Bmw M6 Convertible
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Review Of The BMW M6 Convertible
JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGN3cxVXNvdF80X3MlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlM0MlMkZjZW50ZXIlM0U=The new BMW M6 Convertible is yet another impressive addition to the “ultimate driving machine”s canon. Powerful and handsomely designed, it’s got all the equipment needed to be a hit.
Based on the 6 Series convertible, the M6’s unique selling proposition is a turbocharged 4.4-litre power plant that develops 560bhp. There is also a coupe offspring available, while the styling is striking for its aggression. The £100,000 price-tag is eye-watering, but with so much speed, might and badge appeal on offer, this cabriolet is still hugely desirable.
OSV takes a closer look with our BMW M6 Convertible review.
On The Road
[vc_single_image image=”43268″ img_size=”article-image”]The M6 Convertible is powered by a different engine to the 6 Series convertible, which helps to set it apart. But the turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 unit is the same one that’s found underneath the bonnet of the M5 Saloon. It develops 560bhp, and can launch you from rest to 62mph in a hairy 4.0 seconds.
The engine comes wedded to a seven-speed ‘box that offers rapid gear changes. It’s not as smooth as the 8-speed automatic that you’ll find in most 6 Series models, though. As always with a BMW, power is sent to the rear wheels but this doesn’t mean there isn’t much grip in bends – there is. Body roll is kept to a minimum by stiff suspension, even at higher speeds.The car allows you to tweak the steering, suspension, traction control and throttle response via a settings panel. This means that you can modify the M6 Convertible’s behaviour to suit your needs, wants and overall driving style. But no matter how much you modify the settings, you’re never going to turn this heavyweight into a sports car. It’s just too big.
Weight is distributed 50:50, which means that changing direction is easy. If you’re a keener driver, there should be enough here to keep you entertained, but it isn’t as engaging or as agile as the vivacious M3 or even the M5.
Grip and power can be boosted if you snap up the optional M6 Competition Package. You get 40bhp more power, as well as an M Differential that boosts grip when taking on bends. Another optional extra, the M Driver’s Package, improves your top speed to 186mph.
Interior, Design & Build
BMW have created a mean-looking car here. An M6 badge is now found on the grille, while a pair of fangs and a trio of gaping intakes have been added to the front apron. The front track is 30mm wider than last time around, and swollen wheel arches have been developed to accommodate this increase. 19” alloys are standard, with 20” alloys available as an option.
The M6 coupe is quiet and comfortable, and this convertible almost matches it on both counts. A wind deflector helps to keep buffeting to a minimum, while refinement is among the best in the class.[vc_single_image image=”43272″ img_size=”article-image”]Sports seats have been designed especially for this range. They have also been designed so as to keep you and your passengers firmly in place, but they also offer lots of comfort thanks to soft Merino leather that comes as standard.
There are three suspension settings available, the softest of which keeps you comfy even on some of our worst road surfaces. But even in the firmest mode, comfort is still decent.
With the roof up, the boot measures an impressive 350-litres. Lowering the roof takes around 19 seconds (and 24 to put it back up again), and once it’s down you get 300-litres of space. The rear seats should be enough to accommodate two adults, though space is at a premium. If you’d prefer, they can act as further luggage space instead. Although the car is classed as a four-seater, the rear seats indeed only provide much use when you’re storing luggage.
While standard equipment levels are decent, it’s really easy to swell your purchase price with an array of enticing but expensive options. Standard kit across all models includes air conditioning, 19” alloys, cruise control, electric driver’s seat, front fog lights, heated mirrors, leather seat trim, satellite navigation, and sports seats.
Optional extras include ceramic brakes, which are offered for the first time. Ceramic brakes make the car more resistance to heat, thereby giving you more braking power. 20” alloys will make your M6 look even more aggressive, while night vision will prove useful.[vc_single_image image=”43276″ img_size=”article-image”]
Costs Of The BMW M6 Convertible
The new convertible will cost you £98,215, which makes it £5,000 more expensive than the M6 Coupe. If you want to contract hire it, you’ll be paying somewhere between £1300 – £1,600 + VAT per month. However you may be better off financing it on a purchase scheme.
Running costs are not great. BMW have worked hard to keep things relatively affordable, and the introduction of stop-start, variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and turbochargers has helped. But it’s still going to be difficult to consistently achieve BMW’s claimed returns of 27.4mpg.
You would definitely need to be driving this convertible sensibly to return those numbers – which is certainly not something keener driving enthusiasts will want to be doing too often.
The vehicle will set you back £490 per year in road tax, while servicing and repair bills won’t exactly be cheap. And because of the blockbuster pricing, the car will lose half of its value after three years.[vc_single_image image=”43278″ img_size=”article-image”]
Pros And Cons Of The BMW M6 Convertible
Very Powerful Engine
This convertible is capable of developing an astonishing 560bhp, and any car that can deliver that much power is going to be a pretty exceptional performer.
Thanks to the brand new 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo 32-valve unit, the car has a max speed of 155mph and is only 0.1s slower than the coupe, which is a lot lighter. You won’t be able to tell the difference.
Unless you’re Lewis Hamilton, of course.
Despite its power, the engine is also smooth and linear.
The M6 Convertible is easily one of the slickest, most handsomely designed cabriolet’s on the market today. The new model comes with a brand new M front grille, wide air-intake apertures, as well as adaptive headlight technology that help to give it a meaner look overall.
All BMW’s handle well, but this one is particularly impressive. The weight is distributed 50:50, which helps it to change direction with ease. Body roll is minimal, but a lot of grip is on offer. It’s composed even when tackling bends at hight speeds, and while it’s not what we’d call out of control, it’s certainly more exciting than most cars in this sector.
Whereas the M6 Coupe has a curb weight of 3,770 lb, the convertible has a curb weight of a whopping 4,420 lb. Make no mistake, this is a heavy car. This makes it less agile and engaging than the M3 or M5. The steering is also heavy at times.
The list price nudges close to £100,000. And when you consider that the convertible is some £5,000 more expensive than the Coupe and a staggering £40,000 more expensive than the M4 Convertible, you might start wondering whether it’s really worth it.
It costs a lot to run, too. BMW claim it can return 27mpg, but in the real world these figures are going to be very hard to achieve. Instead, you’ll be looking at somewhere in the region of 20mpg on average. If that.
BMW M6 Convertible vs. Jaguar XKR-S Convertible vs. Porsche 911 Cabriolet
The BMW is an expensive proposition, and so are its nearest rivals. But which represents the better deal? Let’s see how the car measures up against its competitors in the comparison section of our BMW M6 Convertible review.
BMW M6 Convertible vs. Jaguar XKR-S Convertible
[vc_single_image image=”43279″ img_size=”article-image”][vc_column width=”1/3″]The new Jaguar XKR-S Convertible is easily the priciest vehicle in Jaguar’s XK line-up, and it will cost you more than the BMW. It’s based on the Dynamic R cabriolet, but has 39bhp extra power and sports an improved body styling.
Like the BMW, the XKR-S is not cheap to run. Jaguar claim fuel economy returns of 23mpg, but this number will be hard to achieve in the real world. High road tax bills are also par for the course, but there is a lot of standard equipment on offer, including satellite navigation, leather upholstery and bright xenon headlamps.This is not a track-focused car, and it doesn’t handle as well as either the BMW or the Porsche. The steering has been improved, but Jaguar continue to put comfort and refinement before pure entertainment. It’s performative, though, as well as plenty of power and pace from its supercharged V8 engine that emits a more pleasing noise than the M6 Convertible’s.
You don’t buy cars like this for their big boots, but both the BMW and the Jaguar offer impressive luggage space. Whereas the M6 boasts a 350-litre boot with the roof up, the XKR-S’s boot measures at 313-litres. The back seats are super small, and only really useful for extra luggage space and children.
The Jaguar is reliable and benefits from the fact that it was engineered from the beginning to be a convertible. It weighs less than the BMW, but it is still a meaty proposition.
BMW – £98,000
Jaguar – £92,000
BMW M6 Convertible vs. Porsche 911 Cabriolet
[vc_single_image image=”43282″ img_size=”article-image”][vc_column width=”1/3″]The new Porsche 911 Cabriolet doesn’t come cheap. But does it offer much apart from its, admittedly alluring, prestige?
Although the 911 Cabriolet commands a considerable price tag, few other cars can match it when it comes to striking looks and performance. It’s a pure automotive pleasure machine that keeps getting more exciting with each iteration.
One area where the BMW stands out is its handling, and this an area where the Porsche has been criticised in the past.Drivers have complained about the compromised handling, but the new model is the stiffest ever. The driving experience is pretty much peerless, and it’s now more engaging than the M6 Convertible.
The BMW is more powerful and quicker out of the traps than the Porsche’s six-pot 3.0-litre turbocharged engine that develops 365bhp and can get you from rest to 62mph in 4.6 seconds. While there is less power and pace, it costs a lot less to run than the M6. Meanwhile, the quickest unit in the range leaves the BMW in its wake; the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre unit can develop 532bhp and rockets you from rest to 62mph in just 3.1 seconds before maxing out at 198mph.
Of the two cars, the Porsche is cheaper to run and cheaper to tax. It has a claimed fuel economy figure of 33.2mpg, while it will only cost £265 per year in road tax.
Numbers aside, the Porsche is as strikingly designed as the BMW. Refinement is also very good for such a performance car, while an electronic wind deflector does a good job at keeping buffeting to a minimum. The 7” touch-screen is a welcome addition, but it isn’t the most practical of convertible’s and the BMW has a bigger boot.
Porsche – £85,000 – £154,500
Verdict Of Our BMW M6 Convertible Review
Although generally more expensive than coupe’s, convertibles offer a breathtaking driving experience that a coupe with a roof can’t match. The M6 is among the best in its sector, and offers precisely what consumers shopping around in this market are looking for: Striking looks, track-focused performance, comfort and bags of power and pace.
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