Like the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible on which it is based, the new 6 Series Gran Coupe will be receiving the BMW M treatment. The all-new M6 Gran Coupe will be powered by the 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 found under the hood of the current M5 and M6. This forced induction mill is good for 560 horsepower and 500 lb/ft of torque. The engine gets mated to the high-torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) and power is routed through the advanced Active M Differential. BMW says the setup is good enough to launch the big car to 60 mph in a hair past 4-seconds. Top speed is limited to a very German 155 mph. Inside, the M6 Gran Coupe maintains its 4+1 seating arrangement and luxurious cabin appointments, while adding unique and sporty M treatments. Look for Merino Extended leather upholstery, exclusive carbon fiber trim work and an Anthracite Alcantara headliner. M6 Lettering can be found on the door sills, and an M driver’s foot rest will be found to left of the pedals.
To improve the driving experience, the M6 Gran Coupe comes fitted with M Multifunction sports seats and M instrument cluster. The seats are lightweight units that include heavy bolstering, power actuation and eye-catching stitching. Exterior updates to the sleek four-door include a new front fascia with larger intakes for cooling, exclusive M kidney grille design and optional Adaptive LED Headlights. Flared wheel arches, M gills, aerodynamically optimized wing mirrors and 20-inch M light-alloy wheels mark the additions to the side of the car. Of course, no M car is complete with large dual exhaust, but the M6 Gran coupe takes it one step further by also integrating a carbon fiber composite rear diffuser to the rear apron.
The M6 Gran Coupe may share many pieces with its lesser siblings, but the chassis is dynamic and designed exclusively for the M model cars. It features a full suite of enhancements and technologies that include:
• Aluminum-intensive integral rear axle subframe
• Reinforced chassis mountings
• Forged aluminum suspension components
• M Dynamic Damper Control (DDC)
• M-specific Servotronic speed-sensitive hydraulic power steering
• BMW’s most advanced Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and ABS systems
• Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
• Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
• Brake Assistance
• Brake Fade Compensation
• Brake Drying function
• Start-off Assistant
Like every BMW M car, the all-new M6 Gran coupe has been honed, tested and tuned at the world-famous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. The newest member of the M family is also one of the first cars in the world to feature the new M Carbon-Ceramic brakes as an option. The newest addition to the M line will hit dealer floors later this spring. Pricing, EPA ratings and technical specifications will be released closer to the on-sale date.
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