Just a few days after introducing the updated 1 Series in India, BMW has again caught the attention by rolling out their 2015 version of M6 Gran Coupe. Last year, it kept itself busy by introducing several new models and variants for the auto enthusiasts for buyers. It kept itself so busy that it has introduced new models in a span of just two days. Among those M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe are the versions that were introduced back to back. Now again, the introduction of M6 Gran Coupe tells the story of this company's relentless efforts to stay ahead in the competition. This latest version gets signature M design characteristics like a new front apron with larger air intakes, M-specific double bar kidney grille, and updated adaptive LED headlamps. This German automobile firm while introducing the M6 Gran Coupe, has also started an exclusive BMW M Studio in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. This is a first of its kind store, which is dedicated exclusively for the M Series products. With the launch of two new SUV products, the overall tally of versions in this M Series has gone up to six. All are bestowed with exclusive M Package that includes M Sport seats in the cockpit, BMW driving experience control, and Active M differential, which emphasizes its exclusivity.
Their engines are mated to a seven speed M double-clutch automatic transmission gearbox. While the newly introduced SUVs are available with an eight speed M double-clutch automatic gearbox. To start with the external appearance, all the products in this series look sportier, as compared to others in the company's fleet. The M4 is a three door version, but it can house seating for at least five passengers. The remaining products are four-door versions, but the M6 Gran coupe is designed for accommodating four passengers only. This model series series is bestowed with an innovative iDrive touch with handwriting facility, that enable the driver to operate various functions of the car using a single hand. There are secondary functions such as a good air conditioning system, an ambient lighting system with mood lights, and electrically adjustable front seats, which works to provide a fatigue free driving experience. The brand is also offering this series with crucial safety features including active front headrests, airbags, attentiveness assistance system, ISOFIX child seat mounting, alarm system and electronic parking brake with auto hold. All of this and more stresses attention on the model in he Indian market.
Recently the 2015 M6 Edition was launched with a modified headlight cluster featuring adaptive LED lamps. Also, it gets a signature kidney grille with M Double rods along with black chrome bezel. These M Specific cosmetics have also been given to the X6M and X5M SUVs, which renders a dynamic appeal to the already bold exteriors. Besides these, we can also see the update to the design of its alloy wheels. Best part about these new products are that the bumpers have a kind of hexagonal design with dual intakes, which tells the story about its efficiency. In terms of front facade both the M3 and M4 share the same design template. They have a bold headlight cluster that houses a four LED DRL rings along with Bi-Xenon lamps and headlight cluster. The M5 version gets an expressive radiator grille with thin surround. Furthermore, its grille is embedded with the variant designation that emphasizes its elegance. The front bumper is quite large featuring three bigger air intake vents, which provides better ventilation for cooling the drive-train. Of all the products, this M6 version looks more sleeker, especially from its sides. Furthermore, its coupe stance adds more grace to this facet and makes it look even spectacular. It has cosmetics like body colored wing mirrors, door handles and high gloss black window sills including B-pillars. Each product in this series are bestowed with specific design alloy wheels, which distinguishes them from each other. As far the rear section, both the coupe versions get a sleeker taillight cluster and a wider boot lid. The brake lights are in LED lighting pattern, which amplifies the rear profile. The sedan versions get a masculine rear bumper that houses quad exhaust pipes with chrome treatment.
The M5 has an overall length, width and height of 4910mm, 2119mm (including the ORVMs) and 1467mm respectively. On the other hand, M6 Gran Coupe has a total length of 5011mm, width of 2106mm and a height of just 1393mm. A wheelbase of 2964mm is quite long. The M3 has a total width and height of 2037mm and 1430mm, whereas the M4 has a height of just 1383mm and width of 2014mm. However, both these versions have a same length and wheelbase of 4671mm and 2812mm respectively.
The attractive internal cabin is made up of premium quality scratch resistant material. As for the SUVs, they have a driver oriented cabin decorated with sporty red and glossy-black accents. Like the other products in this series, they have also been bestowed with M specific package to give a sporty appeal to the cabin. The most attractive among these is the X6M owing to its sleek dashboard, ergonomic seating arrangement and cosmetic. The existing M6 Gran Coupe has a carbon fiber interior trim finisher, which is emphasized by American Oak wood inserts. On the other hand, the updated M5 has an aluminum trance interior trim finisher along with Fineline Anthracite fine-wood inserts. The M3 and M4 trims are bestowed with high gloss black interior trim finisher. There is ample cabin space, furnished with a comfortable seating arrangement. Its front seats get electrical adjustment function, and this includes memory function for driver's seat. They also have lumbar support, which further improves the comfort. The M6 has an attractive cockpit featuring a sleek dashboard, while the remaining versions get a slightly bigger one. It houses several innovative equipments like automatic air conditioning unit with heater, a sophisticated instrumental panel and a large glove box. It also comes with a multi-functional M Leather steering wheel that houses control switches for audio, calls and cruise control function. It is further accompanied by paddle shifters, which makes shifting of gears simpler.
The manufacturer is offering all the versions with several innovative comfort features, which provides a comfortable traveling experience. The list including ambient lights with mood lighting, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, interior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function, roller sun blinds for rear and side windows, engine start/stop function, and electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support. They also have aspects like an floor mats in velour, electric glass roof, soft close function for doors, alarm system and heating function for front seats. In addition to these, they are also bestowed with electrically adjustable outside mirrors, headlight washer system, automatic driving lights, and rain sensing wipers. The M5 , M4 and M3 editions have a 2-zone automatic air conditioning system, whereas the M6 Gran Coupe trim is blessed with a proficient 4-zone climate control system. The manufacturer is also offering an advanced cruise control system that has braking and speed limiter function, which automatically deals with the obstructions to provide a pleasurable driving experience.
To start with the M5, its cockpit has a head and shoulder room of 992mm and 1518mm respectively, whereas the rear cabin has a head space of 973mm and shoulder room of 1485mm. On the other hand, the rear cabin of the M6 has a total shoulder space of 1454mm and a decent head room of 941mm. Surprisingly, its cockpit has a head and shoulder room of 1030mm and 1517mm respectively. The M3 and M4 are also as spacious as other versions in this series. However, they have slightly lesser legroom and boot storage capacity.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The entire series has the ability to achieve a top speed of 250 Kmph. However, the M6 Gran Coupe is slightly quicker, as it can break the 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in mere 4.2 seconds, whereas the M5 does it in just 4.4 seconds. Meanwhile, both the M3 and M4 trims can break the 100 Kmph mark in 4.1 seconds, which is astounding. Same figures also applies to the sports utility vehicles.
Engine and Performance
The 3.0-litre petrol mill has a high pressure direct fuel injection technology. It comprises of 6 cylinders and 32-valves that displaces 2979cc. It is also armed with a pair of turbochargers, which enables the motor to churn out 431bhp at 5500 to 7300rpm in combination with a torque of 550Nm between 1850 to 5500rpm. On the other hand, the M5 and M6 Gran coupe versions have a 4.4-litre, V8 petrol plant that displaces 4395cc. It has eight cylinders and 32-valves, which receives fuel through high precision injection technology. This power plant has the ability to produce 560bhp of power and 680Nm. But these figures goes up to 575bhp of power and 750Nm torque in the SUV models. The automaker has paired both the engines to an advanced seven-speed M double clutch automatic transmission gearbox that distributes the torque output to the rear wheels.
Both the M5 and M6 editions along with the X6M and X5M trims have been equipped with a V8 petrol mill that has high precision fuel injection technology. This power plant can deliver a mileage in the range of 6.8 Kmpl to 10.10 Kmpl. On the other hand, its M3 and M4 versions have a 3.0-litre mill that has direct fuel injection technology. This plant can give away a maximum mileage of just about 10.75 Kmpl.
Power of BMW M Series
Its 4.4-litre petrol motor produces a peak power output of 560bhp along with a commanding torque output of 680Nm, which is remarkable. However, this mill in the SUVs produce more power of 575bhp along with a pounding torque of 750Nm. On the other hand, its 3.0-litre drive-train can pump out a power of 431bhp that results in a hammering torque output of 550Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
The newly introduced models get an advanced iDrive touch controller including a 22.35 CM color display. It also has an integrated hard drive for maps and audio files. Furthermore, they have a DVD player, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking camera and park distance control with visual aid provided on infotainment screen. An innovative Head-up display with M View that enhances the convenience for driver. Apart from these, the M5 gets an advanced 600 Watt Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16-loud speakers as a standard fitment. However, it is available as an optional feature for the M3 and M4 models. On the other hand, the M6 Gran Coupe has all the aforementioned features but it gets a sophisticated Bang and Olufsen high end surround sound system as standard.
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Braking & Handling
The car maker has bestowed this model with a set of high performance internally vented compound brake discs for all four wheels. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with an anti lock braking system, cornering brake control and brake assist function , which improves the overall braking mechanism. In addition to these, it is also rigged with a dynamic stability control with MDM (M Dynamic Mode), which helps to keeps the vehicle stable on any road conditions. It also has dynamic damper control function with infinite and independent damping, which reinforces the braking mechanism.
Safety & Security
All trims have been bestowed with innovative safety features that ensure unmatched protection to the occupants inside. It has a list of aspects including anti-lock braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control, alarm system , active front headrests, and active protection with attentiveness assistant. In addition to these, this vehicle is also gifted with eight airbags, three point seat belts with pyrotechnic belt tensioners including force limiters, dynamic stability control with (MDM) M Dynamic Mode, ISOFIX child seat mounting and warning triangle with a first aid kit. It also has aspects like an electric parking brake with auto hold function, electronic vehicle immobilizer with crash sensors and side impact protection beam.
This version is blessed with a set of stylish 20-inch 'M' double-spoke lightweight alloy wheels. Its front and rear rims are covered with 265/35 R20 and 295/30 R20 sized high performance tubeless radial tyres respectively. The M5 is bestowed with a set of newly designed 19-inch M lightweight double spoke design alloy wheels. Its rear rims are covered with 295/35 R19 sized tyres, whereas the front ones are covered with terrain capable tubeless radial tyres of size 265/40 R19. On the other hand, the M3 and M4 have been bestowed with a set of 18-inch V spoke design rims as standard.
1. Exclusive ‘M' Package adds to its advantage.
2. Both its Coupe editions have an extremely stylish body design.
3. Performance and acceleration is quite remarkable.
4. Lavish interior space with sophisticated comfort features.
5. Safety features are at par with other contenders.
1. Presence of authorized service centers needs to increase.
2. Fuel economy is not as good as other competitors.
3. Cost of maintenance and servicing is quite expensive.
4. Low ground clearance adds to its disadvantage.
5. Initial cost of ownership is more than its competitors.
BMW M Series price
|X5 M |
|1.62 Cr ||1.62 Cr ||1.62 Cr ||1.64 Cr ||1.62 Cr ||1.65 Cr ||1.62 Cr
|M3 Sedan |
|1.26 Cr ||1.26 Cr ||1.26 Cr ||1.28 Cr ||1.26 Cr ||1.28 Cr ||1.26 Cr
|M4 Coupe |
|1.28 Cr ||1.28 Cr ||1.28 Cr ||1.3 Cr ||1.28 Cr ||1.3 Cr ||1.28 Cr
|M5 Sedan |
|1.36 Cr ||1.36 Cr ||1.36 Cr ||1.38 Cr ||1.36 Cr ||1.39 Cr ||1.36 Cr
|X6 M |
|1.66 Cr ||1.66 Cr ||1.66 Cr ||1.69 Cr ||1.66 Cr ||1.7 Cr ||1.66 Cr
|M6 Gran Coupe |
|1.77 Cr ||1.77 Cr ||1.77 Cr ||1.8 Cr ||1.77 Cr ||1.8 Cr ||1.77 Cr