2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé
Style for miles, speed to outrun the polizei
Editor Mark Hacking heads back to the autobahn and causes mischief with the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé
by Mark Hacking
Nurburg, Germany — There’s something incredibly liberating about rocketing along a freeway and blasting by not one, not two, but three motorcycle cops at over 180 km/h. The last officer I passed was ducked behind the windscreen of his bike, trying to remain ultra-aerodynamic. I hope the buffeting caused by the matte-blue 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé didn’t destabilize him, but I have to confess I didn’t give it much thought at the time.
Reason being, you need to keep your eyes forward on the autobahn, even when driving a slick machine like the latest offering from the M division. Sure, it’s an unlimited-speed series of highways, but the autobahn is also very popular, at times busy with slow-moving vehicles, and the pavement is not always as smooth as one would like.
For the quick blast along the A1 towards Cologne, I had hoped to push the BMW to its limits and past my personal, public-road record—I coaxed an Aston Martin V12 Vantage to 302 km/h in this same part of the world a few years ago—but the pavement and the traffic called time on that plan.
The twin-turbo, 560-horsepower, 4.4-litre V8 in the M6 Gran Coupé easily pushed the sleek 4-door to 270 km/h; no telling what its true terminal velocity might be in real-world competition, but the manual suggests an eye-bulging 305 km/h with the optional M Driver’s package (a measly 250 km/h without).
The car’s many adjustable controls made for an entertaining ride; as with the M5 and M6, the M6 Gran Coupé features driver-controlled settings for the engine, steering, stability control and suspensions system. For the record, the sport-plus suspension was too hyper-sensitive for high-speed runs, but the comfort setting was just right.
[quote]I hope the buffeting caused by the matte-blue 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé didn’t destabilize him, but I have to confess I didn’t give it much thought at the time.[/quote]
While this version of the M6 is a big car, its performance is comparable to the other mid-size Ms. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic helps propel the car, reportedly, from 0-100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. The engine produces plenty of torque (500 lb-ft from just 1,500 rpm), so the need to row through the gears is just not there. The version tested came with the optional carbon ceramic brake package and they were a fantastic addition, providing surefooted braking right from the get-go.
Cost and conclusion
The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé, in the parlance of our times, ain’t cheap. With a base price of $127,900, it easily eclipses that of the current M5 by a hefty 20 large or so. But this 4-door is positioned differently than the other Bimmer; the M5 is all about performance, while the GC combines that same level of performance with serious style and a higher degree of luxury.
The exterior of the M6 Gran Coupé is stunning and the interior, depending on the colour and package combinations chosen, is equally so. One of the versions witnessed had an all-white leather interior that looked fit for a sheik. Considering the performance and the level of luxury of this car, the pricing is not out of line at all.
This thing is a winner.