2006 Pontiac G6 Coupe Redefines Performance; Is Further Enhanced with GM Performance and Aftermarket Parts from Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
"The G6 coupe and convertible are uniquely Pontiac vehicles that are great additions to family started by G6 sedan," said Jim Bunnell, Pontiac-GMC general manager. "The G6 coupe delivers outstanding performance and generous interior room, and G6 is only hardtop convertible that has room for four adults." Both G6 coupe and G6 convertible will be available in GT and GTP models. The GTPs will feature a 240 horsepower 3.9L OHV V6 coupled to a 4-speed automatic with manual shift mode or a 6-speed manual in coupe and sedan models - a package that targets driving enthusiasts. From styling to interior fit, finish and materials quality, interior room to driving dynamics, new G6 is a solid step up from old model. The coupe and convertible models have all-new body panels rearward of A-pillars. Large, wraparound tail lamps on both models create a distinct look compared to G6 sedan. LED-lit Center High Mounted Stop Lamps (CHMSLs) on coupe and convertible differ from traditional incandescent bulbs of sedan's CHMSL. The coupe's CHMSL is located at base of rear window, while convertible's is a wider lamp incorporated into decklid, creating a distinct design element.
BMW 2006: BMW Performance Parts, Aftermarket Parts from Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
The BMW M6 is most sophisticated and powerful BMW 6 Series Coupe ever. Under lightweight body of this luxurious 2+2 lurks a thoroughbred super sports car boasting a V10, 507bhp power unit, providing 520Nm of torque. A seven-speed sequential manual gearbox and a superior chassis and suspension compliment its engine.
The all-new M6 features weight-saving technologies such as a carbon-fiber roof and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels that are almost four pounds lighter than regular cast wheels. With almost 500 horsepower available, BMW claims M6 will hit 60 mph in under 4.6 seconds, and it will run to 20 5mph without traditional 155-mph speed limiter.
The suspension, though similar to that of M5, is specially tuned to take advantage of M6's shorter wheelbase and lower center of gravity. Massive cross-drilled brakes enable M6 to pull up from 60 mph in less than 118 feet. The new M6 also uses BMW's new third-generation seven speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) with Drivelogic. Drivelogic offers choice of 11 different change patterns, depending on speed of change required.
The new SMG gearbox also offers safety benefits when downshifting on slippery surfaces. If it detects rear wheels locking up, clutch opens for a fraction of a second to ensure traction is maintained. In automatic mode, SMG gearbox recognizes that car is traveling on an incline and holds gears uphill to maintain acceleration and selects lower gears when progressing downhill to make most of available engine braking.