The BMW M6 has gone head-to-head with some of the top cars in the world. Lamborghini. Ferrari. GT-R. And the aggressive go-get bested them in tests, on courses, and with drivers. How does it stack up next to another luxury superstar, the Audi R8? And, more importantly, will it best the competition when it comes to grabbing your attention and fulfilling your dream car fantasies?
Battle of the Luxury Titans
First, let’s see how the M6 and the R8 compare in several key areas:
|The Car||BMW M6 (Coupe)||Audi R8|
|Engine||4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8||5.2-liter FSI® dual-injection V10|
|Horsepower||560 hp||540 hp|
|Torque||500 lb-ft||398 lb-ft|
|0-60 Acceleration||4.1 seconds||3.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph||205 mph|
|Drivetrain||Rear-wheel drive||quattro(R) all-wheel drive|
|Transmission||7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic||7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode|
|Fuel Economy||14 mpg city / 20 mpg highway||14 mpg city / 23 mpg highway|
At the first glance, the R8 appears to have the edge when it comes to speed. Zero to 60 acceleration is blisteringly fast, and the 205 mph top speed (achieved on closed track) is, frankly, much more than most drivers can handle. For its part, the M6 edges out the competition in horsepower and overpowers it in the torque department.
The need for speed is important, of course, but more critical still is how the vehicle handles at those speeds – and anywhere between 0 and 60. You need to be in complete control at all times, rather than feeling like you’re trapped in a runaway freight train. In this respect, both cars perform beautifully – if differently.
The Audi’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with manual shifting mode, offers a sports-oriented experience and enables you to achieve greater control of your ride. BMW, though, takes it to the next level. Drivelogic has racecar-style shifting that is not only a thrill to use, but it adapts to your unique driving style.
You can shift gears using the steering-wheel mounted paddle or a selection lever located in the center console. If you accidentally shift, the car senses your mistake and represses it automatically. The transmission has several innovative features to enhance performance: Launch Control, for example, ensures that engine speed and de-clutch timing are perfectly aligned. This allows for maximum acceleration.
Another feature speeds shifting. When you downshift, the system automatically increases engine speed briefly to ensure the smoothest transitions. Add rear-axle slip recognition, mountain and slope assistant, and winter driving programme, Driving Dynamics Control, and you have a coupe that will take you anywhere, in any conditions, and will do so with ultimate style.
When it comes to driveability and pure exhilaration, the BMW edges out the Audi – though both are at the top of their class, discerning drivers will appreciate the precise handling and exquisite control of the M6.
Surrounded by Luxury
Both the BMW M6 and the Audi R8 offer exceptional comfort and luxury. The M6 is a bit larger, offering rear seating, while the R8 is a two-seater. Depending on your preferences and needs, this can be a big factor in your decision. Aesthetically, though, both are stunning head-turners, and, as luxury vehicles, they offer a host of amenities.
The R8 boasts 18-way power seats with pneumatic side and leg boosters, mobile hotspot internet access, leather/aluminum steering wheel, proximity key for doors, push button start, valet function, remote keyless entry, leather instrument panel, full floor console with storage, under seat storage, and more.
For its part, the M6 offers Comfort Access keyless entry, micro-filter ventilation system, Advanced Vehicle and Key Memory, automatic climate control, WiFi hotspot, three stage heated front seats, 20-way power front M Multi-contour seats with 4-way lumbar support, Merino leather upholstery and door trim, concierge service, 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription, and much more.
Both vehicles offer a gorgeous ride; but it’s difficult to beat BMW’s legendary value-added features. From concierge service and roadside assistance to real-time navigation, it’s these details that elevate the M6 into a league of its own.
The Audi R8 is a worthy rival for the BMW M6; it is a solid performer. At the same time, the power and performance capability of the M6 makes it a winner in the book of any discerning driver. Visit Braman BMW to test drive this gorgeous piece of machinery and see for yourself.