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BMW Teases New M6 Gran Coupe

Plenty of power, plenty of space.

by on Dec.13, 2012

BMW will join the fray in Detroit to formally introduce the new M6 Gran Coupe.

BMW has been signaling for some time plans to add an M version of the well-reviewed new 6-Series Gran Coupe. And it’s giving us a first look ahead of the new models debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

The M6 Grand Coupe will fill one of the few blank spaces left in the Bavarian maker’s performance line-up. Of all its wide range of offerings, BMW has said it has no intention of adding an M7 – instead turning to Alpina for a performance version of its flagship sedan.

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The new M6 Gran Coupe shares powertrains with the M5 and M6 models, drawing power from a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 producing a neck-snapping 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – which hits its peak at just 1,500 RPM, BMW notes.  That’s enough to launch the 4-door variant of the 6-Series coupe from 0 to 60 in just 4.1 seconds – on the way to a limited top speed of 155 mph.

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BMW Confirms M6 Gran Coupe – Shows First Images

Formal debut scheduled for Detroit.

by on Nov.12, 2012

Some Photoshop tweaking reveals a bit more detail than BMW intended with this first teaser of the M6 Gran Coupe.

There was a time when only a select group of BMW models wore the vaunted M badge.  But with plenty of buyers ready to fork over tens of thousands of dollars more for the added power and prestige it was little more than a matter of time before we expected to see the new 6-Series Gran Coupe get the upgrade – as BMW North America CEO Ludwig Willisch all but confirmed in an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com earlier this year.

The wait is almost over. The latest M-Series model will officially make its debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. And with an assortment of spy shots leaking out, BMW has decided to release a teaser image of its own of the M6 Gran Coupe.

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The pics leave plenty to the imagination, as does the corporate press release.  BMW wants to ensure it can draw the media hordes to its booth at Cobo Center in barely two months time. But among the things we have discovered is that the M6 Gran Coupe will deliver a full 560 horsepower, or 115 more than the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 found in the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe.

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BMW Has Big(ger) Plans for its High-Performance M Brand

Maker also hopes to see extensive use of fuel-saving carbon fiber technology.

by on May.24, 2012

Expect an M version of the new BMW Gran Coupe, the maker's U.S. CEO tells TheDetroitBureau.com.

Even as it gets set to launch sales of its new M6 model, BMW is looking at ways to further expand its  high-performance brand-within-a-brand, a senior executive told TheDetroitBureau.com.

Once limited to a handful of limited-production offerings, BMW now offers M versions of more than half of its line-up – with several key omissions, including the flagship 7-Series, but that may soon change, noted Ludwig Willisch, CEO of the maker’s North American sales subsidiary.

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Willisch said he also expects the maker to eventually make extensive use of strong and lightweight carbon fiber, perhaps even in such models as BMW’s best-seller, the 3-Series.

The German executive was in Santa Barbara for the first U.S. media drive of BMW’s new M6 and Gran Coupe models.  The latter is a 4-door version of the maker’s classic coupe, the 6-Series – and intended to go up against the likes of the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS.

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BMW Hits Record for Q1; Porsche

Makers sidestep crisis in Europe.

by on May.04, 2012

New products, like the M6 and 6-Series Grand Coupe, shown here at their Geneva debut, are driving record sales and earnings.

Despite the worsening economic crisis in Europe there was good news for two of the Continent’s most exclusive automotive manufacturers – BMW, in particular posting all-time record earnings for the first quarter.

Porsche, meanwhile, saw its own operating profit for the January to March quarter surge “only” 18% — that driven by strong demand for the Cayenne SUV despite near-record fuel prices in the key U.S. market and other parts of the world.

It was difficult to find anything that didn’t work out well for BMW during the first quarter – after the maker captured the luxury sales crown both in the U.S. and on the worldwide market in 2011. The first-quarter net profit was up 18% compared to year-earlier figures, to 1.34 billion euros, while pre-tax earnings were up 22%, to 2.08 billion euros.  The maker’s EBIT, or Earnings Before Interest and Taxes, rose 19%, to 2.13 billion. And revenues jumped 14%, to 18.29 billion euros.

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“We have recorded the best first-quarter figures ever — for sales volume, revenues and earnings — in the BMW Group’s corporate history,” said Norbert Reithofer, chairman of BMW’s management board, in a statement from the maker’s Munich headquarters.

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BMW Sets Sales and Profit Records

Maker forecasting even better 2012.

by on Mar.09, 2012

New products, like the M6 and 6-Series Grand Coupe, shown here at their Geneva debut, should yield another good year for BMW, the maker predicts.

A mix of new products and a resurgent luxury market paid off handsomely for the BMW Group last year, the Bavarian maker reporting all-time records for sales, unit volume and earnings.

While there were a few weak points, 2011 marked some significant milestones, company officials noted – BMW notably pushing past rivals Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, for the first time, to become the best-selling luxury brand in the critical U.S. market.

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“The past year has been the best year in the BMW Group’s corporate history, proclaimed Norbert Reithofer, the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “We have achieved new sales volume, revenues and earnings highs, and exceeded our targets.”

With additional products, notably including the all-new 3-Series on tap for 2012, the BMW Group forecasts that sales volumes will continue to develop positively in the current year.

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BMW Muscles Up with New M6

Maker offering both coupe and convertible models.

by on Mar.07, 2012

BMW tech chief Klaus Draeger reveals the new M6 (l) and Grand Coupe

There was a time when BMW’s vaunted M products were in short supply, European performance fans sometimes having to wait a year or more for one of the exclusive models as they came and went from production.

Not anymore.  While individual products might have brief gaps between  model changeovers the overall M line-up is growing fast – even faster if you include the new M Performance line-up, such as the maker’s new M550d triple-turbo diesel-powered rocket ship that is on display at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The formal introduction of that brand-within-a-brand was one of several big announcements at Geneva’s PALExpo Convention Center this week, but the big news was clearly the unveiling of the next-generation BMW M6.

Based on the 6-Series Cabriolet that came to market early last year, and the Coupe that followed soon after, it is the most-powerful two-door BMW has ever offered, with its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 making 560 horsepower – a full 20 hp more than the same engine currently churns out under the hood of the BMW M5.

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First Look: 2012 BMW M6

Most powerful M model ever.

by on Feb.13, 2012

 

BMW will launch the new M6 Convertible first.

The BMW M6 is back after a two-year absence, with the performance version of the German convertible scheduled to reach U.S. showrooms in June, just in time for open air weather.

The BMW M6 Convertible will bear a 2012 designation, the M6 Coupe will be badged a 2013 model, however, when it lands in the States late this coming Summer.  Both models, the maker claims, will deliver track-level performance while setting “new benchmarks in dialing driving comfort…and fuel efficiency.”

 

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The third-generation M6 models – which go into production a quarter-century after the original – will share the most powerful engine ever fitting into a production model from BMW M GmbH and will introduce an innovative Active M Differential to optimize rear axle power transfer.  But while the new engine will bump up horsepower by 10% over the prior M6 V-10, and torque by 30%, fuel economy is also expected to improve by 30%,

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