BMW has this fantastic twin-turbocharged engine called the S63Tü. Boasting 560 horsepower, it has made its way under the hood of the M5 super sedan, and M6 coupe and convertible for the 2013 model year. So, it was probably inevitable that it would be headed into the car that essentially an amalgamation of the two, the 6 Series Gran Coupe.
Using the extensive re-engineering developed for the M5 and two-door M6 models, the M6 Gran Coupe further takes the upmarket "four-door coupe" design and gives it the power to match its visual punch. Using the wheelbase of the 5 Series with the general design of the 6 Series stretched into a four-door, with frameless windows and coupe-like seats, the M6 Gran Coupe is an individualist's take on an already bespoke car.
Who It's For
Do you think the BMW 5 Series looks too stodgy, even under the guise of the M5? Do you like the looks of the 6 Series, but still need four doors? Do you think there's no such thing as too much horsepower or technology? And lastly, do you have six figures waiting in your bank account just dying to be spent on a new luxury touring car? If you answered "yes" to all of these, the M6 Gran Coupe might just be for you.
More than just being a luxury vehicle with a bunch of power, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is loaded with racing-inspired technology, including:
- Its rear axle bolted directly to the frame to aid in getting power to the ground.
- A seven-speed M-DCT automated transmission shared with the M5 and M6.
- Optional carbon ceramic brakes that shave nearly 43 pounds when compared to the standard cast iron brakes and offer superior braking ability at high speeds.
- Gobs of luxury items exclusive to the Gran Coupe, including BMW's extended Merino leather package, colored white.
What We Think
Going on sale this summer, the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe takes the up several rungs versus the 445-horsepower 650i Gran Coupe. Destined to cost more than the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, its closest rival, the M6 Gran Coupe doesn't offer much that any other M car doesn't have already, but there's a market for BMW to sell it, so the company's going ahead with it.
If you see this one anywhere outside of Los Angeles or Miami, we'll be surprised. But for those who desire having the prettiest BMW with its most powerful engine, this option now exists. Race-ready or not, who cares? It's an insane amount of power in the grandest of grand tourers.
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