For drivers who equally value power, precision, presence and premium styling, the BMW M name resonates long and loud. At the peak of the BMW M brand is the 2018 BMW M6, which is offered in two distinct body styles that both make equally bold statements about the person behind the wheel.
At even a cursory a glance, the 2018 BMW M6 is unlike any other vehicle on the road. In both its Gran Coupe and Convertible bodies, the BMW M6 is long and sleek in proportions and accentuated by powerful sculpted body lines. Adding to the exterior recognition is the hallmark kidney grille in double-spoke black with chrome accents, M-specific front apron air inlets, BMWs Shadowline trim and distinctive adaptive LED headlamps.
For the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, the standard wheel option is a 20-inch Double Spoke gloss black light alloy wheel, while the M6 Convertible gets 19-inch Star Spoke forged light alloy wheels standard. For further sleekness both in aesthetics and in performance, the Gran Coupe comes with a carbon fiber composite roof and carbon fiber rear diffuser apron. For exceptional versatility when the situation demands it, the M6 Convertible is offered with a fully-lined black power softtop that features a heated glass rear window that can be lowered or raised independent of the roof.
A BMW would be nothing without luxurious appointments and high-quality interiors. Truly, the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe and M6 Convertible are no exceptions to this rule. Both models are standard with 20-way power front M Multi-contour seats with four-way lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, passenger's-seat memory, and adjustable side support. Both are offered with Extended Merino Leather upholstery and door trim, but can be upgraded and personalized even further with available BMW Individual Full Merino leather.
To ensure the utmost audio clarity, the M6 is equipped with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon® Surround Sound Audio System that features a 600-watt amp (16-speaker in the Gran Coupe). For superior control and confidence, both models are offered with iDrive 6.0 system, BMW Navigation system with 10.2-inch high-resolution screen, and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
The heart of both the 2018 BMW M6 Grand Coupe and M6 Convertible is a 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 that utilizes two M twin-scroll turbochargers with technologies like variable valve control and high-precision direct injection. Mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission, it delivers an output of 560 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque; with Launch Control, maximum acceleration can be obtained from a standing start, making the M6 even more beastly off the line.
With this output and the seven-speed MDC transmission, the 2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe achieves a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.1 seconds, while the M6 Convertible is not far behind at 4.3 seconds. Both achieve a top speed of 155 mph, more than enough power for the road and plenty for weekends at the track.
All of these components add up to create what is ultimately one of the finest expressions of the Ultimate Driving Machine ethos.
This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.