The new BMW M6 Convertible previews at Singapore Yacht Show 2012

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Aesthetic allure meets high performance: The new BMW M6 Convertible.

First Asian Preview at the Singapore Yacht Show 2012.


Singapore. The new BMW M6 Convertible today makes its first Asian preview at the Singapore Yacht Show 2012. This is only its second public appearance after its global debut at the recent New York International Auto Show.


“It is an honour to be the first country in Asia to showcase this magnificent high-performance car from BMW M just after its international debut. This is mainly driven by the growing demand for BMW M cars in Singapore and our emphasis to bring the latest and most exciting products to the doorstep of the local BMW M community. The new BMW M6 Convertible offers top-class performance attributes and an ambience defined by luxurious and innovative comfort features. In so doing, the high-performance sport car developed by BMW M GmbH exudes a level of poise and assurance unmatched in the premium segment of the executive class – reflected authentically in the expressive design of the model,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.


The new BMW M6 Convertible comes with a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that can generate up to 560hp, a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, Active M Differential, model-specific chassis technology, an ideal weight balance and optimized aerodynamic properties serves up a particularly full-blooded M experience.


The conceptual harmony characteristic of M Automobiles also incorporates the specific features of the model’s body structure. The new BMW M6 Convertible is fitted with a high-quality soft-top, complete with eye-catching “fin” styling and fully electronic opening mechanism. All of which allows the driver and passenger to enjoy the dynamic performance of a high-performance sports car in harmony with the natural forces of the sun and wind.


The motorsport technology in the new BMW M6 Convertible paves the way for imposing performance on the race track, but also treats the driver to a captivating driving experience on everyday journeys from A to B. Apart from the ability to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds, the BMW M6 Convertible is also defined by its mid-range agility, the precision of its turn-in and traction when accelerating out of corners, its precisely controllable handling under intense lateral forces and its stopping capability. The latest innovation design to optimize the handling of the new BMW M6 Convertible in highly dynamic driving situations are the M carbon-ceramic brakes, offered as an option for the first time.


Another attribute unmatched by any rival is the leap forward in efficiency that comes with the new edition of the high-performance sports car. The new BMW M6 Convertible records average fuel consumption of 10.3l / 100km and CO2 emissions of 239 g/km in the EU test cycle.


“Despite a 10 percent increase in engine output and a 30 percent jump in peak torque – to 680 Nm – fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by over 30 percent compared with its respective predecessor, thanks to Efficient Dynamics,” added Mr Fiorentinos.


Design: athletic aura, powerfully taut surfaces, elegant lines.

Classical proportions, the sporty yet elegant lines of the BMW 6 Series and the familiar design language of BMW M Automobiles form the foundations for the eloquent body design of the BMW M6 Convertible. Powerfully taut surfaces and precise contours underline the athletic aura of the new model. In addition, a model-specific interpretation of hallmark M styling cues includes design details which are influenced directly by technical considerations – such as the cooling air required, chassis geometry and aerodynamics – and therefore further highlight the car’s outstanding performance attributes. This is a fine example of how the ultra-dynamic character which marks out this most focused version of the exclusive Convertible is accurately expressed through its design.


Wide air intakes, stunningly contoured headlight units and large, smooth surfaces shape the front end of the new BMW M6 Convertible. Another eye-catching element of the car’s nose is its newly designed M kidney grille, which bears an “M6″ badge. The grille’s black, paired kidney grille slats take their cues from the characteristic double-spoke design of the M light-alloy wheels. The 30-millimetre increase in front track width over the car’s respective 6 Series stable mate is complemented by powerfully flared front wheel arches, which sit flushed with the wheels. This extra width offers a clear nod to the optimized roadholding of this high-performance sports car. The three-dimensional shaping of its air intake and race-inspired flaps designed to optimize airflow to the outer air intake likewise underline the car’s forward-surging, dynamic character.


An LED accent light cuts across the tops of the Adaptive LED Headlights fitted as standard. Its bright white, three-dimensional LED light rings are leveled off to striking effect at the top and lower edges. Both dipped beam and main beam use both light rings. Providing the light are LED units, which are placed on a horizontal rib running through the centre of the units and feed its light into the reflection in front of the car. This ensures that the distinctive appearance of the twin circular headlights comes across clearly in every situation. The direction indicators – in the form of horizontally arranged LED units – are integrated into the headlight units below the light rings.


The familiar M athleticism of the BMW M6 Convertible is also clearly visible from the side. The front side sections of the car feature familiar M gills. Its three-dimensional shaping, wide chrome frames and indicator bars – which bear the M logo – give them an extremely deep-set look. In tune with the wider wheel arches, the character lines around the gills are suitably prominent. Eye-catching creases on the likewise model-specific side skirts sweep upwards, diverting the gaze to the rear wheels. The new BMW M6 Convertible is fitted with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels as standard. The forged wheels feature five double-spokes in a two-tone finish. The optional 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, meanwhile hint at reduced weight with its five intricate double-spokes and allow a clear line of sight through to the powerful braking system.


Broadening towards the road and incorporating horizontal lines and generous surfaces, the design of the rear end hints at the stable roadholding and powerful poise and assurance of the new BMW M6 Convertible. The reflectors, positioned immediately below the L-shaped rear lights, provide an individual expression of sportiness. However, the clearest pointer to the unmistakable identity of the high-performance sports car is the familiar M twin exhaust tailpipes positioned to either side of the diffuser integrated into the rear apron. The form of the outer air intakes reflects the design of the front apron in its format and the contours of its surrounds.


Exclusive and distinctive: the fin roof.

The exclusive looks of the new BMW 6 Series Convertible is underlined by the “fin” architecture of the high-quality soft-top roof. Projecting into the rear section, the fins accentuate the car’s dynamically sweeping silhouette. The heated, vertical glass rear window, which is situated just behind the rear seats, retracts independently of the soft-top itself. The automatic opening and closing process for the roof can be activated both at a standstill and while on the move at speeds of up to 40 km/h using a button on the centre console. The optional Comfort Access allows the roof to be opened or closed by pressing the remote control button on the car key. It takes the roof 19 seconds to open and 24 seconds to close again.


Customers can choose from one non-metallic and eight metallic shades (including four exclusive M finishes) for the exterior paintwork. The soft-top for the new BMW M6 Convertible is available in Black and Beige, or – as an option – in Anthracite Silver effect.


Intelligent Lightweight Engineering: Maximum Performance and Safety.

An intelligent blend of materials also gives the body structure impressive strength coupled with extremely low weight, allowing it to enhance both occupant protection and handling agility. The doors and bonnet of the high-performance sport car are made from aluminium, the front side panels from thermoplastic. In addition, its boot lid and roof cover are further made from the glass-fibre composite material SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound). A weight-to-power ratio of 3.5 kg/hp for the new BMW M6 Convertible points to the significant advances that have also been made in this area over the predecessor models.


Robust load-path structures, large and precisely defined deformation zones and highly efficient restraint systems provide the basis for a high level of passive safety in both models. The safety equipment fitted as standard includes front airbags and head-thorax side airbags integrated into the seat frames of the new BMW M6 Convertible. The soft-top model also benefits from roll-over bars made from high-strength aluminium. Positioned behind the rear head restraints, these protective bars extend automatically in fractions of a second should there be a danger of the car rolling over. It also comes with three-point inertial-reel seat belts on all seats, belt force limiters and belt tensioners for the front seats and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear.


The new BMW M6 Convertible is designed as a four-seater, and space in the rear compartment has increased substantially compared with the predecessor models. The load capacity of the new BMW M6 Convertible, meanwhile, can carry 300 litres of luggage in the boot with the soft-top down and 350 litres with it closed. The BMW M6 Convertible can be ordered with the optional ski bag, which slides between the rear seats courtesy of the through-loading facility.


M-specific cockpit design

Flawless car control, made-to-measure luxury.

Newly developed M multifunctional seats offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support through quickly-taken corners, but also a high level of comfort over long distances. The lightweight seats with integrated belt system have an M-specific design headlined by extremely prominent cushion and backrest bolsters, head restraints integrated into the backrests, eye-catching stitching emphasising the segments of the seats, and an M logo embossed into the backrests. The M multifunctional seats have electric height, fore/aft and backrest angle adjustment, and also come with pneumatically adjustable lumbar support, a memory function and a manually adjustable thigh support. The M multifunctional seats are fitted with active head restraints to reduce the risk of injury in a rear-end impact.


The luxurious interior ambience of the BMW M6 Convertible is characterised by classy materials and dynamically moulded surfaces, and the bespoke design of the cockpit and centre console – cleverly drawing on the exclusive, high-performance sports car driving experience – lends it an extra individual flair. The instrument cluster with black-panel technology features classical circular instruments in traditional BMW M style, with red needles and white illumination, as well as model-specific displays and the M logo in the rev counter. The standard-fitted control system iDrive includes a 10.2-inch on-board monitor with an exclusive flatscreen design and bordered by a high-quality, galvanized chrome frame. It further comes standard with the Navigation system Professional.


Arranged around the gearshift lever on the centre console designed especially for the new BMW M6 Convertible are the buttons allowing drivers to select their preferred settings for all the adjustable powertrain and chassis functions. The DSC mode, performance characteristics of the engine, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic responses and M Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) Drivelogic shift program can all be adjusted independently at the touch of a button. This allows drivers to put together a detailed set-up configuration for their car and store it by holding down one of the two M Drive buttons on the multifunction steering wheel. The two standard-fitted M Drive buttons allow the driver of the new BMW M6 Convertible to store a dynamic-led configuration under the “M1″ button, for example, and a comfort-biased set-up under “M2″ – and to call up either in an instant and at any time. The settings stored on the M Drive buttons can also be configured using the iDrive menu.


As with the cars’ performance characteristics, the aural profile of the engine can also be tweaked at the touch of a button. A sound module is used to enhance the engine’s natural acoustic components and this soundtrack is then transported into the interior. The system’s digital signal processing technology exchanges data directly with the engine management and adjusts its output to the engine’s revs, the amount of torque being produced and the car’s speed over the road. This gives the driver an impressively accurate impression of how hard the engine is currently working and of the power being unleashed, and provides an even clearer window into the car’s responses on the road.


“The new BMW M6 Convertible offers a generous dose of M feeling combined with alluring design aesthetics, a luxurious aura, seating for four and innovative equipment features. Thanks to its blend of outstanding dynamics, hallmark M conceptual harmony and everyday usability, it occupies a unique position in the premium segment of the executive class,” concluded Mr Fiorentinos.

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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