BMW M6 Gran Coupe goes into battle

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BMW’s new M6 GranCoupe is an interesting addition to the ranks of the super-saloon-coupes. It’s a direct response to the success of the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, and goes into battle with this, the Jaguar XFR-S and Audi S7. It’s expected to go on sale in spring 2013.

The four-door variant of the 552bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8-powered M6 coupe is a stylish beast that bolsters the formidable M-Sport line-up from the Bavarian company. The M6 GranCoupe is slightly longer and lower than the more upright M5 saloon, and also takes aim at the Porsche Panamera.
BMW claims that the M6 GranCoupe is 5kg heavier than the M5 – but it’s still heavy, weighing in at 1950kg. But with all that power, it manages to crack the 0-62mph sprint in 4.2secs. It does have an electronically limited maximum speed of 155mph, but like its German rivals, BMW offers an optional performance package, which raises limiter to 189mph – it also comes with uprated tyres.
The M6 GranCoupe has received a package of visual upgrades, too – including an aerodynamically enhanced front bumper with improved cooling. The rear bumper features a diffuser, which four exhaust tailpipes are fed through. In true M-Sport fashion, the roof is made from carbonfibre reinforced plastic, and looks great in contrasting gunmetal grey. The most obvious change, though, are the Audi-style wide arches. They give the M6 GranCoupe a widened track.Lightweight 20-inch alloys house new high-performance steel brakes, although carbon-ceramic discs are available as an option.