2006 BMW M Roadster Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 BMW M - Road Test Specs

2006 BMW M Convertible

(3.2L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2006
ModelM Roadster
Style2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$52,995
As-tested MSRP$56,045


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeInline six
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,197 cc
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)330 @ 7900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)262 @ 4900
Transmission type6-speed Manual


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, lower control arm, coil spring, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil spring, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiSport Contact
Tire size, front225/45ZR18 Z
Tire size, rear255/40ZR18 Z
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - Rear ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.4
0-60 mph (sec.)5.0
0-75 mph (sec.)7.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.5 @ 104.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)52.5
@ Full throttle (dB)83.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith a launch rpm between 3,250 and 3,500, the M Roadster accelerates better with some wheelspin. It has intuitive clutch take-up and a brilliant shifter that make the launch easy and each upshift quick and clean.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsAs expected, the M Roadster has a solid pedal with consistent, perfect feel and perfect function.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsWhile the M Roadster suffers from heavy understeer on the skid pad, it exhibits spectacular at-the-limit balance in the slalom test's high-speed transitions; brilliant, communicative steering and a meaty steering wheel that should be standard-issue on every sports car.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)70.0
Wind (mph, direction)10

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 City 24 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,197 (as tested 3,277)
Length (in.)161.9 inches
Width (in.)70.1 inches
Height (in.)51.3 inches
Wheelbase (in.)98.3 inches
Legroom, front (in.)42.0 inches
Legroom, rear (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)37.3 inches
Headroom, rear (in.)N/A
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)7.1 cubic feet
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years / 50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake drying, start-off assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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