2016 BMW M6

2016 BMW M6 Exterior
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The BMW M6 makes its debut with a nip here and a tuck there.
  • BMW M6
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    560 @ 600
  • Torque @ RPM:
    501 @ 1500
  • Displacement:
    4.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    112000 (Est.)
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The BMW M6 entered its 3rd generation in 2012 when it debuted at the Geneva Auto Show. Compared to the previous model, it featured more aggressive styling in the front and rear, and the non-convertible variants had the weight-saving benefit of having a carbon fiber roof. For 2016, the M6 went through its mid-cycle update bringing it more in line with the other M models. It was still powered by the S63, 4.4-liter V-8 from the BMW M5 that delivers 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, but it was offered with new exterior colors and new interior leather shades. Furthermore, the M6 received LED headlights, Park Distance Control, and iPhone-look. With 560 ponies on tap and the 60-mph sprint taking just 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds if you prefer to go topless,) the M6 isn’t a bad way to spend $113,000 to $120,000.

Thanks to weight saving features like the carbon fiber roof, the M6 was actually about 44 pounds lighter than its M5 sibling. However, despite being lighter than the M5, the M6 Coupe was actually 309 heavier than its predecessor and the convertible was 110 pounds heavier than the previous-generation M6 convertible. The M6 was available with a decent list of options, but the most impressive is the Competition Package. It increases engine output by 40 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque to 600 and 516, respectively. With the competition package, the Coupe and Gran Coupe can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the convertible doing the same in four seconds. With the Competition Package, Bimmer also removes the 155-mph limiter, allowing the car to top out at 189.51 mph. Not bad.

Now that you know the main details, let’s take a closer look at the M6 and everything it brings to the table for 2016.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

Are we in store for more lightweight, track-focused M cars from BMW?

Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.

As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.

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2017 BMW M6 Convertible by G-Power

2017 BMW M6 Convertible by G-Power

Does G-Power have another record-breaker on its hands?

The BMW M6 Convertible may suffer from a lack of identity – is it a sports car, a luxury convertible, or both? But nobody can deny that the German automaker has done the car some favors by blending an aggressive design with serious performance capabilities, bulk and mass notwithstanding. That two-hit combination has propelled the M6 Convertible into a legitimate choice in its segment, and the public has responded in kind, giving the car enough appeal to stand on its own amidst a cacophony of challengers waiting to knock it down a peg or two. The M6 Convertible’s appeal isn’t just limited to customers; it’s also become an attractive project for aftermarket tuners, a lot of whom have taken to building tuning programs for the two-door drop-top. One such tuner, G-Power, is even bringing one to the year’s biggest auto show in Geneva.

As you can imagine, G-Power’s program for the M6 Convertible is getting some prime real estate space in the venue. That in itself is a pretty big deal considering the wave of debuts and unveilings that will take place later this week. To its credit, G-Power is bringing the goods too, packing the M6 Convertible with power and performance upgrades that befit the tuner’s status as one of the best business.

The results are what you’d expect from a tuner like G-Power. Think the M6 Convertible’s standard output of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque are enough? Well, think what a tuner that’s known for record-setting performance numbers is capable of. After all, this is the same company that’s responsible for developing the fastest BMW sedan and the fastest BMW 1 Series, among other notable projects. This latest program for the M6 Convertible is just the latest in a long line of impressive kits. Who knows, it might even set a record of its own once put through its paces.

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BMW M6 Stars in Pennzoil JOYRIDE Tundra: Video

BMW M6 Stars in Pennzoil JOYRIDE Tundra: Video

Just when you thought the JOYRIDE series couldn’t get any better

Pennzoil started making its JOYRIDE series back in 2015 with Airlift Drift and the Prequel short film that followed it. Since there’s been a Joyride Baja and a Joyride Circuit as well – all short films depicting a mysterious driver doing some outrageous maneuvers. The newest video in this series is dubbed Joyride Tundra, and it stars one of our favorite cars: the BMW M6.

I won’t ruin the video for you because you have to watch it for yourself to get the full effect, but if you’re a fan of drifting or simply pushing a performance car to its very limits, we’ll this video might give you a bit of a stiffy. And, the best part is, all these wild maneuvers through this frozen tundra is said to be 100-percent real. That’s right; there’s no CGI or other video trickery here.

One thing I will say is that the BMW M6 apparently does really well on snow and ice. Then again, you don’t really have to worry about smashing into anything when your “open road” is a massive space between to mountains. Then again, there’s some pretty drifting going on here too. So with that said, turn up the volume and get ready to watch your favorite, but completely mysterious, driver tear up the Canadian Tundra.

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2016 BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition

2016 BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition

BMW announces its sixth "Celebration Edition" model.

BMW has been celebrating its 100th anniversary by releasing a bunch of money-snatching, limited-edition models. It was just earlier this month that Bimmer released the 320d Celebration Edition “Style Edge,” which was essentially a standard 320d with some M Performance body add-ons and a Piano Black Interior, with an extra $10,000 added to the invoice. Now, just a couple weeks later, BMW is releasing the BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition.

So, is this special-edition M6 another one of those money-grabbing “celebration” models? Well, of course it is, but it does come with a little more than the aforementioned 320d “Style Edge” Highlighting the list of enhancements is a power and torque increase, along with BMW Individual coloring outside and some parts thrown into the mix from M Performance. It will be produced in left-hand drive configuration, but pricing information comes in the form of the Yen, so don’t expect to get your hands on one if you live in the U.S.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at this special-edition M6 and talk about all the little things that make it so special.

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2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by G Power

2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by G Power

German tuner has power options for discerning M6 Gran Coupe owners

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe represents the pinnacle of the Bimmer’s 6 Series family. In a lot of ways, it’s also the model that represents everything BMW stands for as a pioneer in the auto industry, bridging the sporting performance of the M family with the luxury credentials of the 6 Series lineup and the technological pioneering of the German automaker as a whole. So the M6 Gran Coupe is an important model for BMW, which is why it is surprising that we don’t see a lot of tuning kits for the model compared to other BMWs.

So thank goodness for G-Power, right? The German tuner made its bread by building programs for BMW models and this latest kit is another step towards strengthening that legacy. It doesn’t have any aerodynamic kits to speak of. It doesn’t even have any interior modifications. But neither of those things are G-Power’s forte. The tuner’s meal ticket are its engine modules and it’s given plenty of other BMWs the extra power they’ve needed to really become instruments of power, luxury, and performance.

Now it’s the M6 Gran Coupe’s turn and for better or worse, the variety of engine programs that are available should give owners plenty to choose from. Good, better, best; it doesn’t matter. G-Power has you covered whichever direction you take.

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BMW M6 GT3 Getting Final Test Runs Ahead Of Racing Debut In Australia: Video

BMW M6 GT3 Getting Final Test Runs Ahead Of Racing Debut In Australia: Video

The pressure is on for the Z4 GT3’s successor

When BMW decided to retire the Z4 GT3 race car in 2015 after five years spent competing in races all over the world, the German automaker decided to switch things up a bit by replacing it with a GT3-spec version of the 2016 BMW M6. The racer, predictably dubbed the M6 GT3, made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of its first season in motor sports.

Now that the 2016 racing calendar is scheduled to begin, the pressure on the M6 GT3 to live up to the success of its predecessor is becoming more and more palpable. That’s even the case in Australia where the car is scheduled to make its racing debut in the opening round of the GT Championship in Adelaide on March 5, 2016.

So as the days draw closer and the pressure mounts even higher, BMW Team SRM drivers Steve Richards and Max Twigg spent some time putting the race car through its paces on behalf of BMW Australia. Considering how much BMW has invested into the M6 GT3, anything less than wins and competitive finishes would be deemed a disappointment.

Remember, the Z4 GT3 scored 32 overall wins and 27 class victories during its time as BMW’s resident GT racer. That’s a really high bar for the M6 GT3 to reach, but if the car is as good as Richards and Twigg both say it is, then we could be looking at the next great GT race car.

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2016 BMW M6 GTLM

2016 BMW M6 GTLM

There is some sort of racing for just about everything that has a motor. And while there might be a limited number of governing bodies for riding lawnmower racing, car racing has a dizzying number of organizations, each with its own set of rules. And that means that even though BMW has already built a version of the M6 to conform to the FIA’s GT3 regulations, a new car will have to be built in order to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This is a fairly new Championship, with its inaugural season having just happened in 2014. The Championship is actually just the result of the merging of the American Le Man Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Since the series has its roots in the American Le Mans Series, the “LM” that you see in the name of the car stands for “Le Mans,” and the whole GTLM class is really just a copy of ACO’s GTE class for Le Mans and Le Mans series racing. The M6 GTLM is based heavily on the M6 GT3, but it is not as similar as the old Z4 GT3 was to the Z4 GTLM.

Updated 01/282016: BMW Team RLL today revealed two commemorative 100th anniversary liveries for the new M6 GTLM race cars. The new livery pays tribute to the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL which claimed the first victory at Daytona.

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2016 BMW M6 Convertible By Noelle Motors

2016 BMW M6 Convertible By Noelle Motors

The great thing about unheralded aftermarket companies like Noelle Motors is that it doesn’t have to live up to the pressure of having a well-recognized name. But, even with the bar not being set as high as most of its established brethren, Noelle Motors’ new program for the BMW M6 Convertible may be just as good - if not better - than what we’ve become accustomed to in the industry. Then again, it’s not like Noelle Motors has no experience whatsoever. A quick look at its website shows a series of impressive programs for the entire BMW model lineup. That’s a pretty good indication that the company, under the leadership of Karl-Otto Noelle (the former head of engine development at Alpina) knows what it’s doing.

So, is there anything worth raving about with this program for the M6 Convertible? As I said, this kit is certified aces. It doesn’t have any of the cosmetic upgrades that some tuners have, nor does it have anything that resembles “improvements” in the cabin of the M6 Convertible. But, what it does have is an engine program that takes the car’s 4.4-liter, bi-turbo V-8 engine and bumps up a power improvement that will make the G-Powers and Alpinas of the world applaud.

A lot of people might not know about Noelle Motors today, but if it can build off of the momentum of this tuning kit, it’ll only be a matter of time before the tuner gets the recognition it deserves.

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2016 BMW M6 Convertible By G-Power

2016 BMW M6 Convertible By G-Power

Known for its propensity to cook up some of the most astounding performance programs in the business, G Power is back at it again with a kit that can help the M6 Convertible become one of the fastest and most powerful drop-tops in the world.

The tuning firm’s Bi-Tronik 2 kit comes with enough engine modifications to add over 200 horsepower on tap of the high-powered convertible’s existing 516-horsepower output. Power has always been G Power’s MO in the industry so this kind of kit is to be expected, especially when the car in question is the M6 Convertible.

On its own, the M6 Convertible already has enough horses under its hood to take down the competition. But for some people, in this case, G Power, “enough” isn’t really “enough” if there’s still room for improvement. That’s the kind of mantra that G Power lives by and it’s showing yet again just how good it is at turning BMWs into certified rockets on wheels. All told, the company’s Bi-Tronik 2 kit is a real game changer in the aftermarket scene.

Sure, there are no hints on how much the program is going to cost, but expect it to be a little higher than the amount you’ll need to pay for a standard BMW M6. That comes with the territory of having a G Power tuning kit that helps enhance the M6 Convertible’s performance capabilities.

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2016 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition

2016 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition

The BMW M6 has long been a niche car that has catered to buyers who are more than willing to spend extra cash to remain true to the brotherhood of M loyalists. That was evident from 1983 to 1989, when the first incarnation of the M6 was sold, and continued on when BMW brought back the high-performance model in 2005. It’s been 10 years since the M6 returned to our lives, and BMW is taking the opportunity to once again showcase the prowess of the luxury sports coupe by launching the M6 Competition Edition at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The M6 Competition Edition lives up to its designation, thanks to a racing-inspired styling theme that complements the extra performance juice given to it by BMW. It also has some components from BMW Individual, which added some splashes of luxury to the car. As far as special editions are concerned, this one has all the makings of a car that lives up to its exclusivity.

BMW’s only building a total of 220 units of the M6 Competition Edition. The good news is that of the 220 units, 100 have been earmarked for the U.S., with the remaining 120 units allocated worldwide. The BMW M6 Competition Edition will only be available in select BMW retailers for $164,900 plus destination and handling.

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2016 BMW M6 GT3

2016 BMW M6 GT3

By the time the first-generation M6 made its debut in 1983, BMW had already been racing the 6 Series for three years. The company’s vehicle of choice for the race course was the 635 CSi, which spent more than a decade on the track between 1980 and 1992. The coupe scored 26 overall wins and 7 class victories in more than 600 races that included many endurance events. Although the 6 Series nameplate returned for the 2006 model year with V-8 and V-10 engines, the new coupe didn’t follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and never made it onto the track on official terms. That will change in 2015, when BMW rolls out a GT3-spec version of the 2016 BMW M6 for GT Endurance and Sprint racing.

Based on the road-going model but equipped with an aerodynamic body kit and race-bred internals, the M6 GT3 comes in to replace the venerable 2010 BMW Z4 GT3. The latter has been serving BMW factory teams and privateers with great success since 2010, but Munich is ready to add a new chapter to its motorsport saga. Already shown to BMW Motorsport teams in Europe and the U.S., the M6 GT3 has made its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show wearing the brand’s iconic purple, blue, and red livery.

Updated 09/15/2015: The new BMW M6 GT3 made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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BMW M4 Vs. BMW M6: Video

BMW M4 Vs. BMW M6: Video

For the longest time, the M3 and M5 were the only two M cars you could buy, but now the M badge has proliferated across the BMW lineup. What was once the just the M3 has now spawned the M4. The M6 comes in both coupe and four-door coupe flavors. Want a faster SUV or crossover? Look no further than the 2015 BMW X5 M and 2015 BMW X6 M. And that’s not even counting M Performance cars like the 2014 BMW M235i or the upcoming M2 sport coupe and M7 fast full-size sedan. I might need a new “M” key by the time I finish typing this.

For my money the M4 and M6 Coupe are probably the two most desirable M cars in the current range, and the two came together for this half-mile drag race caught on camera by the Bay Area Racing YouTube channel. By the looks and sounds of the two, they’re far from stock. Both wear Vörsteiner body kits and wheels. I’m normally not a body-kit-kind-of-guy, but the kits for both cars land in good place on the understated/obnoxious continuum.

In stock form, the M4’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, straight-six engine puts down 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 in the M6 produces 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. We’re not sure how much power these two are making, but we imagine it’s a good bit more than that. Both drivers stomp the loud pedal after a rolling start, and get on with the job of making it to the other end of the half-mile stretch of runway as quickly as possible. Can the lighter M4 hold off the (presumably) more-powerful M6? Watch and find out.

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2016 BMW M6 Competition Package

2016 BMW M6 Competition Package

In the 2014 model year here in the U.S., BMW added the Competition Package to the M6 lineup. Now, with the 2016 M6 rolling into dealers, the German automaker has released an updated version of the Competition Package that carries a much bigger stick.

It’s odd to see BMW put this much work into the M6, which fits a pretty narrow niche and doesn’t have a plethora of competitors breathing down its tailpipe. However, the 15-horsepower bump and the slight suspension tweaking of the previous Competition Package likely wasn’t too enticing to buyers, so I assume this is the reason for giving it a significant boost for 2016.

So, what does this faster version of the already super-fast 2016 BMW M6 have to offer and will it finally be worth the added scratch that BMW is asking for it?

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BMW Unveils M6 Convertible Special Edition For MotoGP

BMW Unveils M6 Convertible Special Edition For MotoGP

Every year since 2003, a single talented MotoGP competitor has been presented with the BMW M Award, an annual honor bestowed upon the rider with the best qualifying results for the season. In addition to bragging rights, the award includes an exclusive, customized M car, making for quite the accolade. This year’s four-wheeled trophy was unveiled at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuito de Jerez in Jerez de la Frontera, and comes in the form of a brand new BMW M6 Convertible decked out in Frozen Blue Metallic paint and practically dripping with high-end extras.

“The BMW M Award is one of the highlights of every MotoGP season – every rider wants to be the one to receive this outstanding prize at the end of the year,” said Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of the Commercial department at Dorna Sports. “The unveiling of the winner’s car here in Jerez has become an important tradition for us. The entire MotoGP family is very excited about it, and BMW M Division has surprised us again this year with a truly breath-taking car.”

2015 will mark the 13th presentation of the award. The recipient is determined via a points system not unlike that used in the championship, with 25 points awarded for pole, 20 points awarded for second place, 16 points for third, and so forth, all the way to one point for 15th. The winner is determined at the end of the season.

Notable past recipients include Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, both of whom have earned the BMW M Award three times. Marc Marquez has two awards to his name, taking the honor as the youngest ever winner in 2013 and following it up with another win in 2014. Jorge Lorenzo also has two BMW M Awards, while Sete Bibernau and Nicky Hayden both have won it once.

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2016 BMW M6

2016 BMW M6

The BMW M6 entered its 3rd generation in 2012 when it debuted at the Geneva Auto Show. Compared to the previous model, it featured more aggressive styling in the front and rear, and the non-convertible variants had the weight-saving benefit of having a carbon fiber roof. For 2016, the M6 went through its mid-cycle update bringing it more in line with the other M models. It was still powered by the S63, 4.4-liter V-8 from the BMW M5 that delivers 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, but it was offered with new exterior colors and new interior leather shades. Furthermore, the M6 received LED headlights, Park Distance Control, and iPhone-look. With 560 ponies on tap and the 60-mph sprint taking just 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds if you prefer to go topless,) the M6 isn’t a bad way to spend $113,000 to $120,000.

Thanks to weight saving features like the carbon fiber roof, the M6 was actually about 44 pounds lighter than its M5 sibling. However, despite being lighter than the M5, the M6 Coupe was actually 309 heavier than its predecessor and the convertible was 110 pounds heavier than the previous-generation M6 convertible. The M6 was available with a decent list of options, but the most impressive is the Competition Package. It increases engine output by 40 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque to 600 and 516, respectively. With the competition package, the Coupe and Gran Coupe can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the convertible doing the same in four seconds. With the Competition Package, Bimmer also removes the 155-mph limiter, allowing the car to top out at 189.51 mph. Not bad.

Now that you know the main details, let’s take a closer look at the M6 and everything it brings to the table for 2016.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Java Green

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Java Green

BMW Abu Dhabi is quite the busy bee nowadays. The company’s main division in the United Arab Emirates is not just selling Bimmers like hotcakes, it is also building large amounts of bespoke vehicles for its customers. Abu Dhabi is known as a metropolis with a massive thirst for luxurious and custom means of transportation — and even supercars turned police cars for that matter — and BMW is among the many companies supplying such creations. We’ve already seen a specially tailored M3 and M235i leave the showroom floor in October 2014 with numerous M Performance accessories and Individual paint jobs, but those were just the tip of the iceberg.

BMW Abu Dhabi is now showcasing yet another custom rig, this time around based on the fast and luxurious M6 Gran Coupe. Needless to say, the four-door coupe surpasses both the M3 and the M235i we saw earlier this month in terms visual and mechanical enhancements. In fact, I will even go as far as to say this is the most beefed-up Bimmer the dealership has delivered so far. That’s because it is more than just a factory-tuned vehicle, but an aftermarket project altogether. Read on to find out why.

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2010 BMW M6 Convertible "Stormtrooper" by Vilner

2010 BMW M6 Convertible "Stormtrooper" by Vilner

We’ve always known Vilner to be an off-key tuner that specializes in dressing up interiors. Apparently, it’s also a fan of Star Wars, which may or not be surprising depending on your allegiance to the movie franchise. The Bulgarian tuner is such a fan that it decided to get an early start on Episode 7 promotions by giving the BMW M6 Convertible a Stormtrooper treatment.

Before Star Wars junkies get too excited, the program is actually a one-off, build specifically for one customer who offered his last-generation M6 to receive the aftermarket program. In other words, it’s a unique project that will be sold on a limited number. No more than 10 cars, according to Vilner.

The BMW Stormtrooper is actually the second project Vilner has made of this dramatic scale. Remember last year, when the company introduced the Bullshark? Seems like a long time ago, right?

Vilner followed that up with the Stormtrooper, a convertible version of the Bullshark that might have the same design idea, but has dramatically different applications.

The result is nothing short of eye-catching, and that may even be putting it lightly.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe By G-Power

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe By G-Power

G-Power continues to do wonders for the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. Because of its work on the model, it’s not surprising that the German tuner jumped at the chance to work on another M6 Gran Coupe.

The tuning firm’s new Bi-Tronik 5 system is a step up from the Bi-Tronic-III V2 kit that we previously saw on the M6 Gran Coupe back in 2013. Part of that "step up" is a noticeable bump in output that should ring music to the ears of M6 Gran Coupe owners. All the cursory modifications are also there, including upgrades for the wheels, brakes, and suspension system.

But the most noticeable and surprising modification happened on the car’s interior. Who knew G-Power had the knowledge to create a multi-functional cabin that features an eclectic yet effective package featuring fine leather, Alcantara, iPads, and an iMac that comes with Apple TV? It’s a pleasant shift from what we’re used to with G-Power and it’s a big reason G-Power’s program for the M6 Gran Coupe has our unbiased seal of approval.

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2014 BMW 6 Series By Prior Design

2014 BMW 6 Series By Prior Design

Prior Design is a well-known tuner that specializes in upgrading German metal. Many recent Mercedes, Audi, and BMW models have gone under Prior Design’s knife and come out modified quite handsomely. We recently reviewed the BMW M6 GranCoupe, customized by Prior Design and came away very impressed. Its latest offering is for the true two-door version of the 6 Series. Prior Design upgrades are marketed as mostly aerodynamic enhancements, but these upgrades simultaneously give the modified cars a stunning, show-worthy, tuner look.

This Prior Design BMW 6-series is a prime example. While the stock 6 Series is one of the better-looking BMWs of today, with clean lines and a slippery shape, the Prior Design team dramatically increases this already-pretty car’s street presence, all the while helping it cut through the wind in an even easier fashion with sharp, functional aerodynamic upgrades.

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The BMW Driving Experience is the Fun Version of Driver's Ed

The BMW Driving Experience is the Fun Version of Driver’s Ed

A high-performance driving school is more than a fun thing to do. It could also save your life. A great example of this is BMW’s Ice Power Training Driving Experience. For European BMW owners, you can spend a day or two flogging slightly modified M3s around a frozen lake to learn about how to handle a car on less-than-ideal surfaces.

BMW does offer classes for lots of other things like teen drivers, high-performance track driving, and they have an M performance school too. While all those sound amazing, the video that BMW released of its ice school trips all my triggers, and pushes just about every button I have. If you have ever wondered what a BMW M3 rally car might look like, just watch the video after the jump.

I highly recommend that any owner of a high-performance vehicle like an M5 or a Porsche 911 take some sort of driving class.

After the jump you can also find out more information about the other BMW driving schools for those of you that live on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Click through for video evidence of fun and information on how to join in.

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2014 BMW Individual M6 Coupe "Fire Orange"

2014 BMW Individual M6 Coupe "Fire Orange"

Give BMW Individual a black auto canvas and the group will do wonders with it. We’ve recently been inundated with a lot of its works and now, we’re being treated to the latest sample of BMW Individual at its finest. This time around the BMW M6 Coupe is that canvas the German automaker’s personalization group is working on, specifically designing it for DTM driver Marco Wittmann.

The Fire Orange paint finish of the M6 Coupe is absolutely stunning, bringing out that fiery sportiness of the M6 Coupe. Remember, this vehicle is about as powerful as any BMW in the market today, capable of producing 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Mixing that much power with a color that in itself emits a fireball-like rage is like drawing a moth to a flame. You just can’t take your eyes off of it!

With respect to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe that BMW Individual introduced last month, we actually like this one a lot better. Maybe it’s because we’re biased to the color orange and as far as we’re concerned, BMW Individual really brought out the goods on this personalized M6 Coupe.

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2014 BMW M6 GranCoupe PD6XX By Prior Design

2014 BMW M6 GranCoupe PD6XX By Prior Design

The folks over at Prior Design have been rolling out some great mods lately, and we’re not talking just about the White Phoenix kit for the 2014 Audi R8. No, the company’s PD550 package for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is way cooler, especially for bringing a Black Series-like look to the four-door coupe before the company even thought about doing it. The German specialist is also known for having a thing for BMWs. It has been modifying anything from compact 3 Series to the larger 7 Series in the past, but, more recently, the tuner turned its focus to the M6 GranCoupe, the four-door coupe we’ve already had an in-depth look at.

As with most Prior Design projects, the M6 GranCoupe received a more aggressive appearance via a body kit that changed everything from the bumpers to the fenders, and added a brand-new hood and a trunk-lid spoiler. The larger rear diffuser blends perfectly with the bumper’s lateral air outlets, and a set of beefier wheels and tires are in place to make sure this M6 stays glued to the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 GranCoupe PD6XX By Prior Design.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by BMW Individual

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by BMW Individual

BMW’s personalization group, BMW Individual, is up to its old tricks again. Fresh off of revealing its take on the 4 Series Gran Coupe, BMW Individual has announced its latest piece of work, a customized BMW M6 Gran Coupe that has been finely dressed in a Frozen Red metallic paint finish.

Proving that subtle changes often make the best impact, this finely crafted 6 Series Gran Coupe not only gets a new fancy color, its door handles were also detailed in dark chrome to provide a nice complement to the fancy red look of the car. A BMW Individual Manufaktur signet in the Hofmeister kink was also added to ensure that the car retains its true personalized character.

Inside, the upgrades are fancier and more noticeable, beginning with an Opal White, full fine-grain Merino leather on the seats, contrasted by Sakhir Orange stitching. More interior trims include a Piano Black finish with accents in Frozen Red on numerous sections of the interior, as well as a new doorsill finisher with the BMW Individual Manufaktur signet and Opal White floor mats to match the color of the upholstery. Even minor areas, like the cup holders, now have a Piano Black trim. Another subtle addition it the embossed signet of the BMW Individual Manufaktur in teach headrest.

Overall, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe in Frozen Red Metallic is a nice take on what a fancy customization of the luxury sports coupe should look like. Hopefully, this package goes to market soon because you can bet that a lot of customers will be interested in it.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 GranCoupe.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition

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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Video: Chris Harris Tests the Jaguar XFR-S, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Video: Chris Harris Tests the Jaguar XFR-S, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

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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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe By Vorsteiner

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe By Vorsteiner

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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2013 BMW MH6 700 By Manhart Performance

2013 BMW MH6 700 By Manhart Performance

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 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer Becomes the Fastest BMW at Nardo

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer Becomes the Fastest BMW at Nardo

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.

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2013 BMW M6 Cabriolet by BBM Motorsport

2013 BMW M6 Cabriolet by BBM Motorsport

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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2013 MotoGP M Award Winner Gets BMW M6 Coupe Frozen Black

2013 MotoGP M Award Winner Gets BMW M6 Coupe Frozen Black

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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Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

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.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Mirr6r GC by Hamann

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Mirr6r GC by Hamann

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’scousin, 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’sprogram.

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).

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Video: Motor Trend Hosts World's Greatest Drag Race 3

Video: Motor Trend Hosts World’s Greatest Drag Race 3

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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2013 BMW M6 Bi-Tronic III V2 by G-Power

2013 BMW M6 Bi-Tronic III V2 by G-Power

When G-Power released the first M6 Bi-Tronic III kit, we were rather impressed by the stunning 640 horsepower and 573 pound-feet of torque the tuner was able so milk from the 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Well, color us astounded, as G-Force went right back into the garage and churned on the Bi-Tronic-III V2 kit for the F13 M6 that makes this one of the fastest and most powerful M6 models on Earth.

G-Power added in a new ECU tune and a high-flow exhaust system to extract 710 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm, and 656 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm from the fire-breathing BMW V-8. That’s an unthinkable 150-horsepower and 156 pound-feet gain over the already awesome base M6. With this mammoth amount of power in tow, the M6 Bi-Tronic III sprints to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 10.8 seconds and hits a top speed of 186 mph — a 31 mph gain. Unfortunately, G-Power did not make light of its 0-to-60 mph time, but we’re sure it is far better than the stock 4.1 seconds — likely, it is around 3.5 seconds (0.3 seconds faster than the original Bi-Tronic III M6).

G-Power went to great lengths to also enhance the handling, braking and look of the M6 with additional components. Keeping the M6 glued to the road are 21-inch G-Power Hurricane forged wheels with 265/30 Z-Rated Michelin tires up front and super-wide 305/25 Z-rated Michelin rubber out back. Making sure the body roll is minimal and that maximum rubber touches the road is the GM6-RS G-Power coil-over suspension

G-Power also added in a ceramic braking package that reduces unsprung weight and brake fade for optimal stopping power without negatively affecting the car’s handling.

Click past the jump to read more details on the M6 Bi-Tronic III by G-Power

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2013 BMW M6 by AC Schnitzer

2013 BMW M6 by AC Schnitzer

German tuner AC Schnitzer announced a new upgrade package for the entire BMW M6 lineup: coupe, convertible and Grand Coupe. With the new tuning kit, AC Schnitzer wanted to prove that the model was specially designed for more: more power, more torque, more speed and more aerodynamic.

As expected, AC Schnitzer spent most of its time under the hood of the M6. The tuner updated the 4.4-liter V-8 engine to deliver a total of 620 horsepower and 582 pound-feet of torque — up from the stock 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. With the extra 60 horsepower the M6 can now hit a top speed of 189 mph - up from the base 155 mph. Additionally, AC Schnitzer announced that the Gran Coupe variant now carries a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.1 seconds — 0.1 seconds faster than the standard model.

The extra power required extra driving dynamics. To help in this area, AC Schnitzer installed a new suspension spring kit that lowers the car’s ride by 15 mm (0.59 inches) up front and 25 mm (0.98 inches) at the rear.

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

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Dubai Police Adds to its Collection With a Ford Mustang and BMW M6

Dubai Police Adds to its Collection With a Ford Mustang and BMW M6

So the Dubai Police didn’t really have a Bugatti Veyron in its ranks. While we were undoubtedly disappointed about that, it didn’t take long for us to move on from it.

But now some more interesting news because the world’s most awesome fleet just got even more awesome!

New photos were taken of a pair of additions to the already impressive list of supercars that have been commissioned by the Dubai Police. This time, it’s a BMW M6 and a Ford Mustang, two high-powered models that should fit in with the already impressive roster of supercars employed by the law enforcement agency.

At this point, it’s becoming more and more like a "what’s next?" proposition for these folks.

And for our money, we expect a few more German vehicles added there before the dust settles. Possibly an Audi or a Porsche? Maybe even an SUV, perhaps?

Click past the jump to read about the super police cars the Dubai Police has in its hands

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2014 BMW M6 Competition Package

2014 BMW M6 Competition Package

Along with the new 2014 BMW M5 Competition Package, the M6 is also going to receive a Competition Package for 2014. The new package will be put on sale this July and was specially designed to enhance the M6’s handling properties and performance.

The Competition Package starts by adding an extra 15 horsepower under the hood, so the high-revving V-8 engine now delivers a total of 575 horsepower. Once the output was increased, BMW engineers made extensive modifications to the chassis setup. They have installed improved suspension and damping systems and retuned the stabilizer bars for added rigidity. As a result, the M6’s ride has been lowered by around 10 mm (0.39 inches) and body roll is greatly reduced.

The M6 Competition Package also adds an Active M Differential with its own control unit that ensures a more direct mapping to enable firm and secure contact with the road. The car is offered with exclusively designed 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and a sport exhaust system with the customary M twin tailpipes in black chrome.

Thanks to the new Competition Package, all the driving dynamics attributes of the M6 have been increased to their highest level.

Updated 05/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

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2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Launch Edition

2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Launch Edition

It looks like the Canadian market received lots of attention from Bimmer today. After the 335i M Performance Edition we announced earlier, BMW Canada then announced the M6 Gran Coupe Launch Edition. The model was built in cooperation with BMW Individual and marks the launch of the M6 Grand Coupe into the Canadian market.

The M6 Gran Coupe Launch Edition is finished in an exclusive Pure Metal Silver paint combined with two-tone upholstery for the interior. The seat centers, lower dashboard and door inserts are offered in Merino Silverstone, and the seat bolsters, center console, upper dashboard and carpeting are offered in black.

The front and rear seats, dashboard, and the upper door parts are wrapped in black leather with contrasting Silverstone stitching. The rest of the interior is trimmed in a deep luster of BMW Individual Piano Black. As a standard feature, the M6 Launch Edition comes with a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

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

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2013 BMW M6 Frozen Black MotoGP Edition

2013 BMW M6 Frozen Black MotoGP Edition

BMW’s involvement in MotoGP is well-chronicled, having been bestowed the title of "Official Car of MotoGP" for the past 15 years.

Seeing an opportunity to commemorate the occasion, BMW and MotoGP have partnered up yet again to present a special one-off BMW M6 to the best MotoGP qualifier at the end of the season. This particular collaboration has actually been going on since 2003, but this year, they’re upping the ante with a pretty incredible prize.

The special-edition M6, which was recently unveiled at the Spanish Grand Prix, is dressed in a fancy Frozen Black Metallic exterior to go with an equally fancy set of 20-inch matte-black, light-alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the interior of the M6 Frozen Black carries a unique combination of carbon fiber trim with leather upholstery in Merino and Sakhir Orange. Oh, and don’t forget the M multi-function seats, the heads-up display and the GPS navigation capabilities.

No performance mods were given to this unique M6, so you can expect it to be powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With those numbers, the M6 is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

Click past the jump to check out the safety cars that have participated in MotoGP over the years.

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2013 BMW M6 by Royal 1 Motorsport

2013 BMW M6 by Royal 1 Motorsport

We obviously care a great deal about our cars and the way they look. Some of us, though, opt for something a little more along the lines of eye-catching, so steps are taken to further improve the car’s aesthetics relative to its stock features.

R1 Motorsport believes in the same thing. Why settle for a standard BMW M6 when you can turn into one of the meanest cars on the block? To its credit, R1 Motorsport answered that question in resounding fashion, dressing up the German sports car in a satin black finish that’s about as menacing as it gets this side of matte black.

You can’t deny that the M6 looks a lot nastier than what it did in standard guise. Add that to the M6’s 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque with a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph, and you have a true sports coupe - a big and mean one - that can make other sports cars in its path squirm with fear.

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2013 BMW MH6 S Biturbo by Manhart Racing

2013 BMW MH6 S Biturbo by Manhart Racing

Most people don’t take a look at the 2013 BMW M6 and think “this car needs to be faster.” However, the mad tuners over at Manhart Racing have decided to do just that.

They are working on a program for the M6 called the MH6 S Biturbo. The program sets the tuner loose on the car working to take its performance to the moon.

After they finish with the car, it will put 700 horsepower to the pavement and an Earth-moving 664 pound-feet of torque. We believe that all this power should be enough to launch the MH6 from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.5 seconds. We also expect an Autobahn-dominating top speed of around 198 mph.

To accomplish the higher output a high-performance twin-turbo system replaces the stock system on the otherwise stock 4.4-liter V-8 engine. In order to keep the exhaust flowing freely, MAnhart installed a complete exhaust system, including a new catalytic converter and Manhart’s end-silencer to keep the exhaust sounding throaty, but not overbearing.

All the straight-line performance is great on a drag strip, but what happens when you decide to take it on a curvy road? Well, to keep the car handling well in the twist, the tuner fitted a complete coilover kit to the car.

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2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe MotoGP Safety Car

2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe MotoGP Safety Car

Over the past 15 years, BMW has been the official safety car of Moto GP. The partnership has lasted that long and judging by the recent unveiling of the new safety car for the 2013 season, the bond between BMW and Moto GP are as strong as it’s ever been.

This year, the official safety car of the Moto GP season is a BMW M6 Gran Coupe. Sporting the traditional BMW safety car colors of white matched with strips of red, blue, and light blue, the 6-Series Gran Coupe Safety Car looks like it’s ready to lay down the safety standards for the 2013 season.

Considering that competitors will be on high-powered bikes, this 6-Series Gran Coupe also has a powertrain - a 4.4-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine - that can match wits with those two-wheeled rockets. That engine is good for 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, and mates to a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission. This provides the M6 Gran Coupe a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe Moto GP Safety Car is ready to hit the track when the season officially kicks off this weekend at the Grand Prix of Qatar.

BMW has built a lot of safety cars over the years. Check out a couple of other models that also served as Moto GP safety cars after the jump

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2013 BMW M6 by Manhart Racing

2013 BMW M6 by Manhart Racing

The new BMW M6 seems to be much appreciated among tuners, as we have lost count of all the tuning kits we have seen lately. A new one has been announced today by the guys over Manhart Racing who announced a performance boost and some new wheels.

Under the hood, the tuner offers four different upgrade stages. In stage 1, the only update made is software optimization that increases the total output to 620 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Stage 2 adds some downpipes that will help deliver an extra 20 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque to the Stage 1 kit. In Stage 3, the tuner adds an additional MHR axle back Sport end-silencer and a Carbon Air Intake System that increase the output to a total of 670 horsepower, while the peak torque goes up to 582 pound-feet. In Stage 4, customers will receive an additional MHR performance box that increases the total output up to 700 horsepower and the peak torque up to 634 pound-feet.

Alongside the performance upgrades, the tuner also offers a set of wheels sized 9.5-by-20 inches up front and 10.5-by-21 inches at the rear. They are combined with a classical coil-over suspension or coil-over springs.

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2013 BMW M6 Mirr6r by Hamann

2013 BMW M6 Mirr6r by Hamann

Swiss tuner, Mansory, may be the king of the over-the-top aftermarket programs, but Hamann’s new "Mirr6r"program for the BMW M6 may just give Mansory a run for its money.

To say that the Mirr6r program is shiny can be a little bit of understatement. The chrome finish on the body is definitely eye catching, if not glaring when parked under the sun. But that’s not the only thing special about the Mirr6r program because Hamann went to great lengths to ratchet up the aggressive look of the luxury sports car. Notice the new bonnet on the M6 that was installed by Hamann. That one, like the rest of the new components the German tuner added to the M6, is made of carbon fiber.

The program also gives the M6 a wider look, extending the width of the car by 40 mm (1.57 inches) to go with a more pronounced stance. Hamann also did a great job in re-sculpting the M6 in such a way that its lines flow across the side skirts with its air intakes all the way to the rear spoiler, including the integrated carbon Venturi diffuser. And for added downforce, a new carbon rear spoiler was introduced. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 21-inch ultra-light forged wheels with a choice of either “Edition Race” or “Unique Forged Formula” and wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires to ensure top-caliber grip, steering precision and cornering ability.

Inside, Hamann used numerous leather Alcantara applications to refine the cabin space of the M6 while also adding aluminum pedals and foot rests. As an added option, the German tuner can also install a host of optional accessories, including illuminated trims in chrome.

No engine upgrades have been announced yet but Hamann said that it’s still tweaking the engine’s performance. So stay tuned for that one.

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2013 BMW CLR 6M by Lumma Design

2013 BMW CLR 6M by Lumma Design

With its 560-horsepower V-8 engine, the BMW M6 is one Bimmer that needs no upgrades. That’s just our opinion, of course, because German tuner, Lumma Design, seems to think it needs a little something. The tuner has prepared a CLR 6M package and it will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The tuner limited the upgrades to just the M6’s exterior and the interior, and the package can be applied to both coupe and convertible models. The aerodynamic kit includes a new front bumper with large air intakes and a full-carbon hood with venting slots. For the rear, the tuner added an optimized rear diffuser and a stainless-steel exhaust system with a total of four tail pipes measuring 100 mm (3.9 inches) in diameter.

For the exterior, Lumma offers front and rear wheel arch extensions that perfectly fit the new 21-inch sport wheels wrapped in wide tires that measure 275/30R21 on the front and 325/25R21 on the rear.

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Video: Chris Harris Puts the BMW M6 Against the Mercedes SL63 AMG

Video: Chris Harris Puts the BMW M6 Against the Mercedes SL63 AMG

You probably already know that when it comes to whaling on cars, Chris Harris is our favorite. When compared to the guys over Top Gear, as he likes to have a little more fun behind the wheel and his reviews are always more interesting to watch – all due respect to the boys at Top Gear.

In his latest episode of his show, he put two amazing sports coupes — the BMW M6 and the Mercedes SL63 AMG — head to head. The two sports coupes deliver a combined output of about 1,100 horsepower (560 horsepower for the M6 coupe and 537 horsepower in the SL63 AMG) and, according to Harris, they "are the ultimate super-heated GT cars; fast enough to match a 911 Turbo, comfy enough to cruise a continent."

Watch the video to see which of the two sports car he considers being the best. Let us know if you agree with him!

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G-Power Offers Individual Interior Design for the BMW M6

G-Power Offers Individual Interior Design for the BMW M6

Usually G-Power is the kind of tuner that makes quite an impression on us, but this time they managed to underwhelm us a bit. So the question is, how did G-Power went from offering cars like the Hurricane to offering individualized interiors? We can only find one answer to this question: there are people with a lot of money out there that need another way to separate their money from their wallets!

What you see in here is a BMW M6 interior designed using the tuner’s new individual interior design — a program that allows the customer to fully customize the M6’s interior, which is a good thing sometimes. In this case, however, our eyes are now numb from staring at the sea of grey that G-Power created. Much like a responsible tattoo artist, G-Power should have looked at this customer and said “are you sure that’s what you want?” but, we’re sure G-Power will produce some knockout examples too.

The interior can be fully trimmed in a combination of premium Kjerba Nappa leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber. The front seats, rear seats and the door panels receive contrasting stitching and numerous G-Power logos will constantly remind you of who did the work. Along with the upholstery work, the tuner offers individual Entertainment, Infotainment and Business Packages that will further customize the interior of the M6.

Before you get really disappointed, we have some good news for you. The example car comes equipped with the SK III RS twin-supercharger system that increases the engine’s power to an impressive 750 horsepower and raises top speed to 223 mph.

Here’s to hoping that G-Power releases some images of some slightly less mind-numbing interior upgrades. This all-grey deal is just an odd one to feature.

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Video: 2013 BMW M5 vs 2013 BMW M6 Coupe

Video: 2013 BMW M5 vs 2013 BMW M6 Coupe

The latest episode of “Car and Driver: Abroad” put together two of the most impressive models offered by BMW in 2012, the M5 sports sedan and the M6 Coupe. The two are compared exterior, the interior and then, of course, taken to the race track and pushed to their limits.

The M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph. The same engine is also used for the M6 Coupe, but the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.2 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph, or 189 mph with M Performance Package activated.

Which one do you think is the best? Check the video and you will find out!

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2013 BMW M6 6R by Risden Engineering

2013 BMW M6 6R by Risden Engineering

Risden Engineering isn’t really a household name in the auto tuning industry relative to all the big names that are out there.

But when you’re talking about performance upgrades, these guys do it with a capital ’P’.

Their latest foray into the world of aftermarket upgrades is a track-focused program for BMW’s resident luxury sports coupe, the mighty M6 Coupe.

Details have been scarce at this point, partly because Risden is targeting a launch by the first quarter of 2013, but we expect nothing less than a complete juicing up of pony power, in addition to a possible weight reduction, a suspension improvement, and aerodynamic upgrades, all of which Risden has been known to be extremely awesome at.

Judging by the photos, the aero components certainly speak for themselves. There’s a new front bumper with its own spoiler, new fenders with multiple air outlets, a trunk lid spoiler, an enormous rear wing, and a vented rear bumper with what looks like a new diffuser and trapezoidal twin tailpipes.

That’s our observation based on the photos Risden Engineering released. It doesn’t mean we’ll see the exact same thing, but we’re confident that these guys will have a completed program that will blow the lid off of any expectations we may have of it.

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2014 BMW M6 GranCoupe

2014 BMW M6 GranCoupe

Shortly after unveiling the 6-Series Gran Coupe at the end of 2011, BMW has started testing the most powerful version in the series: the M6 Gran Coupe. Today, after about one year of testings, the M6 Gran Coupe finally made its official debut today.

As with any other M6 model in BMW’s lineup, the Gran Coupe will be distinguished by a more aggressive and sportier look compared to the standard model. The list of changes will include more aggressive front and rear fascias with the usual M-type elements, larger, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, and, of course, a quad-exhaust system. The interior will also be updated with the same usual M elements: sports seats, a new M cockpit, lots of Alcantara and carbon fiber.

UPDATE 12/17/2012: BMW has unveiled a new video (above) revealing the interior features of its new M6 Gran Coupe. The model will come with M sports seats with integral belt guides, Merino leather upholstery and much more.

Updated 06/19/2013: BMW U.S.A announced today prices for the M6 GranCoupe. Click past the jump to see how much you have to pay for one.

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2013 BMW M6 Coupe

2013 BMW M6 Coupe

BMW has officially unveiled the third generation M6, in both coupe and convertible versions. The M6 badge was first used back in 1987 and since then, the model has evolved into a powerful, athletic, focused, luxurious and efficient sports car. On the US market, the M6 Coupe was the last to arrive and went on sale in the late Summer of 2012 as a 2013 model.

As many rumors suggested, the new M6 has dropped its V10 engine in favor of a new 4.4-liter V8 equipped with M TwinPower Turbo Technology. Despite its lower capacity, the new V8 develops a total of 560 HP (an increase of 5 HP over the previous model) and a peak torque of 500 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a newly developed 7-speed double-clutch transmission designed to handle the high torque and high revving nature of the engine.

The new M6 Coupe will be immediately recognized as an elegant and sporty 6-Series, but it gets the usual M styling design cues that make it look sportier and more powerful. These elements include wider air intakes, stunningly contoured headlight units, the newly designed M kidney grille, which bears an "M6" badge, and powerful 19-inch M light-alloy wheels.

UPDATE 11/20/2012: BMW USA has transformed the M6 into the most interesting project: an M print. Using very interesting technology and Matt Mullins, Chief Driving Instructor of the BMW Performance Driving School, behind the wheel, the M6 was used to create unique autographs for M fans nationwide. Check out the the video after the jump!

Hit the jump to read more on the BMW M6 Coupe.

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The Future BMW M6 GranCoupe Fully Exposed

The Future BMW M6 GranCoupe Fully Exposed

BMW will unveil the new M6 GranCoupe online next month and the world debut will be made in January 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. Just recently, the M56 GranCoupe was fully exposed during an event at Nurburgring. Fortunately for us, some savvy folks had the chance to shot some images of the M6 GranCoupe and shared them with the rest of the world.

The next M6 GranCoupe will be powered by the same engine as the standard M6 models, which is a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with an output of 553 horsepower and a peak torque of 501 foot-pounds delivered between 1,750 and 5,750 rpm. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) that will send the power to the rear wheels.

When compared to the standard 6-Series GranCoupe, the M6 version will get a more aggressive front and rear fascias with the usual M-type elements, larger wheels, and a quad-exhaust system.

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Spy Shot: Would You Happen to be the BMW M6 Gran Coupe?

Spy Shot: Would You Happen to be the BMW M6 Gran Coupe?

Okay, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is really not a big secret. Heck, some savvy photographers caught it frolicking in the snow a few months ago. At that time, the Gran Coupe was all covered up with psychedelic livery, so you couldn’t make out what was really going on with the body.

An even savvier photographer recently caught an image of what appears to be the M6 Gran Coupe up in the air at BMW being worked on (above). There is a small chance that this is simply a 6-Series Bimmer converted into an M6 Gran Coupe. If that’s the case, then that is the cleanest conversion we’ve ever seen, so a conversion is doubtful. What’s even better is that this spy shot has no camouflage at all, so we get a look at this alleged 560-horsepower beast in all of its glory.

Granted, most of the cool stuff is under the hood and it pretty much looks like a 6-Series with flashy M6-like rims, but still, it’s an uncovered shot nonetheless. So salivate away guys and gals, as this is probably the cleanest shot that we’ll see of this beauty until BMW decides to unveil it to us.

We’ll continue to scrounge around for more images of this upcoming Bimmer.

Photo Credit: Auto Gespot

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BMW recalls 2013 M5 and M6 models

While most people are still waiting to receive their BMW M5 or M6, BMW North America has just issued a recall for these exact model, at least the ones produced between July 2012 and September 2012. According to BMW officials, a total of 696 vehicles in the US are potentially affected.

According to the official statement, the issue "involves the engine oil pump. The pump driveshaft can separate from the pump rotor. If this were to occur, the engine could experience a sudden loss of oil pressure which could cause severe engine damage."

However, it is very easy for the driver to become aware of the problem. "If the vehicle experiences a sudden loss of oil pressure, a low oil pressure warning indicator is displayed in the instrument cluster, along with a warning message in the control display."

BMW is advising its clients not to drive the M5 or the M6 until the recall is completed. Customers who discover an engine loss to their car are advised to carefully pull over to the side of the road and shut off the engine. In this case, contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269. During the recall, deliveries of these models will be stopped.

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