Along with several other M Series vehicles designated to accompany these prototype bikes around 18 international circuits, the new M6 Gran Coupe is shod with five-spoke black wheels and bigger tires, while up top the M6 receives the all-important light bar. Because leading a pack of multi-million-dollar, two-wheeled machines racing 200-plus mph down the straights and leaning 60 degrees through the corners means lighting is important. Up front BMW outfits the M6 with an extra-low fascia embedded with yellow LED lights. The MotoGP M6 includes Bavarian Motor Works' iconic kidney grille, though this one receives a sleek black treatment. The unique ride gets its racing exhaust from Akrapovic. The Slovenian manufacturer uses a special design that is well respected in the world of racing. Inside, the biggest surprise includes a pair of Recaro racing seats. For the embellished paint scheme, the M6 Gran Coupe gets signature M Series stripes in blue, violet and red. The safety car also receives a bevy of sponsor logos, including a Dorna/MotoGP checkered flag fanned across the hood like a leggy umbrella girl.
In Nurburg, Germany, the 13 miles of unforgiving asphalt that is the Nurburgring hosts 73 corners, right- and left-handers, off-camber and sharp turns, steep hills, blind crests and fast downhill runs. This is where BMW tests its M Series cars, boys and girls. The M Series, otherwise known as M-Technik (or just "M," for Motorsport) was created to facilitate the German automaker's racing program. BMW then decided to take all this R&D and supplement its vehicle portfolio with a special series that would significantly upgrade its cars with modified engines, transmissions, suspensions, interior trims, aerodynamics and exterior modifications. So it goes without saying that the 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe is equipped with serious power, refined driving capabilities and super-sleek lines.
The U.S. spec M6 Gran Coupe may not have all embellishments of a MotoGP safety car, but it still looks good enough to eat. Furnished with an aggressive front, flared fenders and--our personal fave--the carbon-fiber roof, this BMW is quite similar to the original M6, though the Gran Coupe adds two more doors and 4.5-in. to the wheelbase. Each M engine is hand-built in Munich, Germany, and for the 2014 model year, the powers-that-be at M-Technik offer a much greener block. This particular BMW houses an updated version of the company's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 used in other M products. It serves up 560 screaming horses and pairs with the manufacturer's seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic to send 500 lb.-ft. of torque to the car's rear wheels. Be sure to make note of the active M differential, which supplies optimum control to the 6's rear-wheel drive, and the M Compound four-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with dynamic brake control allow this luxury liner to stop on a dime. Couple all this performance with the car's M chassis and suspension system, and you've got yourself a sleek ride that hits 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. And looks good while doing so.