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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Overview
The M6 Grand Coupe 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.
New for 2014
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.
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. Key space highlights include 35.3 inches of legroom versus the coupe's 30.5 inches and 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.
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. The M6 Grand Coupe features an aggressive lower front bumper, revised rear bumper, quad exhaust tips, twin-kidney grille has black slats, and signature BMW M-style appliques in the front fenders. 19-inch light-alloy wheels come standard, with an option for 20-inch wheels available. The lightweight carbon fiber roof lowers coupe's center of gravity and adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents, with adaptive LED headlights available. The convertible features a soft-top which can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph, and takes only 19 seconds to open, 24 seconds to close, according to BMW.
The interior is outfitted with Merino leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim, and M6 lettering on the doorsills. Furthermore, the BMW M6 Grand Coupe does not shy away from interior technology, featuring a driver-centric dashboard layout with 10.2-inch screen, which serves as the display for the iDrive system and two customizable M Drive buttons on the steering wheel for vehicle settings- all standard. Available options include heads-up display and Bang & Olufsen premium studio.
Under the Hood
The M6 Grand Coupe is powered by a 560-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 500 pounds-feet of torque fixed with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Offering a maximum turbo boost pressure is 21.7 pounds per square inch and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. Not only is this machine capable of some serious power, but it is equipped with fuel-saving stop-start engine technology and optimized with electronically controlled limited-slip Active M Differential and adaptive dampers and adjustable power-steering assistance.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system with deactivation setting, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags, and pop-up aluminum roll bars behind rear head restraints (convertible).
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com