2017 BMW M6 Convertible by G-Power
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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2016 BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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