BMW M6 Gran Coupe - official

For all our huffing and puffing about M now standing for marketing and all that, in the metal there’s little doubt that the new M6 Gran Coupe looks fabulous. We were shown the car last week at a BMW preview event and, brooding under the studio lights, it’s all you could hope for in terms of taking the already-sleek 6 Gran Coupe and turning it into something a little more potent. M for visual muscle, in this case, then.

M kit suits the Gran Coupe's lines
M kit suits the Gran Coupe's lines
The muscle is not just skin deep of course. Mechanically the M6 Gran Coupe is, as you’d expect, the real deal, with the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 packing 560hp and 502lb ft from just 1,500rpm. You’d have been waiting for 6,000rpm on the dial before the old V10 gave its all, a sign of how things have changed at M in terms of mechanical character.

It’s also amazing to now consider that the M6 is a three-car family too, the Gran Coupe joining the Coupe and Convertible versions, and begging the question: who’s going to choose an M5 over this? Certainly if you were standing between the two in the BMW showroom mulling it over it’d be hard to avert your gaze from the 6. Looking more closely at the bottom line might have you turning back to the 5, though; the fact the M6 Coupe costs nearly £20K more than the M5 suggests a similar premium for the Gran Coupe, at a minimum. Suffice to say, don’t expect much change from £100K after even the most tentative exploration of the options list. Before you get there, standard kit includes 20-inch wheels, leather, M head-up display and various other delights, cost upgrades including heated rear seats, soft-close doors, ceramic brakes and much, much more.

Would you have one over an M5?
Would you have one over an M5?
For context a 500hp Panamera Turbo starts at £104,758 (the 550hp Turbo S from £123,776), a CLS63 AMG with 525hp looks a relative bargain at £81,170 and Aston Martin will charge you at least £149,995 to get into a Rapide.

What else do you need to know? Well, driving through the same seven-speed M Double Clutch gearbox as the other hot 5s and 6s, it’ll hit 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds which is the same as the regular M6 Coupe and a couple of tenths faster than the M5. Normally it tops out at a regulated 155mph but you can raise this to 189mph with the optional M Driver’s package. Taking the rose tints off the new-school 28.5mpg and 232g/km are difficult to argue with too.

Will they be offering it in a manual for the Americans though? A polite but non-committal smile was the best anyone would give us…

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  • Zod 21 Dec 2012

    E38Ross said:
    Pistonwot why don't you stop talking st and fk off. You even said the mclaren p1 looked "generic" well what the fk do you drive which is less generic than that, is lightweight, thrilling to drive yet more comfortable and refined than an M6?

    Pray,do tell us... Custard test would be good too.
    He's been asked before what the "fun" car he drives is, but hasn't responded.

    Remember though: "I drive these type of things plenty and for me they are utterly boring, they have no dynamic feel, no feedback, no interaction and a severe lack excitement.
    Worse still, they dont like PLAYING." - unlike his "fun" car, of course.

  • Gaz. 21 Dec 2012

    Pistonwot said:
    E38Ross said:
    Pistonwot why don't you stop talking st and fk off. You even said the mclaren p1 looked "generic" well what the fk do you drive which is less generic than that, is lightweight, thrilling to drive yet more comfortable and refined than an M6?

    Pray,do tell us... Custard test would be good too.
    Not you again.
    It was better when you were touching up your sister and wondering why your kids have got weird smiles. At least it kept you away from a keyboard I suppose. Did she kick you out again or is your unknowingly looking in two directions at the same time charm just not doing it for her anymore?
    If you two think the above quotes are an acceptable standard for PH you are sorely mistaken. Both of you raise the bar please.

  • g3org3y 21 Dec 2012

    Anyone read the most recent issue of EVO with the M6 up against the Maserati, Merc etc?

    Objectively sounded like the best car there on the day!

  • BeirutTaxi 21 Dec 2012

    FAO: Pistonwot

    Yesterday I did a 260 mile drive, which was composed of 70% motorway, 25% dual carriageway and 5% fun country roads. I had circa 50kgs of luggage too.

    What sort of car do you suggest I should have taken on the trip to cover the basis of practicality, refinement and yet have performance and an entertaining drive?

    Also do you consider the E92 M3 to be a bad car?

  • HighwayStar 20 Dec 2012

    Pistonwot said:
    Such naivety, I remember when I believed in altruism.

    If it being a genuine sports car doesnt matter then why do BMW spend BILLIONS promoting their products as precisely that? They would not spend a single penny if it didnt do something, hmmmm,

    what could that something be?

    BMW buyers mainly buy the badge regardless of the content and most, if they could afford it, would buy the Merc simply because the Mercedes badge is an upgrade, the content or style of either does not matter 1 bit.

    What "BMW taking such liberties for profits" means.
    BMW are dishonest, they are abusing a position of trust telling more than half truths in order to trick less knowledgeable car buyers (punters)
    I know how I view that type of behaviour.

    Comment by Richard Head!
    "Car manufacturers aren't charities created to build your fabled 'genuine sports cars".

    That is exactly the point isnt it? STOP TRYING TO SELL IT AS THAT THEN.
    Now is when you look up what shysters means.
    BMW are just that! Have you seen their own website? Theyd have you believe you were buying a DTM thoroughbred when you got any M.
    They are too keen to tell anyone who will listen "M is the ultimate driving experience".
    Christ, either the new batch of employees have had a very limited choice of fun things to go fast in OR theyre lying through their teeth.

    Ill go for option 2
    Why do you car what cars people buy, at the end of the day they have what they want. When BMW mention sport they aren't saying don't buy that 911 when the M5 will do all it does and more. And M3 driver doesn't believe through marketing that he'd live with even a poorly driven Aerial Atom while charging along behind in his comfy 4 seat coupe.
    Yes, people fall for marketing, some will fall for a badge... Lots of Mercedes drivers would never bring themselves to drive a BMW but.... To simply say most BMW drivers just buy the badge is pure ignorance which comes across in every ridiculous rant you post. We get that you hate big bad BMW... Hate that they make profit but... you got a job? I'm not interested in what you do but I bet you don't do it for nothing, at least think you are getting what you are worth and wouldn't turn money down if it were offered. You profit from what you do.
    No one is putting a gun to the heads of buyers of BMW's or whatever so why get so stoked up?
    I notice from your profile you don't share your vehicle of choice with us, some one even asked... So, what is it? I can only imagine it must be something seriously hardcore? So? We're waiting wink

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