BMW’s M5, M6 and its derivative models boast impressive output, but don’t forget how heavy they are. The M5 is just under 4,400 lbs and the M6 Gran Coupe slightly north.
Other vehicles achieve comparable performance with less power, so why spend such conspicuous sums on these bellowing V8 beasts? It’s the same reason men buy oversized luxury watches and why women covet designer hand bags.
A recent study suggests that Porsche owners are the most likely to spend heavily on options for their vehicle. But that doesn’t mean BMW won’t offer a list of optional parts to encourage personalization and the spending that comes in tow.
The company just announced a list of those upgrades that includes a titanium sports exhaust meant to make the turbocharged V8 sound even better. It’s also 22 lbs lighter than the standard pipe system. Carbon ceramic brakes offered with 20-inch lightweight aluminum alloy wheels help to save weight and improve stopping.
The M5, M6 coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe can also be had with carbon mirror caps and a high-gloss black grille. There are also BMW M Performance foils designed specifically for each model.
An Alcantata-wrapped steering wheel is also available and comes with a display that shows gearshift information, lateral and longitudinal acceleration and lap times down to hundredths of a second.
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