The 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a five-passenger luxury sport sedan with exceptional performance lurking under the hood and body. No, you didn't misread that last sentence; we did in fact call it both a coupe and a sedan. A wildly capable four-door, the Gran Coupe wraps its performance ability in a sleek coupelike shape, complete with a sloping rear hood line almost like that of a hatchback.
The M6 Gran Coupe occupies two worlds, with one set of wheels in the regular 6 Series lineup and the other set in BMW's high-performance M division. As such, its price is well-defined and there are no trim levels to choose from. All that's left is to decide whether to add from among a handful of options or option packages.
As it comes from the factory, the 2018 M6 Gran Coupe is stacked nicely, starting with a turbocharged V8 engine and a quick-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. There's even a six-speed manual for driving purists, although it's an older gearbox that's outperformed by the automatic. Then there's a full complement of both high-performance and luxury features, including an adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential, adjustable steering and accelerator sensitivity, leather upholstery, multi-adjustable heated front seats, Bluetooth, a navigation system with a 10.2-inch display, wireless device charging, onboard Wi-Fi connection, and a Harman Kardon sound system.
From there you come to a fork in the road. Are you seeking maximum comfort for the daily drives and weekend long hauls? Then you probably want the Executive package, which adds a heated steering wheel and rear seats, ventilated front seats, rear and side window shades, and an exquisite sound system. Are you seeking maximum thrills every time the road ahead clears, especially if that road is winding? Then it's the Competition package for you, which adds 40 horsepower (600 hp total), enhanced steering and suspension performance, and a choice of wheels. Double down on that performance with the carbon-ceramic brake package, which enhances the already excellent stopping power bolted on at the factory.
All that power, or even the car's sheer size and mass, rise a concern? Then select the Driving Assistance package, which adds now-common safety aids such as blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning.
With multiple options for performance, comfort and personal style, it's easy to configure an M6 Gran Coupe to suit your tastes — provided you can part with the cash. A plain M6 off the dealer's lot will set you back as much or more than a new Tesla or a Porsche 911 with a few options. Following BMW's tradition of multiple stand-alone and packaged options, you can easily spend the kind of money on an M6 that buys you a house in the South or Midwest.
That's not to say the reward isn't worth it. Just one dip into the M6 Gran Coupe's accelerator on a clear road should be enough to sell you. When it comes time to choose the right M6 for you, let Edmunds guide you to the best candidate.
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What options are available on the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe?
Available BMW M6 Gran Coupe 2018 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Black Sapphire Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Singapore Grey Metallic
Interior Colors: Amaro Brown Full Merino premium leather, Black Extended Merino premium leather, Black/Black Merino premium leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Pre-collision safety system, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Heads up display, Sunroof/Moonroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Cooled Seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Lane Departure Warning, Upgraded Stereo
Engine/Mechanics: 8 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: rear wheel drive
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