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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

twin-turbo V8

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