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2006 BMW M6 Coupe

This E63 M6 sold for $28,500 on 1/29/2022

There were a lot of haters when the E60 series debuted, and it remains a polarizing design today. While the prior three revisions of the 5-Series had been evolutionary, there was little to identify connections to the previous generation beginning in 2004. But the M5 didn’t just break with tradition with the exterior styling.

Leaps in horsepower had been impressive, but not outrageous in the prior three generations. From the Euro-specification 286 horsepower M88/3 in the E28 came 315 horsepower in the 3.6 E34, then 340 in the last 3.8s. The world seemed shocked when the E39 announced a 394 horsepower V8 under the hood, but in all reality it was essentially as much of a jump from the E28 to the last E34. But the E60 – now that was a jump. Replacing the 4.9 liter V8 in the E39 was now a 5.0-liter S85 V10, and it was made to scream. It sported a forged crankshaft, lightweight pistons and valves, 10 individual throttle bodies, hollow cams, 12:1 compression, semi-dry-sump lubrication, and double-VANOS variable valve timing. The result? 500 horsepower and a shrieking exhaust note that is simply unforgettable.

As with F-Series I just looked at, the E60 5-Series spawned the E63 and E64 6-Series coupe and convertible, which were also offered with the full M treatment. About 3,900 coupes were sold in North America, making them quite rare, but though don’t look at these often, they’re currently a lot of value for your money*:

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Year: 2006
Model: M6 Coupe
VIN: WBSEH93496B797131
Engine: 5.0 liter V10
Transmission: 7-speed SMG sequential gearbox
Mileage: 35,600 mi
Location: Little River, South Carolina
Price: Reserve Auction

Vehicle Details

BMW M6. Always babied, garaged, covered, and serviced at the dealer. Everything works as it should. A couple small scratches here and there overall 9/10. Looks, sounds, and drives amazing!!!! Harder and harder to find with miles this low.

The asterisk is, of course, that you need to both accept the styling and – more often than not – the SMG gearbox. Most people don’t want those things, which is a double-edged sword; pricing on these cars is, as a result, much lower than contemporaries. This one looks great in Indianapolis Red Metallic with Black Merino leather upholstery, and options include a head-up display, Comfort Access, and carbon-fiber trim. Right now, despite what appears to be great condition and far below average mileage, the bids have only hit $16,000. Sure there are a few days to go on the auction, but even then this car should likely be priced at or below $30,000 – a very similar model sold in November for $26,000. So while there may be some compromises in the design and driving engagement, this really is Motorsport royalty on a blue-collar budget.


One Comment

  1. Greg
    Greg January 28, 2022

    I didn’t like the styling when new, it has aged well at all. The Bangle butt is the worst part. Yes the S85 is a great engine but it is paired with one of the worst and most unreliable BMW transmissions ever.

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