John Diether
Automotive Editor - August 6, 2014

Expert Rating

4.8 (Excellent)
14 City / 20 Highway

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For buyers who want to max out on luxury and performance, BMW serves up the M6, a twin-turbo V8 coupe based on the midsize 5 Series. The M6 delivers as many thrills as mechanically possible within the architecture of a roomy and luxurious four-seater.

What's New for 2015

The M6 gets minor equipment adjustments only.

2015 BMW M6 Glam

Choosing Your BMW M6

2015 BMW M6 Engine

The M6 coupe and convertible are powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 560 horsepower, matched to a seven-speed double-clutch automated manual transmission. A conventional six-speed manual is available at no cost. All that power is accompanied by electronic launch control and an adaptive sport-tuned suspension. To keep its weight down, the M6 wears a carbon fiber roof, and its hood and doors are made of aluminum.

The cabin is slathered in supple leather and black carbon fiber trim, and the whole affair can be customized with a pallet of available leathers and woods. Standard equipment goes beyond the expected to include automatic soft-closing doors, a heated driver's door lock, BMW concierge serves and a ski bag. Convertible models carry special sun-reflective leather inside.

2015 BMW M6 Interior

For an extra measure of luxury, BMW offers the Executive Package with features such as ventilated and massaging front seats, a power rear sunshade and a heated steering wheel. You can also add the Driver Assistance Plus Package, which delivers a suite of active safety technology and a surround-view camera system.

Dedicated driving enthusiasts might want to consider the Competition Package, which enhances the M6's performance with racing-spec suspension and steering systems, upgraded tires on 20-inch wheels, and a sport-tuned exhaust system that coaxes 15 extra horsepower from the engine.

Among the few standalone options are carbon-ceramic brakes, Bang & Olufsen surround sound and night vision with pedestrian detection.

CarsDirect Tip

Virtually all buyers will appreciate the sophisticated safety features that come with the Driver Assistance Plus Package, which is very reasonably priced. The Competition Package is another story: worth the price if you intend to hit the track, but of little value in civilian driving.

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2015 BMW M6 Rear

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