The 2007 BMW M6 is equipped with outstanding handling and major acceleration, combined with a 155 mph top speed. Yet the adjustable ride and complex, cutting-edge transmission allow the M6 to be well-mannered enough to handle daily commute responsibilities as well as any luxury sedan with a comfortable ride and superb amenities. This is intended for the serious driving enthusiast who wants to be able to enjoy real driving thrills from a vehicle that can still be used on a regular basis.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 5.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), manual
Models: BMW M6
For 2007, the BMW M6 adds a convertible to the lineup. New standard equipment on all models includes soft-close doors, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and real-time traffic updates for the navigation system. The subscription to BMW Assist telematics is now four years instead of one. The CD changer is no longer standard and now exists as a dealer-installed option. In the middle of the production year, a manual transmission option was added.
The 2007 BMW M6 high-performance midsize coupe and convertible are available in one trim. Standard gear includes 19-inch double-spoke wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a carbon-fiber roof for the coupe, a body kit with a front airdam, side sill extensions, and a rear diffuser.
The cabin boasts standard leather-upholstered sport seats with 12-way power adjustments and an M sport steering wheel, a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system, Bluetooth wireless capability, one-touch power windows, and seat heaters. Options include a head-up display, Sirius Satellite Radio, keyless startup, high-definition AM/FM radio, and a full leather interior. Walnut wood trim is standard while olive ash wood. Carbon-fiber trim is optional. Interior color choices are red, brown, beige, gray, or black leather upholstery.
Performance & Handling
The M6 relies on a five-liter, V-10 engine of serious proportions that has a peak output of 500 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Using BMW's latest technology, like infinitely variable valve timing and a separate throttle butterfly for each cylinder, this V-10 produces a broad spread of power that becomes intense as it gets closer to the 8250-rpm redline. The only available transmission is a seven-speed automatic Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG). When shifting manually and using the paddles behind the wheel or the console-mounted shifter, this third-generation SMG works rather well, handling the throttle with precision while executing hyper-fast downshifts and upshifting swiftly enough to defeat most of the competition. It is in automatic mode that the SMG starts having problems with unpredictable and sluggish responses in low-speed traffic situations. This situation can be remedied using the iDrive system’s MDrive menu that allows the driver to program preferred transmission and throttle settings.
The M6 coupe had been timed at an at just 4.6 seconds in the zero-to-60-mph sprint and turned a very impressive quarter-mile time of 12.8 seconds at 117.4 mph. Those wishing to wield this mighty power need to have an ability to handle the major torque with deft manipulation of the accelerator. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph on all models.
Unlike some offerings in the all-out performance segment, the M6 can be seriously athletic or well-mannered enough for daily driving thanks to an adjustable suspension. The handling is sharp with responsive and communicative steering and a confidence inspiring grip. The M6 appears to be all about performance and driving thrills yet can still act as a daily driver, another impressive engineering feat from the German automaker.
Standard safety equipment on the 2007 BMW M6 includes stability control that features a high-performance ""M"" mode that gives the expert driver more leeway, traction control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags for the coupe only, a rollover protection system for the convertible only, and front and rear parking sensors. While the M6 offers a reasonably impressive list of a safety features, there have been no government crash safety tests to fully determine overall safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW M6 coupe, BMW M6 convertible: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Versatile suspension
- Elegant cockpit
- Seat comfort
- Spacious trunk
- Less pricey than rivals
You Won't Like
- SMG transmission in automatic mode
- The iDrive
A fine example of the rare, exotic daily driver.
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