BMW’s new M6 range has been unveiled, with higher performance, lower fuel consumption and increased touring range.
The flagship M car boasts monumental power and torque figures from the same turbocharged V8 seen in the M5. With 554bhp and 502lb.ft, the latter available all the way from 1,500rpm to 5,750rpm, the coupe sprints to 62mph in just 4.2 seconds followed by the slightly heavier convertible at 4.3 seconds.
Both versions are limited to 155mph, but more impressive is a claimed figure of 28.5mpg for the coupe. Its CO2 emissions will stand at 232g/km; the soft top recording 239g/km. BMW has worked to maintain a close-to-perfect weight distribution front to rear.
Combined with a number of upgrades to the chassis compared to the standard 6 Series, the M6 aims to represent the pinnacle of large sports cars.
Variable Damper Control is standard, allowing drivers to tailor the suspension to their preferences. Settings can also be memorised and saved to ‘M1’ and ‘M2’ buttons, so drivers can have their preferred cruising and sports settings combinations accessible via one button.
To improve cruising range, the new M6 has been given a larger 80-litre fuel tank. Combined with the decreased fuel consumption, it leads to a theoretical range of just over 500 miles - but then the tank would be dry.
Boot capacity has been increased too, up to 450 litres in the coupe and up to 350 litres in the convertible, depending on the position of the roof.
The weight of the folding roof prevents it from being among the world’s fastest, but 19 seconds to retract and 24 to fold back up is not bad. As standard, the cars will have 19-inch wheels but can be upgraded with 20-inch ‘lightweight’ options.
Satellite navigation is one of many goodies included in the coupe’s £93,795 price tag. The convertible will cost £98,995. They will both be available in mid-September for the ‘62’ registration.