The M6 is BMW's flagship grand touring performance coupe. It is available as a 2-door coupe, a 4-door "Gran Coupe" and a 2-door convertible. A 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 engine is shared with the M5. The engine makes 560 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds of torque. It's paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This combination produces staggering acceleration, with BMW claiming 0?60 mph times in the low 4-second range.
Inside, the M6 maintains BMW's high technological standards, including a 10.2-inch high-definition screen serving as the central hub for the stereo, navigation, and climate controls. BMW's iDrive system returns as well. A premium Bang & Olufsen sound system is optional, with ventilated front seats, night vision and BMW Apps smartphone integration all options as well.
Standard safety equipment includes traction control, dynamic brake control, dynamic stability control, and numerous air bags. Available safety features include blind-spot alert, a lane departure warning, a full-color heads-up display and both rear and top view cameras.
A car like the, driven on a twisty road, makes you feel like a really skillful driver. The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe offers no such validation. Unless you push it to extremely dangerous speeds, it will take that same road and make it feel like a walk in the park.
BMW originally built its M cars as special editions for the company's racing drivers. Since that time the M brand has become popularized to the point where you can even get an M3 Convertible. The M6, however, has the kind of performance chops that can best be enjoyed by a professional racing driver.
I make no claims to anywhere near that level of skill. Whenever I attempted to push the M6 to its performance levels, I was left hanging onto the steering wheel for dear life, with knuckles whitened.
The Good A multitude of settings dial up the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe's performance to insane levels. A large, 10.2-inch screen shows high-resolution map details with extensive live traffic coverage. Bang & Olufsen audio delivers superb sound.
The Bad The idle-stop feature lags on engine startup. System settings aren't always easy to find in iDrive.
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.
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