BMW Blog compares the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Porsche Panamera Turbo on the street and on the track. Both are very fast executive German cars with roughly the same price range. In the end, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe takes this comparison. Learn why on this excerpt below:
The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is drop dead gorgeous from any angle. In fact, I think it’s the best looking BMW they currently make. The M6 Gran Coupe has a very aggressive stance with 20” wheels wrapped around low profile tires 265/35(F) 295/30 (R) pushed out to the edges of the wheel arches.
The front fascia not only looks great but is actively channeling massive amounts of air into the radiators at speed. The five-double spoke 20” wheels fit nicely over the massive carbon ceramic brakes that were on our tester. The M6 Gran Coupe is topped with M’s signature Carbon Fiber Roof panel that helps push the center of weight down.
The interior of the M6 Gran Coupe is a combination of luxury, premium and sportiness. The seats are very supportive and not tiring. The steering wheel is thick and beefy and nicely weighted. Paddle shifting is included with the DCT transmission and rips off lightning quick shifts just as the Porsche’s PDK. On the console by the DCT gear shifter there are settings for the chassis, steering, and shifting. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out which combination of settings and shift speeds and settled on Sport mode for all three.
Fortunately when you figure out which setting combo you like, you can store it in to one of the M buttons on the steering wheel. Topping off the BMW’s driving experience is the optional Head-Up display which IMHO is the best in the business. Unfortunately, BMW’s Tire Pressure Monitoring only tells you when you are low, not the actual pressure.
Which One Should I Buy?
At this price point buyers make decisions for reasons that might not come down to which one is fastest around a track, or which one is faster 0-60 or 0-100. It might come down to things such as dealership experience, who treats them better when the walk in the door or which car makes a bigger impression at the country club.
These cars are so close in size, offer insane performance and out right luxury. All those things aside however, I think the BMW M6 Gran Coupe takes this comparison. It is gorgeous from any angle and offers pure tail out tire smoking hooliganism when needed. The Panamera Turbo, while a very satisfying car to drive, looks like its rear end was designed by a third grader. The Panamera Sport Turismo concept is a much better looking design but not being produced.