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2013 BMW M6 Cabriolet Debut

BMW's fastest two-door loses its head with new 2013 M6 Cabriolet

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What's New

As the 2013 BMW M6 first debuted at last month's Geneva Motor Show, technically the whole car is new. But New York lays claim to the first place where we see the muscled-up M6 on North American land—and without a top. Whereas many high-end luxury sports cars have ditched soft tops for power retractable hard tops, the M6 retains its cloth roof for a more svelte look. But that's not why you care about this car. You're reading this because you want to know about the seven-speed automated dual-clutch transmission, the 560 horsepower coming by way of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine, the conservatively estimated 4.2-second 0-60 acceleration time, and the dozens of luxury and tech toys that make the M6 one of the world's most desirable grand tourers.

Who It's For

As it's a convertible, chances are slim to none that it'll ever see time on a track. Consumers willing to put their cars through that kind of torture would be better off buying the coupe. But as a six-figure car with some ungodly number of horsepower, the M6 cabriolet competes for dollars and garage space with the likes of Aston Martin, the Maserati GranTurismo, and Mercedes-Benz SL. Dollar-for-dollar performance, the BMW M6 is a relative bargain, too, in that it's cheaper than most of them yet offers superior performance. So, playboys, heiresses, doctors, and lawyers, if you need a power trip and want to spend a healthy chunk of money over $100,000 for a sports car, this might be the one for you.

Key Features

It's not like a comparable BMW 650i is anything to scoff at, especially with more than 400 horsepower on tap of its own. But the outrageous 2013 BMW M6 cabrio has:
  • Special sport seats, a thick, suede steering wheel, and carbon fiber trim throughout the interior.
  • A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission paired to BMW's twin-turbo V-8, producing 560 horsepower.
  • An expected 30-percent improvement in fuel economy.
  • That really neat blue, purple, and red M badge on the back to let you know you have the top-of-the-line performance model.

What We Think

The last BMW M6 brought something that was much needed back into the automaker's fold: a premium alternative to the Mercedes-Benz SL. That rang especially true given that BMW hadn't had a sports car in the high-roller bracket since the late 1990s with the 8 Series. Fortunately, it delivered.

Some clamors of criticism have arisen over BMW ditching its bespoke high-revving V-10 engine from the last model in favor of a more sensible (and cheaper to produce) turbocharged V-8. The V-8 offers more performance, better fuel economy, better day-to-day livability, and gives up little, if anything, to the V-10 it replaces. We think BMW knocked this car out of the ballpark, and while it'll never sell in great quantities, it'll be a great toy for the rich who care about top-down excitement and world-class performance.

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