The 2016 M6 excels in comfort and performance like no other car in its segment. Similar Mercedes-AMG sedans try to deliver an experience of opulence and speed while the M series has a massive background doing exactly this over several decades.
Now, we are seeing a full-size sedan with a colossal, powerful engine, waiting to hit the track. Unfortunately, and despite its bulky price tag in comparison with other M models, the performance does not reach perfection. The huge body lacks the agility of smaller BMW with the M badge on them.
Let’s see more details about the 2016 M6.
German Powerhouse and Other Specs
The 2016 M6 packs a dominant turbocharged 4.4 L V8 engine, totally capable of producing 560 hp at 6000 RPM and a maximum torque of 502 lb-ft at 1500 RPM. Along with it, we find a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission, denominated by the carmaker M-DKG-436.
The performance numbers are pretty decent, starting with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). In terms of acceleration, the 2016 M6 goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds. This high-performance sedan comes in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive setups, while the offered variants are the coupe, the convertible and a sedan, denominated Gran Coupe.
The Competition package is a great addition for those racing enthusiasts, which includes an upgraded power output rated at 600 hp, improved Sport suspension and damper application, a track-focused steering, and several modifications in terms of design and decoration. Users also have carbon ceramic brakes available as optional.
Also, notice that a 6-speed manual gearbox is also available, but it isn’t compatible with models equipped with the Competition pack. M6 models with the 7-speed automatic transmission have a fuel economy rated a 14 mpg for the city and 20 mpg for the highway while the ones with the 6-speed manual have an even less efficiency in terms of fuel mileage.
A really strong safety setup onboard of the 2016 M6 is even more enhanced thanks to the Driver Assistance Plus package. This optional bundle adds the Active Driving Assistant technology, blind spot warning, and other useful tools on the road.
Design and Comfort
The 2016 M6 is a sexy, aggressively looking sedan with clear trails of its M series blood. Its high-performance behavior becomes obvious. The legendary twin-kidney grille is there as expected. The long, curvy lines start at the angry front fascia and travels back to the rear end, which features delicate and elegant forms.
Real luxury and comfort remain in the interior, where the major flaw is the rear seats. These aren’t the most comfortable thing in the world, having little space to live with. A 16-speaker 600-watt Harman Kardon audio system comes as standard and it’s in charge of delivering a top-notch musical experience.
Without paying more than the base price, users also get the nav system, 20-wat seats, keyless entry and start, adaptive LED storage, 10.2-inch screen dedicated to the infotainment platform, and many other notorious convenience features. The Executive package offers a great upgrade in terms of comfort and luxury as well, with the ventilated front seats and heated steering wheels.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 M6 features amazing handling skills at high speeds. Unfortunately, its 4255 lb (1930 kg) of curb weight and 192.8 inches (4.8 meters) of length doesn’t make it a worthy rival for cheaper models in the same M series, as the M2 and M3.
In terms of competition, this BMW is a deadly rival of the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S, Audi RS7, and Porsche Panamera Turbo, all of them compatriots of it. The base price for the coupe model starts at US$113.400.