2013 NAIAS: BMW M6 Gran Coupe – Shock and Awe – BMW BLOG
If the folks at Garching wanted to make waves in the M gene pool – they’ve certainly achieved their goal. The M6 constitutes the finest in German sports car engineering; it’s hewn from granite, autobahn fast, and bold in a way that intimidates most mammals. The M6 Gran Coupe is born from the M6 coupe on a spiritual basis, but blends M5 guts to produce a 4 door coupe that nearly blows your retinas. No, really. Check out our photo gallery below.
In my humble opinion, the best angle to view the M6 Gran Coupe from is the angle behind the steering wheel when planted firmly in the cushy but well bolstered driver’s seat. The interior of the Gran Coupe is just plain lush – even the rather pedestrian non-M version. But add in M treatment, and the Gran Coupe is hurled into a new world of auto-interior bliss. That said… we recommend you stay in the front seats unless you stand less than 6 feet tall – it’s rather cramped back there.
As mentioned above, the M6 Gran Coupe is based mechanically upon the existing M5 sedan – and that’s not a bad thing. The same S63TU twin-turbo 4.4 liter V8 engine will hurl the M6 GC to 60 mph in under 4 seconds (independent testing), and on to a top speed near 200 mph when delimited. 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque will be on tap, with the M V8′s characteristically flat power-band always ready to excite.
The M6 Gran Coupe will be rear wheel drive and – like it’s M5 and M6 M-siblings – love to drift. Expect it to be found at local racetracks, thrilling owners the world over, then transporting them home in exquisite style.
Enjoy our photo gallery of the M6 Gran Coupe shot live from the show floor in Detroit.