For my first BMW post, I wanted to go with something a little more unique than a run-of-the-mill M3 or M5. I canâ€™t imagine that many people are aware that BMW offers their M6 Gran Coupe with an option for a manual transmission. This makes it one of very few high-end, performance oriented luxury sedans still available with a third pedal. There is no such option available on the Porsche Panamera or the Audi RS7, and certainly not on the Mercedes CLS63 AMG. So I decided to go with a very striking Sakhir Orange Metallic M6 Gran Coupe with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Searching through various BMW forums, I couldnâ€™t find anything on a manual M6 Gran Coupe. However, I did come across a thread on m5post where a consumer was recently contemplating whether to order their new M5 with a DCT or a manual (6MT), and asking for guidance on what to order. Surprisingly for a car enthusiast forum, the vast majority of votes went for DCT. Commenters said that the F10 M5 was not designed for a manual, and that the DCT was much better suited to the car. In the end, the original poster decided to go with the DCT. Bummer, but I guess that makes the manual that much rarer. Anyhow, given the unpopularity of the 6MT on the current M5, I can only imagine that itâ€™s even less common on the M6 Gran Coupe.
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Model: M6 Gran Coupe
Engine: 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 41,126 mi
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While the 6MT is unarguably this carâ€™s most unique feature, the exterior color combination really adds to the conspicuousness of this very handsome sedan. Amazingly, the Estoril Blue calipers that BMWâ€™s M division puts on the majority of their models seem to go with every exterior color offering, including this one. They look great with the Sakhir Orange exterior (although, I understand that looks are subjective).
Unlike with older cars, there appears to be no premium attributable to the manual transmission on this M6. At $71,587, the car has already lost about 40% of its original value, and is a pretty good buy. With a 560 horsepower 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8, there are few luxury sedans that can offer a similar combination of style, performance, and exclusivity, and at the depreciated price, the car is a good alternative to a new base 6 series Gran Coupe. If you are looking for a sedan that will stand out in even the most impressive crowd of performance cars, this M6 would be a great option. Additionally, the rarity may enhance any potential for future appreciation (although, rarity alone has little to no effect on upwardly adjusting any valuation in the absence of desirability).
-Andy (Capâ€™n Clean)