Consider this zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds, a 12.8-second quarter-mile and handling that’s as confident as Randy Moss slicing through the Miami Dolphins secondary. While we could be describing an exotic two-seater with a low-slung, scrape-prone chin and a cramped cockpit, we are in fact describing the impressive credentials of the 2008 BMW M6, a four-passenger grand touring coupe that just happens to perform like a dedicated sports car.
As car buffs know, an M before the series number stands for “Motorsport,” denoting the ultra-high-performance version of a given Bimmer. And in this case, the M6 is based on BMW’s 6 Series coupe and convertible. The M6 offers its thrilling performance by way of a 500-horsepower V10 engine coupled to an automated clutch and sequentially shifted manual gearbox. In addition to the tire-smoking powertrain, springing for the M also gets you a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded wheels and tires, more powerful brakes and specialized styling tweaks.