With the M5 as its mechanical basis, the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe gets the full M division maintenance. It includes a very powerful turbocharged V8 with 560 horsepower, upgraded suspension, stronger brakes and abundant luxury features.
With four doors, the Gran Coupe becomes the more ideal choice than the M6 convertible or coupe. And although it claims to be a five-passenger car, it’s technically very strange considering the small back room with its center seat hump. The M6 Gran Coupe is best suited for a family of four, couples with minimal necessities, or owners with some good friends.
Engine Specs, Trim and Features
The 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a high-performance, five-passenger luxury sedan available in a single trim level.
Under the hood, the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine generates 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Rear wheel-drive and a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with shift paddles is standard, and a six-speed conventional manual transmission is available as no-cost option. The 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupes also features an automatic stop-start system, which shuts down the engine when the car stopped to conserve fuel.
BMW says the M6 Gran Coupe with DCT will accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The EPA estimates fuel economy will return 16 mpg combined (14 mpg city/20 mpg highway) with the DCT and 17 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway) with the conventional manual.
Standard features include adaptive suspension dampers, 20-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential, front and rear parking sensors, LED foglights and taillights, automatic adaptive LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, automatic soft-close doors, automatic wipers, power-folding and heated auto-dimming mirrors, four-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-adjustable settings, heated power front seats with memory settings, carbon-fiber accents, extended leather trim, split rear-folding seatbacks and leather upholstery.
Standard tech features includes a rearview camera, a navigation system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, smartphone app integration, voice controls, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless device charging, a 10.2-inch display with BMW iDrive interface, online services (news and weather), a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with USB-iPod integration, satellite radio and HD radio.
The 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Executive package adds power rear side-window shades, a power rear sunshade, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, ventilated, fatigue-reducing front seats, heated rear seats and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The Driver Assistance Plus package adds a surround-view camera system, blind-spot monitoring, a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and a lane departure warning system. The Parking Assistance package adds side- and top-view parking cameras.
For more power, the Competition package will boosts engine power to 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It also adds lightweight alloy wheels, a black chrome finish for the tailpipes, steering and rear differential, special tuning for the suspension, retuned stability control that provides a higher threshold for intervention in the M Dynamic mode.
The M Driver package increases the top-speed limit to 190 mph and one full day driver training at a BMW Performance Center.
Stand-alone options include silver or black 20-inch wheel design, carbon-ceramic brakes, a synthetic suede headliner, an infrared night-vision system with pedestrian detection and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Although the mechanical side of the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is based on the M5, but the interior is not. Instead of carrying the standard 5-series cabin, the M6 Gran Coupe gets the driver-focused layout of two-door M6. It looks more like a cockpit than a big sedan, and the quality of the material is very impressive. Carbon fiber accents and leather trim extended abundant coat dashboard and door panels, adding to the luxurious feel but still sporty.
BMW IDrive controls navigation and various vehicle settings such as phone and entertainment functions all from one button on the center console. All commands and menus are displayed on a crisp and sharp 10.2 inch center display. Fast response time, and logical menu after multiple times of use.
The front seats provide an impressive support for long trips and enthusias drives on winding mountain roads. Surprisingly the standard seat can be set 14 directions, so you will easily find the right sitting position. The 2018 M6 Gran Coupe rear seats enough to accommodate two adults, although with limited headroom. At the rear, there are only 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than rival in class. The Mercedes CLS63 for example has 15.3 cubes and the Audi RS7 has a 24.5 cubic feet cargo space.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is expected to hits dealers in November. Priced starting from $120,795 including destination. Adding the Driving Assistance package need an extra $1,700.
For buyers who want all the luxury they can get, the Executive Package will cost $5,000. Driver enthusiast can get the Competition package with extra $7,000 or $2,500 for the M Driver package.