It may be a little confusing to call a 4-door a “coupe,” but once you get past BMW’s peculiar nomenclature you’re certain to be struck by the looks and performance of the 2019 M6 Gran Coupe models. Both capture that classic Bavarian DNA that makes it a formidable competitor to anything in its class.
You'll Like The 2019 BMW M6 If...
You’ll want to give serious consideration to the BMW M6 if you like a timelessly sexy design that is more than adequately complemented by one of the most competent, high-performance V8s on the market, along with on-rails road manners.
You May Not Like The 2019 BMW M6 If...
You might want to consider an alternative like the BMW M4 if you’re on a budget. And there are a number of newer options from competitors like Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.
Although it's one of the older models in the BMW line-up, the Bavarian maker hasn’t been putting a lot of emphasis on the 6-Series, in general, other than killing off the 2-door versions, with the M6 set to end production in February 2019. For its final run, the only update is the addition of Apple CarPlay.
It may seem a minor detail, but one of the first things you’ll notice is the “M” button on the M6 Gran Coupe’s steering wheel, which instantly adjusts performance settings, including steering, throttle, shift and suspension. While the 6 Series, as a whole, is one of the older models in the BMW lineup, the M6 is elegantly outfitted, with lavish leather, wood and Alcantara and, of course, the familiar iDrive-operated infotainment system. The Gran Coupe’s four doors improved rear-seat access, but the back is rather cramped, especially compared to the BMW 7 Series. There is, however, a surprising amount of trunk space.
For those more familiar with the classic 2-door BMW 6 Series, the 4-door Gran Coupe manages to add on two more doors without losing the car’s sleek coupe-like lines, with its low-slung roof flowing into muscular rear haunches. The M6 gets the more aggressive exterior touches you’d expect, including unique grille inserts, larger air intakes below the front bumper, and distinctive M badges.
While the 3 Series may serve as the classic heart and soul of the BMW brand, the 5 and 6 Series models take things up several notches, delivering even more performance while also adding a substantial level of luxury. While not a true sports car, the 2019 M6 Gran Coupe offers a truly thrilling ride when driven hard -- all the more so when you opt for the Competition Package, with its added power and active damping system. As you’d expect, steering is precise, body roll is minimal, and even an amateur driver will start to feel like a pro on a winding road. Ease back on the throttle and switch to cruising mode and the M6 is transformed from lion into purring kitty.
The 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $119,900 plus a $995 destination charge -- but don’t expect to drive off the showroom lot at that price. Most customers add thousands of dollars’ worth of accessories, everything from $5,000 for full Merino leather to the $7,000 Competition Package. A well-equipped M6 4-door will quickly push you into $130,000 territory and beyond. That's not cheap by any definition, but it is in line with competitors like the Mercedes-AMG CLS63 and Audi RS7 for the Gran Coupe, while undercutting the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Before buying, do yourself a favor and check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid. Long-term resale value should be pretty solid.
As the flagship of the 6 Series line, the 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe offers as standard equipment virtually everything you could want from the standard-edition 6 Series option list, which includes 20-way-power front seats with 4-way lumbar support and an articulated upper backrest, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a 4-zone climate-control system. The requisite BMW iDrive controller operates the car’s 10.2-inch video screen, and navigation is standard, as are USB inputs and Bluetooth for hands-free calling. The M6 also gets a number of advanced safety systems, including a rearview camera, active radar-operated cruise control and post-crash braking.
Apple CarPlay has been added to the 2019 model as part of the M6 subscription service. There’s also a more advanced Driving Assistance Package that includes a number of technologies offered as standard gear by other manufacturers. That includes lane-departure warning, front-collision warning with pedestrian protection and automatic emergency braking and more. The Executive Package adds niceties like heated rear seats and a heated windshield. And the Competition Package delivers, among other things, a big bump in performance, taking the 4.4-liter biturbo V-8 up to 600 horsepower.
Not all that long ago, 552 horsepower might have seemed beyond imagination. These days, that’s all but run-of-the-mill. So, for those who want that racer’s edge, the 600-horsepower Competition Package is a must.
BANG & OLUFSEN AUDIO SYSTEM
When you're not reveling in the sonorous V8 engine, the 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system inside the BMW M6 is nothing short of amazing. With sound flowing through 16 individually amplified speakers, you’ll hear every note with eardrum-piercing clarity.
Under the Hood
Surprise, manual-transmission lovers! The 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupes are both available with a 6-speed manual, as long as you don't spring for the Competition Package. Otherwise you get the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Either transmission gets connected to a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine putting out 552 horsepower or, in the Competition Package, an even 600 horsepower. The M6 is rear-wheel drive only, and it should be no surprise that it demands premium fuel. While we wouldn't call the M6 a fuel-sipper, it does at least offer a stop/start system that cuts the engine at idle to save fuel.
4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8
552 horsepower @ 6,000-7,000 rpm
500 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-5,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (manual), 14/20 mpg (automatic)
4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8
600 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-6,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg
Fans of the BMW 6 Series suffered the demise of the classic 2-door coupe and convertible models in 2018. In BMW M terms for 2019, only the 4-door M6 Gran Coupe remains. In M6 trim it features a twin-turbo V-8 delivering 552 horsepower -- boosted to 600 with the optional Competition Package. Ride and handling also are enhanced, as one would expect of an M model, with plenty of exterior and interior tweaks to remind you and everyone else you’re not driving an ordinary 6 Series model. A bit older than some alternatives, the 2019 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is a worthy competitor to the likes of the Audi RS 7 and Mercedes-AMG CLS63, as well as the Porsche 911. If you’re dead set on a convertible and have the budget, you have several options including the ragtop 911.