BMW has unveiled what may turn out to be the perfect getaway car for bank robbers. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe has four doors, room for up to five occupants, a decent-sized boot and – most important of all – a high-revving V8 engine that can help it out-accelerate anything on the police fleet.
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe can be thought of as either a hotted up version of the already rapid 6 Series Grand Coupe or a four-door version of the M6 Coupe. Either way, it’s rapid. Its 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo engine chucks out a quite ludicrous 560hp, which is more than you’ll find in a Ferrari 458 Italia, Jaguar XKR-S or Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2.
It’s good for a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and it’ll keep going ’til it hits an electronically limited 155mph. If you’re the type of crook that absolutely, positively has to outrun everything — including police helicopters, you’ll want to opt for the M Driver’s Package, which removes the limiter and allows for a 189mph top end.
Outside, it’s very much an inconspicuous sports tourer. The front air intake, twin exhaust pipes, 20-inch alloys and M body kit are all enough to remind those in the know that this is not the car to mess with at traffic light grands prix. However it blends in naturally with the high street hoi polloi, particularly if you opt for an understated body colour.
Inside, it’s just as spacious and practical as the standard 6 Series Gran Coupe. There’s useful legroom for four, and while the bulky centre console makes it slightly awkward for a fifth, the 460-litre boot is larger than the one you’d find in a Ford Focus.
If saving fuel is high on your agenda, the M6 Gran Coupe fares well, returning 28.5mpg on average, with CO2 emissions of 232g/km.
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe will go on sale in May 2013 for €128.800 (£104,000). Check out the pictures below.