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M6: GT Motoring in Style

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The BMW M6 Coupe` is their new and impressive flagship car, and for good reason. This car is capable of many things,and with all the gadgets available it is a toy that can be enjoyed by both Ladies and Gentlemen and the Boy/Girl – racer within!

Before you buy a Porsche Cayman S – £44,107, read on and have a look at the aerodynamic, in built safety, luxurious and sporty BMW M6 costing £80,000 – £83,700+ and a 4 SEATER! It’s £20,000 more than the M5.

First up it can handle any situation from cross – country to a race-track and looks the executive part, unless you go for the competition package! Wider rims, adjustable suspension, contoured bonnet and Pirelli sports tyres costing an extra £2,135.

There are many similarities the M6 has to the M5 saloon, it has the same – prestigious award(s) winning – v10 engine, and has the same 7 gears, same torque (max 60,000 revs), power, gadgets, and top speed of 155mph. You can also buy the M6 in a convertible version costing £88,370.

It has 2 less doors than the M5, a lighter carbon fibre roof, and the M6 is also 1 sec faster to 62mph as BMW put it “Standstill to 62mph in the blink of an eye”, the 507hp v10 engine accelerates this Gran Turismo to 60mph in 4.6 seconds faster than the Porsche Cayman S – 5.4sec and an Aston Martin v8 – whilst sounding terrific, better than Michael Jackson!

BMW boasts – thanks to their notorious circuit “Nordschleife” of Nuburgring in Germany – their dream of a Sports car with race ability! The use of Motorsports technology in the M6 is evident, they even use banned F1 technology, called ‘Launch Control’ (for track use they say) plant the accelerator to the floor after disengaging the dynamic stability control (DSC) and it revs up each gear to exactly the right point getting you your 4.6secs! The red sport indicator shows a maximum of 8250rpm! Good statistics, given that the car weighs 1650kg and there’s a 450-litre boot, wonder what you’d put in there if you buy the competition package?

The wheels are awesome! 19” light alloy M double – spoke style, and there are 6 colours available for the car, 5 metallic and 1 non-metallic, and the suspension is nearly all aluminium. The output the M6 offers is 507hp, the upholstery is dashing with Full black merino leather which includes the dashboard and steering wheel as well as a splash of carbon-fibre on the interior trim to match the art of work – that is the engine – “the most elegant way of showing muscle.”

Intriguingly there are also M trademark lateral grills, and a clean elegant yet imposing front apron; adding to the aesthetic beauty there’s the deep front intakes providing air to the 5-0 – litre as well as the braking system. An aerodynamic feature that the M6 has is the NASCAR style M door mirrors. There are two dual chrome plated stainless steel tail-pipes on each side my favourite! Also there are side gills showing more incorporation of aerodynamicity and M sports’ design.

There is an onboard computer which looks after everything monitoring the position of the acceleration pedal 200 times p/s/ and making 200,000,000, million calculations p/s/. You have differential settings and what they call the ‘i-drive’ gives you access to the vehicle settings such as giving you 400bhp to 507 bhp, you can also turn on and off the traction control and comfort settings for the suspension. Whereas the M-drive gives you access to your own customised settings of the car such as cross-country or sport driving.

The M6 is fitted with hill detection for perfect driving up and down hills; they also offer a good emergency service with a dedicated fleet equipped with Genuine Parts and tools 24/7, and they offer this service even if your driving in Europe (valid for 3 years) and you’ll need it – especially if you turn off the traction control!

Extras/Options include a 752 BMW individual Audio System. BMW servicing is 5years/60,000 miles (covered till whatever comes first) including Labour and parts – costing £3,220.

The head up display is one of the coolest features, it projects driver focused information – such as engine speed, gear selected and road speed – directly on to the windscreen and even better – indicating when to shift gear; so there is no need to take your eyes of the road. The M6 also has a sport multi-function steering wheel, which blends luxury with sporting intent! The SMG gearshift paddles which are F1 inspired allow for worryingly quick gear changes! This is however good for the long-term condition of the car, providing a pleasant drive and peace of mind for the future.

 With the M6, BMW have hit the executive and sports market with something majestic!

 

 

Written by Raj

May 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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