The 2013 BMW M6 Convertible is all grown up, with a big drivetrain, copious bells and all the pesky baggage that comes with middle age.
2013 BMW M6 Convertible ExteriorIn addition to the aforementioned carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof the new M6 benefits from a hybrid construction of steel, aluminium and composite materials to give an immensely strong platform that’s remarkably light. In addition to the high strength steels used in the monocoque, the doors and bonnet are fashioned in aluminium while the front wings are formed in plastic. The boot lid, and the roof cover on the convertible, are made from an SMC fibreglass material.
At the front a new M apron with wide air-intake apertures provides the necessary cooling for the engine, while sharply contoured headlamps featuring the characteristic BMW Corona rings shine brightly thanks to the latest Adaptive LED headlight technology. The new M kidney grille, with its black slats and shape inspired by the double spoke alloy wheels, enhances the front end.
To the side, a 30mm increase in the front track has resulted in a significant swelling of the front wheel arches, with the familiar M gills behind them featuring chrome flares and indicator bars with the M logo. At the rear, the now-traditional twin pairs of exhaust pipes sit either side of the aerodynamically optimized diffuser.
2013 BMW M6 Convertible Engines and Transmissions
The new 2013 BMW M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible are equipped with the same high-revving, turbocharged V8 engine as the M5 Saloon. This revolutionary powerplant not only produces 53hp more than its ten-cylinder predecessor at 560hp, but it also benefits from a greatly improved torque output over a broad band of revs. It’s this 680Nm, available from as low as 1,500rpm to 5,750rpm.
The sophisticated, 4.4-litre engine also includes direct fuel injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double VANOS continuously variable camshaft control, all of which help it to rev to 7,200rpm. EfficientDynamics technology, the efficiency of the V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine is further improved by Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Active Aerodynamics amongst others, helping to reduce consumption and emissions by approximately 30 per cent.
The advanced transmission features two oil-cooled ‘wet’ clutches, offering near-seamless shifts. The DRIVELOGIC control offers three separate shift programs, both in automatic and manual modes, providing the driver with the best of both worlds whether they are looking for the sportiest selection of gears or driving comfort. M DCT also includes a Launch Control function, while in manual mode gears can be changed via either the M gear selector or via paddles on the M Sport steering wheel.
2013 BMW M6 Convertible Interior
The new M Sport seats, a lightweight design, feature an integrated seat belt system, electric seat adjustment, a pneumatic lumbar adjustment and manually adjustable under thigh support. Active head restraints also feature, and the M logo embossed into the shoulder area is the finishing touch. The cockpit is finished in fine grain extended Merino leather, with the dynamic styling of the 6-Series interior particularly suited to the role of an M car.
The driver’s environment is particularly sporty, with an instrument facia featuring the latest Black Panel technology, M dials with red needles and white instrumentation and the M logo. Should the driver raise their eyes they’ll see the M-specific Head-Up Display with its digital speedometer readout and speed limit identification, gear and rev counter and shift lights.