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201404 Apr

m6 ran coupe

 

WHEN: April 3, 2014

HOW MUCH: Rs 1.6 crore

ENGINE: 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8

COMPETITION: Audi RS7, Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, Porsche Panamera

 

BMW will soon launch its entire ‘M’ range in the country. Kicking things off is the pinnacle of BMW’s M-division – the M6 Gran Coupe. What it is, is a four-door saloon with a coupe-like roofline and H-U-G-E power.

 

And by huge, we mean 560 PS. But you might argue that Audi’s RS7 has a little more, and the CLS 63 AMG has about the same. Well, in the case of the M6 Gran Coupe, BMW claims it isn’t about trump-card-style wheeling and dealing, but actual usable power being put to the road, performance against the clock, everyday usability, and handling.

 

m6 gran coupe india launch

 

We can’t comment till we drive it, but from what we’ve seen and experienced by sitting in the M6 Gran Coupe, the emotional pull this car exercises is undeniable. It’s not very often that you could use the epithet ‘sexy’ for a car anymore, especially not since a committee-led approach to design and the restrictions of a family look, but hello, this is one sexy car. The typical BMW details, like the twin-kidney grille, twin-corona headlamps, character line along the side have all been executed in a manner that satisfies the BMW board’s directives while yet making it look heart-achingly beautiful.

 

m6 gran coupe engine

 

Practicality is another matter though. The low roof means inevitable compromises in headroom, and even though I am of medium height, I bumped by head while getting out of the car. Rear leg-room is tight, in addition to having even less headroom than the front. The boot though has over 450 litres of luggage carrying capacity. Yippee.

BMW says the M6 Gran Coupe can seat 5 people but the middle passenger in the rear seat will have to sit straddling the centre tunnel, with the AC vents blowing at his or her crotch. Icy.

 

bmw m6 gran coupe interior

 

Since the new BMW M6 Gran Coupe will be fully imported, it will be expensive. As it is, it costs a pretty packet more than its immediate German competition in Europe; factor in taxes and duties and it will be substantially more than either an RS7 or a CLS 63 AMG. In fact, BMW has made no secret of its belief that the M6 Gran Coupe is as good, if not better than, a Porsche Panamera. When you put that into context, the M6 Gran Coupe does appear to be good value.

 

bmw m6 gran coupe rear

 

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