2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Summer 2013
Expected Pricing: Around $110,000
The four-door coupe just won't go away. While another German carmaker may have coined the term, BMW is continuing the trend with yet another variant of its own: The BMW M6 Gran Coupe.
Expected to arrive at dealerships this summer, the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is the uber high-performance version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, which launched for the 2013 model year. No matter what you call it, it's fast.
The four-door 6 Series Gran Coupes ride on a wheelbase the same length as the M5 sedan, or 4.5 inches longer than that of the two-door 6 Series coupes.
The M6 Gran Coupe is powered by a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine that churns out a heart-pumping 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed? double clutch transmission. BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of a mere 4.1 seconds, the same as the two-door M6 coupe. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, or 190 mph with the M Driver's package.
Although purists bemoan that all coupes should have only two doors, the M6 Gran Coupe presents a low, coupe-like profile and steeply raked windshield. Unique front air intakes and body trim designate the M6 from other 6 Series models, as do imposing, 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, driver and passengers sit low in the cockpit, giving it a pure sportscar-like feeling. Standard leather trim and M sports seats ensconce occupants with luxury. Standard performance features include an electronically controlled Active M limited-slip differential, a high-performance compound braking system and variable-ratio hydraulic steering, the latter of which should impress enthusiasts, considering non-M versions of the 5 Series and 6 Series have gone to an electromechanical system. Carbon-ceramic brakes are optional, and shave 43 pounds off the stock model.
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is expected to arrive in dealerships in Summer 2013 as a 2014 model. Pricing hasn't been released, but we estimate it will start at a hefty $110,000.