2014 BMW M6
The new, 2014 BMW M6 is quite a change from the first generation of this model in the 80’s. The 6 Series was first introduced in the 1983 as a track ready, space ship like racecar with manual transmission. Today, the third generation M6 is nothing short of a monster on the road. With its V-8 twin-turbo engine and dual clutch seven speed system the car is nothing like its predecessor. It also weighs quite a lot, getting well over the two ton scale. Besides being a behemoth, that also looks great, the 2014 BMW M6 also offers a large set of comfort inducing devices such as the electronic soft-close doors. Considering the size of the vehicle, opting for a carbon fiber roof on BMW’s part, proved to be a wise choice. It definitely makes the car a bit lighter.
One thing is sure about the BMW M6: it looks as good as it sounds! It looks contemporary, but not overly modern. It is an elegant car that also packs the traditional aggressive look of a BMW muscle car. One of the features that makes the M6 stand out, is the air intake that looks as if it would’ve been taken off of a fighter jet. This element was developed under Ulf Weidhase, the former M chief designer.
The engine in the M6 is almost square and in this model it got its own pistons. The engine has also been modified to be able to churn out 560 horsepower at a staggering 6000 rpm. The hefty sound of the V-8 engine is wicked from outside the vehicle but from the inside, you can barely hear it, just as it was the case with the M5.
BMW have named this M6 model as their fastest model to date. This feat was possible even though they have dropped two cylinders. Of course, they changed them with two turbochargers, so yes: this is an extremely fast car. There is no more sonic blast as was the case with the V-10 engine of their previous generation, but let us not forget that the 4.4 liter V-8 twin-turbo engine manages to produce 560 bhp and 560 lb.-ft. of force. Also, the single-clutch system has been changed to the 8-speed dual-clutch unit.
Even though the M6 is really heavy, you will barely notice it. Even though the car performs very well, and maneuverability is great on paved roads; if you’re planning on taking the car to its limits, you will see that the steering wheel showing a slight lack of feedback. This also applies to the brakes. You will be able to choose from 3 different steering weight settings, but the majority of people will probably go for the lightest, the Comfort setting. The wheel just gets too heavy in any other control setting.
The performance of the car is incredible. You can get from 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds. If you decide to test in on the highway, you will be able to get to top speeds in a few heartbeats. You can get up to 160 mph if you really want to push the car but you will most likely get only till around 155 mph, due to the factory settings.
The BMW M6’s dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox is quite speedy, which makes for an enjoyable driving experience.
The M6’s set of 265-mm-wide tires in the front and a 295-mm set in the rear do a great job at providing a great grip. Driving near traction-limits will show a bit of a steering problem that can be felt at higher speeds, regardless of the great grip of the car.
But the M6 is still a lot more agile than the other, regular 6 series. This was partly made possible by bolting the rear sub-frame of the vehicle right onto the body.
As far as the electronically controlled active differential goes, you will be able to choose from 3 features: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.
The 2014 BMW M6 may be sportier than it’s sibling, the 650i, but even with it’s electronically controlled suspension and wide tires, the listed curb weight of 4255 lb. makes it hard for us to classify the M6 as nimble sports car.
Despite of the M6 measuring 193.0 inches in length, the interior is not as spacious as you might believe it to be. The driver and the co-driver seats are low and comfortable but the back seats are not as inviting with their fairly limited leg- and headroom.
The starting price of the M6 coupe is $109,275 and that results in some really stiff competition from other sports-luxury vehicles like the Jaguar XKR, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and the Maserati Gran Turismo.
Most people admire the M6’s electronic and luxury extras in place of better performance but there are still few of us out there, who would lose all these fancy helpers to get a more agile, race-bred sports car.