Mileage: 70,500 Miles
Engine: S85B50 V10 Engine (500hp / 384lb-ft)
Transmission: SMG III 7-Speed Transmission w/ Drivelogic
Exterior color: Indianapolis Red Exterior (L0A31)
Interior: Black Merino Extended Leather Interior (PLKSW)
BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line Trim
Carbon Fiber Roof
M Front Spoiler
M Rear Apron
M Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel
16-Way Power / Heated / Memory Sport Seats w/ Lumbar Support
DSC w/ M Dynamic Mode (MDM)
Electronic Dampening Control
M Servotronic Speed-Sensitive Variable Steering
HiFi Logic7 Professional Sound System
Navigation System Professional
Check Control Vehicle Monitoring
Outside Air Temperature Display
Park-Distance Control (PDC)
Adaptive Self-Leveling Xenon Headlights
Headlight Washer System
Adaptive Brake Lights
Automatic Air Conditioning
Integrated Universal Remote
Auto Dimming Rearview Mirrors
Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
Heated Washer Nozzles
Heated Door Locks
19-Inch Style 167 Wheels
Yokohama Advan Sport Tires
100% Stock and Unmolested
Oregon / Illinois / Texas Car
Rod Bearings Replaced
SMG / Clutch / Flywheel Replaced
Throttle Bodies Replaced
The BMW E63 generation M6 marked the end of an era for M GmbH cars. It was the last of the fire-breathing, naturally aspirated, high compression, individual throttle-bodied monsters. At its heart was the F1-inspired S85 V10 engine that produces a staggering 500 horsepower. The S85 was a blank-slate design featuring 12:1 compression, lightweight aluminum construction, and a semi-dry sump oil system. As the world marched on to CAFE requirements, and the turbo charging that followed, M GmbH took a marked step away from the qualities that had defined M cars for decades. There is simply no substitute for ten individual throttle bodies snarling in direct proportion to your right foot while exhaling through an exhaust un-muffled by turbo chargers. It was the last M6 that demanded driver participation to extract all of its performance. While there is no shortage of power in the lower RPMs, the S85 requires prodigious excursions above 8000 RPM to unleash its 500 horses. The SMG III Drivelogic 7-speed gearbox was also a blank-slate, designed specifically for the S85. It is 20 percent faster than SMG II in the E46 M3 and significantly smoother during normal driving. There is something highly satisfying about the old-school single clutch SMG. Like an early Nintendo, it has carved its own niche in the technological arc of automobile evolution, while still delivering faster than humanly possible gearshifts—that said from diehard manual enthusiasts. There are fewer more potent weapons for the money than the E63 M6. It is the last of the truly driver focused M5s, as BMW has shifted away from the enthusiast with each successive generation.
This 2006 BMW M6 Indianapolis Red (Indianapolisrot) over Black Merino extended leather an excellent entry into the E63 M6 market. It comes with the lengthy list of standard M6 kit outline above, along with the optional extended Black Merino leather. It came to us from a Glen Shelly regular who traded it on a very special Euro E28 M5 clone we had that he just couldn’t resist. He had purchased the M6 earlier this year from Cars and Bids, but needed to free up a garage space for the Euro M5, so we got the M6. Prior to that the M6 spent the majority of its life in Oregon and Texas, with a short stint in Illinois. Importantly, it has had the significant maintenance items that every M6 will eventually need addressed. The rod bearings were done in November 2019 at 68,458 miles. The SMG system was completely overhauled in December of 2017 at 64,378 miles. The SMG-specific parts and labor included the clutch kit, release bearing guide tube, clutch pivot pin and release arm spring, flywheel, pilot bearing, clutch slave cylinder, clutch sensor, transmission accumulator, and hydraulic pump motor. An owner before him also reportedly replaced the throttle body actuators, which is documented with photos in the records. The maintenance records go back to 2012 and show regular oil changes and brake fluid flushes, along with other routine maintenance including thrust arm bushings, an ignition pack, transmission cooler lines, and the engine oil cooler. The Carfax picks up prior to that, and shows a large service in December of 2011 by BMW of Dallas at 36,000 miles. In preparation for sale we replaced the brake pads, rotors, and sensors (a considerable expense on an M6), replaced the battery, installed jack pads, adjusted the driver’s window regulator, and installed matching fresh Yokohama Advan Sport front tires (Note: the pictures were taken before the front tires were installed as they were special order). There is a slight oil leak from the oil pan, which we suspect is from oil pan bolts that were re-used or a poor gasket seal. The underbody tray catches it, so it does not spot. The key FOB battery is also nearing the end of its life, which requires a new key for proper replacement. The key functions, but triggers an charge alert on the check control panel (pictured). As it sits, this is a very well sorted example of an E63 M6 that stands out against a population that has been neglected or succumbed to maintenance requirements that were too costly for their owners to afford. It will certainly need continued care and maintenance, and it will be expensive—because it’s an E63 M6—but for the immediate future the big-ticket items have been done. We’d like to find a new owner who will enjoy it for the next chapter of its story.
The exterior of this M6 is in great shape; the Bangle body is polarizing, but no matter your opinion on the styling, Indianapolis Red is a striking color for the chassis. It changes dynamically with the lighting. The front end has some rock chipping, but it is minor thanks to having lived outside of Colorado for the majority of its life. All panels are original, and the factory VIN placard is in place. The rear bumper has been refinished; this shows up as a minor damage report on the Carfax. The body is very straight, with no notable dings or dents. There are some minor scratches commensurate with age and mileage, the most notable being on the A-pillar on the driver’s side. All trim and black work is present and not UV faded; the gloss black Shadow Line trim looks fantastic. The headlights have moderate pitting, as does the windshield; the adaptive headlights function correctly. The turn signals, marker lights, and taillights are all clear and crack-free. The wheels are straight and true, with no curb rash, only some minor nicks and scratches. The Yokohama Advan tires have more than 60% rear tread remaining and the front tires have been freshly mounted.
The interior reflects the condition of the exterior; it looks fantastic. When you open the door, you are greeted with the fine smell of the Merino Extended Leather this car was optioned with. Nearly everything except for the Madeira Wood trim and the dashboard is dressed in fine leather. The trim is in excellent shape, with none of the cracks that are common for BMW’s wood trim. The headliner is perfect, with no stains or sagging. The door cards are clean, although there is moderate scratching in the finish around the pull handle and window switches on both the driver and passenger side. The steering wheel is excellent, and all of the adjustments and multifunction buttons work as they should. The dashboard is immaculate, with no cracks or waves. The instrument cluster has no warning lights illuminated and works perfectly; there are no failed pixels in the center display. There is an “!” symbold that is due to the key FOB charge being weak, which is confirmed on the check control display. The iDrive and Navigation both work as they should and the display looks great. The Logic7 sound system sounds fantastic. The steering column stalks and headlight switches are clean with no notable wear. The heat blows warm and the A/C blows cold. The heated seats function as they should. The seats are in great shape, with some minor outer bolster wear and creasing on the driver’s side. The rear seats are perfect. All window switches work correctly, and there is no sunroof thanks to the M Carbon roof panel. The owner’s manual and one key FOB are included.
The mechanical condition of this M6 is very much above average, with many of the big-ticket maintenance items having already been completed, as noted in the summary paragraph, including rod bearings, throttle actuators, and the SMG pump and related components. We also did the brakes, battery, jack pads, and adjusted the driver’s window regulator in preparation for sale. The only mechanical gripes that we noted in our inspection were the weeping oil pan gasket and the key FOB battery—but it is an E63, so it would be wise to have funds available for future maintenance. The S85 engine starts up on command, idles smoothly, and pulls very strongly to its 8250 RPM redline. There are few experiences that match an S85 being driven properly! The SMG III shifts correctly in all modes, and is significantly better than the SMG II system found in E46 M3s. The EDC adjustable suspension functions correctly and depending on the mode is firm enough for more aggressive driving, while still being comfortable on long drives. The brakes are strong, thanks to recent replacement. We pay for and ensure it passes emissions within the State of Colorado. As with any S85-powered BMW, this M6 will require proactive continued care and maintenance, but when you buy a semi-modern BMW like this, you buy the previous owner’s care, and this example has been well-cared for and properly maintained.