BMW has just officially released its third generation of the four-seater BMW M6. The brand new 2012 BMW M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible models were revealed ahead of their public debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 (coupe) and New York Auto Show 2012 (convertible).

At the front a new M apron with wide air-intake is combined with contoured headlamps featuring the characteristic BMW Corona rings and the new M kidney grille. To the side, a 30mm increase in the front track is connected to new front wheel arches, with the familiar M gills behind them featuring chrome flares and indicator bars with the M logo.

At the rear, the twin pairs of exhaust pipes sit either side of the aerodynamically optimised diffuser. The new M6 comes as standard with 19 inch Star-spoke forged alloy wheels featuring seven double spokes in a two-tone finish. Optional 20 inch alloy wheels, with five double spokes are also available.

The BMW M6 Coupe uses a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof panel, lowering the car’s center of gravity. The M6 Convertible features the same retractable roof as the 6-Series Convertible. It can be raised and lowered at anything from a standstill to speeds of up to 25mph. Just 19 seconds is all it takes to lower the roof; 24 seconds to raise it once again. Buyers can choose from black, beige or Anthracite Silver fleck for the roof material colour.

The new BMW M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible are equipped with the same high-revving, turbocharged V8 engine as the M5 Saloon. It produces 53hp more than its ten-cylinder predecessor at 560hp, and 680Nm available from as low as 1,500rpm to 5,750rpm. The 4.4 liter engine also includes direct fuel injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing and Double VANOS continuously variable camshaft control, all of which help it to rev to 7,200rpm. The result is a 0-100km/h sprint of just 4.2 seconds for the M6 Coupé, with the M6 Convertible following at 4.3 seconds. Both versions have a top speed limited to 250km/h. The new BMW M6 models use BMW M’s latest seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.

The new M6 Coupe and Convertible goes on sale in the UK on 15 September 2012, with the Coupe costing £ 93,795 and the Convertible £ 98,995. The new 2012 BMW M6 Convertible will be the first to arrive in US BMW Center showrooms in June 2012. The BMW M6 Coupe will arrive at US BMW Centers in the late Summer of 2012 as a 2013 model. US Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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