Feature Flick: New BMW M6 Convertible Tested on This Week’s Ignition

While the new BMW M6 Convertible’s performance capabilities are undeniable, Motor Trend associate road test editor Carlos Lago questions whether that performance alone makes the car desirable in this week’s episode of Ignition.

Powered by the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 of its four-door M5 sibling, the M6 convertible delivers 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and can propel the M6 to 60 mph in a respectable 3.9 seconds. The car completes the quarter-mile in just 12.3 seconds at 115.2 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph in 105 feet on the standard steel brake rotors. When you consider the M6 Convertible’s 4500-pound curb weight, those numbers becomes even more impressive. But in spite of the M6’s remarkable performance, Lago wonders whether it’s a car many will desire.

While it has all the power of the M5 sedan, the M6 must compete with other high-performance convertibles like the 911 Cabriolet – a car Lago previously said might be the best sports car currently on the market. Against such lofty competition, the M6 is a comparatively less thrilling ride, though it is a comfortable one, Lago notes. In the end, the editor shares a few final thoughts on where the M6 convertible stands in the marketplace. Hear what he has to say in the episode below.

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Dan
Fair piece Carlos....So you understand my thoughts as I have one on order...I didn't order it as a sports car but rather as kind of a SL550 with a back seat ( I have young kids). I drove the new 911 Cabriolet (and owned one in the past) and the back seat is smaller and the ride just too harsh for a 50 mile round trip commute on bad Chicago area roads. The reason I chose it over a 650ix Convt., was largely the nicer exterior and the extra power doesn't hurt....

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