2006 BMW M6 Hamman


BMW tuner HAMANN of Laupheim took an adventurous look at the modification of the most potent Bavarian luxury coupé and turned the beautiful vehicle into an uncompromising sports car.

HAMANN offers its clients three different engine tuning options. The high revving 5-litre V10 with 507 bhp and 520 Nm is limited to 250km/h as standard. By removing the engine limiter, the racy Bavarian can reach top speeds of between 300km/h and 320km/h, depending on the wheel and tyre combination. The second option is made up of a combination of removing the engine limiter and optimising the engine characteristics by reprogramming the standard engine computer. HAMANN manages to tease an additional 30bhp/26kW and 15 Nm out of the V10 engine. The “HM/M +60″ sport kit provides even better performance. The kit is made up of high-performance headers, metallic sports catalytic converters, a sports rear silencer, a sports air filter, an engine map optimisation and the removal of engine restrictions. As the name of the sports kit already suggests, the engine then provides around an additional 60bhp/44kW and can provide an extra 54 Nm of torque, meaning that a notably faster top speed of up to 320km/h can be reached.
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HAMANN also changes the aerodynamics of this machine greatly. In order to increase down force on the front axle, the tuning company rebuilds three different components at the client’s discretion. The first alternative is a front spoiler mounted on the standard apron, of which there is either a fibreglass or carbon kevlar model. The second option is a completely new front apron complete with two integrated high-beam headlights. Also available in fibreglass or carbon Kevlar is the HAMANN competition front spoiler which can also be built onto the front apron to provide the car with a touring car look. The HAMANN M6 is fitted with two side skirts that are also available in either fibreglass or carbon kevlar. The client also has to choose between these two materials when it comes to the parts to be built onto the rear of the vehicle. A tail spoiler and roof spoiler ensure better straight-line stability at high speeds. This effect is complemented by the rear apron finishing with integrated diffuser. Mirror covers and mirror housings made from carbon kevlar (black or silver) give the standard wing mirrors a sportier look.

Four stainless steel exhausts, each with a diameter of 90mm are part of the HAMANN 4-pipe sports silencer. With a tone that gives you goose bumps, it tells you all about the potency of this coupé. Simply a must have!

A lowering kit with progressive chassis springs takes care of the lowering of the chassis. The HAMANN M6 then sits 30mm nearer to the tarmac at the front and 25mm at the back. Of course, you want to be able to brake effectively at 300km/h too. HAMANN equips the M6 with racing brakes on the front axle. It is made up of 2 slitted and ventilated brake discs, 380mm in diameter and 34mm thick, 2 HAMANN brake piston housings in red – other colours are of course available, special brake pads, HAMANN steel flex brake lines and adapter, in other words the complete braking hardware set. The race track calls!

HAMANN offers several metal alloy wheels for the M6. The single piece “Anniversary I” with a multi-piece look and a great multi-spoke design marks the entry level into the world of alloy wheels. This wheel is available in a 19 inch design with the measurements 8.5 x 19 and 10 x 19 and in a 20 inch design with the measurements 9.0 x 20 and 10.5 x 20. Available for the front as an 8.5 x 19 and for the rear as 10.0 x 19 is the multi-part five-spoke alloy “PG2”. A lot of air between the spokes means that the M6 leaves behind the impression of being light on its feet. The multi-part, five-spoke alloy “PG3″ also suits the M3 very well. HAMANN offers this wheel in 19 inch (front axle: 9.0 x 19, rear axle: 10.0 x 19) or 20 inch (front axle: 9.0 x 20, rear axle: 10.5 x 20) versions. The top wheel model in Germany is the “Anniversary II”, which is available from HAMANN for the M6 in the dimensions 9 x 20 and 11 x 20. All of these wheels from the “Anniversary I” up have a silver finish and captivate with their highly polished alloy rim flanges. On the “Anniversary I” and “PG2”, the rim flange is made from INOX stainless steel, although, in the case of it getting damaged, the rim flange on the “PG2” is replaceable. HAMANN naturally offers all of these rims together with the appropriate tyres. For 19 inch wheels tyres with the size 255/40 ZR19 are available for the front and 285/35 ZR19 for the rear. The tyres sizes for the 20 inch wheels are 255/35 ZR20 and 285/30 ZR20.

For export sales, HAMANN also has the “Edition Race” wheel available in 20 inch and 21 inch sizes. HAMANN offers this three-piece, super-light forged wheel with an attractive crossed-spoke design, titanium screw fittings and highly-polished rim flange with a black wheel hub.

Of course HAMANN also offers shim sets as well as lockable wheel nuts, thus providing additional security for the wheels.

Various HAMANN accessories and fitment details enhance the coupé’s interior significantly. There are exclusive HAMANN floor mats complete with company logo, a noble aluminium hand brake, sporty aluminium pedals and an eight-piece interior set made of carbon, which serve to underline the sporty appearance. As an alternative to the standard steering wheel, HAMANN offers two versions of an anti-slip, three-spoke leather sports steering wheel complete with airbag. The second version has, like the first, a black leather covering, but with additional applications of carbon kevlar. Naturally, HAMANN can also modify every M6 according to the individual requirements of the client. This means, for example, that intricate leather fittings are available in different colours. Or perhaps even an extensive multimedia setup with DVD, TV or Playstation.

Text courtesy Hamann Motorsport.

Scribbled on March 18th 2008 in BMW, BMW M6, Pictures
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