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2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe: New Car Review

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author photo by Autotrader May 2016

Just because the 2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe follows the current 4-door-coupe trend doesn't make this any less of an M car than its high-performance siblings. Under the skin, the current M5 and M6 Gran Coupe share practically everything, from their platforms and suspensions to a fabulous turbocharged V8 that makes a mighty 560 horsepower.

Think of this car as an M5 with a sleeker physique. From this perspective, it makes more sense. BMW now offers a choice of the traditional, under-the-radar M5 or the slightly different and highly fashionable M6 Gran Coupe.

What's New for 2016?

Adaptive LED headlights are now standard, there's some rearrangement of the options bundles, and the Competition package adds 25 hp above 2015's 15-hp boost.

What We Like

Astounding acceleration; impressive handling; sumptuously snug interior; comprehensive technology features; optional manual transmission

What We Don't

More expensive, yet less spacious than the M5

How Much?

$118,150

Fuel Economy

A twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine produces 560 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, rising to 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque with the optional Competition package.

The transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual with paddle shifters (essentially, an automatic transmission). In a nod to BMW's performance pedigree, a 6-speed manual transmission is also available at no extra cost. Power goes solely to the rear wheels.

Despite an automatic start/stop feature that helps save a little fuel, economy is not a strong suit. With the automatic transmission, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates 14 miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined. The manual transmission fares slightly better with 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe ($118,150) is a 4-door sedan that comes as a single model.

Standard features include 20-inch wheels, an electronically adjustable sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, drive mode selection, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights and taillights, adaptive cruise control, a carbon-fiber roof, keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, power adjustable 16-way M-specific front sport seats with heating and memory settings, a power adjustable steering column, auto-dimming mirrors, quad-zone automatic climate control, parking sensors in the front and rear, rain-sensing wipers, carbon-fiber cabin trim, Bluetooth, the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-in widescreen display, a touchpad control knob, a rearview camera, navigation and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with iPod/USB connectivity, satellite radio and HD Radio.

In terms of options, the Competition package adds 48 hp, a lowered suspension with even sportier settings, recalibrated steering, stability control and differential settings, lighter-weight 20-in wheels and black-chrome exhaust tips.

The Executive package brings a power rear sunshade with manual rear-side sunshades, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, active ventilated front seats with real-time cornering support and heated rear seats. Individual options include carbon-ceramic brakes, Alcantara (fake suede) headliner and a Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker audio system.

Trunk capacity is 16 cu ft., and the rear seats split and fold for some versatility.

Safety

The M6 Gran Coupe comes with driver-adjustable stability control, numerous electronic brake optimization features (including automatic brake-disc drying), active front-seat head restraints, eight airbags (front, front-side, front-knee and full-length side-curtain) and the BMW Assist telematics system, which provides emergency help such as crash notification and roadside assistance.

An optional Driver Assistance Plus package includes a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning, forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection and a 360-degree camera system.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe body style has not been crash-tested in the United States.

Behind the Wheel

It's natural to compare the M6 Gran Coupe to the M5. As iconic as the latter is, the former excels in sheer driving pleasure, feeling sharper and more responsive, with an athletic edge that's missing from the current M5. Having what is basically the M6 coupe's interior is another positive; this car really does feel like a 2-door from behind the wheel.

Because of the car's dramatic profile, rear passenger space is more limited than in the boxier M5, but two average-sized adults can fit in the back seats (not three, though).

And being endowed with more than 500 hp is always a good thing, especially when it's so accessible and comes on with such fearsome intensity. This is one of the fastest, most capable cars in the world, a seemingly invincible sedan that excels at practically everything. It even rides nicely with those adaptive dampers on the correct setting.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 BMW M5 -- The logical counterpoint to the M6 Gran Coupe is its more conventional sibling.

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS63 -- The twin-turbocharged V8 here is even more powerful, with 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Audi RS 7 -- With arguably the most striking looks of the bunch, the RS 7 also comes standard with all-wheel drive and has a beautifully refined twin-turbo V8.

Used BMW M3 Sedan -- The previous-generation, V8-powered M3 sedan is an ideal 4-door performance car, obtainable for a fraction of the M6 Gran Coupe's new-car price.

Autotrader's Advice

It's far from a bargain, but the M6 Gran Coupe is one of the greats. There's nothing wrong with the manual transmission, but it has limited appeal and won't help with resale values down the road.

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