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The 2013 BMW M6 coupe and convertible are back as the two-door BMW M-series alternative to the M5. The M5 and M6 are made up of almost identical engines but the M6 steps the game up with a bit more style. The convertible version of the M6 is considered a 2012 and the coupe a 2013 as an attempt by BMW to stagger the launch of each version. The convertible hit dealerships earlier this summer and the coupe was released a few months later.

Also like the M5, the new M6 got rid of the older versions V-10 engine and swapped in a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. This engine produces an astounding 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Its backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and power is apportioned to each rear wheel by BMW’s torque-vectoring active M differential. BMW hasn’t confirmed yet when a stick version of the M6 will be offered in North America.

BMW claims the M6 coupe reaches 60 mph in about 4.2 seconds and the convertible in 4.3—those figures are likely conservative. For reference, the company projected a 4.4-second 0-to-60 time for the new M5 sedan hit 60 in just 3.7 seconds.

In comparison to the regular 6-series, the M6 has a rear mounted subframe, an M-specific suspension with Dynamic Damper Control active dampers, and uniquely tuned hydraulic-assist steering. It also comes equipped with the M drive system which tailors nearly every aspect of performance parameters to the driver of the M6, including suspension stiffness, steering effort and feedback, the quickness and severity of the transmission’s shifts, and myriad traction- and stability-control thresholds. The new M6 also has carbon-ceramic brake rotors as an option. Measuring an even-larger 16.1 inches up front and an unchanged 15.6 in the rear, the ceramic jobs promise to resist fade better than the standard brakes while also saving more than 40 pounds of unsprung weight, a first for any M car.

On the outside the M6 coupe and convertible have the usual M-specified branding including: flared fenders, fender vents, and enlarged front intakes. A new addition, a nod to the original 1987 M6, BMW’s signature twin-kidney grille are slanted and split to match the split-spoke wheels, and an M6 badge was added to the left kidney. The convertible, as in previous models, has a soft top rather than a hardtop, and is available in black, beige, and optional shimmering “Anthracite Silver”.

For more information on the M6 coupe or convertible check out your Arizona BMW dealership, Chapman BMW.

BMW is expected to release its first ever front-wheel-drive model at September’s Paris Motor Show. The new addition will be badged a 1-series GT and will be based on the same platform as the next-generation Mini. The car will be a more practical and cheaper-to-run alternative to the 1 Series hatch.

Dr Klaus Draeger, BMW board member and head of supply and purchasing, was quoted saying: “A front-wheel-drive BMW will definitely come. We have a lot of experience. We know how to make the car turn-in sharply to corners and we know how to tune the steering so that there isn’t much torque steer.” And when we asked him directly if there will be a new front-wheel-drive BMW at the Paris show, he said: “I am not going to contradict you!”

In order to stand apart from the existing 1-Series and the new MINI, BMW is planning to make a compact MPV-style model. The new platform is both lighter and slightly larger than the current MINI’s and is more versatile too. The BMW will have an elevated driving position in comparison to the MINI.

The BMW 1-Series GT will have a power advantage over the other two cars as well. The engines are all based around BMW’s modular system, which means the 1.5-liter engine will share the same 500cc-per-cylinder unit as the 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine. There will be 1.50liter three-cylinder and 2.0 four-cylinder engines, which will retain strong family ties to their rear-drive siblings, plus a 1.5 three-cylinder and a 2.0 four-cylinder turbodiesel. BMW 1-Series Phoenix drivers will appreciate the fact that even the smallest engine, a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel, will boast a 100hp-plus.

Another difference between the BMW and the new MINI will be that the front-drive 1-Series will deliver its power through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic, while MINI will use a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto, sourced from ZF.

BMW is planning both hybrid and fully electric versions of the front-drive 1 Series, although neither will be available at the car’s launch next year. For more information on the 1-Series GT as well as other BMWs head to your Phoenix BMW dealer.

Players on the WardsAuto Dealer 500 differ in many ways but share something in common: As auto retailers, they are among the best of the best.

U.S. top 500 dealerships ranked by total revenue for 2012. Includes dealership name, owner, city, state, new vehicle revenue, new vehicle units, used vehicle revenue, used vehicle units, finance and insurance revenue, service revenue, body shop revenue, and parts and accessories revenue. Collectively, they sold a total of 1,373,275 vehicles last year with revenues of $45.3 billion. Chapman BMW on Camelback landed on the list at # 55 overall and the #1 BMW dealer in Arizona.

Chapman BMW on Camelback has been awarded the prestigious 2011 and 2012 Center of Excellence Award, which is awarded by BMW USA. This honor is awarded to a select few BMW dealers nationally and focuses on customer satisfaction, outstanding brand representation, and operational excellence. At Chapman low prices and incentives on new BMW cars, Certified used BMW vehicles and used cars help raise them above the competition. The new state-of-the-art BMW dealership in Phoenix features a top-of-the-line BMW service center, a full BMW parts and accessories boutique, an extensive inventory of new BMW cars, used BMW cars and Certified Pre-Owned BMWs for sale in Phoenix, AZ.

For more information on purchasing a BMW from Chapman BMW on Camelback come check out the #1 Arizona BMW dealer or visit us online at http://www.chapmanbmwoncamelback.com!