BMW adds six-speed manual, carbon brakes to 2014 M6 range

The BMW M6 just got better.

BMW is adding a row-it-yourself six-speed manual transmission option to its range of M6 models for the 2014 model year. The in-house designed six-speed gearbox will be available in M6 Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe models.

Designed specifically for the M5 and M6 by BMW's M performance division, the six-speed gearbox will be offered as a no-cost option for all M6 variants for the 2014 model year. Previous M6 models were hooked exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

As with the manual transmission we tested in the BMW M5, the M6's manual gearbox uses a rev-matching feature when in EFFICIENT and SPORT modes of operation. For those who like heel-toeing on their own, the system can be defeated in SPORT+ mode.

BMW's M Carbon Ceramic Brakes will also join the M6's option list for 2014. In addition to offering more fade-free stopping power than the M6's standard brakes, the Carbon Ceramic units shave nearly 43 pounds from the car's total weight. BMW says that reduction in unsprung weight increases the effectiveness of the entire suspension system.

BMW's range of 2014 M6 models should arrive on dealer lots by May.

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