We knew from talking to the good folks in the M Division that a 6-Speed was certainly possible for the M6 model lineup but they had not said it would happen for sure. Based on today's press release, all variants in the 2014 model year lineup will be available with a no extra cost 6-speed manual transmission option! A few more additional details are included below as well.
BMW M6 Specific Updates.
In addition to the June 5th market launch of the M6 Gran Coupe, the 2014 model year brings other BMW 6 Series news, specifically in the territory of the ultra-high performance BMW M6 Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe models. The 2014 M6 will be offered with an optional 6-speed manual transmission, and M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are also now available. These options round out the intensity of the M6 model and allow enthusiastic owners to fully personalize the M driving experience.
The 6-speed manual transmission for the M6 Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe – available at no extra cost on all three models - was developed in-house by BMW M GmbH engineers during a two-year period preceding the launch of the newest generation of BMW M5 Sedan and M6 models. Control harmony, friction surfaces, and component strength were all carefully tuned and tested to produce the most involved driving experience possible. The manual transmission includes engine management software that automatically and seamlessly matches engine speeds during every downshift in the EFFICIENT and SPORT modes of operation. Switching the engine mode to SPORT+ cancels this feature and requires the driver to synchronize downshifts using the accelerator pedal for maximum involvement.
The M Carbon Ceramic Brakes option includes large-diameter, long-life front and rear brake rotors made of the most-modern carbon ceramic composite material, netting the M6 a 42.8 lb (19.4 kg) weight savings from the car's crucial corner areas, specifically at the moving suspension parts and wheel hubs. This weight reduction increases the effectiveness of the entire suspension system. Of equal importance, the M Carbon Ceramic Brake system also quickly dissipates the intense heat generated by high-speed braking in the most efficient and effective way possible. Truly a "maximum performance" option, the M Carbon Ceramic Brakes also feature brilliant aesthetic quality, with a mirror-like self-polishing finish of the brake rotor surface and instantly-recognizable gold-painted brake calipers at all four corners.
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