lbs per hp
101.4 hp per liter
mph (electronically limited)
(From BMW Press
The new BMW M6
Convertible makes its world debut at the British International Motor
BMW’s fastest ever convertible, powered by the International Engine
of the Year 2006
BMW’s fastest ever soft-top, the BMW M6 Convertible, will make its
debut at the British International Motor Show (July 18 - 30).
Powered by the award-winning 5.0-litre V10 engine and using a host
of F1-derived technology, the BMW M6 Convertible combines all the
performance of the M6 Coupé but with the added luxury of open-air
The M6 Convertible goes on sale in the UK in September 2006. It
becomes the first ever BMW to make a British Motor Show debut and it
is the first time a BMW M version of a 6 Series Convertible has been
The new open-top M6 uses BMW’s 4,999cc V10 powerplant developing
507hp. This powers the car from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds before going
on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Unchecked, the
car could continue to a top speed approaching 200mph. Its sheer
performance, alongside the engine’s technological advancements, are
just two of the reasons the worldwide judging panel of the
International Engine of the Year voted the M6’s 5.0-litre V10 engine
the world’s best for the second year in succession - a new landmark
in the history of the awards.
Drive is via a seven-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox with Drivelogic
- the world’s first such transmission that has already seen service
in the BMW M5 and the M6 Coupé. The BMW M6 Convertible’s Drivelogic
function offers the driver a choice of 11 different gear change
options - five in auto mode and six in manual mode - each offering a
different speed of gear shift. In its fastest setting, the driver of
an M6 Convertible can make gear changes in just 50 milliseconds -
far faster than can be achieved by an experienced driver using a
conventional manual gearbox.
Even with these high levels of performance, the new M6 Convertible
achieves a fuel consumption figure of 18.6mpg on the combined cycle
and a CO2 emissions figure of 366g/km.
BMW’s renowned Variable M Differential and BMW M’s version of the
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system provide the highest levels of
traction and the ultimate dynamic capability. The Variable M
Differential permits up to 100 per cent of drive forces to be fed to
one rear wheel to optimise traction while the DSC system, in its
optimum M Dynamic Mode, permits a greater degree of wheel slip for
even higher levels of performance.
To ensure a refined interior, the BMW M6 Convertible comes with a
triple-layered hood for the ultimate in noise and heat insulation
and, like other 6 Series Convertible models, also incorporates a Fin
Structure roof for a Coupé-like silhouette. This triple-layered hood
contains a middle component of polyurethane (PUR) foam. The
resulting fabric sandwich gives the car near identical standards of
acoustics and thermal insulation as a fixed-head coupé.
Intelligent soft-top design also allows a large luggage compartment.
Three hundred litres of capacity is available with the roof down.
With the roof closed and the flexible soft-top storage compartment
folded up, luggage capacity expands to an even more generous 350
In line with BMW M’s ethos of marrying high levels of
naturally-aspirated engine output with the intelligent use of
lightweight materials, the M6 Convertible showcases several special
technologies. The front wings are made of Thermoplastic, a material
lighter than aluminium but also flexible enough to allow for minor
bumps, while the front and rear bumpers are constructed from
carbon-fibre for durability. The rear bootlid and soft-top hood
cover are made from Sheet Moulding Compound, another flexible
lightweight material. The remainder of the bodywork is a mix of
steel and aluminium while many of the car’s mechanical components
are also made from weight-saving aluminium. These materials combine
to ensure that the M6 Convertible retains BMW’s renowned 50:50
weight distribution for optimum balance and agility.
To complete the sporting design of the M6 Convertible, it features
bespoke 19-inch double spoke light alloy wheels shod with low
profile performance tyres - 255/40 R19 at the front with 285/35 R19
at the rear. Large vented and drilled high performance brakes
deliver excellent stopping power. The front discs measure 374mm in
diameter while the rears are 370mm.
The front and rear styling also highlights the dramatic stance of
the M6 Convertible when compared with the ‘standard’ 6 Series
Convertible. BMW M’s signature quad exhaust pipes also protrude from
the restyled rear valance that delivers enhanced aerodynamic
efficiency and drivetrain cooling.
Prices for the M6 Convertible and full specification details will be
announced nearer the launch date.