With hardly any down time since its 2013 Detroit auto show debut, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe has a new job. The super Gran Coupe will serve as one of the BMW's official safety cars for the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, the pinnacle series of motorcycle racing. BMW is celebrating its 15th anniversary as the official safety car provider for MotoGP.
The opening round of the MotoGP season in Qatar is just around the corner, and it will mark the first time the public will see the M6 Gran Coupe in action. The new M is powered by BMW's 4.4-liter V8 TwinPower turbocharged engine with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. BMW says it blasts from 0-60 in just 4.1 seconds, no doubt quick enough to handle any MotoGP pace or safety car duty.
The BMW MotoGP fleet is fully comprised of five BMW M and M Performance Models (including the M6 Gran Coupe, M6 Coupe and M5). Two BMW M550d xDrive Touring models will also be used for medical transport. The fleet wouldn't be complete without two new BMW HP4 safety bikes. The official safety officer will be driving the track in an M3 Coupe.
Another anniversary celebrated by BMW is the BMW M Award, presented since 2003. At the end of the MotoGP season BMW presents an award to the rider with the best overall qualifying record.