Unfortunately, there haven’t been any upgrades made to the car’s powertrain, which remains a turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 delivering a peak 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm, as well as a peak 500 pound-feet of torque from just 1,500 rpm all the way up to 5,750 rpm. Those seeking even more power can opt for the car’s Competition Package, which boosts output to 575 hp.
The M6’s superb power delivery allows the big bruiser, which in its lightest form weighs over 4,200 lbs, to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds. This figure is identical for both the M6 coupe and M6 Gran Coupe while the M6 Convertible is only 0.1 of a second slower. Top speed for all variants is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Drive is to the rear wheels only, via a seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters and rear differential. Steel brake discs are standard, with a carbon ceramic set available as an option.
Visual changes made to the car include the addition of adaptive LED headlights, a more pronounced grille, more aerodynamically-shaped side mirror caps and new 19-inch forged alloy wheels (the M6 Gran Coupe gets a 20-inch set). The aggressive intakes, carbon fiber roof and quad-exhaust tips of the previous model have all carried over.
Inside, you’ll find a full list of M goodies such as the custom sports steering wheel, gearshift lever, instrument cluster, new head-up display, enhanced-style iDrive screen and center console in black. The M6 also comes with Merino full-leather interior appointments with contrast stitching, electrically-adjustable multifunction seats, illuminated treadplates and M foot pedals.
As mentioned above, the updated M6 gets more standard equipment. This includes special paint finishes, Merino leather trim, shadow chrome accents and new driver assistance and mobility services offered through the BMW ConnectedDrive infotainment feature. One of these is the BMW M Laptimer app, which is designed to help a driver analyze his or her skills in a closed course environment, and another is the BMW GoPro app, which operates a GoPro action camera mounted somewhere in or on the vehicle.
The complete 2016 BMW M6 range makes its world debut on January 12 at the Detroit Auto Show, with sales to commence in the spring of 2015. To see what else will be appearing in Detroit next month, head to our dedicated hub.