Just weeks after BMW gave us the skinny on the 2012 M5, our colleagues at Motor Trend have caught the BMW M6 coupe that will follow in the M5’s footsteps. As it wears only light camouflage, we can see plenty of clues that this 6 Series will be a serious performance machine.
Immediately visible are new, deeper side skirts and a subtle trunk lid spoiler. The large, split-spoke wheels are identical to those on the M5, as are the same massive brake discs, while the front fascia appears to have larger air intakes to feed the engine. The M5 foregoes foglights in order to channel as much air as possible to the engine, and the same appears true of this M6. No question, then, that the car spied here is M Division’s take on the new 6 Series coupe.
Based on the similarities between the last-generation M5 and M6, we’d say it’s a fair bet that the new M6 will employ the same powertrain as the new F10 M5. That means a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 providing 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, channeled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (or, in select markets, a conventional six-speed manual).
The 2012 BMW M5 won’t launch in the States until spring 2012, so it’s probably a long time until we’ll see the two-door M6 arrive in our dealerships. Given what we know about the M5, we’re looking forward to the debut of its two-door sibling.
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Source: Motor Trend