Geneva Motor Show: BMW M6 and M Performance diesels


BMW has made the stunning new M6 official at the Geneva Motor Show. That's the supercar-chasing coupé with the supercar-chasing price: it's going to cost £100,000.

Available as a coupé and a drop top, the M6 is powered by a 552bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that endows the car with a 4.2-second 0-62mph time and a limited 155mph top speed. (The convertible is a tenth slower.)

You can get all the details on the M6 here, but suffice to say it's as striking in real life as we'd hoped...though whether it's six-figure striking is another matter, or worth £20-25,000 more than a BMW M5.

Alongside the M6 is yet more work from BMW M Division, but all of it powered by diesel. Who'd have thought it?

Yes, M Division might not have succumbed to making a 'proper' M car powered by diesel yet, but the M550d (pictured below), X5 50d and X6 50d are as good as.

The triple turbo 3.0-litre diesel engine they're propelled by means astonishing acceleration with manageable (and thus also astonishing) fuel economy. In the car above, for example, 62mph happens in 4.7 seconds, but average economy is 44.8mpg and CO2 is 165g/km. Like an average family car, really.

In the ginormous X5 and X6, the benchmark happens in just over five seconds, with economy of 37mpg.

And speaking of the X6, BMW also debuts the facelifted version of that in Geneva (below), though we think it might be a placebo facelift because we haven't got an old X6 to compare it to and it looks exactly the same.

For more on the Geneva Motor Show 2012, click right here.