Based on the BMW 6 series and sharing its fast 7-speed M-DCT gearbox as well as the engine and other technologies on the BMW M5, the 2013 BMW M6 Convertible is the athletic and elegant vehicle that is coveted both by those who love high-performance cars as much as those who want a car for those beach perfect days. With details first revealed in February of this year and it being shown at the Geneva Motor show, the new M6 is a stunning and imposing convertible.
The outside of the M6 Convertible carries attractive and sophisticated lines which, pared with the famous M sportiness provide the perfect showcase for the car’s high-performance properties. Designed with classical BMW convertible proportions in mind, the car ends up being the perfect mix between the elegance of the BMW 6 series and the dynamically active edge of the M series. With it’s high-quality soft-top, the convertible has new details both big and small. The imposing body design has a modern 3-section lower air intake that is more aerodynamic than ever, there is also the newly designed M kidney grille with an M6 badge, an homage to the first generation M6. Other exterior design features include the flared wheel arches, exposed reflectors below rear lights as well as what the company calls “aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors and side skirts” which together create a harmony and balance in terms of style. Furthermore, the wheels of the car either come in 19-inch standard or the optional 20-inch forged M light-alloy wheel with the recognizable M double spoke design.
As much as the M6 convertible’s outside provides for good visual representation of the car’s performance profile, the elegant interior has its own special styling features. With seating four four, the car’s inside is open and airy with a user-friendly and ergonomic layout make using the infotainment easy. There are also exclusive carbon fiber interior trim strips, illuminated door sill finishers that of course have the model lettering. Comfortable Merino leather in bright red play off the dark inside the car for a thrill-seeking aesthetic. New updates on the M6 interior include the double-spoke leather steering wheel as well as the new M gear selector and car set-up controls which are found on the unique center console. The car also has innovate equipment features that are not limited to Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, rear-view camera, Surround View, internet access as well as integration of tour smartphone and music players, it even has apps for using Facebook and Twitter for those days you can’t make it home to update your friends.
Coming in at 4,508 pounds of mass the M6 convertible is 110 lbs heavier that its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean the car can’t make a quick ascent in acceleration from 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The M6 carries the same powerhouse as the M5 sedan, the 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 with the direct-injection that pumps 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. With power being sent to the rear wheels, the “Active M Differential” ensure that that there is variable distribution between the rear wheels which results in better traction as well as directional stability when changing lanes and when accelerating out of corners. The dual-clutch 7-speed transmission shifts swiftly and smoothly during most acceleration runs and the brakes producing strong stops. The M6 convertible is a finely tuned car that is a great drive thanks to its sophisticated power-train that adds to its exclusive character. The M6 convertible also finds a balance between performance as well as fuel consumption, with new numbers 30% lower than than its respective predecessor model, the car has an average fuel consumption of 27.4 mpg.
Proving to have an outstanding blend of features and high-performance, the BMW M6 convertible is a car that offers both a distinguished and exclusive character in a vehicle that can be used everyday. The BMW M6 convertible excels in its significantly with improved efficiency, drive-ability and comfort even though its final weight is higher than we would want it still manages to hold to its premium position. In terms of competition, Mercedes-Benz’s sporty SL63 AMG Roadster proves to be a contender that with its aluminum chassis that sheds weight, but with a price of $146,695 comes in way higher than the M6 Convertible. Not to mention that it lacks the sharp reflexes found in the gearbox along with other features. For those looking for a performance car that can still knock your socks off, the 2013 BMW M6 convertible is a great option. The M6 convertible carries a $113,995 base price.