Road Test

Road Test: 2013 BMW M6 Coupe

August 5, 2013

BMW M6 Coupe 2013 test driveThe BMW 6 Series Coupe looks great in its standard form. Take that as a starting point, add some M exterior and interior design features, and the result is fantastic. Its the new BMW M6 Coupe. At the front end the large air intakes and flared wheel arches create a powerful look. Bmw M6 also has a newly designed M kidney grille with M6 badge. The grille’s black, paired kidney grille slats have a bit of the same design as the M wheels. The new BMW M6 Coupe is fitted with 19-inch M light-alloy wheels as standard. The forged wheels feature seven double-spokes in a two-tone finish.

The roof of the BMW M6 Coupe is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The use of the lightweight material for the roof lowers the car’s centre of gravity. The dark colouring of the roof goes well together with the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, which includes dark colour covering the side window borders and the base and lower section of the M mirror caps. At the rear the muscular look is finished with M twin exhaust tailpipes positioned to either side of the diffuser integrated into the rear apron.

The heart of the BMW M model is always a powerful engine. BMW M6 shares its power source with the BMW M5 and has the same high-revving, 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology under its bonnet. The engine features two turbochargers, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control and a wet sump oil supply optimised to work under high lateral forces. From the displacement of 4,395cc it develops a mighty 412 kW (560 hp) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. The peak torque is delivered on a really wide rev range between 1,500 and 5,750rpm. 680 Newton metres of torque delivered already at 1,500rpm means that the 295mm wide rear wheels have a big job putting all that power to the road.

The V8 engine is paired with seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission. The DCT features two oil-cooled wet clutches, which are engaged alternately to provide really quick gear changes without almost any interruption in the acceleration. The transmission offers automatic and manual drive modes. The automatic mode offers excellent performance, but sometimes it is more fun to play with the revs and drive with the manual mode. Gear changes can be made manually via the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The DCT transmission comes with the Drivelogic which offers three different shift programs. The preferred shift program can be chosen by using a rocker switch on the centre console. In addition to the shift program, driver can also choose settings for the stability control system, performance characteristics of the engine, dynamic damping control and steering response. You can also store your favorite setting behind two M buttons found on the steering wheel.

Car’s performance is amazing. The BMW M6 Coupe can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) but with the optional M Driver’s Package it can be raised to 305 km/h (189 mph). The maximum power output of 560 horsepower is delivered between 6,000 and 7,000rpm, and you can rev the engine up to 7,200rpm. However, normally you don’t need to use this much revs. There are a couple of reason for that. First thing is that the performance is fantastic also at the lover revs. And secondly, when the engine revs reach the redline, car’s speed is probably already over the speed limit.

The BMW M6 Coupe is a big car with the length of almost five meters and weigth of two tons. Big and powerful rear-wheel drive car can be a bit scary especially when it gets wet. Those times you are quite happy that the car comes with the DSC stability control system. Standard features also include Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, a Brake Assistant and the Brake Drying function. Sportier M Dynamic Mode (MDM) allow the wheels to spin slightly. DSC can also be turned off if wanted. The BMW M6 is equipped with the Active M Differential. An electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential optimises traction by reducing the rotational speed differences between the rear wheels. To keep the power in control, the BMW M6 comes with a powerful braking system featuring six-piston brake calipers with 400 mm discs on front axle and single-piston calipers with 396 mm discs at rear. The M carbon-ceramic brakes are also available for the BMW M6 as an option.



  • Petrol
  • 8-cylinder
  • 4395cc
  • Twinturbo


  • 412 kW (560 hp) / 6000-7000rpm


  • 680 Nm / 1500-5750rpm


  • 7-speed automatic
  • RWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 4.2 seconds

Top speed

  • 250 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 9.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 232 g/km

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