2014 BMW M6 Overview
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.
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.
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.
The M6’s aggressive sports demeanor features a lower front bumper, revised rear bumper, quad exhaust tips, twin-kidney grille with black slats, and the signature M-style appliqués in the front fenders. 19- inch light-alloy wheels come standard, with 20-inch wheels available. Roads are illuminated with standard adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents, with adaptive LED headlights available. The lightweight carbon fiber roof lowers the coupe’s center of gravity, and the convertible’s soft-top takes only 19 seconds to open, 24 seconds to close, according to BMW. Additionally, the soft-top can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph.
The M6's cabin retains BMW's familiar driver-centric dashboard design, which features at its center a 10.2-inch screen that serves as the display for the standard iDrive system. Interior features include Merino leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim, M6 lettering on the doorsills, and two customizable M Drive buttons on the steering wheel for vehicle settings. The M Drive system can alter the characteristics of the engine, steering and stability system, among other settings. A head-up display and Bang & Olufsen premium stereo are available.
Under the Hood
A twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 generates 560 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 pounds-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch. Maximum turbo boost pressure is 21.7 pounds per square inch. The engine also uses fuel-saving stop-start engine technology. An electronically controlled limited-slip Active M Differential, adaptive dampers, and adjustable power-steering assistance provide superb balance and handling. Acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes 4.2 seconds (coupe) or 4.3 seconds (convertible), according to BMW, and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system with deactivation setting, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags (coupe), and pop-up aluminum roll bars behind rear head restraints (convertible).
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com