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By Cars.com Staff
June 19, 2013
The M6 is BMW's high-performance version of its 6 Series sports car. It has more aggressive, M-specific styling cues and is powered by a turbocharged V-8 engine that's rated at 560 horsepower. The M6 is available as a coupe, soft-top convertible or as a coupelike four-door, dubbed Gran Coupe. The M6 competes with the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Jaguar XKR.
A traditional six-speed manual transmission is now available as a no-cost option, and the transmission includes a downshift-rev-matching feature. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles and a launch-control function is still available.
Large carbon-ceramic brake rotors with gold-painted calipers are also optional. The brakes shave nearly 43 pounds from the M6's curb weight, and the system quickly dissipates heat, according to BMW.
All M6s get an updated version of BMW's iDrive controller system that brings revised graphics, new menu interfaces, upgraded navigation and a dictation service for composing short messages. Exterior Highlights
M6 gets an aggressive lower front bumper, revised rear bumper and quad exhaust tips
Standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels; 20-inch light-alloy wheels available
Lightweight carbon fiber roof lowers coupe's center of gravity
Twin-kidney grille has black slats
M-style appliques in the front fenders
Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents
Available adaptive LED headlights
Convertible's soft-top takes 19 seconds to open, 24 seconds to close, according to BMW
Soft-top can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph
Driver-centric dashboard layout with 10.2-inch screen, which serves as the display for the iDrive system
Merino leather upholstery
Carbon fiber trim
M6 lettering on the doorsills
Two customizable M Drive buttons on the steering wheel for vehicle settings
M Drive can alter the characteristics of the engine, steering and stability system, among others
Available head-up display
Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
Under the Hood
560-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 500 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
Maximum turbo boost pressure is 21.7 pounds per square inch
Fuel-saving stop-start engine technology
Electronically controlled limited-slip Active M Differential
Adaptive dampers and adjustable power-steering assistance
Top speed electronically limited to 155 mph
Electronic stability system with deactivation setting
Side curtain airbags (coupe, Gran Coupe)
Pop-up aluminum roll bars behind rear head restraints (convertible)
M6 Gran Coupe The Gran Coupe body style is equipped similarly to the other M6 versions. The biggest differences are in the body style itself and the resulting interior space. From bumper to bumper, the Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches longer than the M6 coupe and 4.1 inches longer than the 5 Series sedan. The front seat dimensions are essentially the same as the coupe's, but the Gran Coupe boasts a roomier backseat with three rather than two positions.
35.3 inches of legroom versus the coupe's 30.5 inches
37 inches of headroom versus 35.8 inches in the coupe
The Gran Coupe shares the coupe's 16.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is 2.2 cubic feet larger than the 5 Series sedan's trunk