The best thing about heads up display is also the worst thing about heads up display. Once you get past the cool factor of a Tron-like digital readout on your windshield, the constant reminder of how fast you’re going becomes exactly that…a constant reminder of how fast you’re going. It takes a bit of the fun out of speeding and certainly does not allow for the plausible deniability you’ll need when flashing lights all of a sudden appear in your rearview mirror at 125 MPH. Not that I would ever go that fast in a loaner car or anything.
In case you couldn’t already tell, BMW was kind enough to throw us the keys to their uber GT, the M6 Coupe. The M taxonomy, of course, is indicative of the german luxury brand’s Motorsport division that’s been engineering gut-wrenching performance into factory BMWs since 1972. Now in its third generation, the M6 is back after a two-year hiatus with more power than ever on tap and truckloads of advancements across the range in engine efficiency, lightweight materials, and advanced technology like heads up display, night vision, lane departure warnings and 7-Speed M Double Clutch. The result is a 4,200 pound Bavarian scud missile with enough oomph to kiss 155MPH (governed) and enough luxury to make you forget your doing it.
BMW says the 4.4-liter, M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine’s 560HP and 500 LB-FT make it the most powerful engine ever outfitted in a BMW. Spend some time behind the wheel and this bold claim becomes instantly believable. My Sakhir Orange Metallic tester was bold in its color and violent in its velocity. The claim to 60MPH from BMW is 4.1 seconds and that figure is definitely Man on the Move certified. Compared to the previous generation, V10-powered M6, the new model is perhaps a little softer around the edges, a little more hushed and certainly more sophisticated than the outgoing model. Some well-to-do everyday drivers might consider this a good thing while many-a-adolescent speed hooligan may not. In either case, the new M6 certainly gets your pulse racing.
Above and below, the M6 strutting its stuff in and around Manhattan and Westchester County.