The BMW M6 is a full-size luxury coupe (also available as a convertible) that shares most of its underpinnings with the world-beating BMW M5 sedan. As a result, despite its portly curb weight the completely redesigned BMW M6 can be counted to deliver sparkling performance in a straight line as well as above average handling. The M6 additionally features safety equipment such as automated brake drying, electronic traction control and stability control, anti-lock brakes, forward airbags, knee airbags, and side impact airbags.
The BMW M6 is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 that teams up with a pair of turbochargers in order to generate a hefty 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. This output is routed through a standard seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission to the vehicle's rear wheels. A traditional six-speed manual is also available for the car. Fuel mileage for the M6 - enhanced via an automatic engine start/stop feature - checks in at 15-mpg in stop and go driving and 22-mpg on the highway.
As one would expect, the BMW M6 (MSRP $106,100) is loaded to the gills with premium features. The M6 comes with heated leather seats, dual automatic climate control, power adjustments for the front passengers, an adaptive suspension system, a sunroof or a power top (coupe or convertible), parking assistance, adaptive HID headlights, power folding side mirrors, the iDrive system, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, a rearview camera, and the ability to adjust engine, suspension, steering, and transmission settings from within the car.
Adding the Driver Assistance package introduces a raft of additional safety gear such as top-down and around-corner cameras, a lane departure warning system, automatic high beam headlights, a blind spot monitoring system, and a camera that can automatically scan and display speed limit signs. The Executive package provides soft-close doors, massaging seats up front, a heated steering wheel, additional smartphone compatible features, and a head-up display.
Similar cars include the Nissan GT-R, the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes-Benz SL550.