Car of the Year 2014 No. 5: BMW M6 Gran Coupe

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Dual Purpose

The handsome, quick, and practical BMW M6 Gran Coupe placed first among the four-door vehicles at this year’s Car of the Year contest—ahead of the Bentley Flying Spur, Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz S550, and Maserati Quattroporte GTS. As with those cars, few if any of the judges had anything bad to say about the BMW. “You can drive it anywhere, for any occasion,” said Luca Spano, expressing the common opinion that the M6 Gran Coupe is the ultimate machine for everyday driving. 

Like the base-model 6 Series Gran Coupe, the M version has a coupe-style roofline and a long and lean body. It also has a more aggressive-looking front fascia, which better suits its performance capabilities. The 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 moves the M6 Gran Coupe effortlessly from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, matching the time of the two-door M6 coupe, though the four-door is 170 pounds heavier. BMW offers a $6,000 Competition Package for the M6 Gran Coupe, which increases the engine output from 560 hp to 575 hp and further stiffens the suspension.

The M6 Gran Coupe is a beautifully balanced automobile that provides a comfortable ride for commuting or longer-distance traveling, but it also can deliver adrenaline-inducing bursts of acceleration. Evidently, such duality is what our judges expect in a daily driver. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Configuration: Rear-wheel-drive sedan

Engine: 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8

Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual

Power: 560 hp at 7,000 rpm

Torque: 500 ft lbs at 1,500 rpm

Curb weight: 4,395 pounds

Zero to 60 mph: 4.1 seconds

Top speed: 155 mph (limited)

Base price: $116,000

BMW, www.bmwusa.com

 

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