BMW M6 convertible returns topless after two-year hiatus

We’re not sure if it’s in anticipation for the warm summer season or BMW’s penchant for sultry and sleek designs, but the German automaker has gotten in the habit of taking its top off as of late – at least when it comes to its cars. Earlier in the week we got a look at the beautiful i8 Spyder concept, and now the latest M6 model is going topless in 2012, too.

Set to arrive this summer – with a hard top arriving shortly after as a 2013 model — the 2012 M6 convertible is looking like one buxom beamer. After a two year spell on the sidelines, the already impressive M6 returns with an improved mill and various enhancements across the board. Featuring a roaring 4.4-liter V8, and delivering a hefty 560 horsepower with 500 pound-feet of torque, the M6 Convertible can rocket from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds with an electronically limited top-speed of 155 mph.

On top of increased power, the Convertible M6 will feature BMW’s Active M Differential, which will provide an electronically-controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential programmed for optimal stability and traction.

BMW has described the M6 as both “athletic” and “luxurious” — and it shows. Wide air intakes, aggressively contoured headlights, newly designed M kidney grille, which bears an “M6” badge – an homage to the first generation M6 — and 19-inch M-designed wheels, all add up to one compelling BMW.

Of course it takes more than some slick styling tweaks and performance enhancements to set an M series apart. Which is why BMW has thrown in its signature M Drive configuration, with optional M Head-Up display that projects various driver-related information directly in the driver’s field of vision including graphics and road symbols. In addition, a digital read-out displays what gear you’re in, and a full-color rev counter complete with Shift Lights help assist with gear changes.