2015 BMW M6 Vehicle Overview
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Comfort & Convenience
iDrive 4.2: Now with Touchpad
The new iDrive 4.2 navigation system showcases an optimized menu display with state-of-the-art technologies, like advanced real-time traffic data. And, a new iDrive rotary controller with an integrated touchpad makes it easy for drivers on the go to enter destinations, phone numbers and more.
This system allows you to dial, add or delete stored telephone numbers hands-free. It can also activate numerous navigation system functions and record up to five minutes of notes. The Voice Command button must be pressed before each use, so conversations won't accidentally activate the phone or other systems.
Climate Zone Ventilation
Electronic climate zone controls allow the driver to select a lower air temperature for around the head and chest than in the footwell. With automatic recirculation control, when a sensor detects certain pollutants in the air, such as carbon monoxide or ethanols, it automatically switches to recirculating air. Twin active-charcoal micro-filters significantly help reduce air pollutants, such as dust, bacteria and odors, from entering the cabin.
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Bluetooth® wireless technology connects mobile phones enabled with Bluetooth® to a vehicle for hands-free calling. With the use of a compatible Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone, a driver can place and answer calls, and browse and select phonebook contacts from their phone, simply by using the multifunction steering wheel controls and radio keys.
Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System
The optional Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System features 16 perfectly integrated loudspeakers that deliver a rich sound. Thanks to the patented Acoustic Lens Technology, every passenger–wherever they are seated in the cabin–enjoys an equal distribution of brilliant sound. And in true BMW style, the Surround Sound System blends aesthetics and function for a truly alluring design.
Part of ConnectedDrive, lets you access Social Networks, music PlugIn and Video Playback through your iPhone®, and see them on the Display screen (requires Navigation). Tune in to Web Radio and search for stations from around the globe by name, location or genre. You can store your favorite entries on your iPhone so you can take them with you from one vehicle to another. Access content from your Twitter and Facebook accounts to stay on top of what's happening with friends and family, and enjoy music on-demand with Pandora Radio.
Over 2,000 radio stations throughout the United States are currently broadcasting with advanced HD Radio technology. FM stations now have CD-quality sound and AM stations now have FM-quality sound. What's more, many stations multicast up to 3 different formats over the same frequency.
SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio
Welcome to the world of SiriusXM™. With the Sirius All Access package, you'll hear every channel available in your BMW, including commercial-free music, plus sports, news, talk, entertainment and all of our premium programming. You'll also get SiriusXM™ Internet Radio, so you can bring SiriusXM™ with you wherever you go-on your computer, smartphone and tablet. It's our ultimate package, giving you everything you want, everywhere you want to listen. If your BMW is equipped with iDrive, you can also select SiriusXM™ channels through your vehicle's iDrive system or voice command, and enter them into the programmable memory buttons.
Performance & Efficiency
4.4-Liter, M TwinPower Turbo V-8 Engine, 560-hp
The 560-hp response of the M6's 4.4-liter V-8 engine is nearly instantaneous. The optional Competition Package raises the bar further, producing 575-hp. Double-VANOS infinitely variable camshaft timing and High Precision Direct Injection play in concert with patented Valvetronic individual intake valve control that eliminates the need for a less-efficient throttle plate. The result is another M characteristic: linear, instantaneous delivery of a massive 500 lb-ft of torque over a broad rpm range (6,000-7,000 rom), from idle to high revs. This results in 0-60 mph of just 4.1 seconds, or 4.0 seconds with the Competition Package.
7-Speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Launch Control
This racing-derived 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) can be personalized by the driver to match a wide range of preferences, from Comfort to Sport +, and can operate in either automatic or sequential manual mode. In the manual mode, you shift like a Grand Prix driver by flicking paddles just behind the steering wheel, without taking your hands off the wheel.
Here's how it works. M Double Clutch Transmission is based on not one, but two partial transmissions housed inside the same case. One side contains gears 1, 3, 5 and 7; the other, gears 2, 4 and 6. Let's say you're accelerating hard in gear 3. Before the shift to gear 4 is made, this next gear is already selected and ready to go. To make the shift, M DCT doesn't push gears. Rather, it swaps the two clutches to instantly engage the next gear on the other side of the transmission. Changing clutches, instead of physically moving gears, is blindingly fast – and it can be executed with your right foot flat to the floor. Downshifts, similarly, are executed with perfect consistency and engine rev-matching while braking or coasting. The overall results are precision and consistency, which allow drivers to focus maximum attention on the road or track.
Brake Energy Regeneration
To supply a battery with electrical energy, the generator (alternator) is usually driven using engine power, which requires fuel. With Brake Energy Regeneration, the alternator produces electricity when the driver brakes or takes a foot off the accelerator. Kinetic energy that was previously unharnessed is transformed into electrical energy, then fed into the battery. In this way, electricity is generated without consuming fuel.
Safety & Security
Adaptive LED Headlights
Debuting in the BMW 6 Series, bright LED illumination makes traffic signs and other objects along the road easier to see. This helps reduce eye fatigue and increase comfort during long-distance driving.
LED technology is used exclusively for both high and low beams, as well as in all four Corona headlight rings. At speeds of up to 35 mph, LED cornering lights automatically light up the side of the road when turning. At faster speeds, the Adaptive Headlights feature automatically swivels the headlights to illuminate the road around bends, based on your steering wheel movements. LED lights are also used in the High Beam Assistant feature and in the turn signal indicators.
Full Color Head-Up Display
Projects important travel information, such as vehicle speed and check control warnings, onto the windshield directly in your field of vision. For the first time, all Head-Up Display data is shown in full color, making information more precise and easier to process. Additional information including Navigation directional arrows and instructions, Lane Departure Warning messages and warnings from the BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian detection system can also be displayed.
BMW Assist eCall™ and TeleServices
In an emergency, BMW Assist eCall, now standard in all BMWs, automatically sends your location and relevant information to police and EMT services, saving critical time when you need it most. Also standard, with BMW Teleservices, your BMW knows exactly when the next servicing appointment is coming up and informs you about any maintenance requirements. Your BMW Service Center will call you to arrange an appointment. Wherever you are, your BMW Service Center is at your side.
Night Vision is BMW's amazing system that lets you see pedestrians or animals up to 328 yards ahead - in the dark. Using an infrared camera built into the front of the vehicle, you will be able to see potential road hazards displayed on your navigation system monitor, and avoid them well before they are visible to the naked eye. This optional feature will make night driving far more pleasurable and worry-free.
2014 BMW M6 Vehicle Overview
The M6 is BMW's high-performance version of its 6 Series sports car. It has more aggressive, M-specific styling cues and is powered by a turbocharged V-8 engine that's rated at 560 horsepower. The M6 is available as a coupe, soft-top convertible or as a coupelike four-door, dubbed Gran Coupe. The M6 competes with the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Jaguar XKR.
New for 2014
A traditional six-speed manual transmission is now available as a no-cost option, and the transmission includes a downshift-rev-matching feature. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles and a launch-control function is still available.
Large carbon-ceramic brake rotors with gold-painted calipers are also optional. The brakes shave nearly 43 pounds from the M6's curb weight, and the system quickly dissipates heat, according to BMW.
All M6s get an updated version of BMW's iDrive controller system that brings revised graphics, new menu interfaces, upgraded navigation and a dictation service for composing short messages.
- M6 gets an aggressive lower front bumper, revised rear bumper and quad exhaust tips
- Standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels; 20-inch light-alloy wheels available
- Lightweight carbon fiber roof lowers coupe's center of gravity
- Twin-kidney grille has black slats
- M-style appliques in the front fenders
- Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED accents
- Available adaptive LED headlights
- Convertible's soft-top takes 19 seconds to open, 24 seconds to close, according to BMW
- Soft-top can be operated at speeds up to 25 mph
- Driver-centric dashboard layout with 10.2-inch screen, which serves as the display for the iDrive system
- Merino leather upholstery
- Carbon fiber trim
- M6 lettering on the doorsills
- Two customizable M Drive buttons on the steering wheel for vehicle settings
- M Drive can alter the characteristics of the engine, steering and stability system, among others
- Available head-up display
- Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
Under the Hood
- 560-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 500 pounds-feet of torque
- Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
- Maximum turbo boost pressure is 21.7 pounds per square inch
- Fuel-saving stop-start engine technology
- Electronically controlled limited-slip Active M Differential
- Adaptive dampers and adjustable power-steering assistance
- Top speed electronically limited to 155 mph
- Antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system with deactivation setting
- Side-impact airbags
- Side curtain airbags (coupe, Gran Coupe)
- Pop-up aluminum roll bars behind rear head restraints (convertible)
M6 Gran Coupe
The Gran Coupe body style is equipped similarly to the other M6 versions. The biggest differences are in the body style itself and the resulting interior space. From bumper to bumper, the Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches longer than the M6 coupe and 4.1 inches longer than the 5 Series sedan. The front seat dimensions are essentially the same as the coupe's, but the Gran Coupe boasts a roomier backseat with three rather than two positions.
- 35.3 inches of legroom versus the coupe's 30.5 inches
- 37 inches of headroom versus 35.8 inches in the coupe
- The Gran Coupe shares the coupe's 16.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is 2.2 cubic feet larger than the 5 Series sedan's trunk