The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is destined to arrive in Australia around the third quarter of 2013, with local pricing tipped to start around $300,000 – slotting between the $292,500 M6 Coupe and $308,500 M6 Convertible – some $70,000 more than the BMW M5 sedan on which it’s based.
The M6 Gran Coupe shares its mechanical package with the Coupe, Convertible and M5, with a 412kW/680Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 sending power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The result is a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds – matching the M6 Coupe, and bettering the M5 and M6 Convertible by one-tenth – and a top speed of 305km/h.
The new model also features an Active M Differential for optimised traction and an M-specific version of BMW’s Dynamic Damper Control system, while high-performance carbonfibre compound ceramic brakes are available as an option to the standard six-piston fixed-caliper 400mm front and single-piston floating-caliper 396mm rear set-up.
The M6 Gran Coupe’s wheelbase is 113mm longer than the M6 Coupe’s to accommodate the rear doors, and it’s also the only M6 model with a fifth seat in the back. The Gran Coupe’s 460-litre boot is on par with the Coupe’s, but unlike the two-door its rear seats can be folded forward to offer 1265 litres of load space.
The design of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe otherwise largely mirrors its two-door siblings, sporting broad air intakes, adaptive LED headlights, chrome-slatted kidney grille, flared wheel arches, 20-inch light-alloy wheels, quad exhaust outlets and a lightweight carbonfibre-reinforced plastic roof.
The cabin is finished with leather upholstery and an alcantara roof liner, and features dual-zone climate control, BMW Professional navigation system, M-specific head-up display, rear-view camera with surround view, lane change and lane departure warning, high-beam assist, and night vision with pedestrian recognition.
Australian prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the local launch of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe early next year.