• Sep 7, 2010
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Like it or not, it's officially time to say auf wiedersehen to the potent M6. BMW has just announced that it has ceased production of both the M6 coupe and convertible. The uniquely styled GT cars primarily found favor here in the U.S., with a total of 3,528 of the hardtops and 3,247 convertibles sold on American soil. In total, the company managed to sell 14,152 of the cars since production of the M6 started in 2005. As you may recall, the drophead version didn't hit the assembly line until 2006.

We're sure the loss of the M6 is a heartbreak to some out there, but we know that there's a replacement model on the horizon, and we're more morose over the news that BMW is also sending the muscular V10 at the heart of the car to pasture at the same time. That's right, kids. BMW is no longer planning to shoehorn a 10-pot into any vehicle it makes, opting instead for forced induction and eight cylinders. The 5.0-liter engine with its astronomical 8,250 rpm redline is the stuff of mechanical daydreams. Or at least it was. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

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BMW M GmbH has announced the end of production of the BMW M6 Coupé and the BMW M6 Convertible. The two high-performance models provide the most exclusive opportunity to experience on normal roads the hallmark athleticism of M vehicles combined with drive and chassis technology inspired by the world of motor racing. In total 14,152 examples of these high-performance sports cars were built: 9,087 units of the Coupé, which launched in 2005; and 5,065 Convertible models, presented the following year.

With the departure of these two fascinating and exceptional athletes and the already discontinued fourth-generation BMW M5, production will now also cease for the unique V10 high-rev engine. For years the 373 kW/507 hp powerplant has set the benchmark for delivering sheer power in cars that are both highly dynamic in character and symbolic of the outstanding expertise of BMW M GmbH in developing high-performance engines. For two years in succession, 2005 and 2006, the ten-cylinder unit took overall victory in the prestigious Engine of the Year Award, and in the two years that followed achieved first place on each occasion in the category for engines with displacement above 4 litres.

The stand-out feature of this unique engine, developed exclusively for the BMW M5 and BMW M6 models, is power delivery that is both extremely dynamic and smooth even at higher loads. Output is developed from a 5-litre displacement split between ten combustion chambers, with the two banks of cylinders cranked at 90 degrees to one another. The engine delivers maximum output at 7,750 rpm, with engine speed eventually peaking at 8,250 rpm, and it has maximum torque of 520 Nm. In addition to the high-rev concept, a number of other technological details – electronically-controlled individual throttle valves, an ionic current control system and lateral force-controlled oil supply – were also directly derived from motor racing.

In much the same way, design principles of chassis technology and lightweight construction also found their way from the race track to the road. In the case of the BMW M6 Coupé, for example, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) – a material that largely owes its introduction in the automotive sector to Formula One – was used in both the roof and bumper design. Its power-to-weight ratio of 3.37 kilograms per hp is another unbeatable key indicator in the profile of the BMW M6 Coupé. Moreover, its outstanding performance characteristics are additionally supported by seven-speed SMG Drivelogic and Launch Control for maximum acceleration from a standing start, the speed-sensitive variable M differential lock, and model-specific chassis technology, including Electronic Damper Control (EDC) and compound brakes. Standstill to 100 km/h acceleration time is a mere 4.6 seconds. The BMW M6 Convertible takes just 0.2 seconds longer, giving the driver time to appreciate not only the thrilling dynamic performance but also the irresistible flair of an open-top premium sports car in the luxury class.

The BMW M6 Coupé and BMW M6 Convertible received worldwide acclaim as dream cars for automotive enthusiasts with sporting ambitions. The number one market for both models was the US, which recorded sales of 3,528 closed and 3,247 open-top vehicles, followed by Germany (1,183 / 541 units). In third position for sales of the BMW M6 Coupé came Great Britain and Ireland, with 619 vehicle registrations; in the case of the BMW M6 Convertible it was Canada, with 209 units sold.

Sales of the BMW M5 followed a similar pattern. The United States once again came out on top, with sales of 8,786 vehicles. Then, after the domestic market of Germany (2,473 units), Great Britain and Ireland generated the next highest demand on the continent of Europe, with 1,980 vehicles. In total the BMW M5 recorded global sales of over 20,000 cars in under five years, with current figures of 19,494 units for the BMW M5 Saloon and a further 1,009 units for the BMW M5 Touring, available since 2007.

The total combined figures for the fourth-generation BMW M5 exceed even those of its predecessor model, which was in production for six years. With that it has secured the current high point in the success story of the BMW M5, the first generation of which established the vehicle segment of high-performance saloons at its introduction in 1984.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good riddance. I parked next to one on night. I don't like many BMWs (current designs), but this one is particularly hideous. Looks like a sperm whale.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Probably want to add another xUV
      • 4 Years Ago
      kill it with fire
      • 4 Years Ago
      This headline implies the car is going away, not about to be updated/redesigned in to a new body with a new engine. Reminds me of that article about the "last" CLS rolling off the assembly line. Must be a German thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      im sure it will be back, but with a twin turbo 4.4 V8 with 555-hp!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Farewell M6, I'll be on the lookout for the new model soon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I won't miss it. I'll miss the V10, not the overweight M6. Should have left the V10 in the M5, though.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Loved this car. So smooth and slick. Really wasn't a fan at first but it's curves just grew on me; would have made the M6 my next cars hands down.

        Needless to say, pretty excited for round II of the M6.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will be back im sure.

      Its a real shame the engine can't find a home in another BMW (like maybe a new m3?) but with future emissions, fuel consumption issues etc i unfortunately can't see it happen.

      We can only dream
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ High Climber: That's not necessarily a bad thing if you ask me. If done right, a motor with smaller displacement and forced induction can put out just as much power (if not more) as a bigger motor and at the same time get better fuel economy and save some weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be shocked if the new TT V8 is much more efficient than the outgoing NA V10. Making 555 hp takes a lot of fuel, regardless of the type of induction.

        The NA V10 was something special because it felt like you were getting a racing engine in a street car. I can't help but feel with the new motors that you are getting a regular 5 Series V8 with two turbos and some extra radiators slapped onto it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm probably in the minority here, but I won't be missing the V10 engine that much. As someone above me mentioned, it's a race engine for a street car. Don't get me wrong, it's a phenomenal engine, I just believe that GT cars like the 6 series need more suitable engines for the type of driving they're typically exposed to (lots of torque low in the power band, not this high-revving stuff).

        • 4 Years Ago
        TT V8 would probably be easily more fuel efficient than the outgoing V10. Especially considering how thirsty the V10 already was. Fewer internal parts means less parasitic losses. Lower rpms means less friction. Probably something BMW should have done years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An ugly car that only BMW fanboys will miss.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is BMW doing this? this is by far there best vehicle, i luv this car. Lets just hope that BMW has something in the pipeline that is better and meaner than the M6, i will truly miss this car. M6 used cars will be a very popular vehicle for a long time to come.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, it's awfully telling that damned near an equal number of convertibles were sold in comparison to hard tops. Never cared for this M6. Call me when it's been suitably de-Bangled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I certainly won't miss that rear end.
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