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2008 BMW M6

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2008 BMW M6 Review

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This is the second car from BMW to carry the M6 name (the first was available in the U.S. in 1987-88) and the latest in a long line of BMW luxury performance coupes. Now available in coupe and convertible forms, the 2008 M6 comes equipped with a 5.0-liter DOHC 40-valve V10 engine and can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 4.5 seconds. Produced in limited quantity at BMW's Dingolfing, Germany factory, this four-seat sports coupe is built to deliver optimal performance with luxurious comfort.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a complex sports car that can perform on a racetrack or the highway, has all the creature comforts one could want and looks gorgeous, the 2008 BMW M6 is it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't need all the performance features, go for a simpler BMW 650i. The M6 is for the serious enthusiast.

What's New for 2008

The M6 is derived from the 6 Series and has a revised front end, a more pronounced integrated rear deck spoiler and Active Head Restraints. A heated leather steering wheel and High Beam Assist join the options list.

Driving the M6

Driving Impressions This is a seriously fast, high-performance sports coupe with capabilities that will prove to be far beyond the skill levels of almost all its owners and drivers, and it should,...

therefore, be treated with respect. That said, it is actually easy to drive within reasonable limits, feels grounded and secure, responds with finesse and corners with only minimal body roll. The SMG automatic transmission seems to shift gears quite a bit and can seem busy at times. We liked the paddle shifter controls, as they were easy to operate and contributed to smooth shifting. The enthusiast will have a terrific time, but if you are in the novice stage of performance driving a car of this capability is not the sort of thing on which to try to develop your skills, as it is seriously powerful, seriously fast and -- it goes without saying -- will be seriously expensive if you have to fix it.

Driving School
Included with every new M6 is a course in advanced driving techniques at the BMW performance Center in Spartenburg, South Carolina. We recommend it highly.

Seating for Four
This is a serious sports coupe with luxury comfort levels and room for four if you need it.

2008 BMW M6 Details
Interior

The cabin of the M6 is equipped with eye-catching sweeps of rich woods (Walnut Madeira or a lighter Olive Ash), soft Merino leather and sporty chrome touches. There are several well thought-out details, including titanium finish on the shift paddles, door handles and iDrive controller, manual thigh-support adjustment, heated 16-way power seats (including four-way lumbar and backrest support) and a headliner outfitted in a rich coal-colored material. Ambient lighting with illuminated door handles, storage bins and front footwells adds to the luxury quotient. Notable appointments include the lockable glove compartment with a rechargeable take-out flashlight and a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel. Two seats in the back and a large trunk that accepts two sets of golf clubs offer versatility and function.

Exterior

The lines of this dynamic coupe are graced with boldly sculpted side sills and rocker panels, a carbon-fiber roof and streamlined exterior windows shaped for efficient aerodynamics and reduced wind noise. Although the M6 offers enormous performance levels, it is not overly aggressive looking. The exterior has soft dips and subtle touches, like M logos on the turn-signal indicators and side gills, satin-chrome side-window trim and illuminated door handles. Distinctive features include 19-inch alloy wheels with Z-rated performance tires, a front bumper/spoiler/air-intake ensemble, a matching rear bumper/spoiler/diffuser treatment and four round stainless-steel exhaust tips.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The M6 is equipped with a 5.0-liter DOHC 40-valve V10 engine, seven-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) or six-speed manual transmission, iDrive system with navigation function and Dynamic Stability Control, which includes all-speed traction control. The M6 Convertible features a power retractable soft top with glass rear window. Other features include illuminated door handles, Park Distance Control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a choice of standard or metallic paint, Adaptive Xenon headlights with dynamic auto leveling, a start and stop button, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic climate control. On the safety side there's a dual-stage front-impact restraint system, a head protection system and front seat side-impact airbags.

Optional Equipment

The well-equipped M6 has a short list of options including a Head-up Display in color, full Merino leather upholstery with Alcantara headliner (Coupe), carbon-fiber black interior trim, soft-close doors, keyless start and entry, High Beam Assistant, heated steering wheel, premium audio upgrade, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and high-definition HD radio.

Under the Hood

The 5.0-liter DOHC 40-valve V10 engine with BMW's Double-VANOS variable valve timing is fitted with a seven-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG) with Drivelogic, 11 shift programs and launch control. A six-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option.

5.0-liter V10
500 horsepower @ 7750 rpm
383 lb.-ft. of torque @ 6100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/17

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2008 BMW M6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 29 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.7/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    10.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.9/10

Amazing Performance

By on Friday, June 28, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance and Looks"

Cons: "Dye quality used in the leather seats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought a White and Tan M6 Convertible and have never been happier. Amazing performance and looks. Bought it used, cannot justify taking such a huge hit in depreciation, but looks as beautiful as the day it rolled out the factory. My only complaint with the car are that the seat colors seem to wear off rather quickly, the dye used seems to rub off way to quickly, other than that very happy and love the sound that comes out of that exhaust!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Ultimate Driving machine

By on Sunday, October 14, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ultimate driving car,fast and stylish"

Cons: "fuel consumption,drinks oil,expensive fixes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Another drop top day

"So I bought my car with about 47000 miles. In a year and a half I have 70k. No matter how hard you try you always take the long way home. Great car for road trips the top down V10 exp makes up for the high cost of fuel. Not a day goes buy where someone does not compliment me. It is an awesome machine. Here comes the downside so as the driverless clutch(SMG) wears it becomes problematic and very costly 5 to 10k to replace because the hydrolic pump gets damaged, buy a true manual transmission if you can. Or you can change the clutch around 50k.It can be tempermental sensors occasionally going but overall a great automobile. I will be buying the next generation when my budget can afford it."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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Amazing performance and fun!

By on Sunday, March 18, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is by far the funnest car I've ever owned. 10/10 on the fun to drive and in the summer with the top down it's even more enjoyable. The engine makes amazing tones and is smooth like butter."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Amazing. Best BMW ever built!

By on Thursday, December 15, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "500 HP, beautiful interior, amazing engineering"

Cons: "blind spots, long term ownership costs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought this car a few months ago for $49K. It is amazing that some poor slob paid close to $120K with gas guzzler tax just a couple years ago. The new 2013 M6 will have a standard, mass produced V8, while the 2010 and prior have a handbuilt, V10. The 2010 and prior M6 will be the last V10's BMW produces, due to emissions laws. If you have one, hold onto it. If you dont have one, buy one! 500 horsepower, and all the luxury to go with it, in a car that simply looks like its driving 100 mph, even while sitting still make this a phenomenal car to own."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Buy a 2008 or later!

By on Thursday, December 01, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,990

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Styling, Power, conveniences"

Cons: "Transmission from 2007 and prior."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car, it's got everything you could want; Power, style, and class. My only hangup with this car is the transmission on the '07 and prior before the changed to the smg double clutch transmission. It's a bit clunky, doesn't shift very quickly, and is fatiguing in stop-and-go traffic. Otherwise, amazing vehicle!"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Greatest Car ever

By on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Style, Power, Fun to drive, Always turns heads"

Cons: "Zero-Nada-"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Ok 500 hp 7 speed F1 transmission It's a BMW This is a great car. Crazy fast- Inside is amazing... And there is this V10 just waiting to hit the freeways!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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