What Changed for 2008:
- Minor "design refreshening" for 2008
- Revised headlight assemblies and blinkers
- New taillight design with LED bulbs
- Reshaped trunk lid with integrated third brake light
- Amber reflectors relocated to lower bumper
The division of BMW
tasked with racing and producing the top-performing models in their lineup is called "BMW M GmbH." The first "M-badged" car for sale to the public debuted in 1978. It was the M1, a purpose-built, mid-engine exotic sports car that we designed to follow-up on BMW's successful racing program in the 1960s and 1970s. The first 6 Series
to receive "M treatment" was the E24 chassis (aka "shark-nose") that arrived in the United States in 1987. Significantly upgraded from the standard 6 Series model, the first-generation BMW M6 was considered one of the fastest cars in the country.
There have only been two generations of BMW M6 models. BMW put the model on hold for more than a decade and only offered the M3
. Aside from the automotive technological leaps during the model's absence, the first generation (1983-1989) and the current generation (2005-present) differ in several ways. The first M6 debuted with a 6-cylinder powerplant rated at 256 hp. It was rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a 5-speed manual transmission. With seating for 4, it was only available as a coupe. The current-generation M6 arrived with a race-bred, 500-hp V-10 powerplant and a standard automatic 7-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG). While the RWD coupe still only seated 4, it was also released as a convertible. The entire 6 Series lineup received a minor refreshening for 2008, and the M6 mirrored those improvements.
BMW provides a 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty and a 4-year/unlimited mileage membership in the BMW Assist Safety Plan with every 2008 M6. The BMW Maintenance Program includes all factory-recommended maintenance items for the first 4-year/50,000-mile period of ownership.Model Lineup
The 2008 BMW M6, the flagship of BMW's performance models, sits at the top of the 6 Series lineup. As such, the M6 is loaded with a long list of standard features including dual-zone climate control, automatic-dimming mirrors, navigation with detailed traffic alerts, and adaptive Xenon headlamps. The standard audio package is BMW's Logic7 Surround Sound with 13 upgraded speakers, CD and MP3 capabilities, and Digital Signal Processing (DSP). The M6 is targeted for the "enthusiast" customer, so the highest-performing 6 Series features a very sporty interior with power 14-way M Sport sculpted bucket seats, a thick tilt/telescoping steering wheel (with shift paddles on models with the SMG transmission), and extended Merino leather upholstery. The short options list on the M6 and M6 Convertible includes soft-close automatic doors, keyless comfort access, heated steering wheel, head-up display, iPod/USB adapter, and satellite radio.Powertrain
The heart of every 2008 BMW M6 is a race-bred, 5.0-liter, 40-valve V-10 engine. With an aluminum block and cylinder heads, and variable valve timing, the powerplant is rated at 500 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), or a no-cost optional 6-speed manual transmission. Under full throttle, the M6 coupe accelerates to 60 mph in just over 4 seconds, according to BMW. The M6 Convertible, with its slightly higher weight, is less than one second behind. Top speed on both models is electronically limited to 155 mph. The EPA has rated the 2008 BMW M6 coupe and M6 Convertible at 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway, regardless of transmission choice.
The M6's specially calibrated independent suspension features BMW's Electronic Damping Control, a system of electronically controlled shocks that allow three different modes based on the driver's selection. The coupe's steering is speed-sensitive, with a revised "quicker" ratio than the standard 6 Series. Braking is accomplished with massive cross-ventilated disc brakes-the most powerful brakes ever fitted to a BMW, the maker says. The standard wheels on the M6 are 19-inch alloys with high-performance tires. Unlike the standard models, BMW M models are not fitted with run-flat tires.Safety
Passengers in the front seats of the 2008 BMW M6 coupe and Convertible are protected by a front-impact Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) with dual-threshold deployment, 2-stage, front air bags. Front-door-mounted side-impact air bags are also standard. All passenger seating positions feature automatic-tensioning seat belts. The M6 Convertible is additionally equipped with BMW's Rollover Protection System. This system deploys steel hoops from behind the back seating positions to protect occupants in the event the vehicle overturns. All M6 models are equipped with a special M-calibrated Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including all-speed traction control, electronic brake proportioning, Brake Drying, Start-off Assistant, and a standard tire-pressure monitor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) have not crash-tested the 2008 BMW M6.Technology
The 2008 BMW M6 Convertible features a power-operated soft top with a heated glass rear window. The top has been designed to retain the same dynamic contours as the M6 coupe, including BMW's famous "Hofmeister kink" on the C-pillar. The rear glass window, with an electric defroster, can be electrically raised or lowered from within the cabin regardless of whether the top is up or down. This allows the passengers to lower the window for increased ventilation without dropping the top, or raising the window with the top down to reduce buffeting from the wind. The folding top is constructed of three layers. The outer layer is rubberized to protect against the elements. The middle layer is a special noise- and heat-insulating layer of polyurethane foam. The inside layer, visible to occupants within the vehicle, is the interior roof lining (or headliner). The top is activated via a switch on the dashboard, or by remote control. The manufacturer says that raising or lowering the top takes just 25 seconds.