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As with years past, BMW is celebrating Chinese New Year with the launch of a special-edition model, built specially for China . We’re pretty sure that most of you remember the very successful M3 Tiger Edition announced back in 2010. Now, as China officially enters the year of the horse, BMW is releasing the special-edition M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

Do not expect this special-edition M6 to offer numerous updates over a base M6 Gran Coupe. In fact, it is based on a model equipped with the Competition Package and it includes embroidered horse logos on the headrests.

The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition is limited to six units ,and each will carry phenomenal price of 2.77 million yuan — about $458,000 at the current exchange rates. To put that into perspective, the U.S.-spec BMW M6 Gran Coupe is priced at $115,000, so that is quite a hike.

BMW also announced that the same treatment will also be applied to 30 M5 sports sedans too. This version will be priced at 1.98 million yuan - or about $327,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M6 Gran Coupe and to see more of the M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

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Its true, Chris Harris started the year a little slow for our liking, but it’s getting better with every new Drive episode he shoots. This week, Harris put head to head three of the most powerful sedans out there: the Jaguar XFR-S , BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG .

The three sedans are all in the 550-horsepower area — 550 horsepower for the XFR-S, 560 horsepower for the M6 and 550 horsepower for the E63 AMG — so, based solely on this specifications numbers, it’s pretty difficult to know which one is the best. But, there are lots of other additional features that influence a car’s behavior on the road, and this is exactly what Harris wants to see: which car behaves the best in all driving conditions.

The three sedans were pushed to their limits on track, road and drag strip, so, as no surprise the video is another great show put together by Harris.

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Vorsteiner couldn’t ended the year without unveiling one last tuning kit that transforms the BMW M6 Gran Coupe into a mean-looking sports machine. As with all the other packages offered by the tuner, the upgrade kit offered for the M6 only includes updates to the exterior look of the car, but they were enough for a complete makeover.

All the new elements offered by Vorsteiner - front spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts and deck lid spoiler - were made in carbon fiber, so they will increase the car’s total weight. This way the car’s performance figures will remain unchanged, even if the car looks more aggressive and sportier. We’re not sure if any engine upgrades are also included in the program, but for sure that will be cool.

As usual Vorsteiner is also offering unique 19-, 20-, 21- or 22-inch wheels with widths ranging from 8.5 to 13 inches, plus a cat-back exhaust system that will improve the sound delivered by the V-8 engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 Gran Coupe by Vorsteiner.

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Back in March, Manhart Racing revealed its first tuning kit based on the new-generation BMW M6 . Today Manhart offers a second look to the sports coupe and came up with a more powerful, more aggressively looking M6 coupe.

The new kit is called MH6 700, which is a clear indication of the 700-plus horses at play under the hood. In order to obtain this amazing power increase, the Manhart equipped the 4.4 liter, V-8 engine with a "Stage 4" performance kit that includes a remapped ECU, a Carbon-Air-Intake-System, and a new exhaust system with downpipes, sports catalytic converters and sports rear silencers made of stainless-steel.

Thanks to all these updates, the V-8 engine delivers a total of 743 horsepower and 702 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power in tow, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph now only takes 3.8 seconds and it can now hit a top speed of 198 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW MH6 700 by Manhart Performance.

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The Nardo Ring is a high-speed test track located located at about 12 miles away from the Italian city of Nardo. The track measures 7.8 miles long and is divided in four different lanes, with neutral speed ranging from 62 mph in lane 1 to 149 mph in lane 4. The term "neutral speed" means that the driver can drive the car without turning the wheel.

This is a reason why this ring is the perfect place where you can go and travel with no problems at speeds above 300 km/h (186 mph). The folks over at Auto Bild recently invited a group of cars capable of hitting this speed in a test drive it named "Beyond 300 km/h." One of the cars invited was a BMW M6 Gran Coupe tuned by AC Schnitzer .

The M6 proved it was worthy of the invite, as it managed to hit a top speed of 328,9 km/h (204 mph). With this speed, the M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer becomes the fastest road legal BMW to lap Nardo.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer.

Aftermarket company, BBM Motorsport, has pulled the covers off of its new program for the BMW M6 Cabriolet and by all accounts, this is one of the more impressive takes we’ve seen of the German saloon.

The first order of business was to change the color of the M6, and BBM Motorsport called in SFT Carwrap for the job. With the latter responsible for the dress-up, the M6 Cabrio was treated to a fancy matte steel-blue body wrap and accented with gunpowder shades that came from SOTT / Arlon. A set of alloy wheels - 21-inch Breyton Spirit R types - was also installed, as was a KW suspension kit that keeps the car handling supremely even with all the power upgrades it received.

Speaking of such, BBM Motorsport wasted little time giving the M6 Cabrio a huge engine modification, something it achieved by remapping the ECU and installing a complete Akrapovic exhaust with carbon end pipes. With these upgrades, the aftermarket company was able to increase the output of the M6 to an insane 705 horsepower and 636 pound-feet of torque, a significant rise from the standard 560-horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque output of the standard model.

No performance numbers were given, but we assume the BBM Motorsport-tuned M6 is now capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 190 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the BBM Motorsport’s program for the BMW M6 Cabriolet

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In a historic finale to the 2013 MotoGP season, Marc Marquez was crowned world champion who also became the youngest ever to win the title. He managed to beat the reigning world champion in his rookie season, becoming the second rider to achieve this feat since Kenny Roberts in 1978.

Each year, BMW sponsors the racing series and the rider with the most number of pole positions is awarded a special "BMW M Award " in the form of a latest BMW M-Series . This year, the 20 year old Marquez was awarded a truly menacing BMW M6 Coupe in Frozen Black. What a rookie season it has been for Marc with the M6 being the icing on the cake.

Hopefully, Marc can handle this powerful four wheeler as well as he does powerful two-wheels sport bikes.

More details about the BMW M6 Coupe Frozen Black just past the jump

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What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan ? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo ’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW , Mercedes, Lexus , Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.


Hamann’s BMW M6 Coupe Mirr6r program was arguably one of the aftermarket stars back in March at the Geneva Motor Show .

Turns out, the popularity of the Mirr6r program compelled the German tuner to prepare another one; this time for the M6 Coupe’s cousin, the M6 Gran Coupe . Oh, and the car is on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show , making the Mirr6r program two-for-two in the two biggest auto shows of the year.

The cosmetic modifications look pretty similar to the first Mirr6r program with upgrades ranging from a 40 mm (1.6-inch) wide body kit, a carbon-fiber hood with its own air outlets, larger wheel arches, fresh bumpers, new side skirts, and of course, the completely ostentatious mirror-like finish of the body. Rounding out the exterior modifications is the set of 21-inch forged wheels, a new rear spoiler and a rear diffuser.

Moving inside, the treatment done on the M6 Mirr6r GC include a wide range of leather and Alcantara options that the customer can choose from. It’s this kind of custom upgrade that will really bring out the personality of the client as well as completely personalize the already attention grabbing nature of Hamann’s program.

Hamann didn’t announce any modifications to the drivetrain, so this M6 Gran Coupe retains the same 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers 560 horsepower — 575 horsepower with the Competition Package — and 502 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to launch the four-door coupe to 60 mph in as few as 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds with a manual transmission).

Click past the jump to read about the BMW M6 Coupe Mirr6r by Hamann

Drag racing has become so ingrained in the fabric of auto racing that you often see one taking place in pretty much all corners of the world.

But while the traditional setup often involves just a pair of cars duking it out for quarter-mile supremacy, Motor Trend has taken the concept of drag racing to a whole new level with its now famous annual installment of “The World’s Greatest Drag Race."

Now on its third installment, "The World’s Greatest Drag Race" pits not just two cars but a dozen of them. 12 of the fastest and most powerful cars you’ll ever come across, starting side by side together and racing to see who can cover the quarter-mile the fastest.

MT’s first installment of this race was won by the Nissan GT-R and it would’ve been 2 for 2 if not for the Lamborghini Aventador beating out to punch in the second staging.

But now, the list is fresh with new exotics, ready, able and willing to take the mighty GT-R’s top perch in the order. There’s an Aston Martin Vanquish , an Audi R8 V10 Plus , a Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series , a Porsche Carrera 4S , and an SRT Viper among the worthy contenders.

Oh, and yes, the Nissan GT-R is back for a third go-round to reclaim its title.

We’re not going to spoil you to action because it’s going to make for a compelling six-and-so minutes of your life.

And if you didn’t get a chance to see The World’s Greatest Drag Race 1 and 2, you can click past the jump to go check them out!


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