New for 2015
The BMW M6 receives only minor changes to options packages for 2015: Navigation now includes an iDrive controller, the Harman Kardon system replaces the Premium Hi-Fi system, Bluetooth with streaming audio is made standard, the Executive package cost is reduced by $700 on Convertible and Gran Coupe models and $800 on the Coupe, and night vision has been reduced by $300.
The BMW M6 consists of a Coupe, Convertible, and the coupe-like four-door Gran Coupe. Outside of the i8 supercar, the M6 is the fastest and most expensive two-door in the BMW fleet.
The 2015 BMW M6 in all its forms is powered by a 560-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that produces 500 lb-ft of torque, and can be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual (joy of joys!). Though it’s not as quick as the dual-clutch, the option of a manual transmission makes us driving enthusiasts grin. Power goes to the rear wheels in traditional M-fashion, but the Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, just introduced this year, gives fast BMW fans with four seasons somewhere to go above the 650i xDrive. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 14/20 mpg city/highway regardless of body style with the seven-speed and 15/22 mpg with the manual, also regardless of body style. The M6 line utilizes the M5 powertrain, making the stylish M6 incredibly capable.
What We Think
The 2015 BMW M6, in any of its several forms, is a sleek and powerful grand tourer that blends comfort and performance worthy of the M brand. In a Driven Review of a 2013 M6 Coupe we said, “The M6 is unlikely to be used as a track car, and that makes its improved on-the-road behavior all the more important. Besides the more accessible torque and its smoother delivery, the big coupe’s ride quality also seems improved — although the roads in Carmel Valley, California don’t provide the most stringent test.” Though the M6 performed well on the track, it’s not likely to be a frequent visitor, meaning the excellent powertrain bestowed by the M5 is put to good use. On account of the M6 being nearly mechanically identical to the M5, the major motivation will likely be style that gets buyers into the driver’s seat. If you’re looking for a track toy the M3 or M4 will do nicely, but the extra size and copious amounts of power (500 lb-ft of torque at just 1,500 rpm!) available help make it an excellent vehicle for the street.
We sampled a 2012 BMW M6 Convertible and in a Driven Review we said, “There’s no denying that the BMW M6 convertible is a fantastic car for enthusiasts. It looks great, with its gaping air intakes and big wheels. Its cabin is luxurious and comfortable. And the M car’s performance is absolutely stupendous. Yes, the M6 convertible is the sort of car that gets my pulse racing and makes me want to take the long way home.” We noted that the curb weight (4,255 pounds in the Coupe and up to 4,508 in the Gran Coupe) made the M6 feel ponderous when the roads got twisty. After driving the M6 Gran Coupe we concluded that, yes, it too was a grand touring car, and the logical solution if you wanted to carry two or three passengers in relative comfort, and don’t want a run-of-the-mill M5.
In a Driven Review of a 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe we said, “With a base price of $113,000, the M6 Gran Coupe is the price and performance flagship of the BMW fleet. Despite carrying four seats and 4,430 pounds of bulk, it will lap racetracks faster than any other BMW production car, including the vaunted M3.” Remember when we suggested the M3 or M4 for a track day car? More fun? Yes. Faster? Nope. While the M6 is capable, and certainly fun, we prefer a little less weight for our track day favorites.
Want a supremely comfortable, powerful, grand tourer that can knock the socks off your neighbor’s M4 at the next SCCA track day? Look no further.
- Capable on track
- Plenty of power available right off idle
- Comfortable at 75 mph and 150 mph
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