Following the recent addition of a six speed manual to BMW’s M5 performance sedan, the company has announced that the 2014 BMW M6 will follow suit and offer buyers a six speed manual gearbox as a no cost piece of optional equipment along with stronger carbon ceramic brakes for the new model year.
Prior to this announcement, all M6 models were only available with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic which did a good job improving the M6’s fuel economy and shifting behavior, but it also had the unfortunate side effect of angering many loyalists and hardcore M fans looking to shift the gears themselves when taking the car through rigorous track work. While the new gearbox does retain the electronic rev matching feature first seen in the manual equipped M5 when switched into Efficient or Sport modes, the system can be fully disengaged when switched to Sport + mode, which should please buyers looking for a pure driving experience without electrical interference.
Another significant change is the addition of the company’s M Carbon Ceramic brakes which make their debut in the M6’s list of options for the 2014 model year. BMW claims that not only do the new brakes offer stronger stopping force than the standard units, but also cleave 43 pounds of excess weight from the car. The company went on to say that the weight reduction provided by the new brakes also has the added benefit of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire suspension system which should please buyers looking for more handling from their M powered purchase.
Look for the updated M6 to arrive at a BMW dealership near you sometime in May, which is also when the recently unveiled 2014 BMW 6-Series Frozen Brilliant White Edition convertible will thunder its way into dealer lots. We here at Autosavant like this one-two punch, and look forward to perhaps evaluating both models on our favorite back roads sometime in the near future.