NYIAS 2012: Sakhir Orange M5 on the way

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We’ve heard unconfirmed news through the grape vine that later in the 2012 calendar year, BMW will release a Sakhire Orange M5. If the M5’s …

We’ve heard unconfirmed news through the grape vine that later in the 2012 calendar year, BMW will release a Sakhire Orange M5. If the M5’s lines and bulging wheel wells are too subtle for you, perhaps Sakhir Orange is the cure.

If you have wild hair and a need for speed, Sakhir Orange may be for you. Packing the same heat as the M5 and M6 Cabrio, the M6 Coupe shown on display in NY is stunning – to say the least. We want to drive it. Bad.

The 4.4-liter engine develops a peak output of 560 hp (412 kW) at 5,750 – 7,000 rpm (versus 555 hp at 6,000 rpm for the S63), while its maximum torque of 500 lb-ft (680 Nm) is on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm (versus 500 lb-ft from 1,500 to 5650 rpm for the S63). The rev limiter intervenes at 7,200 rpm (up 200 rpm from the S63 engine). The rev band, which offers extremely dynamic acceleration between peak torque and the availability of maximum output, is therefore almost three times as wide as that of the V10 engine in the previous generation M6.

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The engine is mated to a 7-Speed M-Double Clutch Transmission and an innovative Active M Differential. A manual option has not been announced at the moment, but we anticipate the U.S. market receiving one, just as the new M5.

0 to 62 mph is achieved in 4.3 seconds while the spring to 124 mph (200km/h) takes only 13.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). BMW has not release the official MPG numbers, but the company says the new M6 Convertible consumes 30% less fuel than its predecessor.

The M-tuned chassis comes standard with Dynamic Damper Control (DDC) electronically controlled shock absorbers that can be adjusted with the touch of a button.

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The standard braking system has been further enhanced. Now the rotors thermally separate the central hub (constructed of aluminum) and the vented/cross drilled cast iron rotors. As a result, the rotors are free to expand and contract without warping. The diameter of the brake rotors is 15.7 inches (400 mm) at the front and 15.6 inches (396 mm) at the rear. The six-piston fixed calipers are radially bolted to the pivot bearing and are painted dark blue metallic complete with the M logo. Together, the brake system has been tested to provide exceptional performance, fade resistance and pedal feel.

The new BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible will be the first cars in the history of BMW M to be offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes (in conjunction with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels as of July 2012 production). The brake rotors measure 16.1 inches (410 mm) in diameter at the front and 15.6 inches (396 mm) at the rear. Made from a carbon-fiber ceramic compound, the rotors boast even greater resistance to heat combined with significantly reduced rotating masses. The M Carbon-Ceramic brakes are 42.8 lb (19.4 kg) lighter than the standard brakes.

The front-end of the M6 Convertible will stand out among the other M models. The newly designed M kidney grille now bears an M6 badge, an homage to the first generation M6. The grille’s black, paired kidney grille slats take their cues from the characteristic double-spoke design of the M light-alloy wheels.

A three-dimensional shaping of the air intakes and race-inspired flaps are designed to control airflow to the outer air intakes. The front fenders feature familiar M gills. Their three-dimensional shape, wide chrome frames and indicator bars – which bear the M logo – give them an extremely deep-set look.

The interior of the M6 Convertible can be described in a single phrase: extremely sporty and luxurious. The driver-oriented cockpit reminds of the sporty allure of the M6, while the luxurious and premium feel are given by the newly developed M sports seats, Merino extended leather upholstery, door sills with “M6” lettering, an M driver’s footrest, exclusive carbon fiber interior trim and the BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite.

The new M steering wheel comes with two M drive buttons: M1 and M2. The driver can save a sporty configuration on the “M1” button and a track focused setup (with all driver aids shut off) on the “M2” button. The M Drive system in the new BMW M6 allows the driver to adjust no fewer than six parameters: the engine management, the response of the Servotronic steering system, the M DCT shift program, the DSC mode, the responses of DDC and the information in the Head-Up Display.

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