They say lightning never strikes twice. But when two 507hp, 205mph, V10-powered M cars are launched in one year, stay indoors when the storm clouds gather.
Following the May arrival of the world’s most inspirational saloon car, the fourth generation M5, the world’s most sophisticated production car engine finds its way into the GT class with the arrival of the BMW M6. Packed with technology, inspired and built from Formula 1-derived processes, and offering unparalleled levels of lightweight engineering, the new M6 takes its place in the UK as the 18th official BMW M car.
The new M6 is the first production car from BMW that can justifiably compete with rival cars from the factory gates of Newport Pagnell, Maranello or Sant’ Agata, whilst taking the challenge once again to the best that Stuttgart has to offer. Facing these challenges, the M6 is launched in November 2005 in the UK as the first series production car to offer a high revving V10 engine combined with a seven-speed sequential gearbox and a carbon fibre roof. Allied to a pin-sharp lightweight chassis that delivers fluid responses and poised handling, the M6 presents a new benchmark for the BMW badge.
The world’s best engine?
Born with the world’s best engine under the aluminium bonnet would give the new M6 a head-start over many rivals. And that’s just what the highly regarded International Engine of the Year jury agreed upon. The naturally aspirated, high-revving, 5.0-litre V10 that powers the M6 won the 2005 award by an unprecedented margin and added to BMW’s list of awards from the jury. A list longer than that of any other car manufacturer, with 26 trophies garnered in the awards’ history. So, let’s take a closer look at the new V10.