BMW M6 Gran Coupe







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 12, 2012
Categories: BMW, BMW 6 Series

A supreme combination of high performance and luxury: The BMW M6 Gran Coupe.

BMW Gran Coupe

Information from editor: The recommended retail price Germany of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is 128.800 €, including 19 % VAT. Market launch will be in May 2013.

A third body variant of the BMW M6 high-performanc e sports car is  set to be presented for the first time as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe joins  the existing Coupe and Convertible models in the line-up. The new  member of the M6 family brings together customary M performance  characteristics with extra helpings of luxury and aesthetic appeal.  The high-revving V8 enginewith M TwinPower Turbo technology and  412 kW/560 hp propels the BMW M6 Gran Coupe from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)  in 4.2 seconds. And the elegantly sporty lines of the four-door Coupe  are complemented by bespoke features, such as the carbon  fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. The greater interior space of  the BMW M6 Gran Coupe allows two rear passengers to enjoy generous  levels of on-board comfort, and there is also a third rear seat for  use on shorter journeys.

 BMW Gran Coupe 2013

Design: the beauty of majestic power delivery.

Hallmark M design features influenced directly by technical  considerations – such as cooling air requirements, chassis geometry,  weight balance and aerodynamics – open a clear window into the  performance capability of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. The front of the car  is dominated by its large air intakes, standard Adaptive LED  Headlights and an M kidney grille designed especially for this model.  From the side, the first four-door Coupe in the BMW M GmbH ranks is  clearly distinguishable from the BMW M6 Coupe thanks to its rear doors  and 113-millimetre longer wheelbase. The low roofline flowing smoothly  into the rear, the swage line – which takes in the door openers – and  side windows extending well into the C-pillars accentuate the  dynamically stretched silhouette.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Prominently flared wheel arches draw the eye to a track width  specific to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. The characteristic M gills,  aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, standard BMW Individual  High-gloss Shadow Line package and exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy  wheels in double-spoke design underline the car’s distinctive  appearance, as does another M signature – twin exhaust tailpipes  positioned on the outer edges of the rear apron. Also integrated into  the rear apron, and charged with the task of optimising airflow along  the car’s underbody, is a diffuser made from CFRP.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe 2013 New

This extremely lightweight, impressively strong high-tech material is  used in the construction of the roof as well. Here, the visible carbon  structure provides an eye-catching feature, as does a dynamic recess  in the centre of the roof. This recess is referenced stylistically  inside the car, the anthracite-coloured Alcantara roof liner gaining a  central section in leather.

Emulating the harmonious blend of athletic prowess and elegance  embodied by the exterior design, the distinctively M cockpit fuses  sports car style with generous levels of space and a luxurious  ambience. The driver and front passenger can look forward to M sports  seats with integral belt guides. And the BMW M6 Gran Coupe’s standard  specification also includes Merino leather upholstery with extended  features. The rear compartment offers two or three seats, the  backrests of which can split and fold down in a ratio of 40 : 60 to  increase boot capacity from 460 to as much as 1,265 litres.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe Engine

V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, Active M Differential.

The powertrain technology under the skin of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe  guarantees the performance characteristics for which M Automobiles are  renowned. The V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology produces  412 kW/560 hp. Its technical wizardry includes a pair of twin-scroll  turbochargers, a cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct  Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos  continuously variable camshaft control. The 4,395 cc unit keeps peak  torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) on tap between 1,500 and  5,750 rpm, while maximum output is developed between 6,000 and  7,000 rpm. The engine revs to a maximum of 7,200 rpm. The BMW M6 Gran  Coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds on the way to  an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h/155 mph (305 km/h/189  mph if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified). Average fuel  consumption in the EU test cycle stands at 9.9 litres per 100  kilometres (28.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 232 grams per kilometre.

BMM M6 Gran Coupe Rear

Taking care of power transfer is a seven-speed M Double Clutch  Transmission with Drivelogic. The transmission’s electronic management  system ensures the right gear is selected for optimum traction. It  also offers the driver a Launch Control function for maximum  acceleration, Low Speed Assistance for extra comfort and the Auto  Start-Stop function to enhance efficiency.

Under particularly dynamic acceleration out of corners, as well as in  tricky road and weather conditions, the Active M Differential at the  rear axle distributes the engine’s power between the individual wheels  to maximum traction-enhancing effect. Its electronically controlled  multi-disc limited-slip differential works hand-in-hand with the DSC  (Dynamic Stability Control) system and splits drive between the right  and left rear wheels quickly and precisely according to the situation  at hand.

Chassis technology developed to M specification.

The chassis technology of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is also geared to  harnessing the car’s sporting potential in the cause of supreme  performance. Like the integral rear axle, the double-wishbone front  axle has specific kinematics and components made from forged  aluminium. Chassis mountings using large panels ensure dynamic forces  are passed evenly through to the body. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe comes as  standard with an M-specific version of the Dynamic Damper Control  system and hydraulic variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering with the  M Servotronic function.

As an alternative to the standard high-performance compound braking  system, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe can also be ordered with  M carbon-ceramic brakes. Made from a new type of carbon-fibre compound  ceramic, the discs boast even greater resistance to heat, lower weight  and exceptional resistance to wear.

Arranged around the gearshift lever on the centre console of the  BMW M6 Gran Coupe are the buttons used to configure all the adjustable  powertrain and chassis functions to personal tastes. The  DSC mode,engine performance characteristics, Dynamic Damper Control  mapping,M Servotronic responses and M DCT Drivelogic shift program can  be selected independently of each other. All of which means the driver  can put together a detailed set-up and store those settings on one of  the two M Drive buttons on the multifunction steering wheel.

Exclusive and individual: high-quality range of equipment.

The standard equipment fitted on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe includes  20-inch M light-alloy wheels, leather trim, heated driver and front  passenger seats, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors,  an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with hi-fi  loudspeakers. Available as an alternative to the standard 2-zone  automatic climate control is a 4-zone system with a control panel in  the rear compartment. Among the other highlights of the options list  are M multifunction seats, heated rear seats, Comfort Access, a heated  steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors,  electrically operated sun blinds, the new generation of the  Professional navigation system and a Bang & Olufsen High End  Surround Sound System.

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe also comes with a variety of BMW ConnectedDrive  features, such as an M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, Park Distance  Control, a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info,  Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW  Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Customers can also integrate  their Apple iPhone or other smartphones into the car and make use of  internet-based services while on board.