BMW's M6 Gran Coupe, a big, effortless rocket ride (CNET On Cars, Episode 30)

Going fast in a four-door with BMW's M6 Gran Coupe, and how to make your old car look like new. Plus, five once exotic performance technologies you can have today.


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In this episode:

  • BMW's M6 Gran Coupe, a new member of the M family.
  • Bumper impact tech may not save your life, but perhaps you wallet.
  • Detail your car instead of buying a new one (see the products list below).
  • Five top performance technologies that used to be only on high-end cars
  • Safety tech that has trickled down from high-end cars
  • E-mail: When and how will Alfa ever return to the US?

Here's the list of products I like to use for car detailing, as seen in this episode. No paid endorsements here -- this is just the stuff I buy to use on my own cars.

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

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2010 BMW X6 M

The Bottom Line: While impressive in its speed, handling, and cabin tech, the 2010 BMW X6 M is an expensive and impractical car, with all the weight of an SUV, but little of the interior space. / Read full review

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2011 BMW M3 Coupe

The Bottom Line: Performance technology makes the 2011 BMW M3 Coupe a thoroughbred performer, yet it can be optioned with plenty of cabin gadgets. Poor fuel economy limits its daily utility, but we still give the M3 an Editors' Choice Award. / Read full review

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

The Bottom Line: The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe requires real skill to enjoy the extent of its capabilities, but its performance is exhilarating, while advanced cabin electronics help the driver under more sedate driving conditions. / Read full review

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2013 BMW M5

The Bottom Line: With its power and high-tech handling, the 2013 BMW M5's potential feels wasted on public roads, yet its driver-assistance and cabin-tech systems are the best in the business for road trips and daily commutes. / Read full review

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!



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