Because, let’s face it, the 6 Series isn’t fast enough ...
though there are no details on the exact timing, price or mechanical specification.
However, it is clearMwill use the twin-turbo V8 engine developed for the M5 and now migrated into the M6 pair, as well as a predictable set of mechanical and visual upgrades.
‘‘ It will be a part of this family next year,’’ M5 and M6 project leader Siegfried Friedmann says. ‘‘ It is a realM model. It is a car that fits into this existing family.’’
But Friedmann will not reveal the name of the car or any specific details.
‘‘ You must ask our product managers. They are in charge of finding the perfect name for it,’’ he says, laughing.
TheMdivision is flat-out on a range of future products, with more than 300 staff tweaking and tuning to give the brand its bragging rights and to battle the strengthening opposition from theAMGhot-shop at Mercedes-Benz.
There are strengthening rumours in Europe of an M7 limousine and perhaps also M-tweaked versions of the X3 and X1 SUVs.
‘‘ The press is further ahead than we are,’’ Friedmann says. ‘‘ Perhaps there will be a decision that we go into an M7 model, but up to now we (felt) a 7 Series car is not an appropriate approach for anM car. Bigger cars, and heavier cars, but it’s better to have 1000kg than 1000 horsepower.’’
And an X1 M, if he was a betting man? ‘‘ Germans hardly bet,’’ he deadpans.
There is also strong talk about four-wheel drive versions of the largerMcars, something confirmed to CarsGuide at the global press preview of the M5 last year.
BMWglobal marketing chief Ian Robertson saysAWDis almost essential for the snowbound states of the US.
Friedmann confirms a late decision was made to fit a small rear spoiler to the M6 coupe to improve its high-speed stability. For the future, he confirms only a full workload for theM division and full backing from BMWfor its work.
‘‘ Mhas 350 engineers and people working directly on the car. But don’t forget we have the wholeBMWgroup behind us,’’ he says.
‘‘ We always had the benefit of our big mother, and we get more than enough assistance.’’
Hero car: TheM6 and Gran Coupe will use the 4.4L