The third model in BMW’s 6 Series range has just received the M-Division treatment. The M6 Gran Coupe has had that rev-happy twin turbo V8 squeezed in under its bonnet along with a host of other M-Division tweaks that include a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, re-designed suspension and a 7-speed double clutch transmission.
The sleek look of the Gran Coupe is further accentuated on the M version with the addition of a unique kidney grille design, larger air intakes, flared wheel arches, ‘aerodynamically optimised’ mirrors, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels while at the rear are those trademark quad tailpipes exit around a re-designed CFRP diffuser.
That 4,395cc V8 engine with its M TwinPower Turbo technology produces 552 hp and 680 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. This enables the Gran Coupe to hit 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds while top speed is still limited to 250 km/h though this can be raised to 305 km/h with the purchase of the optional M Driver’s Package.
Handling all this power is the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic – the transmission’s electronic management system makes sure the the optimum gear is always selected for the optimum level of traction. It also houses a Launch Control function which enables maximum possible acceleration from a standing start. In trickier weather conditions the Active M Differential allows the rear axle to best distribute the engine’s power between each wheel to further enhance traction.
Inside also receives some of the M treatment with heated sports seats up front and plenty of Merino leather upholstery. The rear is primarily designed for two occupants but can carry three and heated rear seats as well as 4-zone climate control are also options.
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe goes on sale in Ireland in May 2013 with prices starting at €181,180.