The BMW M6 comes with a much steeper price tag than the average BMW, but for the money, it brings exceptional power, a sport-tuned suspension and unique interior and exterior styling cues. The M6 serves as the high-performance version of the BMW 6 Series. Like that model, the M6 comes in coupe, convertible and four-door Gran Coupe variants.
2013 to Present: BMW M6
Few vehicles offer the power and luxury you’ll find with the BMW M6. Up front, this high-performance model is marked by BMW’s familiar kidney-shaped upper grille and a lower grille that is offset by air inlets. A long hood, rakish windshield and a sleek hood with a molded air channel are present.
From bumper to bumper, the M6 makes its performance apparent with massive shoulders, unique side skirting and functional vent ports. Four-door models have a slightly more upright roofline. From the rear, all models feature a trunk lip spoiler and a diffuser that’s amplified by a quad-exhaust system.
All M6s come with leather upholstery and carbon fiber trim. The coupe and convertible seat four with generous room up front and very tight space in the rear. The front seats offer power adjustment with lumbar support. In the four-door Gran Coupe, rear seat space for three is possible, although tight. There is enough room to hold two, but legroom and a sloping roofline can make this space uncomfortable for tall passengers.
The M6’s knob-based iDrive infotainment system manages entertainment, navigation and phone functions, as well as a variety of vehicle settings. The learning curve here is shallow and information processing is quick. Still, it isn’t the most user-friendly system available, requiring an extra step or two with some functions.
Base models come with full power accessories, a surround-sound audio system, a rearview camera and navigation. Options such as blind spot warning, lane departure warning and forward collision warning are available.
The base M6 comes with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 560 horsepower. Two transmission choices are offered: a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters.
Following the introduction of the coupe and convertible in 2013, the M6 Gran Coupe arrived in 2014. That same year the manual transmission was added to the model line, and satellite radio and soft-close automatic doors joined the list of standard features. Wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot were added to the list of standard features for 2007 when a revised iDrive system was introduced.
The BMW M6's rivals include cars like the Audi RS 7, Jaguar F-Type and the Mercedes-Benz C63 S. The Cadillac CTS-V might also be considered.
Earlier BMW M6 Models
The first generation of the BMW M6 was produced from 1988 to 1989. It was offered only as a coupe and powered by a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine.
The second generation was produced from 2006 to 2010. A coupe was released initially, which was motivated by a 500-horsepower, 5.0-liter V10 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. For 2007, a convertible joined the lineup and a six-speed manual transmission became available. Standard equipment included leather upholstery, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and dual-zone automatic climate control. The list of options included a head-up display and satellite radio.