BMW reveals 2014 M6 Gran Coupe

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Filling another BMW micro-niche, the new M6 Gran Coupe will slot in between the Bavarian brand's legendary M5 and M6 models as an all-new M variant, going up against the new Audi S7 and four-door super coupe segment initiating Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG.

As with all M models the new M6 Gran Coupe will get the usual bulked up body panels, a gorgeous exposed carbon fibre roof panel, and requisite ultra-large 20-inch wheels wrapped in meaty ultra-high-performance tires, not to mention M badges all-round, and as always it's all show with just as much go.

Between the specially vented front fenders is the same direct-injection 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 as offered in the M5 and M6, making 560-horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque; the latter available from a broad 1,500 to 5,750 rpm. The engine comes mated to BMW's M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) and routes torque through an electronically controlled Active M Differential before terminating at the rear wheels. BMW claims zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and a 250-km/h top speed, impressive numbers for any four-door.

Equally important are six-piston painted caliper-actuated brakes that grow to 398 millimetres in front and 396 millimetres in back. These should be good enough for road and track, and thanks to steering wheel-mounted M Drive buttons drivers can choose between the M1 driving mode position for sportier road use, or a special M2 track mode that shuts down all electronic driving aids for a more visceral at-the-limit performance experience. The M Drive system adjusts six parameters including engine management, Servotronic steering response, the M-DCT shift program, DSC, responses of DDC, plus the information sent to the Head-Up Display unit.

Despite its performance credentials the new M6 Gran Coupe won't cause its occupants to suffer from bare-bones racecar fittings, with luxurious leathers, suede-like Alcantara, carbon fibre and metal trims, along with the expected electronics befitting a car in this class. The seats are near racecar spec, mind you, with superb lateral bolstering and integral seatbelts, while a three-spoke steering wheel offers a performance look and feel.

Look for the new M6 Gran Coupe to debut in all its metal and carbon glory at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Four-Door Coupe, BMW, 2014, M6 Gran Coupe, $75,000 - $99,999,

Organizations: BMW

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page