A fitting way to end 2012, BMW adds the M6 Gran Coupe to its M6 high-performance model line-up. Joining the M6 Coupe and M6 Convertible, the M6 Gran Coupe offers the benefit of a spacious interior you’ll normally find in a sedan. But because its designed to be a 4-door coupe, it retains all of the famous M-Performance characteristics. Similar to the M5 and its own M6 family, power comes from a 4.4-liter V8 with M TwinTurbo added on. Able to generate 560 horsepower, it will dash across the 60 mph mark from a standing start in just 4.1 seconds. With tougher emission laws and higher fuel prices on the horizon, BMW made the M6 as efficient as possible, with an average of 28.5 miles per gallon of petrol.
While it might just be a supped-up version of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, engineers at Munich will tell you otherwise. The addition of a bigger power-train alters a slew of features, from cooling, weight distribution, to aerodynamics considerations. To increase air flow, BMW made a specific M kidney-shaped front grille just for this model. Other alterations include a sweeping roof created from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic as well as the eye-catching 20-inch wheel with its golden brake caliper.
Though it is race-worthy performance vehicle, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe needs to balance the occasional drag racing with the neighborhood punks to shuttling your precious kids for their next soccer practice. So BMW added Launch Control function to the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and all the creature comforts you can think of to the M6 GC’s interior.
No words on actual release date or price point, but with other M6 models as indicators, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe will likely be around US$ 100,000.