BMW M6 Coupe (2012): 30 second review

David Vivian
BMW
The M6 coupé is back in Mk 2 form, more chiselled and densely packed with technology than ever. Powered by the magnificent 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the M5, it checks in as the quickest and most powerful two-door car BMW has ever made.
We like:
Thunderous performance, grip and poise, mile-melting comfort and refinement.
We don't like:
Disappointing engine note, not as practical as M5, lacks charisma of best rivals.
Should I buy one?
The M6 is undoubtedly a towering achievement that, via the agents of technology and immaculate engineering, combines barely believable performance with tremendously capable handling and, if required, a supple and comfortable ride.
Its strengths are those of its M5 saloon stablemate, as are its weaknesses - a rather uninspiring engine note and a slight aloofness that dulls driver rewards on the road. It looks rather good, though only potential customers will be able to say whether the shape lights their fire to the tune of £20k over an M5.
And it's impossible to ignore that more charismatic rivals such as the Jaguar XKR-S and Maserati GranTurismo Sport present tempting alternatives.
Rating
4/5
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