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BMW readies 560bhp M6 for Frankfurt motor show

Production model expected at motor show this September, with sales beginning shortly after that

  • M6 gets to share its engine with the new M5
    The upcoming M6 gets to share its engine with the new M5. Which is good, because it’s a 560bhp 4.4-litre twin-Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • M6 gets to share its engine with the new M5
    Hidden from prying eyes is the new M6’s secret: the Active M Differential is electronically controlled for surImage Credit: Supplied picture

BMW is getting more and more confident by the day, stripping bits and pieces of the new M6 super-coupé’s clothes to reveal the body below. These are the clearest spy shots we’ve yet received, giving us a glimpse into the new M6.

To be available in both coupé and cabriolet body styles, the next M6 will mirror the M5, at least technically, while benefiting from its gorgeous new skin. Both the drop-top and the tin-top will have Audi R8-rivalling performance – and we’re talking the 5.2-litre V10-engined versions.

As you can see, the giveaway M6 hints here are the 20in alloys, but BMW’s made changes to the front and rear bumpers for aerodynamic gains. Underneath, the M6 will house the same 560bhp 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged engine found in the new M5.

It’s been specially tuned for this application, with twin-scroll twin-turbo technology nestled in-between the cylinder banks of the V8. The motor features direct injection and variable valve timing producing peak power between 6,000rpm-7,000rpm, while maximum torque of 680Nm begins twisting at the rear axle as early as 1,500rpm. Expect supercar-killing mid-range performance. Or any-range performance for that matter…

Since the M6 is touted more as a grand tourer, 0-100kph isn’t too outrageous, taking around 4.3 seconds, with a limited top speed of 250kph. But rest assured BMW will offer an optional M package that de-restricts the electronics for a top speed of well over 300kph.

The car will also come with a host of now familiar Efficient Dynamics gizmos, such as an auto start-stop function and brake energy regeneration. With a clever double-clutch transmission, the car will gain launch control, low speed assistance and a special parking mode.

To ensure the M6 handles at least as well as anything else out there, M settled for nothing less than its Active M Differential; which is electronically controlled to enable variable distribution of torque between the rear wheels, and can vary between 0 and 100 per cent of lock. In simple terms, press the M button on the steering wheel, and prepare for lift off.