We’ve been long waiting for the BMW “M”, probably the most important alphabet in automobile history. The long awaited 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé finally arrives, strutting its curves. What a magnificent piece of art on wheels. We loved the 640 Gran Coupé and the mere thought of that kick started our saliva glands into over-drive.
2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Review
The M6 Gran Coupé’s sexiness is a sight to behold. It’s ample curves and beauty is a wonder in itself. One hardly needs to drive it in order to justify its purchase, just standing around and looking at its form is money well spent. But the M6 has a few more visual treats, which would excite the most prolific petrol heads. It features larger air intakes on the front and a re-designed M kidney grille especially designed for the M6 Gran Coupé, 20 inch M light alloys and sports two dual exhaust tips below its rear apron. Carbon-fibre roof comes as standard, and the not so standard carbon ceramic brakes which is an optional extra.
I would point out that my jaws did drop when I saw the Gran Coupé in San Marino Blue. It’s by far the best color we have seen in a while and accentuates the form of the car. But what is the M6 Gran Coupé all about? This is the first time BMW has tried to nudge it’s 4-door coupé focusing more towards performance. The 650 Gran Coupé is no slouch, it has the poise and the power to tackle any situations while cushioning the occupants in its rather well sculpted interior.
The “M” on the Gran Coupé is rather BMW’s way of telling why not. We can build a car that is sexy, luxurious and fast”ER” at the same time. It’s 4.4Litre twin-power turbocharged V8 packs the same power as the M5 but tuned albeit different to bring out the characteristics of the car.
Please do understand that this is a vehicle where 552hp and 680Nm if torque are translated to the ground via two wheels. That is a lot to ask for, from any tire manufacturer. Fire up the V8 and bury the accelerator and one would feel the rear struggling for grip while trying hard to keep the front in a straight line. This is a riot to drive. Yes, in normal mode, the doctor (ECU) cuts down the power a bit too much for our liking, but that could easily be solved by tweaking the varied suspension, ecu, transmission shift times to find the perfect balance at ones abilities in driving a proper car. There are so many different modes and each having multiple stages that BMW has fitted with not one but two memory options on the steering wheel. So now one can pre-program the buttons and toggle between very submissive and the all too fun aggressive modes.
BMW’s foray into turbo charging is not new but has not been implemented in its M road cars until recently. It was the constant surge of power that had always made me a fan and the prospect of turbo lag did worry me. I was wrong. There is no lag thanks to a clever design of placing the turbos in between the cylinder banks. This and a few nifty designs with the turbo chargers makes sure that the surge is linear from low rpms all the way to a smudge over 7k rpm. The dual-clutch 7speed is always at the right gear, having an abundance of torque also helps but please do put it in sport more and crack up the transmission shift times all the way up high and experience a positive kick much like that we felt on the new Audi R8. I am a believer once more!!!!
The M6 Gran Coupé tips the scale around 2 tonnes kgs, it’s not a light-weight though clever use of light-weight materials have been used. But even then its grip around bends is astonishing, it shows its worth when stretched out. Push it hard and it will encourage you to go beyond your normal capabilities but the way the speed builds up rather boggles ones mind. The seats have extra bolsters to keep the driver and passengers snugly fit while cushy enough to make long drives very comfortable. In fact once inside, it looks like any other Gran Coupé except for a few styling changes like carbon fibre trim, extra padding on the steering wheels and sports seats; small design elements which signals its racing heritage.
The new M6 Gran Coupé is a breath of fresh air. It’s true that while its lesser sibling (650 Gran Coupé) would cater to all our needs the extra oomph is the tipping point that turns a great car into something more devine. One really has to drive it to feel its pulsating heartbeat; it is a unique stimulus, which one should experience at least once in their lifetime. I would rather be stimulated by it everyday and then some.
|2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupé|
|Displacement||4.4 Litre twin-power turbo V8|
|Rated Output||552 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|Rated Torque||680Nm between 1500 – 5750 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||7 speed double clutch automatic, RWD|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.2 secs|
|Max Speed||250 kmph (limited)|
|Price (AED)||starts from 590,000|
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