It looks like the German car manufacturer is almost ready to officially present its new 2007 BMW M6 Cabriolet. In place of hazy spy photos and lots of camo on the most interesting parts, we see a stunning (albeit a bit overweight) gentleman’s sports car based on their award-winning super-coupe. As usual for the series, the car will be offered with a huge V10 engine mated to a fast-shift gearbox and will have a pretty impressive (for a luxury car) acceleration.
First exclusive pictures of the 2007 BMW M6 Cabriolet have just surfaced on the Net. It looks like some guys just couldn’t help not to break the official press embargo after receiving their bunch of press photos that were disseminated weeks before the cabrio’s official debut in London. As one might have expected, the new soft-top vehicle looks gorgeous on them.
Set to become BMW’s top of the notch cabrio in its whole history, the new M6 is equipped with a 5.0-liter, 500 hp, V10 engine.
Known as the “Best Performance Engine” according to International Engine of the Year Awards 2006, the powerplant also powered the earlier BMW M6 coupe that went into production last year.
Capable of producing 520 Nm (roughly 380 lb-ft) of torque, the naturally aspirated BMW S85 with its double VANOS system has replaced their earlier S62 engine and, as the company put it earlier, was designed “from scratch” to power this particular family of sports cars. I just wonder if this beautifully engineered mechanism has enough tuning potential to be equipped with some sort of a turbo charger in order to increase its 100hp/liter power output to an even more impressive level.
According to the German car maker, the engine is mated to a modern 7-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox with Drivelogic. Besides being extremely fast (you can change speeds in just 50 milliseconds,) the gearbox also makes the car more fuel efficient thanks to an extra pair of gear ratios.
It is promised that in a combined cycle the new cabrio will consume less than 13 liters per 100 kilometers in a combined cycle. Well, real life performance will surely be closer to 18 l/100 km, but that is, too, extremely impressive for a vehicle that offers you so much driving pleasure.
Tipping the scales at just about 2000 kilograms (4420 lbs) and being around 200 kilos heavier than the coupe (BMW’s engineers had to reinforce the body of the car to make it more rigid and safer to drive,) the 2007 BMW M6 Cabriolet can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph.
I can already imagine hordes of serious tuning studios offering reprogrammed ECU modules that would allow removing the limit and increasing the convertible’s maximum speed to, what, 300 kilometers per hour, right?
This makes the M6 feel itself quite comfortable being compared to such serious competitors as the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, or even the mighty 2007 Bentley Continental GTC!
The German company plans to officially present its new high-performance convertible during the London Motor Show on the 20th of July.
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