WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ - BMW has announced it will discontinue the BMW M6 Series and the custom 500-horsepower, 5.0L V-10 that powered the high-performance coupe and the last-generation BMW M5, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The M6, which was available in coupe and convertible models, featured carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in the roof and bumper and accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, according to the automaker.

Both the M6 and the recently discontinued M5 were built by BMW M, a subsidiary of BMW. BMW sold 6,775 of the M6 since 2005.The automaker is offering an attractive 0.9-percent APR financing option on the remaining inventory. Currently on Cars.com , there are 37 convertible and 65 coupe body styles of the 2010 BMW M6 still available.

The M6 starts at $102,350. With the introduction of a new 2011 BMW 5 Series, which both the BMW 6 Series and M5 are based on, we're not surprised to see the discontinuation of the last generation in preparation for the eventual rollout of next-generation models. It will be interesting to see what new top-of-the-line powertrain will replace the 5.0L V-10.

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Originally posted on Automotive Fleet