Shortly after unveiling the 6-Series Gran Coupe at the end of 2011, BMW has started testing the most powerful version in the series: the M6 Gran Coupe. Today, after about one year of testings, the M6 Gran Coupe finally made its official debut today.
As with any other M6 model in BMW’s lineup, the Gran Coupe will be distinguished by a more aggressive and sportier look compared to the standard model. The list of changes will include more aggressive front and rear fascias with the usual M-type elements, larger, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, and, of course, a quad-exhaust system. The interior will also be updated with the same usual M elements: sports seats, a new M cockpit, lots of Alcantara and carbon fiber.
The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe will go on sale in May 2013 with prices starting from €128.800 - about $168,000 at the current exchange rates.
UPDATE 12/17/2012: BMW has unveiled a new video (above) revealing the interior features of its new M6 Gran Coupe. The model will come with M sports seats with integral belt guides, Merino leather upholstery and much more.
Just like with all the other BMW M models, the new M6 Gran Coupe will feature the usual M design elements that will distinguish it from the rest of the 6-Series Gran Coupe models. Up front, the model receives large air intakes, adaptive LED headlights and a kidney grille designed especially for this M model.
The new Gran Coupe version is clearly distinguished from the M6 Coupe thanks to its added rear doors and the 113 mm (4.44-inch) longer wheelbase. The C-pillars have also been redesigned to further accentuate the car’s dynamically stretched silhouette.
At the rear, the M6 ran Coupe has an integrated apron and a new diffuser made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), plus twin exhaust tailpipes positioned on the outer edges of the rear apron. Other distinctive M elements include: new M gills, aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors, standard BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line package and exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in a double-spoke design.
The car’s roof is made of carbon fiber combined with an anthracite-colored Alcantara roof liner on the interior. In here BMW also installed a distinctive M cockpit, M sports seats with integral belt guides, plus a Merino leather upholstery with extended features.
20-inch M light-alloy wheels
Heated driver and front passenger seats
Automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors
BMW Professional radio with hi-fi loudspeakers
2-zone automatic climate control or a 4-zone system with a control panel in the rear compartment - offered as an alternative
M multifunction seats
Heated rear seats
Heated steering wheel
Soft Close Automatic function for the doors
Electrically operated sun blinds
New-generation Professional navigation system
Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System
BMW ConnectedDrive features:
M-specific BMW Head-Up Display
Park Distance Control
High Beam Assistant
Speed Limit Info
Lane Change Warning,
Lane Departure Warning
BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition
Under the hood, BMW installed a 4,395 cc (4.4-liter) V-8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 pound-feet between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. This powerhouse of an engine sprints the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds. The M6 Gran Coupe boasts a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). With the addition of the optional M Driver Package, the M6 Gran Coupe’s top speed jumps up to 189 mph.
The engine is mates to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with a Drivelogic electronic management system that ensures the right gear is selected for optimum traction.
This engine-transmission combination nets the M6 Gran Coupe a combined fuel consumption rating of 9.9 liters per 100 km on the EU test cycle. That equates out to a 28.5 mpg in the U.S. Keep in mind, however, that the EPA’s testing process is more strenuous, so the fuel economy will likely fall to the 16 mpg range, like the M6 Coupe. In terms of emissions, the M6 Gran Coupe puts out a respectable-for-a-performance-sedan 232 g/km of CO2.
Drivetrain Specifications :
4.4-liter V-8 TwinPower Turbo
560 horsepower at 6,000 to 7,000 rpm
502 pound-feet at 1,500 to 5,750 rpm
7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
155 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Economy (EU test cycle)
28.5 mpg combined
232 grams per 100 km
Braking and Handling
The new M6 Gran Coupe is equipped with double-wishbone front axle, plus an M-specific version of the Dynamic Damper Control system and hydraulic variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion steering with the M Servotronic function.
The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe will go on sale in May 2013. Prices on the German market will start at €128.800, which is roughly $168,000 at the current exchange rates. There is no announcement for the U.S. market.
The CLS 63 AMG comes in with a 525-horsepower, 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine that punishes the concrete with 515 pound-feet of torque. It zips to 60 mph between 4.3 and 4.4 seconds, depending on whether it has the AMG Performance Package or not. While it punishes the concrete on the outside, the CLS 63 AMG papers your hind end with Nappa leather and keeps you pleased with its all-around luxurious interior. Sure, it’s not as fast as the M6 Grand Coupe, but is just as – if not more – luxurious.
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S smashes up concrete with its 4.8-liter V-8 turbocharged engine that produces 550 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This rockets the Panamera’s shooting brake body to 60 mph in only 3.6 ticks of the second hand and to a 190 mph top speed. We’ll call the Panamera Turbo S’s interior “nice” by $175K car standards. In no way is it as luxurious as the Bimmer or Benz, but it is acceptable for its cost. The Panamera is really more for someone that wants raw performance with some class and a set of rear seats.
The M6 Gran Coupe is sharp, don’t get us wrong, but choosing it over the CLS 63 AMG and Panamera Turbo S is a hard decision to make. In terms of price, the M6 looks like the sure bet, but if you want a little more exclusivity, go with the Benz or Porsche – that latter more that the former, obviously. Plus, if you are just looking for raunchy performance, stick with the Porsche, it’ll blow your mind in ways you never thought possible…
Looks very cool
A third body variant of the BMW M6 high-performanc e sports car is set to be presented for the first time as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe joins the existing Coupe and Convertible models in the line-up. The new member of the M6 family brings together customary M performance characteristics with extra helpings of luxury and aesthetic appeal. The high-revving V8 enginewith M TwinPower Turbo technology and 412 kW/560 hp propels the BMW M6 Gran Coupe from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds. And the elegantly sporty lines of the four-door Coupe are complemented by bespoke features, such as the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. The greater interior space of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe allows two rear passengers to enjoy generous levels of on-board comfort, and there is also a third rear seat for use on shorter journeys.
Design: the beauty of majestic power delivery.
Hallmark M design features influenced directly by technical considerations – such as cooling air requirements, chassis geometry, weight balance and aerodynamics – open a clear window into the performance capability of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. The front of the car is dominated by its large air intakes, standard Adaptive LED Headlights and an M kidney grille designed especially for this model. From the side, the first four-door Coupe in the BMW M GmbH ranks is clearly distinguishable from the BMW M6 Coupe thanks to its rear doors and 113-millimetre longer wheelbase. The low roofline flowing smoothly into the rear, the swage line – which takes in the door openers – and side windows extending well into the C-pillars accentuate the dynamically stretched silhouette.
Prominently flared wheel arches draw the eye to a track width specific to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. The characteristic M gills, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, standard BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line package and exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design underline the car’s distinctive appearance, as does another M signature – twin exhaust tailpipes positioned on the outer edges of the rear apron. Also integrated into the rear apron, and charged with the task of optimising airflow along the car’s underbody, is a diffuser made from CFRP.
This extremely lightweight, impressively strong high-tech material is used in the construction of the roof as well. Here, the visible carbon structure provides an eye-catching feature, as does a dynamic recess in the centre of the roof. This recess is referenced stylistically inside the car, the anthracite-coloured Alcantara roof liner gaining a central section in leather.
Emulating the harmonious blend of athletic prowess and elegance embodied by the exterior design, the distinctively M cockpit fuses sports car style with generous levels of space and a luxurious ambience. The driver and front passenger can look forward to M sports seats with integral belt guides. And the BMW M6 Gran Coupe’s standard specification also includes Merino leather upholstery with extended features. The rear compartment offers two or three seats, the backrests of which can split and fold down in a ratio of 40 : 60 to increase boot capacity from 460 to as much as 1,265 litres.
V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, Active M Differential.
The powertrain technology under the skin of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe guarantees the performance characteristics for which M Automobiles are renowned. The V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology produces 412 kW/560 hp. Its technical wizardry includes a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, a cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. The 4,395 cc unit keeps peak torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm, while maximum output is developed between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm. The engine revs to a maximum of 7,200 rpm. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h/155 mph (305 km/h/189 mph if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified). Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle stands at 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (28.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 232 grams per kilometre.
Taking care of power transfer is a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic. The transmission’s electronic management system ensures the right gear is selected for optimum traction. It also offers the driver a Launch Control function for maximum acceleration, Low Speed Assistance for extra comfort and the Auto Start-Stop function to enhance efficiency.
Under particularly dynamic acceleration out of corners, as well as in tricky road and weather conditions, the Active M Differential at the rear axle distributes the engine’s power between the individual wheels to maximum traction-enhancing effect. Its electronically controlled multi-disc limited-slip differential works hand-in-hand with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and splits drive between the right and left rear wheels quickly and precisely according to the situation at hand.
Chassis technology developed to M specification.
The chassis technology of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is also geared to harnessing the car’s sporting potential in the cause of supreme performance. Like the integral rear axle, the double-wishbone front axle has specific kinematics and components made from forged aluminium. Chassis mountings using large panels ensure dynamic forces are passed evenly through to the body. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe comes as standard with an M-specific version of the Dynamic Damper Control system and hydraulic variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering with the M Servotronic function.
As an alternative to the standard high-performance compound braking system, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe can also be ordered with M carbon-ceramic brakes. Made from a new type of carbon-fibre compound ceramic, the discs boast even greater resistance to heat, lower weight and exceptional resistance to wear.
Arranged around the gearshift lever on the centre console of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe are the buttons used to configure all the adjustable powertrain and chassis functions to personal tastes. The DSC mode,engine performance characteristics, Dynamic Damper Control mapping,M Servotronic responses and M DCT Drivelogic shift program can be selected independently of each other. All of which means the driver can put together a detailed set-up and store those settings on one of the two M Drive buttons on the multifunction steering wheel.
Exclusive and individual: high-quality range of equipment.
The standard equipment fitted on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, leather trim, heated driver and front passenger seats, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with hi-fi loudspeakers. Available as an alternative to the standard 2-zone automatic climate control is a 4-zone system with a control panel in the rear compartment. Among the other highlights of the options list are M multifunction seats, heated rear seats, Comfort Access, a heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, electrically operated sun blinds, the new generation of the Professional navigation system and a Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe also comes with a variety of BMW ConnectedDrive features, such as an M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Customers can also integrate their Apple iPhone or other smartphones into the car and make use of internet-based services while on board.