2017 BMW M6 Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Exceptionally powerful turbocharged V8 engine
- Automated manual transmission is very responsive, and a traditional six-speed manual gearbox is still offered
- A wealth of high-tech features in the impeccably trimmed interior
- Widely adjustable and supportive front seats
- Feels big and heavy on tight roads
- Rear seating is cramped for adults
The 2016 BMW M6 is a truly comfortable grand tourer that's a beast at full throttle. The zero -to-60-time only begins to tell the story, as it's affected by the limited traction of rear-wheel drive at launch. Once you're putting all the power to the pavement, this is one of the fastest non-exotic cars in the world, gathering speed with the effortless thrust of an executive jet accelerating down the runway. It's never frightening, though, thanks to a refined stability control system that modulates power delivery at the limit without shutting down all of the fun. Turning stability control off, though, allows a skilled driver to burn through tires about as quickly as they will fuel.
In true GT fashion, the M6 is also a joy to drive if you're taking a road trip or even running a weekend errand. The adjustable settings for the suspension, steering, transmission and throttle response, allow you to adapt the M6 to your every mood. Viewed in a vein of pure performance, the M6 sits on the hefty side of the scale, with challenging sight lines over its long, V8-housing nose. The M6 wouldn't be our first choice for canyon-carving, though it will hold its own.
As expected of BMW's top two-door model, the M6's cabin caters to the driver's every need. Door panels and dashboard alike are wrapped with high-quality materials, while the center stack curves toward the driver to create a more intimate feel. BMW's classic analog gauges are easy to read at a glance, and the new iDrive infotainment interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the M6's systems, earning extra points for its beautiful widescreen display. However unlike the iDrive system in the latest 7 Series, there is no Gesture Control or touchscreen function.
The M6's 20-way adjustable front seats are exceptionally supportive, providing a perfectly snug fit for practically every body type. But the backseat, however, is just snug, period. So don't expect it to accommodate more than personal items or small children. To be fair, most cars of this type are similarly confining in back, or don't have seats at all. The trunk is a plus whether you choose the coupe or the convertible, measuring 13 cubic feet in the former and a useful 12.4 cubic feet in the latter (10.6 cubic feet with the top retracted).
The M6 convertible is also notable for its well-insulated top, which keeps wind noise largely at bay. With the top down, the separate glass rear window can be raised to serve as a wind blocker, facilitating civilized conversation and preserving hairdos to a degree.