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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Preview

12/18/2012
Fast Facts:
  • 560 horsepower
  • 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds
  • Model-specific mechanical upgrades
  • Model-specific design and interior elements
  • Carbon-fiber composite roof panel
  • 4+1 seating with front M sport seats
  • Optional carbon ceramic brakes
  • On sale in June 2013

Introduction
The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a performance-tuned variant of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe, itself a 4-door version of the BMW 650i Coupe. Designed to carry 4 passengers in comfort, the Gran Coupe's rear seat can accept an additional passenger when necessary, prompting BMW to claim that the car offers "4 + 1" seating.

Exterior Features
The 2014 M6 Gran Coupe looks different than a standard 650i Gran Coupe, with styling modifications dictated by "cooling air requirements, chassis geometry, weight-and-balance, and aerodynamics," according to BMW.

Details include larger front air intakes, a unique M kidney grille design, aerodynamic side mirrors, twin exhaust outlets, and a carbon-fiber composite rear diffuser panel. Flared wheel arches accommodate the M6 Gran Coupe's wider track and 20-inch M double-spoke forged light-alloy wheels. Decorative elements include signature M-style side gills and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim.

Interior Features

Inside, the new M6 Gran Coupe is equipped with carbon fiber interior trim, an Anthracite-colored Alcantara headliner with a leather central section, M6 door sill plates, iDrive system with a 10.2-inch display, black-panel M gauge display, and M Drive buttons on the steering wheel that allow the driver to activate up to two saved vehicle configurations.

The driver and front passenger sit on M multi-function sport seats with integral seat belts, 10-way power adjustment, and manual thigh extension bolsters. The seats are wrapped in premium Merino leather upholstery, with an extended leather treatment for the cabin.

Optional Features
In addition to BMW Individual color and interior trim selections, the new M6 Gran Coupe is expected to offer options grouped into packages or available individually.

Highlights include adaptive LED headlights, upgraded wheel designs, soft-close automatic doors, and power side and rear window sunshades. Active front seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a 4-zone automatic climate control system are also available, along with a head-up display and a Bang & Olufsen high-fidelity audio system.

Additionally, the M6 Gran Coupe is offered with several safety-related technologies to be discussed below.

Under the Hood
A twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 engine resides under the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe's hood, generating 560 horsepower between 5,750 rpm and 7,000 rpm and 500 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 rpm and 5,750 rpm. To put these power figures into perspective, compared to the old V-10 engine installed in the previous-generation M6, this new engine delivers 10% more horsepower and 30% more torque. BMW also says the new engine's effective rev band is three times greater than the previous engine.

By BMW's stopwatch, the new M6 Gran Coupe gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

A 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) with Drivelogic is standard. It offers Automatic (D) and Manual (S) driving modes, with manual shifts executed using the gear selector on the center console or the paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.

Drivelogic offers three driving programs for each driving mode. In Automatic mode, the D1 program is the default, and calibrates the car to operate in the most fuel-efficient manner possible each time the vehicle is started. The driver can select D2 or D3 programs in Automatic mode, each sharpening vehicle response and handling. Additionally, the Manual mode offers S1, S2 or S3 programs, with S3 activating the car's Launch Control feature.

The 2014 M6 Gran Coupe's additional mechanical features include automatic stop/start technology, brake energy regeneration system, and a new Low Speed Assistance function, which provides smoother power delivery in stop-and-go traffic situations.

Additionally, an Active M Differential is standard, and continually monitors traction, accelerator pedal position, rotational speed of the wheels, and yaw rate, automatically adjusting the amount of axle lock in "a fraction of a second" to reduce wheel spin on any surface, according to BMW.

The M6 Gran Coupe is equipped with a unique suspension with forged aluminum components, and includes standard M Dynamic Damper Control (DDC) shock absorbers with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings. The car's steering also offers Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings.

High-performance brakes with M compound rotors are standard, with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes available as an option. This upgrade saves 42.8 pounds of weight and, BMW says, provides improved stopping performance. Gold-colored brake calipers identify models equipped with Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

Safety
The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is equipped with a Dynamic Stability Control and anti-lock braking system offering three driving settings: On, M Dynamic Mode (MDM), and DSC Off. The system also includes Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Brake Assistant, Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying, and Start-Off Assistant technologies.

Optional safety equipment for this model includes a lane-departure warning system, active blind-spot detection system, side- and top-view camera system, and Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.

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