The BMW M6 is a high-performance variant of the 6 Series convertible model and is designed by the motorsport division of BMW. Production of this vehicle initially started in 1983 and went until 1989. Production of the M6 started up again in 2005 and went until 2010. A new version of the M6 came out in 2012 and is still being produced today. When this vehicle was first introduced to the market, it used an M88/3 6-cylinder engine, which was a modified version of the M88/1 from the BMW M1 with an E24 chassis that is also found in the BMW 6-Series.
The M6 was released to very positive reviews from critics and has been referred to as an extremely elegant vehicle throughout its production run. The first generation M6 was capable of a top speed of 255 km/h or 158 mph, making the European version of this vehicle the second fastest to ever be produced by BMW since the M1. All of BMW’s other models are electronically restricted to a top speed of 155 mph. In North America, the E24 M6 used a catalyzed S38B35 motor which was capable of 256 bhp and 329 N m or 243 pound-feet of torque. The non-catalyzed version of this vehicle was capable of producing up to 340 N m of torque.
Non-catalyzed versions of the M6 were only available in certain countries throughout Europe, but there were a total of 538 catalyzed M635csi models sold throughout Europe between 1988 and 1989. Both the 1988 and 1989 M6 models were “world cars” and used the same exact bumpers as well as aerodynamic treatments in all of the markets they were sold in. The 0-60 mph acceleration time of the M6 was recorded at 6.0 and 6.8 seconds for the European and American versions.
The quarter mile times for the European variants of the M6 were recorded as 14.5 seconds and the 0-100 mph acceleration was achieved in just 15 seconds. Car and Driver Magazine put the U.S version of this vehicle to the test, reporting that it achieved an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Road and Track featured the U.S version of the M6 as one of their ten fastest cars in America in 1987. Production of this vehicle ultimately came to an end in 1989, and there were a total of 5,859 units sold, almost 2,000 of which were North American models.
The new BMW M6 concept car was first introduced to the public in 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show. This vehicle was heavily based on the BMW E63/E64 6-Series, which was introduced onto the market in 2004. This M6 uses the same 5.0 liter V10 S85 engine as well as SMG III gearbox as the E60 M5 and is capable of producing up to 500 horsepower and 520 N m or 380 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle definitely had some serious power and was a significant upgrade from its predecessor.
Details for the new generation M6 were first given to the public in February of 2012 and it was shown as the Geneva Motor show the following month. This model M6 is based on the BMW F12/F13 and uses the same 7-speed M-DCT gearbox as well as the BMW S63 V8 engine as well as other technology that is also found in the BMW M5 or F10. The coupe version of this vehicle comes with a carbon-fiber roof as well as other features that were designed to reduce its overall weight. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph.