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BMW M6 Gran Coupe
Driven April 2014
Life with a sedan can get boring at times, even if you are driving a high performance car like the M5. Yes, you got a family and a kid, and need space to store all the luggage that comes with that. But that's the reason the four-door-coupe came into existence in the first place. Now with such a car, comes the demand for more power variants. And when you want power, you know you can rely on the BMW's M division. So this is the M6 Gran Coupe, with a M5 engine slipped under the hood.
The 6 Series GC has always been a good-looking car, but with that matte-orange paint, aggressive bumpers, carbon fibre roof (optional) and large alloys, it just looks badass. The roof is 2.8 inches lower than the M5’s, and it’s longer and wider for better aerodynamics.
You get the ‘M6’ badging on the double-spoke kidney grille and on the boot lid. I am driving the Competition Package, which bundles up carbon ceramic disc brakes (optional) and blacked out exhaust pipes. BMW is giving this high performance version a skip in India, as the Competition Package is better suited for track enthusiast. That said, if there is sizeable demand from Indian customer for such a package, BMW will surely reconsider.
Step in and you find more ‘M’ cues tastefully sprinkled around the cabin. The steering is straight off the M5, and comes with ‘M1’ and ‘M2’ buttons, to pre-load your driving preference, in terms of throttle response, suspension setting and steering, between Comfort/Eco, Sport and Sport Plus.
The twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 makes 567bhp and 680Nm. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) sends all that power to the rear wheels. The engine, chassis and ‘M’ differential have all been tinkered with to put all the power down on the ground as efficiently as possible. And the M6 does put it down really well.
The sprint to 100kph is done in 4.1sec. The car we drove had the electronic speed restrictor removed. Which means it can now clock a top speed of 304kph.
The M6 GC likes to be driven hard. Press the accelerator and before you know it, you’ve passed 267kph. Yes, there is 34kph more in the tap, but with the winter tyres that our M6 GC comes with, we are already well past the 245kph.
On an easier note, the M6 can easily coast at 140kph. With Comfort mode on (for steering and suspension), most of the road irregularities are ironed out. You’re well cocooned from the outside world. Everything feels perfect at this point, but you do wish the wheels were a bit smaller because the ride on those standard 20-inchers feels hard.
And it’s not just straight line speeds that this M6 handles well. Push it into a corner and things get even more exciting – and impressive, given how the M6 manages its 1,950kg weight through the bends. There are times when you can feel the tail kicking away slightly as you accelerate out of a corner, but the stability control works overtime to put all the power to good use.
So yes, coming back to where we started. If you are tired of your mundane super sedan and are looking for something that is sportier, without throwing practicality out the window. Then the M6 GC is what I would recommend.
Twin-turbo 4,395cc V8, 567bhp, 680Nm, petrol, 7A, RWD, 0-100kph: 4.1sec, max speed: 304kph
A good looking car, with extra doors and large boot. Let's not forget that this is a M6 which means it can keep pace with supercars if not out do them on an open track