BMW’s M division has gotten its hands on more and more of the brand’s models in recent years. In this episode of Ignition, host Johnny Lieberman takes out the newest M model, the 2014 M6 Gran Coupe, and shakes it out both on the road and at the new Circuit of the Americas F1 track in Austin, TX.
A four-door version of the 2014 M6 coupe, the swoopy M6 Gran Coupe is powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 rated for 560hp. However, Lieberman takes issue with this quoted figure, citing a dyno test which reported the M5, which is powered by the same engine, as pumping out a whopping 660hp. Equipped with a manual transmission (a U.S.-only option), Lieberman says that the 2014 M6 Gran Coupe’s monstrous power is almost too much as he snakes around the curving country roads surrounding Austin. He then puts a dual-clutch-equipped M6 Gran Coupe on the track and explains how the BMW’s seven-speed DCT was engineered to match this advanced engine and can handle the car’s power much more gracefully than the outdated manual.
While the 4430-lb M6 Gran Coupe is a far cry from the M division’s roots producing lightweight, high performance models like the M1 sports car of the late 70s and early 80s featured in the video, Lieberman concludes that the newest M model may be one of the best out of today’s offerings. Check out the video below to see why it stands out compared to its comparably pedestrian-looking sibling, the 2013 BMW M5.