BMW introduced the third-generation M6 convertible for the 2012 model year and M6 coupe for 2013. The new M6 models ditched the high-revving V-10 engine in favor of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Later, BMW added a third body style to the lineup, a four-door sedan with a coupe-like roofline called the Gran Coupe. A new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic replaces the old single clutch unit, and a six-speed manual is available exclusively for the North American market.In a 2013 First Test, we said that the M6 features a well-trimmed interior with comfortable seats, a great driving position, and plenty of seating adjustability. Despite its strong straight line performance, the car feels slightly out of place on winding mountain roads since it isn’t as communicative as lighter, more nimble sports cars. The interior is also noisier than one would expect out of such a large and comfortable luxury coupe.For 2016, BMW refreshed the M6 along with the rest of the 6 Series range, and it received a new Competition package that adds an improved sport suspension, a sport exhaust with black tips, 20-inch light alloy wheels, and a power bump to 600 hp.Check for review,features & price of BMW Cars
EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;
This 6-Series Gran Coupe comes with a lot of special exterior features. The front of 6-Series Gran Coupe is decorated with chrome plated ‘M’ Kidney Grille having M6 badge embossed on it. Its sleek headlight cluster is fitted with four LED based daytime running light rings and adaptive LED headlamps. The front bumper is incorporated with an air dam in the centre and a pair of huge air ducts for better air intake apart from providing rugged look to the front. In order to protect the vehicle from minor damages, the automaker has fixed a glossy black protective cladding. Coming to the side profile, it is sleek and comes equipped with M light and 5-double spoke alloy wheels. The window sill and A, B, C pillars are treated with glossy black colour. On the other hand, the exterior wing mirror caps and the door handles come in body colour. Its rear profile is absolutely stunning as its front and side. It has got elegant taillight cluster, a muscular bumper and sleek boot lid. Apart from this, a carbon diffuser is equipped in the rear which offers great down-force at high speed levels. This model series is available in four new sparkling exterior paints including Cashmere Silver, Glacier Silver, Mediterranean Blue and Melbourne Red.Get deals on BMW M6 Series
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
As expected of BMW’s top two-door model, the M6’s cabin caters to the driver’s every need. Door panels and dashboard alike are wrapped with high-quality materials, while the center stack curves toward the driver to create a more intimate feel. BMW’s classic analog gauges are easy to read at a glance, and the new iDrive infotainment interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the M6’s systems, earning extra points for its beautiful widescreen display. However unlike the iDrive system in the latest 7 Series, there is no Gesture Control or touchscreen functionThe M6’s 20-way adjustable front seats are exceptionally supportive, providing a perfectly snug fit for practically every body type. But the backseat, however, is just snug, period. So don’t expect it to accommodate more than personal items or small children. To be fair, most cars of this type are similarly confining in back, or don’t have seats at all. The trunk is a plus whether you choose the coupe or the convertible, measuring 13 cubic feet in the former and a useful 12.4 cubic feet in the latter (10.6 cubic feet with the top retracted).The M6 convertible is also notable for its well-insulated top, which keeps wind noise largely at bay. With the top down, the separate glass rear window can be raised to serve as a wind blocker, facilitating civilized conversation and preserving hairdos to a degree.
ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;
Things under the hood have been slightly tweaked. The twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 now makes an extra pound-foot of torque, bringing the total to 501. Horsepower remains steady at 560. The power comes between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm while torque stays strong between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm.Both the M6 coupe and Gran Coupe are capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.2 seconds while the M6 convertible takes 4.3 seconds. Top speed for all three versions is limited to a very German 155 mph. Fuel economy isn’t bad despite all the power. Both the coupe and Gran Coupe get an estimated 23 mpg highway while the convertible makes do with 22.8 mpg highway.Checking the Competition Package option box gets you 15 extra horsepower, bringing the total to 575. Torque remains the same at 501 pound-feet. The package also includes a sports exhaust system, the 20-inch wheels, a retuned steering rack, and tighter suspension settings. The extra horsepower helps save a tenth second off each cars’ respective 0-to-62 mph time.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
As far as the steering is concerned, BMW has gone with the old school hydraulic assist way for the rack and pinion setup as opposed to an electromechanical steering. While some might find it odd especially knowing that the M6 Gran Coupe is surely going to be a car with a hefty price tag and question why the German car maker didn’t install the car with the latest trend in technology, as far as the drive in itself is concerned, I personally liked the weighty steering wheel that really makes the car a great handler. That said, at higher speeds it feels a little vague and demands constant input, two traits that are particularly rare on a Bimmer.
BRAKING AND SAFETY ;
Perforated all-round inner-vented compound brake discs are fitted in the vehicle. Anti-lock-braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control, dynamic stability control including M dynamic mode and electric parking brake with auto hold all aide towards rock solid braking experience.Airbags are employed in front for driver and co-passenger, head bags are housed in front and rear while side bags are incorporated for driver and front passenger. Besides, there is an alarm system, active head rests in front, active protection with attentiveness assistant, BMW intelligent maintenance system, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting, side-impact protection, warning triangle with first-aid kit and three-point seat belts at all seats, including pyrotechnic belt tensioners at front and belt force limiters at front.
As we mentioned above, BMW’s M6 Gran coupe is a lavish sedan with avant-garde equipments aboard and generous space on offer. The engine is refined and performance is sledge-hammering, although what works against it is the high price tag costing substantially higher.