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author photo by Autotrader May 2019

Anyone who loves the idea of the 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe should act now. This car, despite its name, is a 4-door vehicle. It offers high performance and equally elevated luxury. One of the things it can't do, however, is freeze time. So it's powerless to halt the arrival of the 8 Series. But the new 8 Series doesn't yet have a Gran Coupe version, nor any ultra-sporty M variants, so the M6 GC carries this particular banner for one final year.

Beneath this currently fashionable "4-door coupe" body style are the mechanicals of the previous-generation M5 midsize sport sedan (a new generation of 5 Series debuted for 2018), including the suspension setup and a fabulous turbocharged V8 that makes a mighty 560 horsepower. So there's plenty of substance to accompany the sleek looks and the lofty level of standard equipment. Despite the ticking of the clock, the M6 Gran Coupe remains a seriously desirable car.

What's New for 2019?

Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is now standard. There's no manual transmission option for 2019. And that's it. Even the price is the same as last year. See the 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Astounding acceleration
  • Impressive handling
  • Sumptuous interior
  • Comprehensive technology features

What We Don't

  • Expensive, even for a high-performance luxury sedan
  • Restricted occupant space

How Much?

$120,895

Fuel Economy

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

The transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual with paddle shifters (essentially an automatic transmission). Power goes solely to the rear wheels.

Despite an automatic start/stop feature that helps to save a little gas, fuel economy is not a strong suit. With the automatic transmission, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 14 miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in combined driving.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe ($120,895) is a 4-door sedan that comes as a single model.

Standard features include 20-in wheels, an electronically adjustable sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, drive mode selection, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, LED fog lights/taillights, adaptive cruise control, a carbon fiber roof, keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, power-adjustable 14-way M-specific front sport seats with heating and memory settings, a power-adjustable steering column, self-dimming mirrors, quad-zone automatic climate control, soft-close doors, parking sensors front and rear, rain-sensing wipers, carbon fiber cabin trim, Bluetooth, wireless device charging, iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-in widescreen display, a touchpad control knob, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Wi-Fi, and a 16-speaker/600-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound system with iPod/USB connectivity and satellite/HD radio.

Options-wise, the Competition package adds 40 hp, a lowered suspension with even sportier settings, re-calibrated steering, stability control and differential settings, lightweight 20-in wheels, and a sport exhaust system with "black chrome" 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, heated rear seats and a Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker audio system.

The Driving Assistance Package brings forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and a head-up display.

The M Driver's package brings a higher top speed (190 mph) and a day's instruction at a BMW Performance Center.

Other options include carbon ceramic brakes, side-view/top-view camera system, night vision with pedestrian detection, and an Alcantara (simulated suede) headliner.

Trunk capacity is 16.2 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 with automatic brake disc drying, active front seat head restraints, eight airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain), plus the BMW Assist telematics system providing emergency assistance such as crash notification and roadside assistance.

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

Behind the Wheel

The M6 Gran Coupe excels in sheer driving pleasure, feeling sharp, responsive and athletic. In the driver's seat, it really feels like a 2-door. And being endowed with 560 hp (or more) is always a good thing. Especially when it's so accessible and comes on with such fearsome intensity.

From acceleration (0-to-60 mph in 4.1 seconds), outright speed, balance and poise to cool gadgetry, this car gets virtually everything supremely right. It even rides nicely with those adaptive dampers on the appropriate setting.

Because of the dramatic profile, rear passenger space is more limited than a conventional sedan shape, but two average-sized adults can fit in the back seats (not three, though).

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 -- A new generation of CLS-Class launches for 2019 and this 429-hp variant is currently the range's most powerful. Still great, however.

2019 BMW M5 -- A conventional sedan with the high-performance M treatment. An amazing car and well worth an extensive test drive.

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

We might be inclined to hold fire and see what an 8 Series Gran Coupe has to offer. But if it has to be a brand-new M6 Gran Coupe, then make sure it has as many driver aids as possible. Not because the car is a liability without them, but you never know when they might save the day. Find a BMW M6 Gran for sale

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