Road Test: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé – Canada Cars | Examiner.com

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This M6 Gran Coupé offers the driver and passengers alike a serene cabin wrapped in the finest leather and top quality materials, and loaded with the latest in technological safety and info-tainment goodies BMW has to offer. But when the road becomes twisty and the traffic dies down, the serenity gives way to the glorious clamber of one of the most menacing exhaust notes on the road today. The rumbling V8 engine is an engineering marvel created by the hands of the magicians at BMW’s legendary M division.

The sound of this car is highly addictive, and will no doubt, get you into trouble, as you find yourself arriving late to work each day due to the fact that you felt the need to explore just one more stretch of road, freeway onramp, or ear-blasting tunnel.

This car is fast. Scary fast for such a large machine, so you have to be very careful not to let it get away on you or you will soon become far too familiar with the local constabulary. As a product of the M division you can be confident that this car is more than capable of helping you exercise some demons and hone your driving skills at a local track day or performance driving school.

Under the seemingly endless hood, you will discover a twin-turbo, 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces 560-horsepower and a tire scorching 500 lb.-ft of torque. This exceptional power plant represents the most powerful engine ever fitted to an M production car.

The 7-speed, double-clutch transmission (M-DCT with Drivelogic) has been specially engineered to tame the high torque and high revving nature of the M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. It can be operated in either manual or automatic modes, and the driver also has access to paddle controls on the steering wheel. Shift operation is ultra quick, and the track proven gearbox is robust enough to handle prolonged aggressive use when it comes time to explore the car’s performance limits.

The driver has almost instantaneous access to the engine’s prodigious power due to the wide torque band ( 1,500- 5,750 rpm) and the presence of two turbochargers. Turbo lag is extinct, so acceleration is strong and linear, and runs from 0-100 km/h can be executed in a mere 4.2 seconds.

As you become more familiar with this rocket-ship’s capabilities and handling traits, you can utilize BMWs M Drive system to explore the car’s true potential. M Drive allows the driver to adjust six performance parameters including engine management, and a host of shifting programs.

The ride is firm, but pleasant, and enthusiast drivers will appreciate how well the car communicates with the driver through the razor sharp steering and form-fitting bucket seats. Big, meaty, low-profile tires grip the pavement with authority, but prove wide enough to suck you into the deep grooves left behind by years of heavy truck traffic. Luckily, in my region, these annoying depressions seem to be a right lane only phenomenon.

Handling is surprisingly neutral for such a large car, and there is almost no evidence of body roll during spirited cornering maneuvers. The M6 Gran Coupé is very nimble and is capable of delivering a driving experience similar to that of a high-end sports and GT car. What makes it so special however, is the fact that it is equally at home shuttling business types to and fro in the lap of luxury.

The BMW Gran Coupé is one of the prettiest cars in its class, but in my humble opinion, it looks even more attractive after receiving the M treatment. The front and rear of the car are all business. An aggressive combination of spoilers, intakes and aerodynamic aides hint at the performance potential of this striking beast. Pronounced wheel arches and a huge, 20-inch alloy wheels help give the long, low, Gran Coupé its very special look.

Other distinctive styling elements include a carbon-fibre roof panel, quad exhaust tips, side fender grilles, gold-painted Brembo brakes, and a rear diffuser panel. The M6 Gran Coupe looks ready for the track.

The M upgrade continues inside the spacious passenger compartment. M Sport bucket seats are wrapped in supple Merino leather, as is the dash, and both feature exposed, contrast stitching. Alcantara has been used for the headliner and to wrap the steering wheel.

Carbon fibre trim is used in abundance throughout the tidy cabin.

The view from the driver’s seat is uncluttered and the layout of the various switchgear and controls places everything within easy reach of both hand and eye. The four-plus-one seating arrangement allows the M6 Gran Coupé to carry four adults in luxury, or five in a pinch.

The M6 Gran Coupé is stylish, sophisticated, and extremely well engineered. Enthusiast drivers will relish the fact that It delivers a high- performance driving experience second to none, but is still able to offer the level of refinement expected in a high end European luxury automobile.

Technical Specifications: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé

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Base price (MSRP): $127,900

Price as tested: $154,050 (Includes optional equipment: Executive Package $10,500; M Carbon Ceramic Brakes $6,750; Full Merino Leather $5,900; Bang and Olufsen sound $5,900; Frozen Silver Metallic Paint $3,000).

Type: 5-passenger, 4-door, sedan

Layout: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive

Engine: 4.4-litre V8, DOHC, 32 valves

Horsepower: 560 @ 6,000-7,000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft): 500 @ 1,500-5,750 rpm

Transmission: 7-speed automatic with paddle shifting capabilities

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