The German automaker has taken the wraps off yet another limited run model designed to celebrate the marque’s century old milestone – a Japan-exclusive M6 Coupe.
Last month BMW celebrated the company’s ongoing centenary celebrations via the release of the i3 Carbonight special edition model. Now the automaker has decided to add another model to the celebration roster. This is a much more performance oriented choice – as the Japanese unit has on its hands a limited run M6 Coupe. If we’re counting right this is the sixth model (maybe another reason to pick the M6) that marks the brand’s 100 years of existence. The exclusive M6 will be featured in just 13 examples, all painted in Austin Yellow and – interestingly enough – they’re all in left-hand drive configuration.
More importantly, these limited edition M6 models will get a power increase for the biturbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, which makes the jump from the standard 560 horsepower (412 kilowatts) to 600 hp (441 kW). The engine has been linked to a seven speed, dual clutch automatic transmission and the powertrain also comes with an additional 15 pound-feet (20 Newton meters) of torque for a grand total of 517 lb-ft (700 Nm). And if these numbers make you think of déjà vu it’s because they are the same as in the M5 30 Jahre special edition. The BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition will do the 62 mph (100 km/h) run in just 3.9 seconds and will top out at 189 mph (305 km/h) due to the inclusion of the M Driver’s Package.
Other interesting highlights of the special edition include the 20-inch M lightweight black alloy wheels with double-spoke design shod in 265/35 ZR20 front and 295/30 ZR20 rear tires. All 13 units will also be adorned with a plethora of carbon fiber body elements and a black chrome look for the kidney grille which also sports the M6 Competition badge. Inside the cockpit the coupe gets a carbon gear selector, yellow contrast stitching on the Merino Black leather upholstery, along with a 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system packing 16 speakers. Pricing is of course just as exclusive, with BMW Japan looking to snatch ¥ 23,210,000 (around $210,561 or €189,430).