Any true Beemer fan knows that the ?M? of the M series stands for ?Motorsport,? and the 2008 BMW M6 embodies this description to the core. With its muscular V-10 engine, impressive acceleration, and fine handling, the 2008 BMW M6 is nearly as well-endowed as any Formula 1 racecar. Yet with its comfortable four-passenger cabin and wealth of high-quality accessories, the M6 also doubles as a luxurious everyday vehicle that everyone loves to drive and ride in.
The 2008 M6 comes as both a classic two-door coupe and a drop-top convertible. Both models offer the same admirable level of power, performance, and comfort. A rare breed of machines occupies the high-performance coupe and convertible field, and the BMW M6 finds some worthy competitors in cars such as the Jaguar XKR and Mercedes-Benz CL550. Yet when it comes to interior space as well as overall performance, few cars competitors up to the M6. Its relatively lower price also makes it strong in this class. Whether driven by an experienced athletic driver or an everyday commuter with a taste for power, the 2008 BMW M6 has something to offer any luxury vehicle shopper.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 5.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: seven-speed sequential manual
Models: BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible
The BMW M6 receives a handful of exterior aesthetic changes for 2008. These include refashioned headlights and taillights and a fresh design for the integrated rear spoiler and brake light. Additional updates include active head restraints and options such as a heated steering wheel and automatic high-beam control. The iDrive control interface for interior electronics also comes with a memory system.
The streamlined BMW M6 looks every bit as athletic as it feels. In terms of style and design, the M6 offers everything one expects to find in both a sport coupe and a convertible. Both the two-door coupe and convertible sit on 19-inch double-spoke wheels, and the coupe comes topped with a lightweight carbon-fiber roof. Standard exterior features for both models include HID headlights, a front air dam, a rear spoiler, electrochromic heated mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers.
The M6’s interior features a fresh and simple console design, although the straightforward climate controls lose some points due to the rather confusing iDrive multifunctional control system. Aesthetically speaking, the 2008 M6 offers luxury, with real wood trim, leather seats, and a leather steering wheel.
Designed with the car’s athletic abilities in mind, the sporty front seats include large side bolsters intended to hug the driver and passenger securely during aggressive twisting and turning. The front seats also adjust many ways, allowing occupants to enjoy a comfortable ride. Buyers find ample legroom in the front seats, although taller rear passengers may find the space a bit cramped.
Additional standard features include a stereo system with a CD changer and subwoofer, heated front seats, and a navigational aid. A power sunroof comes standard on the coupe.
Performance & Handling
The BMW M6 houses a powerful five-liter, V-10 engine, rated at an impressive 500 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available, a seven-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG), allows for manual shifting through either the console-mounted shifter or paddles located behind the steering wheel. Automatic shifting is also available.
The M6’s super-muscular V-10 allows for lightning-fast acceleration, hitting 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. While the convertible weighs slightly more than the coupe, its pickup moves only a fraction lower. This impressive accelerating capacity gets attributed to the SMG transmission, with its electrohydraulic shifting under manual control. But the M6’s strength lies in more than just straight speed. Turn off the stability control, and any expert driver can strike up a fine relationship with this well-balanced car’s responsive steering.
For all its athletic ability, the BMW M6 also makes a fine vehicle for casual, everyday driving. The adjustable suspension provides a comfortable ride over a variety of terrains, and driver and passengers alike enjoy sitting through both daily commutes and extended road trips in this trustworthy machine.
The 2008 BMW M6’s standard safety equipment includes traction control, programmable stability control, anti-lock brakes, a vehicle anti-theft system, a trunk anti-trap device, and front and rear parking sensors. Front-seat side airbags come in both the coupe and convertible models, while side curtain airbags only improve the coupe. The convertible also provides a rollover protection system as an added safety measure in case of an accident.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW M6 Coupe: 11/17 mpg city/highway
BMW M6 Convertible: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Exotic performance for a relatively low price
- Powerful V-10 engine
- Sharp control
- Comfy, luxurious interior
You Won't Like
- Confusing iDrive control system
- Sluggish automatic transmission
- Bulky styling
Combines everyday comfort with top athletic performance at a reasonable price.
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