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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Maximizes Passenger Room and Performance

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Maximizes Passenger Room and Performance

By Jeff Youngs, December 17, 2012
A new, more powerful version of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe arrives in the summer of 2013, equipped with a 560-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 engine and a long list of mechanical upgrades designed to take best advantage of the extra motive force. The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe will officially debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.

The new M6 Gran Coupe can be identified by its revised exterior styling, which includes larger front air intakes, new M-style side gills, unique side mirrors, and carbon-fiber composite used to construct the roof panel and rear diffuser panel. The new M6 Gran Coupe rides on 20-inch M double-spoke forged aluminum wheels, which are tucked under flared wheel arches. Like other BMW M models, the M6 Gran Coupe includes high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim.

Inside, the M6 Gran Coupe gets the same "4 + 1" seating arrangement as the standard 6 Series Gran Coupe. Differences include carbon fiber cabin trim, an Alcantara headliner with a leather insert, unique black-panel M gauge display, and bespoke M multi-function front sport seats. Premium Merino leather covers the seats and selected interior panels.

The main reason for this car's existence, however, pertains to the performance upgrades that allow BMW to call this an M6 Gran Coupe. Starting under the hood, this new sport sedan is equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 engine generating 506 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking across a long, flat plateau in the rev band between 1,500 rpm and 5,750 rpm.

A 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) transfers power to the M6 Gran Coupe's rear wheels, while Drivelogic technology provides six different driving programs and a Launch Control function. Select the proper transmission settings and the M6 accelerates to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on the way to a 155-mph top speed, according to BMW.

Additional performance upgrades include an Active M Differential that continually varies power distribution based on several factors, M Dynamic Damper Control shock absorbers with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings, performance-tuned steering with identical settings, and high-performance brakes. New M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are optional, and bystanders can identify models so equipped by their gold-painted brake calipers.

The new 2014 M6 Gran Coupe is also equipped with automatic stop/start technology, which shuts the engine off while idling in traffic or at an intersection to help conserve fuel. A brake energy regeneration system captures kinetic energy to help power accessories, and this car is equipped with new Low Speed Assistance technology designed to make it smoother to drive in stop-and-go traffic.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is standard on this model, and offers three settings: On, M Dynamic Mode, and DSC Off. Optional safety features include lane-departure warning and active blind-spot monitoring systems, as well as a Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection system that helps the driver to "see" animals and people in the darkness ahead, beyond the reach of the optional adaptive LED headlights.

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