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BMW M6 Coupe - The Ultimate Twin-Turbo M Car!

Motor Trend recently went for a test drive of the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe (full post: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe First Drive). Before the test drive, they had a chat with Maximillan Ahme who is the development chief. He explained that each of the closely related M cars (the lineup of M5/M6) has a unique suspension. Each car gets its own set of springs, dampers, anti-roll bars, and electronic damping system calibrations. This means that they aren't all equal in terms of performance.

So how do they rank? Well, it should be no surprise that the M6 convertible is the least sporty, with the most touring-oriented suspension setup. What was surprising, though, is where the M5 ranks. It's not the top or tied for first spot. It's not even second. It's third - the only car that ranks below the M5 is missing a roof - the M6 Convertible. The M6 Gran Coupe is second and the M6 Coupe takes first place.

The measurable difference in performance between the M5 and the highest ranking M - the M6 coupe - is small. At Car and Driver's Lightning Lap 2013, the M5 had a best lap time of 3:05.2 and the M6 had a best lap time of 3:04.7 and they both displayed the same handling traits. However, I still find it disappointing that BMW predisposed the M5 to be the slowest, aside from a convertible. I think it makes sense to make the coupe the most sporty but the M5 and M6 Gran Coupe should have been set up equally. Do you think the M5 is in its rightful place or it should be at the top? Sound up off in the comments below!

Source: Motor Trend


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