A busy week for our spies and here’s another undercover photo series, this time fresh spy shots of the forthcoming BMW M6 Cabriolet.
Under the bonnet is the high-revving 4.4 litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo package from the M5 sports saloon, where it delivers 560bhp and 680 Nm of torque. The same stats will be achieved in the M6, both coupe and convertible variants.
Thus equipped, the M6 will do the 0-62mph sprint in less than 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155mph; like the M5, it’s likely BMW will offer a ‘M Driver’s Package’ which lifts the restrictor to enable the car to charge on to 190mph. Average fuel consumption is likely to be about 28mpg, which is a 30 per cent improvement over the previous, V10 engined M6.
Power is sent to rear wheels via the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic. There is also M-specific suspension (front and rear axle kinematics), M Servotronic steering, Dynamic Damper Control, Active M Differential and DSC stability control system including M Dynamic Mode.
Exterior highlights include familiar M elements like front apron with extremely large air intakes for the engine and brakes, athletically flared wheel arches to emphasise wide track, hallmark M “gills” with integrated indicator bars (not easy to see with the disguise), aerodynamically optimised rear apron with diffuser between the right and left-hand pair of twin exhaust tailpipes, and 19 inch M light-alloy wheels in a double-spoke design.
Inside features M-specific gear selector, M leather steering wheel with shift paddles, M-specific instrument cluster in black-panel technology, newly designed, leather-covered centre console and M sports seats.
A first showing at the Frankfurt show in September 2011 seems likely, with an on sale date towards the end of this year or early 2012. Price? About £95,000.