more than the existing 6-series flagship, the 4.4-litre V8-powered 645i. By comparison, the new Porsche 911 Carrera S musters 350bhp and 295lb ft.<p>With drive channelled to the rear wheels through BMWs seven-speed SMG robotised manual gearbox and electronic M differential, the M6 is claimed to be BMWs fastest-accelerating road car to date.<p>Official figures put its 0-62mph acceleration at 4.6sec  0.1sec faster than the M5. Insiders hint at a theoretical top speed beyond 180mph, although the M6 will be reined in electronically at 155mph. The secret to the performance is a comprehensive weight-saving programme that means the M6 tips the scales 45kg under the M5 at 1710kg, and provides it with a power-to-weight ratio of 292bhp per tonne  46bhp per tonne more than the 911 Carrera S.<p>As with the M5, the M6 offers an advanced DSC stability control system with two different settings  one for normal driving and the other offering later intervention for a more dynamic driving style.<p>The coup also gets the M5s Power button. Start the engine and you get 400bhp, but pressing a button by the gearlever unleashes the full 500bhp.<p>Features such as the Dynamic Drive system, which uses hydraulically controlled anti-roll bars to reduce body movements, and Active Steering, which alters the steering ratio dependent on speed, have been rejected on weight grounds. And the run-flat tyres are replaced by conventional rubber.<p>Together with the coup, BMW is also developing a convertible version of the M6 for launch in 2006.<p>And BMW is already looking to go one better. Along with the standard model, BMW is planning a more focused CSL version of the M6 with an even more powerful engine, likely to go on sale in 2007.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autocar.co.uk/Car/BMW/6-series/141244114314.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: AutoCar

12-21-2004, 03:11 AM
Totally agree with you! The car couldve been so much more aggressive. We always thought the sheet metal in front of the rear tires is hiding something cool, such as an air intake or something..now it looks like a giant pimple if you ask me. Where is BMW heading? This car looks so weak compared to the CLS55AMG...I would choose the CLS 55 over this any day.

12-21-2004, 10:46 AM
It looks good, but not very agressive as mentioned earlier. The trunk looks worse though, I'm not sure why. If the performance is good it should be a hit because other than the trunk this actually looks pretty good.

12-21-2004, 04:37 PM
i wonder when they are going to start testing the convertible.

12-23-2004, 09:57 AM

12-23-2004, 02:45 PM
the most beatiful BMW ever if you ask me

12-23-2004, 10:10 PM
uh, where did my derogatory post go?

12-25-2004, 11:09 AM
That car is nice and fast. What more do you need?

12-25-2004, 02:51 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Twisted</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That car is nice and fast. What more do you need?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i dunno, but for this much money, some people like might a car, that also, you know, isn't hideous

12-25-2004, 08:06 PM
I like the rims....doesnt realli look different to me... but hey i generalize too much.

Naga Royal Guard
12-25-2004, 09:29 PM
let them call it what they want, its just an automatic transmission, no clutch, no game <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0">

12-26-2004, 07:16 AM
true. one of the nice things about the smg, though, is that if you push the stick and hold it at one end it keeps the clutch engaged, which at least allows for clutch dump starts at red lights.

01-02-2005, 07:07 AM
first movie <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><A HREF="http://ftp://bmw:m5@" TARGET="_blank">http://ftp://bmw:m5@</A><br>M5board

01-02-2005, 11:06 AM
SMT is cool, and it is very fast, but its main problem as with every other robotized manual is that it isnt as smooth as automatic...<p>M6 looks good, back is still horribly wrong to me, but it has an nice and aggressive stance... Interior is also too much (shoudl I say too little?)...<p>I am sure it is an awesome car and I hope it will be an awesome ride for the driver as well...

01-02-2005, 11:16 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">first movie <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><A HREF="http://ftp://bmw:m5@" TARGET="_blank">http://ftp://bmw:m5@</A><br>M5board</TD></TR></TABLE><p>video doesnt work for me, even when i right click and save target....

01-02-2005, 11:24 AM
Seems to be some sort of FTP download, so perhaps special software needed? Anyone care to explain more?

01-02-2005, 11:28 AM
It should not have http:// in front of the url:<p>ftp://bmw:m5@

01-02-2005, 11:47 AM
Still looks good. I just wish they would paint the roof. It looks like it was done by some ricer who thinks that people won't believe its carbon fibre unless its left unpainted.

Naga Royal Guard
01-02-2005, 01:43 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>syclone</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">true. one of the nice things about the smg, though, is that if you push the stick and hold it at one end it keeps the clutch engaged, which at least allows for clutch dump starts at red lights.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>semi manual clutch, not bad <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">