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The 2013 BMW M6 coupe and convertible are back as the two-door BMW M-series alternative to the M5. The M5 and M6 are made up of almost identical engines but the M6 steps the game up with a bit more style. The convertible version of the M6 is considered a 2012 and the coupe a 2013 as an attempt by BMW to stagger the launch of each version. The convertible hit dealerships earlier this summer and the coupe was released a few months later.

Also like the M5, the new M6 got rid of the older versions V-10 engine and swapped in a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. This engine produces an astounding 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Its backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and power is apportioned to each rear wheel by BMW’s torque-vectoring active M differential. BMW hasn’t confirmed yet when a stick version of the M6 will be offered in North America.

BMW claims the M6 coupe reaches 60 mph in about 4.2 seconds and the convertible in 4.3—those figures are likely conservative. For reference, the company projected a 4.4-second 0-to-60 time for the new M5 sedan hit 60 in just 3.7 seconds.

In comparison to the regular 6-series, the M6 has a rear mounted subframe, an M-specific suspension with Dynamic Damper Control active dampers, and uniquely tuned hydraulic-assist steering. It also comes equipped with the M drive system which tailors nearly every aspect of performance parameters to the driver of the M6, including suspension stiffness, steering effort and feedback, the quickness and severity of the transmission’s shifts, and myriad traction- and stability-control thresholds. The new M6 also has carbon-ceramic brake rotors as an option. Measuring an even-larger 16.1 inches up front and an unchanged 15.6 in the rear, the ceramic jobs promise to resist fade better than the standard brakes while also saving more than 40 pounds of unsprung weight, a first for any M car.

On the outside the M6 coupe and convertible have the usual M-specified branding including: flared fenders, fender vents, and enlarged front intakes. A new addition, a nod to the original 1987 M6, BMW’s signature twin-kidney grille are slanted and split to match the split-spoke wheels, and an M6 badge was added to the left kidney. The convertible, as in previous models, has a soft top rather than a hardtop, and is available in black, beige, and optional shimmering “Anthracite Silver”.

For more information on the M6 coupe or convertible check out your Phoenix BMW dealership, Chapman BMW.


BMW is expected to release its first ever front-wheel-drive model at September’s Paris Motor Show. The new addition will be badged a 1-series GT and will be based on the same platform as the next-generation Mini. The car will be a more practical and cheaper-to-run alternative to the 1 Series hatch.

Dr Klaus Draeger, BMW board member and head of supply and purchasing, was quoted saying: “A front-wheel-drive BMW will definitely come. We have a lot of experience. We know how to make the car turn-in sharply to corners and we know how to tune the steering so that there isn’t much torque steer.” And when we asked him directly if there will be a new front-wheel-drive BMW at the Paris show, he said: “I am not going to contradict you!”

In order to stand apart from the existing 1-Series and the new MINI, BMW is planning to make a compact MPV-style model. The new BMW 1-Series platform is both lighter and slightly larger than the current MINI’s and is more versatile too. The BMW will have an elevated driving position in comparison to the MINI.

The BMW 1-Series GT will have a power advantage over the other two cars as well. The engines are all based around BMW’s modular system, which means the 1.5-liter engine will share the same 500cc-per-cylinder unit as the 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine. There will be 1.50liter three-cylinder and 2.0 four-cylinder engines, which will retain strong family ties to their rear-drive siblings, plus a 1.5 three-cylinder and a 2.0 four-cylinder turbodiesel. BMW Phoenix drivers will appreciate the fact that even the smallest engine, a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel, will boast a 100hp-plus.

Another difference between the BMW and the new MINI will be that the front-drive 1-Series will deliver its power through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic, while MINI will use a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto, sourced from ZF.

BMW is planning both hybrid and fully electric versions of the front-drive 1 Series, although neither will be available at the car’s launch next year. For more information on the 1-Series GT as well as other BMWs head to your Phoenix BMW dealer.


July 27th concluded the final stop of the Chapman BMW Top Down Tour and earlier this week the Grand Prize winners were chosen. Jack and Joyce Williams of Scottsdale, Arizona won the Staycation Package worth over $1500! The grand prize included: A weekend getaway to The Arizona Grand, Diamondback tickets, free gas cards and donations from all of the Top Down Tour stops including, free Macayos meal cards, Gameworks gift cards, Jimmy and Joes gift cards, Dos Gringos scratcher cards, Chompies meal gift cards, BMW keychain, hat, and cooler.

We also want to give a shout-out to all of BMW Phoenix fans who won prizes throughout the tour and came out to the different stops, including Arizona Cardinals Tight End Rob Housler. For those of you who missed it the Top Down Tour had a stop every Friday, June 1st through July 27th. The events were at local Phoenix neighborhood fan favorites such as: Dos Gringos, The Raven golf course, Jimmy and Joes Pizzeria, Ken McDonald golf course, The Sandbar, Macayos Cantina Depot, Airworx, and Chompies. Each week consisted of new fun games, great prizes, giveaways, contests, and activities designed to allow you to just sit back and have a great summer day. Each stop of the tour also featured a BMW expert on-site to answer any questions or concerns you have in a pressure-free environment and gave consumers the chance to take walk-around tours of different 3-series BMW convertibles.

The two convertibles on site included the award winning BMW 328i and 335i. Both are perfect for anytime of the year since they feature a retractable roof that opens in 22 seconds and closes in 23 seconds.  The 328i convertible has a powerful 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine that produces 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque that zips and winds on any road with ease. The 335i has an invigorating turbocharged six-cylinder, newly updated, N55 engine. The N55 engine features BMWs Valvetronic variable valve timing and lift system that creates 300-hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both of the 3-series convertibles have BMWs optional iDrive technology and the option of either a manual or automatic transmission, which allows the car to effortlessly accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.3 seconds.

While the Top Down Tour may be over consumers are more than welcome to come check out the 328i and 335i and any other BMWs at Chapman BMW on I-10.