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Published on February 12th, 2012 | by Seán Ward

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New BMW M6

The car we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: the new BMW M6.

Yes, there’s always much more media attention for the M5, and even the M3, but of all the M cars, this is the one that gets us going the most.

Under the bonnet beats the heart of a monster: a twin-turbocharged, 4.4 litre V8 engine with 560 bhp and 680 Nm of torque, 53 bhp and 160 Nm than before.

14,000 of the previous generation M6’s were sold after its introduction in 2005, but the new car looks set to sell in even greater numbers – not only does it have 50/50 weight distribution, but it’s 30% more fuel efficient than before, able to achieve 28 mpg on the combined cycle.

The coupé will get from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, the convertible in 4.3, but as usual they both have limited top speeds of 155 mph.

Shape wise, the new M6 is 30mm wider at the front end to give the turbos some extra air to breathe, and wider at the back to by 20mm.

Buyers have a choice of either 19” Star-spoke forged alloy wheels with seven two-tone double spokes, or 20” lightweight alloys with five double-spokes.

Black ‘shadowline trim’ is used around the edge of the front windscreen to give the car a more aggressive, longer look, helped along by the dark carbon fibre roof.

In the convertible, should the sun come out, the roof comes down in 19 seconds, able to rise again in 24 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph.

The M6 inherits not just the engine from the M5 but quite a lot of tech too, including Variable Damper Control, Dynamic Stability Control, a head up display, M Dynamic Mode and the seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox.

When the car goes on sale on 15th September prices will start at £93,795 for the coupé and £98,995 for the convertible.

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