Profiled in our earlier first look, the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe is one of several impressive offerings the automaker has on its Geneva debut card. Back after a two-year absence, the third-generation package goes on sale here in late summer packing more power, greater luxury, improved dynamics and better fuel economy in addition to looking even cooler.
Packing BMW's most potent street engine ever -- an M-designed 4.4-liter direct-injected TwinTurbo Power V8 that makes 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque -- the new M6 will offer better performance than the 5.0-liter V10 used in its predecessor. Shared with the new BMW M5 Sedan, the potent eight-cylinder bolsters its dual-scroll force feeders with Valvetronic variable valve control and Double VANOS infinitely variable valve timing. Also fortified with Brake Energy Regeneration and BMW's Auto Start-Stop technology, the engine is also about 30 percent more fuel efficient. Backed with a seven-speed sequential M-Spec Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) that incorporates a bespoke, driver-selectable three-mode Drivelogic System and steering-wheel-mounted shifter paddles, it can take the new BMW M6 Coupe from 0-62 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds.
Beyond some focused structural tweaks, the new M6 Coupe copes with its extra muscle courtesy of a full M-spec chassis revamp that includes a driver-selectable Dynamic Damper Control system, staggered-width performance tires (265/40 front and 295/35 rear) on 19-inch light-alloy M-spec wheels and upgraded antilock disc brakes. Also in the mix is an electronically controlled Active M Differential that's fully integrated with the M6 Coupe's specially-calibrated Dynamic Stability Control system that can instantly vary rear-axle lockup from 0-100 percent in response to differing surface conditions. Hardliners seeking more stick and stop also can opt for a 20-inch wheel/tire upgrade and, for the first time on any BMW, a Carbon-Ceramic Brake package.
Boosting its visual appeal, the new BMW M6 Coupe features more aggressively contoured front/rear fascias, bigger air intakes, LED accenting on the standard Adaptive Xenon Headlights, more boldly flared fenders to accommodate the car's wider track dimensions, rear diffuser with quad exhaust outlets and the requisite M6 badges. To help trim weight, the Coupe also features an aluminum hood and doors, thermoplastic front fenders, glass-fiber composite decklid and a carbon-fiber composite "double-bubble" roof that reduces mass while also helping lower the car's center of gravity.
The cabin of the new BMW M6 Coupe offers individual seating for four highlighted by a number of dedicated cosmetic and functional design flourishes. Keys to the changes in this driver-centric kingdom include M Multifunction sport seats wrapped in extended premium Merino leather, carbon-fiber accent bits, Anthracite-colored headliners from BMW Individual, and M-spec instrumentation. As a finishing touch, this super coupe also features BMW's trick M Drive system that allows a driver to individually adjust up to six different operational systems - including the optional M Head-Up Display - as well a the latest iteration of iDrive with a 10.2-inch central control screen.