Official: Bmw M6 Gran Coupe

Article by Christian A., on December 12, 2012

After the M6 Convertible and Coupe, BMW officially unveiled today the all-new M6 Gran Coupe. As expected, the car is powered by the same engine found on the coupe and cabriolet versions of the M6, which means a 4.4-liter V8 with M TwinPower Turbo technology, capable to deliver 560 hp and 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) of torque.

For those who don’t know, same engine is found also on the 2012 Bmw M5. The V8 can push the M6 Gran Coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h/155 mph (305 km/h/189 mph if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified). This means that the M6 Gran Coupe is as fast as the convertible and coupe versions and faster than the M5.

Still, the fuel consumption remains low and in the EU test cycle it stands at 9.9 litres per 100 km (28.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 232 grams per kilometre. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, which offers a Launch Control function for maximum acceleration and Low Speed Assistance for extra comfort as well as the Auto Start-Stop function.

And because it is an M car, the chassis has also been geared to harnessing the car’s sporting potential. Regarding the design, we can’t say we are surprised by something, as many of you saw the leaked photos. The M6 Gran Coupe is just an M6 Coupe with two extra doors. The 20-inch M light-alloy wheels are new and we must admit that they look impressive. Pricing starts at 128,800 euros in Germany, including 19% VAT. The new Bmw M6 Gran Coupe will hit the market in May 2013.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe’s chassis technology is also meant to harness the vehicle's sport possibilities to perform excellently. The integral rear axle and the double-wishbone front axle have special kinetics and parts produced from forged aluminium. Large panelled chassis mountings make sure that the energy forces pass evenly across the body. The M6 Gran Coupe comes with standard M-specific Dynamic Damper Control system version and a hydraulic variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering with the M Servotronic functionality.

Instead of the high-performing standard compound brake system, the M6 Gran Coupe can be also ordered with brakes made of M carbon-ceramic. Manufactured from a new carbon-fibre compound ceramic, the discs have even more heat resistance, less weight, and excellent wear resistance.

Configured around the centre console’s gearshift lever of the M6 Gran Coupe are the buttons for customising all the adjustable powertrain and chassis functionalities. The DSC mode, engine characteristics, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic responses, and M DCT Drivelogic shift programmes can be chosen separately from all the others. This means that the driver can create a finely tuned set-up that is stored in one of two M Drive buttons on the multi-use steering wheel.

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Bmw M6 Gran Coupe

A third body variant of the BMW M6 high-performance sports car is set to be presented for the first time as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe joins the existing Coupe and Convertible models in the line-up. The new member of the M6 family brings together customary M performance characteristics with extra helpings of luxury and aesthetic appeal. The high-revving V8 enginewith M TwinPower Turbo technology and 412 kW/560 hp propels the BMW M6 Gran Coupe from 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds. And the elegantly sporty lines of the four-door Coupe are complemented by bespoke features, such as the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. The greater interior space of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe allows two rear passengers to enjoy generous levels of on-board comfort, and there is also a third rear seat for use on shorter journeys.

Design: the beauty of majestic power delivery.

Hallmark M design features influenced directly by technical considerations - such as cooling air requirements, chassis geometry, weight balance and aerodynamics - open a clear window into the performance capability of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. The front of the car is dominated by its large air intakes, standard Adaptive LED Headlights and an M kidney grille designed especially for this model. From the side, the first four-door Coupe in the BMW M GmbH ranks is clearly distinguishable from the BMW M6 Coupe thanks to its rear doors and 113-millimetre longer wheelbase. The low roofline flowing smoothly into the rear, the swage line - which takes in the door openers - and side windows extending well into the C-pillars accentuate the dynamically stretched silhouette.

Prominently flared wheel arches draw the eye to a track width specific to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe. The characteristic M gills, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, standard BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line package and exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design underline the car's distinctive appearance, as does another M signature - twin exhaust tailpipes positioned on the outer edges of the rear apron. Also integrated into the rear apron, and charged with the task of optimising airflow along the car's underbody, is a diffuser made from CFRP.

This extremely lightweight, impressively strong high-tech material is used in the construction of the roof as well. Here, the visible carbon structure provides an eye-catching feature, as does a dynamic recess in the centre of the roof. This recess is referenced stylistically inside the car, the anthracite-coloured Alcantara roof liner gaining a central section in leather.

Emulating the harmonious blend of athletic prowess and elegance embodied by the exterior design, the distinctively M cockpit fuses sports car style with generous levels of space and a luxurious ambience. The driver and front passenger can look forward to M sports seats with integral belt guides. And the BMW M6 Gran Coupe's standard specification also includes Merino leather upholstery with extended features. The rear compartment offers two or three seats, the backrests of which can split and fold down in a ratio of 40 : 60 to increase boot capacity from 460 to as much as 1,265 litres.

V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, Active M Differential.

The powertrain technology under the skin of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe guarantees the performance characteristics for which M Automobiles are renowned. The V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology produces 412 kW/560 hp. Its technical wizardry includes a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, a cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. The 4,395 cc unit keeps peak torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm, while maximum output is developed between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm. The engine revs to a maximum of 7,200 rpm. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h/155 mph (305 km/h/189 mph if the optional M Driver's Package is specified). Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle stands at 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (28.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 232 grams per kilometre.

Taking care of power transfer is a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic. The transmission's electronic management system ensures the right gear is selected for optimum traction. It also offers the driver a Launch Control function for maximum acceleration, Low Speed Assistance for extra comfort and the Auto Start-Stop function to enhance efficiency.

Under particularly dynamic acceleration out of corners, as well as in tricky road and weather conditions, the Active M Differential at the rear axle distributes the engine's power between the individual wheels to maximum traction-enhancing effect. Its electronically controlled multi-disc limited-slip differential works hand-in-hand with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and splits drive between the right and left rear wheels quickly and precisely according to the situation at hand.

Chassis technology developed to M specification.

The chassis technology of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is also geared to harnessing the car's sporting potential in the cause of supreme performance. Like the integral rear axle, the double-wishbone front axle has specific kinematics and components made from forged aluminium. Chassis mountings using large panels ensure dynamic forces are passed evenly through to the body. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe comes as standard with an M-specific version of the Dynamic Damper Control system and hydraulic variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering with the M Servotronic function.

As an alternative to the standard high-performance compound braking system, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe can also be ordered with M carbon-ceramic brakes. Made from a new type of carbon-fibre compound ceramic, the discs boast even greater resistance to heat, lower weight and exceptional resistance to wear.

Arranged around the gearshift lever on the centre console of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe are the buttons used to configure all the adjustable powertrain and chassis functions to personal tastes. The DSC mode,engine performance characteristics, Dynamic Damper Control mapping,M Servotronic responses and M DCT Drivelogic shift program can be selected independently of each other. All of which means the driver can put together a detailed set-up and store those settings on one of the two M Drive buttons on the multifunction steering wheel.

Exclusive and individual: high-quality range of equipment.

The standard equipment fitted on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, leather trim, heated driver and front passenger seats, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with hi-fi loudspeakers. Available as an alternative to the standard 2-zone automatic climate control is a 4-zone system with a control panel in the rear compartment. Among the other highlights of the options list are M multifunction seats, heated rear seats, Comfort Access, a heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, electrically operated sun blinds, the new generation of the Professional navigation system and a Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe also comes with a variety of BMW ConnectedDrive features, such as an M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Customers can also integrate their Apple iPhone or other smartphones into the car and make use of internet-based services while on board.

The recommended retail price of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe in Germany will be 128.800 €, including 19% VAT. Market launch is scheduled for May 2013 in Germany and early Summer 2013 in the US.

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