2006 BMW M6

Written by tonks on November 29, 2006

2006 M6The 2006 BMW M6 is the mac daddy of the 6 Series line. The “basic” version offers only 360 horsepower and can be configured as a coupe or convertible, and sells for about $72,000 to $79,000, plus options. The M6 is available only as a four-passenger coupe and starts at just under $97,000. For you math freaks, that translates to $194 per horse, but like the living and breathing kind, these ponies might run you dry on feed, especially if you run ‘em hard.

BMW is well represented in the luxury coupe market with the 6 Series, a model that accommodates four adults and moves briskly thanks to its 360-horsepower, 4.8-liter V8. However, this Bimmer pales in comparison to AMG models from Mercedes-Benz, and lacks the visual appeal of the Porsche 911 Carrera. To combat any relative styling and/or power deficiencies, the 2006 M6 is a must-have for BMW to remain competitive in this highly-exclusive yet lucrative niche of the market.

Power for the 2006 BMW M6 comes from the same normally-aspirated, 5.0-liter V10 as found in the magnificent M5 sedan, a car with which this new large coupe shares the MDrive system. Under normal driving conditions, the engine puts out 400 horsepower, more than enough for most folks.

But with some quick programming, drivers can unleash 500 horses with a simple tap of the M button on the steering wheel. Torque is rated at 383 lb.-ft. Furthermore, there’s a Sport setting that ties maximum power with a stiffened suspension and a tightened steering system.

A seven-speed SMG transmission with Drivelogic directs the 2006 BMW M6’s power to the rear wheels, while a variable locking differential and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) ensure that all those ponies don’t go up in smoke. That tenacious grip allows the M6 to reach 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Though most people will rave about the 2006 BMW M6’s powertrain and hardware, the cabin is equally impressive. Inside, up to four passengers will enjoy leather-clad bucket seats, with those in the rear enjoying their own center console and adjustable headrests.

Those up front are treated to significantly-bolstered sport seats with multiple power adjustments, while the driver gets to grip the thickly-padded, multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters. Clearly marked gauges are ringed in silver, and the instrument panel is adorned with either wood paneling or carbon fiber.

Based on the all-new 6 Series, the 2006 M6 adds a touch of understated aggressiveness to BMW’s sleek four-passenger coupe. The front end features a unique air dam that acts to cool the large engine and cross-drilled brakes, whereas the muscular sides are accented by side gills in the fenders and distinct mirror housings.

Fitted to the rear is a diffuser that helps maintain high-speed stability, and quad tailpipes. Of the seven available colors, four are specific to the M: Silverstone II, Interlagos Blue, Sepang Bronze, and Indianapolis Red.

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