2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe revealed - Detroit 2013
Breaking cover prior to its formal coming out party next month in the Motor City, the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Sport has now been revealed in full production guise. Set to arrive here early next summer, the newest member-to-be of the M6 family fulfills all of the visual and mechanical promise BMW claimed it would when we brought you the first M6 Gran Coupe teaser images back in July.
A higher-profile, higher-energy take on the 4-door BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the new M6 version gets a comprehensive but tasteful M-spec exterior enhancement, highlighted by a bolder fascia treatment that brings a bespoke grille, larger air intakes and Adaptive LED headlamps. Bigger fender flares accommodate the M6 Gran Coupe's wider track dimension and house bespoke 20-inch M light-alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance 265/35 front tires and 295/30 rubber. They're set off with a BMW High-Gloss Shadow Line package and aero-optimized side mirrors while the roof panel is made from mass-reducing CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic). At the rear of the M6 Gran Coupe dual twin exhaust outlets flank a functional lower diffuser also rendered in CFRP.
Like BMW's M5 and M6 models, the high-performance heart of the new M6 Gran Coupe is the automaker's 4.4-liter Twin Power Turbo V8 that makes 560 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with traction-optimizing Drivelogic circuitry as well as a Launch Control function that sends power to the rear wheels via torque-vectoring Active M differential, the most potent engine the ever fitted to a production M car can send the M6 Gran Coupe streaking from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and on to an electronically governed terminal velocity of 155 mph - or 189 mph if fitted with the optional M Driver's Package.
To ensure best use of that motivational might, the M6 Gran Coupe also boasts a comprehensive M-style suspension remake that brings unique mapping to the car's Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Damper Control, M Servotronic, M DCT Drivelogic and power steering systems that can be custom tuned by the driver using one of two M Drive buttons. Beyond its standard high-performance brakes, M6 Gran Coupe offers lightweight M Carbon Ceramic alternatives for the ultimate in stopping power.
While retaining all of the basic premium elements found in its 6 Series sibling, the cabin of the new M6 Gran Coupe also features a bounty of M touches highlighted by an Anthracite colored headliner, deeply bolstered M sport buckets in Merino leather up front and a 60/40 fold-down rear seat with that can accommodate two or three. In addition to its M-specific Head Up display, the M6 Gran coupe features BMW ConnectedDrive with Park Distance Control, rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision. For buyers who need more, the options roster includes items lime 4-zone climate control, a new-gen navigation system's Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound audio and M Multifunction seats.
Expect pricing for the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe to be released closer to the car's on-sale date.
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