With almost one month before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, BMW has unveiled the first details on the first generation M6 . The Convertible version will be the first to arrive on the US market, with sale to begin in June 2012.
The new generation M6 Convertible will be distinguished by a more powerful and sportier appearance, thanks to its special M design cues elements: a newly designed M kidney grille featuring an "M6" badge, larger air dam and lower bumper and a new set of 19-inch M light-alloy wheels. The interior gets a newly developed M sports seats, Merino extended leather upholstery, door sills with "M6" lettering, an M driver’s footrest and exclusive carbon fiber interior trim. The car’s roof is made from natural color Carbon Fiber Composite and comes painted ina dark color. It can be operated at speeds of up to 25 mph and takes 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close again.
In terms of power, BMW has opted to transfer the turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 - first used in the M5 - over to the M6. This engine will deliver a total of 560 HP (a 5 HP over the previous generation) and a peak torque of 500 lbs-ft. The engine will be mated to a a newly developed 7-speed double-clutch transmission and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
UPDATE 04/19/2012: BMW USA has placed online the configurator for the M6 Convertible. This gives you the possibility to customize the sports convertible the way you like it: you can choose the exterior and the interior colors, the wheels and of course the optional packages.
UPDATE 06/04/2012: BMW USA has unveiled a new video featuring their latest M6 coupe and convertible models. "BMW M has always been the model of driving performance. 40 years of work has led to the all-new BMW M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible. Generating 560 HP and 500 lb. ft. of torque, these vehicles provide the most distilled driving performance ever and set a new standard for BMW M." Enjoy!