The BMW M6 Gran Coupe has finally made its official debut. It will take on the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG in the ultra-high performance “4-door coupe” segment.
The M6 GC gets all the regular M-division aesthetic enhancements like an exposed carbon-fibre roof panel, painted brake callipers and 20-inch M6 Gran Coupe-specific double-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in ultra-high performance summer tyres. Inside, the M6 Gran Coupe will get a bounty of Alcantara, a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel and highly-bolstered leather seats. It also gets quad-exhaust pipes at the rear.
Propulsion comes from a direct-injected 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, borrowed from the M5 and M6 Coupe. Maximum power tips the scales at 560 hp from 5,750 to 7,000 rpm while 680 Nm is on tap from just 1,500 rpm all the way to 5,750 revs. The engine output is about 10% more than the M V10 engine while torque is up by over 30% and the fun is limited to a high-7,200 rpm. As with tradition, the power will go to the rear wheels; via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with the added advantage of electronically controlled Active M Differential.
If let loose, the M6 GC will hit an electronically limited top speed of 250kph and race away from a standstill to 100 kph in 4.2 seconds.
Stopping power will come from massive 15.7-inch rotors, up front and 15.6-inch rotors at the rear clamped by six-piston calipers. The new BMW M5 and M6 family will be the first cars in BMW history offered with optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes; 16.1-inch and 15.6-inch diameter rotors at the front and rear, respectively. It is also 19.4 kg lighter than the conventional brakes.
The new BMW M6 features both Brake Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start-Stop function. The M6 Gran Coupe comes equipped with Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Brake Assistant, Brake Fade Compensation function, a Brake Drying function and Start-off Assistant.
The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe will reach European markets by early summer 2013. We expect it to hit GCC shores in the second half of 2013 and will be overpriced well over Dhs 600,000 in the UAE.