Production of the BMW M6 has ceased, the Munich-based automaker confirmed last week for Autocar UK. Along with the flagship M automobile, the V10 naturally aspirated powerplant makes an early retirement as well.
The E63/E64 BMW M6 made its debut in a concept form at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It shares the same 5.0 L V10 S85 engine and SMG III gearbox with the E60 M5, and produces 514 hp (383 kW) at 7,750 rpm and 520 Nm (380 lb-ft) at 6,100 rpm.
The V10 unit makes the vehicle achieve a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h), but with an electronic limiter, the vehicle came to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The current M6 weighs 3,770 lb (1,710 kg), thanks to a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof panel as well as thermoplastic front wings, aluminum doors and bonnet (hood) and compound boot (trunk) lid.
In the 2010 model year, the M6 was the second-most expensive BMW sold in the U.S. after the 760Li ($137,000), with an MSRP of $108,150 for the convertible and $102,350 for the coupe.
Despite initial statements that a new M6 is out of the picture, sources close to the company insist that a new M6 is still on the table and the car will debut sometimes in 2013.
The next generation BMW 6 Series will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September.
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