BMW 6-Series M6 (05-10) - Review

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 12 Feb 2013
4.5
BMW’S M division returns to the 6-Series, rekindling memories of the old M635 CSi of the late 1980s. The M6 Coupe and Convertible use the same 5.

4 out of 5

Comfort

The M6 has most of the comfort features you would expect on an £80,000 car - heated leather seats with electric adjustment, electronic climate control and electric windows and mirrors. However the rear seats are very cramped in the Coupe and pretty much useless in the soft top. On the plus side the ride is very good and with the suspension in comfort mode it does little to betray the standard 19-inch wheels. The sequential manual transmission (SMG) has no clutch pedal and can be used as an automatic.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

The M6 offers a decent amount of space for a two-plus-two, and with 450 litres of luggage space it is one of the more useful coupes on the market. The convertible offers less luggage space when the roof is down but virtually the same as the coupe with the roof up. The wind break and rear screen also means that roof-down motoring is practical even during the colder months.

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Behind the wheel

There are several clues that set the interior of the M6 apart from a standard 6-Series. The standard dashboard is trimmed in lacquered carbon fibre, making the interior feel a little more special, and the M6 (like the BMW M5) comes with a head-up display (HUD), which shows speed and (when the satellite navigation is activated) the next turn instruction. In MDynamic mode, the satellite navigation data disappears in favour of a rev curve and a change-up indicator. BMW's i-Drive controller is the main feature of the centre console after the gear lever, and accesses navigation, climate, audio and other functions via one main dial.