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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M6 Convertible.

Why it matters

MotoGP riders hardly need additional incentive to qualify well, but it’s still cool to see BMW get its cars out in front of the two-wheeled crowd. After all, the German brand already has a strong presence in the motorcycle world, with 2015 being BMW’s 17th season as the “Official Car of MotoGP.” The Bavarians also employ an M4 Coupe outfitted with water injection as the MotoGP pace car, while the M3, M6 Gran Coupe, M5, X5 M, and M550d xDrive Touring all have made appearances in this highest form of motorcycle racing. Finally, don’t forget BMW makes bikes too, like the S1000 RR, two of which are employed for safety duties.

BMW M6 Convertible

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The new BMW M6 Convertible was unveiled this year at the Detroit Auto Show, and it combines high performance with the kind of unlimited headroom a motorcycle racer can appreciate. Under the hood is a turbocharged V-8 with 560 horsepower, pushing the RWD drop-top to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and enabling an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The transmission is a double-clutch unit, while technologies like Drivelogic, Dynamic Damper Control, and an Active M Differential support the sporty handling characteristics.

This year’s M Award car is outfitted with double-spoke, 20-inch BMW M alloy wheels, a full fine-grain Merino leather interior finished in Opal White, and Ash Grain White wood trim.

Read our full review of the pre-facelift model here.

Press Release

Jerez de la Frontera, 2nd May 2015. BMW M Division, partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, presented the next highlight in its MotoGP involvement at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera (ES) today: the car to be presented to the winner of the coveted BMW M Award. Since 2003, the rider with the best qualifying results come the end of the season has been rewarded with an exclusive, individually customised BMW M car. This year too, a very special prize awaits the top MotoGP qualifier: the new BMW M6 Convertible, with individual extras. The exclusive high-performance car was unveiled today in the MotoGP paddock at the Circuito de Jerez.

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“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,” emphasised Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of the Commercial department at Dorna Sports, at the presentation. “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. I am certain that this stunning BMW M6 Convertible will be a coveted prize among the riders.”

“We are very proud that the BMW M Award is held in such high esteem within MotoGP,” said Axel Mittler, Head of Cooperation MotoGP at BMW M Division. “This award is also an important part of our long and successful partnership with MotoGP. For this reason, it is very important for us to provide a genuine highlight as the prize each year. For the 2015 season we opted for our new BMW M6 Convertible, which enjoyed its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show in January. We now have our fingers crossed for all MotoGP riders in the race for this year’s BMW M Award.”

The new BMW M6 line-up allows BMW M Division to restate its leadership in the high-performance luxury segment. The outgoing models had already set new benchmarks with the flawless balance of power, efficiency, agility, comfort and luxury that is typical of M models. And now the latest BMW M6 models, including the new BMW M6 Convertible, are is poised to write a fresh chapter in this success story, fuelled by an even more finely honed, well-resolved overall concept. Aboard the new BMW M6 Convertible, the driver experiences the perfect symbiosis of stunning performance and a refined convertible. The power comes courtesy of the 560-hp M TwinPower Turbo V8 petrol engine (combined fuel consumption: 10.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 239 g/km). The BMW M6 Convertible accelerates from 0 to 100 km/ in an impressive 4.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of (regulated) 250 km/h. Technology characteristic of BMW M, such as the double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, Dynamic Damper Control, and Active M Differential, guarantee sporty and perfect handling in any situation.

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The new BMW M6 Convertible for this year’s BMW M Award winner is also visually stunning. In its exclusive BMW Individual paint finish “Frozen Blue Metallic”, the convertible looks both ultra-dynamic and extremely elegant. This imposing appearance is reinforced by the Double-spoke style 20-inch BMW M light alloy wheels. The interior features BMW Individual full fine-grain Merino leather in “Opal White”, as well as BMW Individual interior trims in “Ash Grain White” real wood.

In 2015, the BMW M Award will be presented for the 13th time. Just like the points system for the races, riders at each Grand Prix weekend are awarded points relative to their positions in qualifying. Pole position is rewarded with 25 points, second place on the grid earns 20 points and third place scores 16 points – right down to one point for 15th. The rider with the most points at the end of the season wins the BMW M Award.

Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner are the current record holders, each with three BMW M Awards to their name. In 2013, Marc Marquez was crowned the youngest ever winner of the BMW M Award, and the first rider to receive this award in his first season at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. In 2014, Márquez won the BMW M Award for a second time. His compatriot Jorge Lorenzo has also earned the coveted title of top qualifier twice so far. Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden have both won the BMW M Award once.

The BMW M Award is one of the many pillars of BMW M’s long-term commitment to the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. At the centre of the partnership with Dorna Sports is the provision of the BMW M fleet. 2015 is BMW M’s 17th season as “Official Car of MotoGP”. This year’s fleet of official MotoGP vehicles consists of six BMW M and M Performance models. It is spearheaded by the BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car with innovative water injection technology. The BMW M4 Coupé, the BMW M3 and BMW M6 Gran Coupé are also employed as Safety Cars as well. A BMW M5 is available for the Safety Officer, while the new BMW X5 M and the BMW M550d xDrive Touring are used as Medical Cars. BMW Motorrad also provides two BMW S 1000 RRs as Safety Bikes.

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