Ever see a thoroughbred racehorse being brushed after a training session? You can't help but notice how that shiny coat seems barely able to contain the raw muscle underneath. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a true automotive thoroughbred.
To look at it with an untrained eye, you might well miss the subtle styling cues such as the carbon-fiber roof and 20-inch alloy wheels. They hint at its ability to burst out of the gate with the 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 bellowing from the subtly enlarged quad exhaust tips. Suspension and brake upgrades make certain the beast turns and stops as good as it goes.
And go it will, with the automaker claiming a zero-to-60-mph time of just over 4 seconds. But to concentrate on that muscle misses the point. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a four-door sedan with a low coupelike profile and a high-class passenger cabin that'll happily run with other thoroughbreds all day long and look good doing it.
Current BMW M6 Gran Coupe
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is offered in a single, well-equipped trim level. Standard features start with 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, driver-adjustable settings for suspension, transmission and steering, a limited-slip differential, automatic adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights and taillights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, automatic soft-close doors, power-folding and heated auto-dimming mirrors, and keyless entry and ignition.
Inside, the standard equipment list continues with four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and extended leather trim, 14-way power front seats (with heating, four-way lumbar support, adjustable bolsters and memory settings), a power-adjustable steering wheel, carbon-fiber accents and split-folding rear seatbacks. That list wraps up with an array of electronics including Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, BMW's iDrive interface that includes a 10.2-inch display, online services (including news and weather) and smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, voice controls, a navigation system, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with HD radio, satellite radio and USB-iPod integration.
There's an equally long list of options available, starting with the Executive package that adds a head-up display (also available separately), a heated steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, power rear side-window shades, fatigue-reducing "active" front seats with ventilation, heated rear seats and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. The available Driver Assistance Plus package bundles a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and a surround-view camera system.
To unlock the engine's true potential you'll want to spring for the Competition package that adds 40 hp to the V8's output, plus lightweight alloy wheels, a revised suspension, steering and rear differential tuning, a retuned stability control system that provides a higher threshold of intervention in the special M Dynamic mode and a black chrome finish for the exhaust tips. To confidently take your 6 Series Gran Coupe to the racetrack, consider the M Driver's package that includes a one-day high-performance driver training session at a BMW Performance Center and a higher top-speed limit of 190 mph.
Stand-alone options include different 20-inch wheel designs, carbon-ceramic brakes, a faux suede headliner, Apple CarPlay, and an infrared night-vision system with pedestrian detection.
Under the hood, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe gets a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that puts out 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque (600 hp and 516 lb-ft with the optional Competition package). A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles is standard, while a six-speed manual is available as a no-cost option.
Not surprisingly, the EPA combined fuel economy numbers are in the mid-teens. An auto stop-start function (which can be disabled) shuts down and restarts the engine at stoplights and in similar situations where it's possible to save a little fuel.
As you'd expect, the M6 Gran Coupe has power to spare when pressed, and yet it can manage to behave quite sedately in everyday commuting. The standard seven-speed automatic offers a high degree of refinement and performance, though some drivers will undoubtedly prefer the control of the six-speed manual. The available engine, suspension and steering settings do a good job of fine-tuning the car for a wide range of driving situations. That said, there's no escaping the fact that this is a big car that sometimes feels out of place on the very curvy roads.
Used BMW M6 Gran Coupe Models
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe made its debut in 2014 and returned unchanged for 2015. The following year, the 2016 model was upgraded with adaptive LED headlights, and the Competition option package boosted the V8's output even further. For 2017, Apple CarPlay became an option, as did the M Driver's package.