BMW M6 Review | 2013 M6 Coupe

11 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on BMW M6 Review | 2013 M6 Coupe

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Style: High-performance luxury car

Price: $292,500 (plus $293,500 (as tested)

Fuel claimed: 9.9 l/100km | tested: l/100km

With the twin-turbo of the M5 sedan mated to the … of the 6 Series coupe. the new M6 delivers a double-whammy of beauty and brawn.

But about practicality, comfort, Does the M6 have a purpose and a or is it just about impressive on a spec sheet?

We spent a under its carbon fibre to investigate whether the M6 can justify its pricetag. The answer is yes. And no. on.

Quality: Carbon fibre, and acres of double-stitched black cover the M6’s interior, and the black-on-black colour scheme of our car was a little sombre, there is no doubt about the quality of and construction.

After all, M6 buyers are accustomed to the finer in life. The M6 is most definitely one of things.

Comfort: When got heated and ventilated 18-way electric seats, a power-adjustable column and soft, supple it’s impossible to be uncomfortable in the M6.

As as you’re the driver.

Naturally, cramped rear seats are for kids (or adults with short necks), but what’s is how claustrophobic the front passenger feels.

The sweeping line of the centre-stack intrudes into the right knee room, and the high waistline you feel – and not in a cosseting, comfortable

For a car with such a sizable it’s astounding how little space there is inside an M6.

It’s the best that BMW has to so naturally there’s plenty of gear in the M6 as standard.

Things a dual-mode head up display, door sill kickplates, 3D sat soft-close doors, an internet digital TV tuner, bi-LED and a surround-view camera system are all and all standard.

That’s in addition to the luxuries like keyless and ignition, Bluetooth phone and integration, dual-zone climate heated and ventilated seats, control, rain-sensing wipers, on-headlamps with auto beam, a trip computer and sensors.

The standard equipment is so extensive, that the only feature of our test car was a $1000 retractable rear sunblind.

are other options available like a $4500 night system, $1800 active seats and a $14,000 Bang and premium stereo system serious audiophiles, we presume). the only option that we should be standard was the digital tuner ($950).

Storage: are two cupholders at the front of the centre a small coin holder and the split armrest is a deep but restricted space (due to the cradle fitted).

Boot in the Coupe is an impressive 460 litres.

The M6 is powered by the same 412kW 4.4 litre V8 as its four-door stablemate the M5. as as the same seven-speed twin-clutch

And boy, what a combination is. From virtually any point in the rev there’s an abundance of power.

is outstanding for a turbocharged engine; its and the V8’s 4.4 litres of displacement in perfect concert to reduce lag to barely-perceptible levels.

Power at 6000rpm, and there’s 680Nm of between 1500 and 5750rpm. The is that the M6 has no shortage of tyre-frying and while that’s certainly a for a performance car, in the context of it’s also a bit of a curse.

the throttle just a little too of a prod off the line, and the traction instantly intervenes to cut wheelspin. a similar story through corners too.

The best is to engage the M6’s MDM setting. It for “M Dynamic Mode”, and it the chain on the stability control and a certain degree of wheel

MDM is the comfortable middle-ground between the of full stability control and the white-knuckle madness that from turning off all the electronic Want to drive fast but want to stay out of the weeds? thumb that MDM button.

The is easily one of the best dual-clutch we’ve experienced.

In its more modes (you get to choose three settings), it slurs together smoothly like a hydraulic automatic.

But tighten the reins by selecting the shift mode, and gearchanges are perfectly rev-matched and often brutal when accelerating full throttle.

Refinement: You not expect it of a sports car like the M6, but for all its muscle there#39;s no sacrifice to

Ease up on the accelerator and keep the in its more relaxed shift and the M6’s powertrain takes on a smoother edge that its performance.

Engine noise is muted at low RPM, although always a muffled V8 growl from beyond the firewall to you of the car’s potential.

Get into the reaches of the rev range and the sound much louder and hard-edged. within the cabin though, the note is a little flat and Of course, that’s easily just roll down the

Suspension: Tipping the scales at under two tonnes with (not very heavy) aboard, the M6 somehow manages to its bulk rather well.

The responds quickly and the nose into corners with agility, but just like the M5 quite a disconnect between happening under the front and what gets transmitted to the fingertips.

But haul on that and the M6 faithfully goes wherever you it.

Even when under the active differential shuffles to the outside wheel to improve and cornering grip is phenomenal the M6’s 20-inch Michelin Super Sport tyres.

The looser calibration of the M Dynamic also allows for a slight attitude should you trod on the a bit too aggressively, but you still get the benefit of an safety net should you make a of it.

Ride quality is brittle the chassis is in Sport or Sport+ and only fractionally less so in Comfort mode. Still, as a car one could say that the M6’s ride is fitting for its purpose.

The M6’s gargantuan two-piece rotors measure 400mm at the and 396mm at the rear, and are gripped by calipers at the front and a two-piston caliper at the rear.

While in use the stopping force they is massive (despite the M6#39;s we found they became hot on a rapid run through the hilly and turns behind the Yarra


ANCAP rating: Not rated

features: Multi-mode switchable control, switchable traction ABS, EBD, brake blind spot monitor and departure warning system are all on the M6.

Front occupants are protected by seatbelts and anti-whiplash headrests, six airbags (front, front and full-length curtain) are standard in the M6


Warranty: years/unlimited kilometres. Paintwork is for three years, and body for up to 12 years against corrosion.

Service costs: BMW does not set intervals for the M6. Servicing costs according to vehicle usage.

R8 4.2 FSI quattro ($271,000) – Try not to be by Audi’s wonderful R8 V10 Plus. for the V8-powered R8 is still a very vehicle indeed.

With a balance that’s more than the V10, it can also be the satisfying car to drive, and it offers a of outright performance that’s what the M6 can muster despite its and torque deficit

But, a boot and no rear seats the M6 is a far more liveable machine. R8 reviews )

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG ($381,500) A 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 supplies the SL 63 395kW and an astonishing 800Nm of and as a result the car is a tyre-frying monster.

But at $90k more than the it’s a machine that make much sense to who shop on value (but not as relevant a consideration in the ultra-luxury car segment). (see SL reviews )

XKR-S ($299,000) – like the M6, the Jag XKR-S is a grand on steroids. Its supercharged 5.0 litre V8 produces similar power and identical torque (680Nm), so is definitely not in short supply.

a bit of a beast though; and while it on chassis balance it wins o n acoustics – the XKR-S absolutely glorious at full ( see XK reviews )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


It’s difficult to not be impressed the big and bold M6. On the road it’s and more agile that ever expect a 1850kg RWD tourer to be, and its performance is simply

But for some reason we didn’t to it in the same way that we did the M5 – though both cars most of their mechanicals.

And that’s why.

When you can get a experience from a car that for $60k less, it’s to see any sense in going for the M6. Especially the M5 has more space, is more and infinitely more practical.

the M6 gets to triple-digits one tenth of a faster than the M5 (4.2 vs 4.3 seconds), but how relevant is that to the average M5 or M6 buyer, really?

No, you buy the M6 you want the the most opulent car BMW can offer you, not some super sedan. It costs serious coin, but then the M6 is one serious car.

The rational of my brain tells me the M6 makes no and that I should forget it, but the lobes responsible for desire and are already planning a bank

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