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BMW announces end of M6 production

BMW M6 | September 8th, 2010 by 15
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Press Release: BMW M GmbH has announced the end of production of the BMW M6 Coupé and the BMW M6 Convertible. The two high-performance models provide …

Press Release: BMW M GmbH has announced the end of production of the BMW M6 Coupé and the BMW M6 Convertible. The two high-performance models provide the most exclusive opportunity to experience on normal roads the hallmark athleticism of M vehicles combined with drive and chassis technology inspired by the world of motor racing. In total 14,152 examples of these high-performance sports cars were built: 9,087 units of the Coupé, which launched in 2005; and 5,065 Convertible models, presented the following year.

With the departure of these two fascinating and exceptional athletes and the already discontinued fourth-generation BMW M5, production will now also cease for the unique V10 high-rev engine. For years the 373 kW/507 hp powerplant has set the benchmark for delivering sheer power in cars that are both highly dynamic in character and symbolic of the outstanding expertise of BMW M GmbH in developing high-performance engines.

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For two years in succession, 2005 and 2006, the ten-cylinder unit took overall victory in the prestigious Engine of the Year Award, and in the two years that followed achieved first place on each occasion in the category for engines with displacement above 4 litres.

The stand-out feature of this unique engine, developed exclusively for the BMW M5 and BMW M6 models, is power delivery that is both extremely dynamic and smooth even at higher loads. Output is developed from a 5-litre displacement split between ten combustion chambers, with the two banks of cylinders cranked at 90 degrees to one another. The engine delivers maximum output at 7,750 rpm, with engine speed eventually peaking at 8,250 rpm, and it has maximum torque of 520 Nm. In addition to the high-rev concept, a number of other technological details – electronically-controlled individual throttle valves, an ionic current control system and lateral force-controlled oil supply – were also directly derived from motor racing.

In much the same way, design principles of chassis technology and lightweight construction also found their way from the race track to the road. In the case of the BMW M6 Coupé, for example, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) – a material that largely owes its introduction in the automotive sector to Formula One – was used in both the roof and bumper design. Its power-to-weight ratio of 3.37 kilograms per hp is another unbeatable key indicator in the profile of the BMW M6 Coupé. Moreover, its outstanding performance characteristics are additionally supported by seven-speed SMG Drivelogic and Launch Control for maximum acceleration from a standing start, the speed-sensitive variable M differential lock, and model-specific chassis technology, including Electronic Damper Control (EDC) and compound brakes. Standstill to 100 km/h acceleration time is a mere 4.6 seconds. The BMW M6 Convertible takes just 0.2 seconds longer, giving the driver time to appreciate not only the thrilling dynamic performance but also the irresistible flair of an open-top premium sports car in the luxury class.

The BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible received worldwide acclaim as dream cars for automotive enthusiasts with sporting ambitions. The number one market for both models was the US, which recorded sales of 3,528 closed and 3,247 open-top vehicles, followed by Germany (1,183 / 541 units). In third position for sales of the BMW M6 Coupé came Great Britain and Ireland, with 619 vehicle registrations; in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible it was Canada, with 209 units sold.

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Sales of the BMW M5 followed a similar pattern. The United States once again came out on top, with sales of 8,786 vehicles. Then, after the domestic market of Germany (2,473 units), Great Britain and Ireland generated the next highest demand on the continent of Europe, with 1,980 vehicles. In total the BMW M5 recorded global sales of over 20,000 cars in under five years, with current figures of 19,494 units for the BMW M5 Saloon and a further 1,009 units for the BMW M5 Touring, available since 2007.

The total combined figures for the fourth-generation BMW M5 exceed even those of its predecessor model, which was in production for six years. With that it has secured the current high point in the success story of the BMW M5, the first generation of which established the vehicle segment of high-performance saloons at its introduction in 1984.

[Source: BMW ]

  • paul

    RIP NA V!0…we will never again see the likes of you. One of the fondest memories I have was hearing an M6 leaving a toll in france at full throtle…ahhh. good old days. LOL

  • pimeto

    I dont quite get it ?
    They are ending the production of the old M6 and gonna start working on the new M6 that is coming soon ?
    Or they never gonna make M6 again ?
    What are they saying ?

    • MegaBMWM6

      Old m6 is out new M6 will be unveiled by the end of the year.

      they wouldn’t discontinue the M6 totally there just making a new version

  • 1Mc

    The last run of the current M6. New one will be FI. Very much looking forward to see how BMW compete with existing turbo manufacturers. BMW made some of the best NA engines, now lets see if they can compete in the new world.

    Good luck!

  • Dmlgc

    Basically they are ending the v10, not sure I like the direction BMW is going in (turbos). I drive one of their new twin turbos and turbo lag is noticable.

  • Artmic

    I hate turbo’s, i wish they would put the V8 from the mercedes E550 into a 335, now that would be awesome.

    • kcsnyud

      Dont you know that bmw engines are 1000000000000 times better?
      I like the i6tt 335is if u like more power. I alos heard that turbo lag is barely
      noticeable

  • nomad5150

    Wow, this explains a lot – I’m in the market for an M car and I just saw the announcement of the new 650i convertible – and have been wondering what the deal is with M6. Personally, I hope they bring in a retractable hardtop for the M6 (you know they have the know-how, just can’t figure out what they’re waiting for) and maintain the M6’s aggressive styling.

  • audi

    i want a M so bad is there any suggested price this new one is going to be?

    • Mirzamobeen92

      in which BMW’s M series do u wanna ??

  • Mirzamobeen92

    i love g-power

  • Mirzamobeen92

    itz amazin nice…………..

  • Anonymous

    wohh.it’s so nice.i love it.it’s g-power. also i know where we can got a  m6 gps. http://www.oemcargps.com. that’s it.

  • Mose121

    How about one last hoorah for the V10 in the way of a mid engined M1 supercar?  How about it BMW?  Or just find a way to stuff it in the i8.  I hate to see this engine go.  The new turbo engines are just a bear to drive at the limit and much harder to control when you’re driving that fine line.   

  • eliz grace

    i know this machines are so wonderful but the cost is still bit not very good do you
    export to Africa i need one BMW to use in Uganda

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