BMW’s F12 M6 has found a new job for itself. It’s not exactl the most flattering of places for us motor car enthusiasts but it certainly is in a place of speed.
Come the infamous 24 hour race at the Nurburgring this weekend we’ll see the fastest ever M6 enter active duty as the Safety Car of the event.
After this debut which is easily a trial by fire, the BMW M6 will resume “normal” work as the actual Moto GP safety car for the rest of the season.
Presumably that means the Grand Tourer will take to the track on June 3rd at the Catalunya event in Spain since the French event coincides with the Nurburgring 24.
The full unveiling of the M6 Safety car will actually take place at the M Festival, an event that will very likely see some celebration wash off.
In becoming a safety car, the F12 BMW M6 receives some rather modest changes. There’s some LED work, an actual rear wing, teamed to a front splitter and a light bar on top.
Obviously, the awesome BMW M Racing colors chosen for the livery of the F12 BMW M6 is hard to ignore but it doesn’t actually contribute to the speed of the thing.
The 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet on the other hand, has 552 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque to put through the M-DCT transmission.
Acceleration from 0-62 mph still stands at 4.2 seconds but there’s no mention of the top speed figure. The F12 BMW M6 will never hit 155 mph on the small race tracks they use for bikes but it still feels like a shame to have a limiter.