The BMW M6 is part of the company’s 6-series, harking back to the M635 CSi in the 1980s. The M6’s Convertible and Coupe models employ the same 5.0-litre V10 engine as the M5 saloon. This vehicle also offers many bespoke parts and claims to be at par with models of the Porsche and Ferrari. That’s a tall order given such names and their distinct features. Apart from design, this vehicle also has to deliver in terms of performance. Read on to see how this vehicle will perform along UK roads with its intimidating power and its incredible high-performance.
The M6’s ability to cover 62mph from standstill in just 4.6 seconds is only one of its many superior caoabilities. The model is comfortable cruising at the steady speed of 70mph yet can also whirr through a race track at a thundering speed. Once you hold the power button by the gear lever, you feel the engine quickly working towards its 507bhp delivery. Such conditions assure driving enthusiasts of a limitless acceleration range. And even when you think the vehicle has arrived at its top speed, another gear can readily be shifted into for the M6 to push further into its power.
The recent M6 shares the same carbon fibre roof as the M3 Coupe, which not only saves weight but also improves handling and lowers the centre of gravity. Eleven different change patterns are available among the speed gears. The F1 launch control facility is only best used on a race track.
The M6 has chassis stiffer than the standard 6-series vehicle, making it only slightly heavier than the 4.8-litre 650i. What makes it heavier are worthy additional features such as the lightweight boot-lid, plastic front-wings, and aluminum doors and bonnet. Steering is handled well by the electronic damper control’s (EDC) three settings: sport, comfort, and normal. The rear’s stability and traction is also enhanced by the three settings in the dynamic stability control. The default setting works best in steadying the car as it skids, while the DSC is completely disengaged in the third setting. Then there’s the MDynamic mode that allows for a slightly more chaotic behavior right by the rear right before the electronics go into power. The convertible has the same handling capabilities as the Coupe.
The M6 Coupe doesn’t turn as quick as the convertible due to its extra weight. The interior is comfortable, including basic features such as electronic climate control, electric mirrors and windows, and heated leather seats with electric adjustment. But the rear seats have a rather cramped space in the Coupe. The SMG or sequential manual transmission does not include a clutch pedal but it can be operated automatically.
Luggage space is decent at 450litres, making it one of the more generously spaced Coupe boots in the market. Unfortunately the convertible doesn’t offer as much space with the roof down, so you’ll have to compromise the rooftop as up on route to that weekend vacation. Thankfully the rear screen and wind screen means that roof down motoring is bearable during the colder seasons.
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