2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Of course, BMW is offering a host of individual options for the M6 Gran Coupe, too. The most noteworthy such option—at least to Save the Manuals! fans—is the no-cost manual transmission spec. That said, we found the same transmission to be less than stellar in the closely related M5, so maybe sticking with the stock dual-clutch automatic is preferable. There’s also a $9250 carbon-ceramic brake option, a $3700 Bang & Olufsen audio system, and a $2600 night-vision system with pedestrian detection.

Besides competing with BMW’s own M5 and M6, the sportiest Gran Coupe also goes head-to-head with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, which, besides avoiding the gas-guzzler tax, also starts at just $96,805. Pricing for Audi’s comparable RS7 isn’t yet available, but it is equally easy on the eyes.

By Alexander Stoklosa