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!

BMW M6 Coupe

In recent years we have all seen three pedal setups going the way of the three-on-the-tree gear shifter, as automakers have pretty much perfected the automatic transmission. Even those looking to save a few bucks in gas don’t even have to opt for the manual transmission anymore, as the difference between the two is negligible and sometimes automatics are even more efficient than their manual counterparts.

The thing is that some people – myself included – just like the feeling of control we have over the car when shifting a manual transmission and no dual-clutch, paddle-shit auto can fulfill our control-freak ways. This became a bit of a problem when BMW decided it was time to bring the M6 back to the States, as our European friends are just fine with its dual-clutch 7-speed automatic and BMW had no need to fit it with a manual. This brought some concern to those looking to snatch up the M6 the second it hits U.S. showrooms.

Well, it looks like BMW still pays a significant attention to its American market, as according to reports, there will be a 6-speed manual option on the America-bound BMW M6. There is a little uncertainty as to whether it will make it in time to be on the 2013 model year or if we’ll have to wait for the 2014 model year to see the 6-speed gearbox.

We’re willing to put a dollar on the fact that it will indeed make it into the 2013 model year , as BMW does not want to lose a portion of its 2013 M6 sales to us three-pedal connoisseurs. Either way, we are happy to see the M6 returning, goofy engine sound effects and all, but we really want to feel that 560 horsepower as we slam through the six gears.

We’ll update you the second we get confirmation on what model year will get the manual option.

In 2006, BMW ’s M division formed a partnership to provide the official safety cars for the MotoGP championship. Last year, a BMW 1-Series M Coupe was the official safety car at the Indianapolis MotoGP, but this year this role will be reserved for the brand new BMW M6 Coupe .

The new BMW M6 Safety Car will make its first public debut during this weekend’s (May 19-20, 2012) Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in Germany, a warm up for the upcoming M Festival’s M Corso event.

BMW hasn’t revealed any details on their brand new M6 Coupe Safety Car, but we believe it will get the same treatment as all the previous safety models. This treatment will include plenty of carbon fiber elements to make it lighter, an adjustable rear wing for improved downforce, a rollover cage, and new front racing bucket seats. There will also be a special exterior finish and lots of LED lights.

More details about the new M6 Coupe MotoGP Safety Car will be revealed during the weekend. Stay tuned!

The Geneva Motor Show never disappoints. Every year, we bear witness to some of the most amazing auto debuts on this event, and this year, it’s no different.

As far as sports cars and super cars are concerned, there were so many eye-popping debuts that literally made our heads spin. German sports cars, Italian super cars, special edition British super cars, and yes, there was even one exotic from Sweden that received an upgrade.

In this section, we’re going to dive into the sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The list runs pretty long so we suggest that you start heading over after the jump to check out which of these established brands made quite an impression on us at Geneva.

Find out more about the run-down of sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

BMW M6 GranCoupe

We’ve been speculating about a possible M6 GranCoupe ever since BMW has unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupe , but today, the car was caught testing for the first time to show as proof that all those speculations were correct. However, don’t expect to see the M6 Gran Coupe launched until the end of 2012. When that does happen, it will take on models like the Mercedes CLS AMG and the Audi S7 .

Just like the recently announced M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible , the next M6 GranCoupe will be powered by a 4.4 liter V8 that delivers a total of 560 HP and a peak torque of 500 lbs-ft. It has been rumored that the M6 Gran Coupe will get a power increase of about 20 HP, up to a total of 580 HP. The engine will be mated to a newly developed 7-speed double-clutch transmission and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The future M6 Gran Coupe will be distinguished by a more aggressive and sportier look, including more aggressive front and rear fascias with the usual M-type elements, larger wheels, and quad-exhaust system.

The new generation BMW M6 is preparing to rev its way to dealerships in Summer 2012 after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and its promising to be the most powerful super-coupe in BMW ’s history. Its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 552 HP and 502 lb ft of torque makes it capable of running its owner to their job on a daily basis, as well as running the track in superior fashion. That being said, a BMW insider has stated that the M6 should not be referred to as a "pure sports car." That designation should be left to the super car that the BMW M Division is trying to develop, again.

"M wants to build its own car. BMW has a great heritage of super-coupés and the M6 is the latest part of that. But we also want to do something that we can call a ’super sports car’."

By the time this M Division super car is ready to be launched, BMW is hoping it will take on vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with ease. BMW and its M Division have been trying to come up with a business case for the future super car for a long time, using the BMW M1 Hommage (pictured above) as a starting point. When that concept first debuted in 2008, it was rumored to get a powerful V10 5.0 liter engine capable of delivering 600+ HP, even though the original 1978 BMW M1 only pushed out 270 HP.

We figure that if BMW can attempt at least a happy medium between the original 270 HP and the rumored 600 HP, then the M Division’s super car may be a tough contender in the tough "pure sports car" market. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Source: Autocar

While many are sitting back, patiently waiting for the arrival of the BMW M6 , German tuner Alpina has been hard at work on a project that will shed some light on the future model. Their new B6 Biturbo Coupe may not be as impressive as the upcoming M6, which is rumored to deliver about 600 HP, but it’s here now. Plus, we’re sure Alpina left enough room for a new tuning package for the M6.

But back to their Alpina B6 Biturbo Coupe. The B6 is an evolution of the old 507 HP B6 cabrio , but uses an aluminum twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, equipped with MAHLE pistons and a high-performance cooling system. This setup is give for a total output of 540 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. With the extra power, the B6 Biturbo will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and will hit a top speed of 198 mph. Alpina has also opted for a Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that will make the car sound better than ever and, of course, a new set of 20" Alpina Classic rims fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

For the aerodynamic updates, the B6 BiTurbo Coupe has been fitted with a front spoiler, an integrated carbon fiber front splitter, and a rear spoiler with an optional rear wing. The interior was also revamped with a sport steering wheel, hand-stitched in LAVALINA leather, blue illuminated entry sills, a navigation system with preparation for Bluetooth mobile phone, USB audio interface, Xenon lights, and LED fog lights.

BMW M6 Convertible

It seems BMW has gotten the look of the BMW M6 just right after the questionable design used on the previous generation, so now it’s time for the Convertible version of the sports car to get testing. Our spy photographers were available to capture the drop top Beamer in a gray exterior paint, looking just about ready for its official debut.

The upcoming BMW M6 will feature a more aggressive design language defined by a larger air dam, a lower bumper, a new bullish nose, and a bulging bonnet with air intakes positioned at each corner. At the rear, the model will get quad exhaust pipes, a wider track, and a new bumper with an integrated rear diffuser. 20" wheels seal off the package.

As for the engine, BMW will be using the same turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 used in the M5 , however, the M6 will get about 600 HP, up from the M5’s 560 HP.

BMW M6 Coupe

The most powerful version in the BMW 6-Series line-up has been caught testing once again, this time wearing less camouflage than ever. The new BMW M6 will be launched by the end of this year and will be offered in both coupe and convertible versions.

Like with the BMW M5 , the M6 will be powered by a 4.4-liter V8 bi-turbo engine that delivers a total of 560 HP and 502 pound-feet of torque. It is expected to hit a top speed of about 186 mph, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is expected to be made in under 4.5 seconds.

The latest spy shots reveal the design of the front spoiler that is clearly more aggressive than the current 6-Series. Next to this, the new M6 will be distinguished by quad exhaust pipes, a wider track and bumper with integrated rear diffuser, and of course, the hallowed M6 badge.

Prior Design knows a thing or two about tuning BMW models, having done so with their previous works on the new 6-Series and the M5 .

Taking their experiences in hand, the German tuning firm has introduced their new program for the BMW M6, one that features an astoundingly flashy lime widebody kit.

Among the features included in the M6 package include a new front bumper lip, a pair of fenders, a pair of side skirts, a rear spoiler, a roof spoiler, and a trunk spoiler. According to Prior Design, all the parts included in the program are from Dura-Flex Epoxy Fiber Reinforced Plastic. This particular material comes with a top-grade surface finish that provides above-standard flexibility and high stability. And as an added option, customers can also avail of a new quad-tip exhaust system with an exclusive lime green finish with black racing stripes running along the center of the entire vehicle.

The powertrain for the M6 remains untouched, but it shouldn’t make much of a difference, especially for a car that already features a 5.0-liter V10 engine. This engine produces 500 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque with a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Flashy digs with a powerful engine? Sign us up!

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