The BMW M6 entered its 3rd generation in 2012 when it debuted at the Geneva Auto Show. Compared to the previous model, it featured more aggressive styling in the front and rear, and the non-convertible variants had the weight-saving benefit of having a carbon fiber roof. For 2016, the M6 went through its mid-cycle update bringing it more in line with the other M models. It was still powered by the S63, 4.4-liter V-8 from the BMW M5 that delivers 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, but it was offered with new exterior colors and new interior leather shades. Furthermore, the M6 received LED headlights, Park Distance Control, and iPhone-look. With 560 ponies on tap and the 60-mph sprint taking just 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds if you prefer to go topless,) the M6 isn’t a bad way to spend $113,000 to $120,000.
Thanks to weight saving features like the carbon fiber roof, the M6 was actually about 44 pounds lighter than its M5 sibling. However, despite being lighter than the M5, the M6 Coupe was actually 309 heavier than its predecessor and the convertible was 110 pounds heavier than the previous-generation M6 convertible. The M6 was available with a decent list of options, but the most impressive is the Competition Package. It increases engine output by 40 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque to 600 and 516, respectively. With the competition package, the Coupe and Gran Coupe can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the convertible doing the same in four seconds. With the Competition Package, Bimmer also removes the 155-mph limiter, allowing the car to top out at 189.51 mph. Not bad.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe pictures of the outside depict changes made to the exteriors are minor. The sumptuous vehicle touts lavishness testified by the pompous dimensions. Up front a set of new adaptive LED head lights featuring four LED daytime running light rings including auto high beam assistance are included. A head light washer system is inset in the head lights. BMW’s signature kidney shaped front radiator grille has been altered to appear even better than before. Presence of black coloured M double rods with chrome bezels add to the overall appeal of the grille. Atop is the special M carbon roof that is designed in sync with the M moniker. The power foldable outside rear view mirrors feature automatic anti-dazzle and mirror heating functions, besides they also get memory function that enables retaining previous settings. Heat protection glazing, rain sensor and automatic driving lights are the other exterior fitment on offer.
The cabin reflects an air of comfort and utility, while at the same time, giving the passengers a peaceful atmosphere through the drive. The seats, doorsides, front panel and center console have all been arranged for an image of sophistication and grace. The M multi contour seats come with an articulated upper backrest and headrests. For the front row occupants, there is a central armrest for added support. A premium Merino leather upholstery dresses the seat surfaces, the door trims, armrests and the gear shift lever as well. The black carbon fiber trim also magnifies the plush character of the interiors. The driver gets an enhanced drive feel with a 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel mounted with controls for easier usage. Floormats are present for the purpose of convenience. The split folding rear seats give occupants the benefit of a larger storage capacity at the rear.The car offers 3 stage heated front seats, giving an uncompromising experience for the passengers. The automatic 4 zone climate control builds a pleasant environment within the car always. Also present for utility are cup holders by the front seats, a keyless entry with multi function remote control, parking distance control, power windows and a micro filter ventilation system. An iDrive system with an on-board computer and touch-pad controller provides a relieved experience for the driver. Also present for the benefit of the driver is a BMW navigation system that comes with the aid of a 10.2 inch high resolution screen. The Harman Kardon surround sound audio system provides a channel for quality entertainment within the cabin.
Powering the rear-wheel-drive 2017 BMW M6 is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces an impressive 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Opting for the Competition package raises output to 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.BMW is one of the holdouts in the performance luxury segment that insists on offering a traditional six-speed manual gearbox, one with a third pedal for the clutch, as a no-cost option. However, if you want the Competition Package, you’ll have to stick to the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual, which you’ll shift using steering-wheel-mounted paddles rather than row a gearbox.In Edmunds performance testing, a convertible M6 with the automated manual transmission sprinted to 60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds. The coupe is roughly 250 pounds lighter, so expect it to be marginally quicker.EPA fuel economy estimates for both the coupe and convertible stand at 16 mpg combined (14 mpg city/20 mpg highway) with the automatic and 17 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway) with the manual transmission.
The 2016 BMW M6 is a truly comfortable grand tourer that’s a beast at full throttle. The zero -to-60-time only begins to tell the story, as it’s affected by the limited traction of rear-wheel drive at launch. Once you’re putting all the power to the pavement, this is one of the fastest non-exotic cars in the world, gathering speed with the effortless thrust of an executive jet accelerating down the runway. It’s never frightening, though, thanks to a refined stability control system that modulates power delivery at the limit without shutting down all of the fun. Turning stability control off, though, allows a skilled driver to burn through tires about as quickly as they will fuel.
In true GT fashion, the M6 is also a joy to drive if you’re taking a road trip or even running a weekend errand. The adjustable settings for the suspension, steering, transmission and throttle response, allow you to adapt the M6 to your every mood. Viewed in a vein of pure performance, the M6 sits on the hefty side of the scale, with challenging sight lines over its long, V8-housing nose. The M6 wouldn’t be our first choice for canyon-carving, though it will hold its own.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
In terms of safety, the Gran Coupe is equipped with various protective functions. These includes active front headrests, alarm system, active protection with attentiveness assist, electronic vehicle immobilizer, electric parking brake with auto hold, crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting, side impact protection, airbags and warning triangle with first aid kit.Talking about the braking mechanism of this vehicle, the automaker has incorporated inner vented, high performance and perforated compound disc brakes to front and rear wheels, which work simultaneously with sophisticated brake callipers. The BMW M Series M6 Gran Coupe is also backed by anti-lock braking system (ABS) accompanied with brake assist as well as cornering brake control system. For further reinforcement of the overall braking mechanism, traction control and stability of the vehicle, a dynamic stability control with M Dynamic Mode has been incorporated. In addition, the front axle of this luxury car comes with double-joint spring strut type system whereas integral rear axle along with M Specific set up is mounted on the rear axle.
While BMW doesn’t have to do much with the M6 in order to attract customers, it’s hard to consider the 2016 M6 as even mildly refreshed. The changes are that minor. BMW still offers its “Individual” range that allows customers to customize their BMWs to suite with 11 bespoke paint colors, different interior packages, and the exclusivity that comes with the branding.