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Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 4.4L V8
Power:
560 HP / 500 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DCT
0-60 Time:
4.1 Seconds
Top Speed:
155 MPH
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,255 LBS
Seating:
2+2
MPG:
14 City / 20 HWY
Base Price:
$106,100
As Tested Price:
$123,345
The Act And The Exclamation



The 2013 BMW M6 is a rolling obscenity – one that begins with the capital letter "F." It is both the act and the exclamation, the curse and the encouragement. It courts no logic. It is all want and no need, and it is unbecoming of the BMW roundel. Whereas the brand's products once strove to unite man and machine in a duet of blissful performance, the M6 seems built solely to stand between the driver and the road. You are very clearly in its way every second you're behind the wheel, slowing it down and generally being the Monday morning to its two-day trance festival. It's clear this car is very fast, but it has no interest in making you fast in the way that the M3 or even the M5 are wont to do.

But somehow, all that doesn't stop the car from stoking every last lick of lust in your gut. A 560-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 will do that for you.

Driving Notes
  • I think this may very well be the most beautiful machine in the BMW stable right now. The fascia, wheels and carbon fiber roof of the M line all help sharpen the standard 6 Series nicely, turning the car from an awkward bubble into a lithe and purposeful grand tourer. It snatches eyeballs like a cleptomaniac Doctor Frankenstein at the optometrist's office: with both purpose and glee.
  • The real magic of this car is at its heart: a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with 560 horsepower 500 pound-feet of torque. The thrust out of this engine is fiendish in its delivery, and you can't help but get the sense that the only thing keeping this powerplant from leaping out of the coupe's nose and terrorizing the countryside is you. The car strains against the brake pedal at every stop light, and the exhaust burbles and pops in some of our favorite anti-social tones. It is the rolling embodiment of Skynet.
  • Our tester came with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. The logic can be switched between "sane" and "why am I in the next county?" There is no middle ground, but the paddle shifters feel great. The shift lever, meanwhile, might as well have been imported from another planet. In the future. In an alternate dimension. It's that counterintuitive.
  • Speaking of switches, there are independent controls for the shift logic, dampers and steering. You can save your presets by plowing through the iDrive system or by pressing and holding a button on the steering wheel, but it all feels like an unnecessary added step. The M6 doesn't simply remember which settings the driver preferred from one jaunt to the next. The result is a car that's in your way more often than not. It's either the best or worst first world problem in the history of our species.
  • BMW didn't hold back with the carbon fiber on this machine. Our tester came with a composite roof and carbon-fiber trim indoors. It originally wore the optional carbon ceramic brakes as well, but some yokel had already roasted the rotors off of the car. BMW went back with steel. At $8,700 for the option, we don't blame them.
  • This all sounds like a lot of bellyaching, but don't misunderstand. There are only a handful of cars out there that can evoke the sort of emotion this one does, and most of them carry price tags more than double the $123,345 of our tester. That's not saying it's worth the coin, but the car has its place.
UPDATE: BMW informs us the carbon-ceramic brake option was removed due to the fact that that this particular model was manufactured in 2012. The carbon-ceramic rotors were only available on models built in 2013. While the vehicle's monroney showed the option at $8,700, BMW says the brakes are available for $9,250, but are covered under the company's four-year, 50,000 mile maintenance program.


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      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone barbecued the carbon ceramics already?.. How the f*** do you do that on such a young car? Clearly this thing took one hell of an ass whooping in a prior road test.
      onlycodered
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty sick but what all is in this thing that makes it weigh 4,200 lbs?
      postpast
      • 2 Years Ago
      \"It originally wore the optional carbon ceramic brakes as well, but some yokel had already roasted the rotors off of the car. BMW went back with steel. At $8,700 for the option, we don\'t blame them.\" um... Isn\'t the whole point of 9G Ceramic brakes that some yokel can\'t roast them.
      TurbosForAll
      • 2 Years Ago
      Six speed DCT? Have not heard from it before. I knew about a regular torque converter six speed, and a seven sp dual clutch...
      Really
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good looking but way too heavy and like everything BMW in the last 5 years it will fall to pieces after the first 48 months when the warranty expires. That's the modern BMW way, smoke and mirrors for an emblem that has long faded from long term quality.
        knightrider_6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Really
        cheap german trash.
        ghetto2315
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Really
        Sooooo is that why BMW was ranked #3 in Reliability by CarMD in 2012? I thought so...
          CarNutMike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ghetto2315
          CarMD's CEL "reliability report"? THAT'S what they ranked, you know. How often the CEL came on... Man, you love you some BMW koolaid. Does the CEL illuminate with the SMG craps itself?
          knightrider_6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ghetto2315
          It ranks at the bottom on Consumer Reports, along with VW, Mercedes and Fiat.
          adam1keith1980
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ghetto2315
          Any report that rates BMW as reliable is likely an anomaly.
      no1bondfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      $120k for a BMW? You could buy a 911, or even better, and Aston Martin Vantage, for that kind of money. I can't imagine why anybody would buy this thing when those other options exist.
        RBSileighty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @no1bondfan
        But you have to remember... Money doesn't buy logic, it buys what the holder of the money wants. Value is fortunately/unfortunately relative
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @no1bondfan
        In my eyes this has no game against a loaded Carrera S or a base V8 Vantage. You'd have to be a die-hard BMW fan (a rich one) to actually buy one of these when so many other cars are more fun to drive and even to look at.
          superchan7
          • 2 Years Ago
          @superchan7
          Forgot the Maserati GT which is also more interesting than this car and has real V8 sound.
          Bernard
          • 2 Years Ago
          @superchan7
          Don't forget that you could buy an R8 for this price as well. The R8 is far more exotic than this thing ordinary thing.
          Dvanos
          • 2 Years Ago
          @superchan7
          Agreed, Porsche has been able to keep the 911 luxurious while still very fast and sporty not mention very light.
        no1bondfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @no1bondfan
        *an Aston Martin Vantage
      Max Bramante
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best of the best in its class. No way, forget Maserati Granturismo, forget 911, when it comes to performance,handling,price and refinements BMW M6 rocks in the best compromise ever, has always been in this way since the E24 M6 in the 80's, hater's gonna hate of course but BMW remain the benchmark
        ferps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Max Bramante
        please explain how this does anything better than the 911. The only thing it has going for it is larger back seats.
        JaredN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Max Bramante
        I'd love an e24 M6, but this car just doesn't interest me. YMMV.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Max Bramante
        AM Vantage - Every teenage boy thinks this car is a girl magnet, whether it's actually true doesn't matter. Real V8 sound, fancy interior Maserati GT - Italian style and real V8 sound. Interior is stale, typical of Maserati Carrera S - A purpose-built sports car with a unique powertrain. Fancy interior M6 - Ton of power, relatively plain body style (still looks "good" in a general sense), turbo-neutered exhaust note, boy-racer interior All of the M6's competitors offer some unique redeeming charm. The M6 only offers huge HP and a better back seat. The wild V10 defined the previous M5 and M6, and those are gone.
      Bernard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to look at BMW's with envy. That has since been replaced with pity. I guess this is the poorer man's Bentley Continental GT, but without the Bentley interior.
        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bernard
        I also used to look at BMWs with envy. Now that I have more money and wisdom, I pity anyone that owns a BMW out-of-warranty.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bernard
        [blocked]
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Camaro ZL1 is a much better all round drivers car.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        I'd guess not many people are cross shopping the two. Just a hunch.
          Mbukukanyau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          These are not cross shopped, however, the Camaro is a better drivers car. The ZL1 or the 1 LE
      Wontae Cho
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW once said, they will never build front wheel drives, they lied. They will never build 4 cylinders, they lied and they will never turbocharge a M car. They lied. I dont believe what they say no matter who says it.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wontae Cho
        The E30 M3 had a 4-cyl engine. "Never build 4 cylinders" is an illusion mostly limited to the US market where straight-6s were the only engine configuration in the BMW lineup for several consecutive years.
        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wontae Cho
        I don't know why you get so many downvotes for telling the truth (except for the 4-cylinder part.)
        Teleny411
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wontae Cho
        The 2002 had a i4.
        PatrickH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wontae Cho
        Please find the quote from them saying they'll never build 4 cylinder engines.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the best looking modern BMWs.
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the money, there are much better choices in terms of dynamics, driving enjoyment, and reliability. The 911 immediately comes to mind. Any recent M car is just a money pit after its warranty expires.
        SLR722GT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam1keith1980
        I really like all M cars from BMW but factually speaking, 911 is a much safer investment when it comes to a reliable sports/super car. BMW has just started using turbos in their M division cars while Porsche already has been doing this since the birth of 911 Turbo.
        MikeInNC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam1keith1980
        Having previously owned an M car, I can say that my experience was not as you describe. I drove it until it had close to 90k miles on it and had very little other than standard maintenance. For the money I'd probably opt for the 911 too but, I love the lines on this thing. Quite a nice gentleman's tourer and something I'd consider on the used car market in about 5-8 years for sure.
          PatrickH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MikeInNC
          older M cars are not the same as newer M cars. BMW has fully embraced the "throw away" culture that so many people love.
          CarNutMike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MikeInNC
          You have to be more specific. The E36 and E90/92 M3s were really solid. I think the E46s too, but I don't know those very well. The E60 and E63 M cars were not BMWs finest hour.
          adam1keith1980
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MikeInNC
          PatrickH: It's so true. We live in a culture where you don't plan to love your cars and to keep it forever. Most people don't have emotional attachment to their cars anymore - cars are just status symbols that are no longer good enough when they get old, so people don't care if a car last 5 years or 25 years. It's really sad.
        ihyln
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam1keith1980
        no one intelligent actually owns these cars outright unless it's a sunday car. everyone leases these things for a reason.
          adam1keith1980
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ihyln
          It's too bad because I like owning my cars, not renting them.
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