First Look: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

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The engineers at BMW's M GmbH obviously paid attention when their pre-school teachers taught the importance of sharing. After building the M5 sedan, the two-door M6 coupe, and the open-top M6 convertible, BMW extended the twin-turbo love to the M6 Gran Coupe. The regular 6-Series Gran Coupe is already a halfway point between the four-door 5 Series and two-door 6 Series, so it only makes sense for BMW to bridge the gap between the M5 and M6 with a slinky M6 Gran Coupe.

Familiar Engine, Familiar Performance Figures

It's no surprise, then, that the M6 Gran Coupe uses the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine as BMW's other big M cars. Like the M5 and M6, the Gran Coupe sends 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels. BMW predicts a 0-to-62-mph sprint of 4.1 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph. That matches the 4.1-second acceleration time of the regular M6 coupe and barely beats the 4.3-second time predicted for the M5 sedan.

To match that straight-line performance in corners, the Gran Coupe also receives the electronically controlled Active M Differential, adaptive suspension, and unique aluminum suspension components that are fitted to the M5 and M6 coupe. Giant cross-drilled cast iron brakes are standard, with BMW's fade-resistant carbon ceramic units optional.

As with all BMW M cars in recent memory, the company notes that the M6 Gran Coupe was developed on the Nürburgring in Germany. BMW has an on-site test facility there so it can easily check that every new M car has the acceleration, grip, and braking necessary to tackle tracks like the demanding Green Hell.

Carbon Fiber, Big Wheels, Painted Calipers

The Gran Coupe has a bonded carbon-fiber roof panel just like that of the M6 coupe. It swoops dramatically toward the sloping rear window and employs a racy center indent to create a double-bubble appearance. Other aesthetic upgrades mirror those of the M5 and M6: unique 20-inch wheels, flared fenders to accommodate the car's widened track, new front and rear fascias. M division's signature quartet of exhaust tips bookend the rear diffuser, and special aerodynamically-sound mirrors perch on each A-pillar. The standard brake calipers are painted blue, while the carbon-ceramic stoppers identify themselves with gold paint.

On the inside, the M6 Gran Coupe's "4+1" interior adopts an anthracite-colored Alcantara headliner, merino leather upholstery, abundant carbon-fiber trim, power sports seats with bolsters, and the M-specific steering wheel with shift paddles.

Middle-Ground M Car

With its four-door layout, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is immediately more practical than the two-door M6 coupe; thanks to its sultry flowing roofline, the Gran Coupe is also sexier than the three-box M5 sedan. As such, the M6 Gran Coupe could be the perfect middle ground for buyers who want high-performance thrills, stunning looks, and the ability to carry a few passengers. The M6 Gran Coupe goes on sale here in early summer 2013, with pricing and fuel economy to be announced nearer that time.

andys120
I find these four-door coupes unconvincing, the Six-series Gran Coupe especially so since the   5 Series it is based on is so good-looking.    Maybe if they made it without the B-Pillar?
wyd669
Thanks haylo75, I just did some internet research with wiki and my eyes have been opened to the word "Coup'e"        LOLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coup%C3%A9
garponnie
Coupe is a French term meaning "cut".  Historically it is used to describe a car that has a "cut" or shortened roofline, to make it look sleeker or sportier.  Thus the term "coupe" doesn't refer to the number of doors but the profile of the car relative to the standard sedan.  But since the 2-door models are usually the sportier models, they generally receive the "cut"/lower roofline, and thus the reason people equate "coupe" with a 2-door car.  The Europeans are usually pretty good about using the term correctly - correctly distinguishing between a coupe and a sedan (my first car was a Fiat 131 2-door Sedan, not a lowered-roof Coupe it had the same roof height as the 4-door sedan).  For example, the BMW 3-Series 2-door coupe has a lower roofline than the 4-door sedan, therefore it can correctly be called a coupe.   
haylo75
I agree with you, wyd669.  Coupes are traditionally known as having two doors.  Even so, manufacturers seek to stretch the definition so they can sell more cars.  Mercedes did it with the CLS about 8 years ago, so perhaps we should blame them? :)
wyd669
I was always under the impression that a Coupe was a two door car, even if it is a so called Gran Coupe.  It should be listed as a sedan.

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