BMW has a reputation for producing solid, dependable vehicles with attractive body designs and plenty of high tech features. The newly redesigned M6 coupe and convertible for the 2012 model year certainly fits in with this reputation. Of course there are a few flaws to distract from the perfection of this model. Its price, fuel economy, and heavy body come to mind. Don’t expect this car to give up good fuel economy. It is rather a gas hog. However, with a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine producing lots of hp and torque, it only stands to reason.
It’s impossible not to be impressed by the assertive, modern body style of this model though. It features plenty of lines and curves in a symphony of cohesive styling intended to draw the eye. Inside the cabin, the M6 keeps up with other luxury models thanks to its leather upholstery and carbon fiber accents.
New For 2012
For the 2012 model year the 2012 BMW M6 is completely redesigned. The German car maker chose to make many changes to the popular model including:
- New body styling.
- Changing the engine to the 4.4-liter V-8 for increased power.
- Body is 3 inches longer and wider than the previous generation.
The 2012 BMW M6 is available in coupe or convertible body styles and is offered in one trim level. For anyone looking to impress, this is the car for the job. Both body style options are incredibly stylish, especially after the upgrade and changes BMW chose to make to the line. The front end and grille are assertive with the familiar split grille design and new headlights for this year’s model. The BMW emblem makes its appearance low on the hood. It’s clear a lot of thought went into making the M6 a truly sporty car with the combination of lines and curves found on the hood and throughout the body design. The sides and doors of the M6 are scoped out and give the impression of speed and excitement. The trunk and rear end feature a slight flair just on the trunk lid and curving rear fenders.
Interior & Cargo
Inside the 2012 BMW M6 the model’s revision continued with upgraded styling and materials. There is no doubt plenty of soft leather went into the making of this coupe, or convertible, depending on your preference. In addition to all of the leather, the M6 delivers on seat comfort and head and leg room. Unlike many others of its class, the M6 actually has a useable back seat. With this model there is none of the uncomfortable shuffling and awkward seat placement often found in cars of this size.
Naturally BMW chose to give the M6 plenty of high tech gadgets for information and entertainment purposes. This model is equipped with BMW’s iDrive interface system, though it isn’t the high end version found in the M3 line. The available options are all listed in various additional packages if the buyer wants to further customize their M6.
In terms of safety features, the 2012 BMW M6 is fully stocked with plenty of things designed for the safest driving experience possible. Both the coupe and the convertible models have anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability control system. These two features are now required on every new vehicle. Additionally, the M6 is equipped with active front head restraints and an assortment of airbags. The airbags are located in the side impact location. On the convertible model, BMW added an aluminum rollover bar just behind the rear seat to provide more security in the event of an accident.
A car with this much going for it has to have an incredible powertrain and the 2012 BMW doesn’t disappoint in this regard. This model features a twin turbo 4.4-liter, V-8 engine with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. There is no manual transmission option for this model. The powertrain delivers 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The M6 is standard with rear-wheel drive, as there are no other options for this model. In test drives, the 2012 M6 is capable of making it to 60 mph from zero in an impressive 4.3 seconds. Of course this power comes at a price and you will pay it at the fuel pumps. The M6 is estimated to get 14/20 mpg city/highway.
So what’s it like behind the wheel of this powerhouse? Fast is the easiest way to put it. This coupe gives up quite a bit of acceleration capabilities along with amazing handling. Many fast cars feel out of control at higher speeds. The M6 isn’t one of them. Drivers will appreciate the reliable handling and sure grip this vehicle has on the road. Some drivers are sure to find the M6 rather heavy however.
Key Competitors For The 2012 BMW M6
- Audi TT
- Mercedes-Benz SLK Class