Anyway, we've had a lot of fun with our BMW M6 over the last few months, you'll not be surprised to hear, and it would be churlish to linger over a despond-inducing parting.
In case you haven't seen any of the highlights, our M6 provided a bunch of PH competition winners with some serious thrills at the Beechdean Mansell LMP1 test day at Silverstone last year. (Where we discovered from Greg that Red 5 used to own an M6 himself, and seriously rated its high speed stability on the road.)
Kapitan Bavaria vs Godzilla feature.
Just as impressively, the M6 slotted into our Five Go (Slightly) Mad In Supercars line-up, where its performance and practicality ensured the car easily kept pace with the likes of a Merc SLS, Lambo Gallardo Superleggera and 911 GT3 on the road - with the added advantage of having elbow room and useable rear seats. Driving it into the Wilton House Supercar day later on felt slightly out of place, mind you, but I guess that serves to underline one of the M6's other positives. It's pretty much a supercar you can use every day, without setting off everybody else's radar.
PH track day at Rockingham, where we unleashed the beast for a few playful laps. It's not really a great track car, mainly because a) the brakes are a little on the soft side (although fine on the road) and b) putting 500hp through the rear wheels on the exit from slow corners is a recipe for hooliganistic tail-sliding. We've nothing against that in principle, but it works out dreadfully expensive with the huge and sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa asymmetric tyres coming in at £300+ a pop.
Fortunately, although PH forumites have shared the occasional doubt about the M6's potential to rack up a big bill here and there, our 16,500 miles showed if nothing else that enjoying exotic performance needn't demand a maintenance regime to match - in a new car at least. Nothing went wrong with our M6 at all, and we drove it er, 'properly' a lot.
tree-bashing the car took in the autumn. (Ahem, very sorry about that, nice BMW folk!)
Of course the cost of running a car like the M6 from new isn't really about the 'consumables', as depreciation makes everything else seem marginal. Our car had a list price of £87k with the Competition Pack, but we'll leave you to check out the PH classifieds and see what you need to spend to get your hands on a pre-owned one. Meanwhile we doff the PH virtual hat to any M6 owner who has proven themselves sufficiently committed to get involved. If you can afford to indulge yourself, why not?
There seems to be almost universal agreement that the upcoming new 6er has addressed the outgoing model's only real issue (its controversial styling), and we're only days away from the first road test reports on the cabrio version. We've got a good feeling!