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THE COUPÈ THAT BECAME A SUPER SPORTS CAR.THE COUPÈ THAT BECAME A SUPER SPORTS CAR.

THE COUPÈ THAT BECAME A SUPER SPORTS CAR.

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The BMW M6 E63.

The BMW M6 was the descendant of the legendary BMW M635CSi. In 2005, its superb performance catapulted it into the league of super sportscars.

23 October 2023

In 2005, with the BMW M6 E63 and E64, BMW M once again took up the thread of the especially sporty coupé originally spun by the M635CSi: the driving performance of the 286 hp-strong ancestor turned heads in the sportscar world. With two doors, a low window line and a stretched look, the sportiest interpretation of the BMW 6 series pursued the concept of a coupé designed for top performance. BMW M thus closed the gap in this segment left by the BMW 8 Series E31 after 1999. The plan to equip the elegant 2+2-seater with the incomparable V10 engine from the BMW M5 E60, presented in Geneva one year before, proved to be invigorating. It was the ticket to the world of super sports coupés.

BMW M6 E63BMW M6 E63
Four tailpipes characterize the BMW M6 E63.
An overall package that rightly lifts the M6 into the select circle of sportscar giants.
German magazine AUTO BILD 15/2005

5 POWERFUL FACTS:

Descendant of the legendary BMW M635CSi
Max. output: 373 kW (507 hp)
Carbon chassis components
Production period: 05/2005 to 09/2010
Units produced: 14,152
BMW M6 E64 ConvertibleBMW M6 E64 Convertible

IN THE TOP CLASS.

A UNIQUE ENGINE.

BMW M6 E63/E64 engineBMW M6 E63/E64 engine
Racing technology masterpiece: the high-rev V10 engine.

In line with their usual standards, BMW M transferred extensive motorsport insights to the drive train and suspension of the BMW M6 E63/E64. With the Formula 1-inspired 10-cylinder motor, the engineers brought an unusual engine to life: Without the help of a supercharger, the very rev-happy five-litre V10 developed 373 kW (507 hp) and transferred its massive power to the rear wheels up to a rev limit of 8,250. The rear axle had an electronic differential lock – for maximum propulsion. The maximum torque of 520 Nm was available at 6,100 rpm, 80 % of it already at 3,500 rpm. To put it another way: power was always available in abundance.

3,37 kg/hp3,37 kg/hp

3,37 kg/hp

Related to its mass, with a power to weight ratio of 3.37 hp/kg the BMW M6 coupé performed even better than the BMW M3 E90 from 2007 with 3.38 kg/hp.

„ENGINE OF THE YEAR“.

TECHNICAL DATA BMW M6 E63/E64.

BMW M6 E64 ConvertibleBMW M6 E64 Convertible
The convertible made its debut at the British Motor Show in 2006.

Engine: V10

Displacement: 4.999 cm³

Power output: 373 kW (507 hp) at 7,750 rpm

Torque: 520 Nm at 6,200 rpm

Transmission: sequential 7-speed gearbox (SMG)

Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)

Weight: 1,785 kg (Convertible: 2,005 kg)

Length: 4,871 mm

Width: 1,855 mm

Height: 1,372 mm (Convertible: 1,377 mm)

Wheelbase: 2,781 mm

Units produced: 14,152

BMW M6 E64 ConvertibleBMW M6 E64 Convertible
250 km/h is the (electronically limited) top speed of the BMW M6 Convertible.
You used to think in km/h. Now you’ll be thinking in heartbeats per second.
Sales brochure THE BMW M6. COUPÉ AND CONVERTIBLE.

SPORTSCAR FROM HOOD TO TRUNK.

BMW M6 E63 wheelBMW M6 E63 wheel
Light and good-looking: the five-spoke M6 wheels.

The BMW M6 wasn’t only a sportscar under the hood – but through and through too. The deep, solid side skirts for example ensured optimal air flow for the underfloor and improved the aerodynamics. One exclusive feature of the series were the forged aluminium 19-inch wheels, which, thanks to the five spokes, allowed a free view of the brake system – and saved 1.8 kg compared to similar rims. The tyres too, 245/40 ZR 19 at the front and 295/35 ZR 19 at the back, spoke the language of the racetrack. Even the lateral slats with integrated indicators and M logo weren’t just decorative: their shape was refined in the wind tunnel and reduced uplift on the front axle.

Optimized performance: CRP components in the coupé.

A CHASSIS LIKE NO OTHER.

COMFORT AND SYMPHONY.

Rear end of the BMW M6 E63 Rear end of the BMW M6 E63
With four seats and 450 liters of trunk space, the otherwise uncompromisingly sporty M6 can be used in a variety of way
Effortlessly, the five-litre naturally aspirated engine pushes the M6 onwards. As quick as a flash, the rev counter needle goes from left to right. If you don’t watch out, you head straight for the limiter.
German magazine AUTO BILD 15/2005

ONE M FOR FOUR.

BMW M6 E63 back seatsBMW M6 E63 back seats
Even the back seats fit like a tailor-made suit.

As uncompromisingly sporty as the BMW M6 was, the automobile was also extremely versatile. The two full-size rear seats and a 450-litre trunk volume in the coupé or up to 350 litres in the convertible turned the sportscar into a comfortable touring vehicle for four people. Something that wasn’t offered in this form by most traditional sportscar makers.

A TIMELESS CAR FROM BIRTH.

BMW M6 CSL PROTOTYPE.

BMW M6 CSL PrototypeBMW M6 CSL Prototype
One of a kind: the BMW M6 CSL Prototype never went into series production.

BMW M took this truly unique M6 and optimized the aerodynamics to the limit of what was possible. To this end, the designers not only fitted the BMW M6 CSL E63 with lightweight door panels and central console, they also installed active elements for the airflow, with an automatic rear wing and retractable ram lips at the front in order to further increase the car’s performance. This prototype also had double-strut exterior mirrors, which have now long been standard on the sportiest BMW models. However, the vehicle itself was never put into series production.

ALREADY A MODERN CLASSIC.

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