Spotted: BMW M6


"It's pretty outrageous, isn't it?" was all I could say to the silent chap sitting in the passenger seat after pinning the new M6 in third gear. All he could do was nod. The new M6 is a seriously fast car. But it also costs about one-billionty-thousand pounds which, even in light of its mix of space and speed, is rather a lot of cash. Naturally, my thoughts turned to older M6s.

New M cars too refined and sensible?
New M cars too refined and sensible?
The last M6 (E63) was a monster - in some ways even more monstrous than the new car because you had to rev the janglies off that V10 to shake off the suspicion that a 530d was just as fast in normal driving conditions. Which, incidentally, it was.

But it didn't come close if you used that V10. In fact not much did. My favourite M6 anecdote came from a friend whose opinion on fast cars is always worth listening to. He was running an M6 back when they were fairly new, but he was also a member of the P1 club. He used their Ferrari 599 for a weekend and told me he liked it, but was a little disappointed by the straight-line performance. The M6 wasn't much slower - he wasn't wrong.

We will look back on the V10 M cars with a mixture of wonder and shock: a pure racing engine shovelled into a production BMW body, in this case the controversial Bangle 6 Series. Flay me alive and call me a mentalist, but the M6 looks ace to these eyes. Not pretty, but tough and interesting.

Purchase price should offset fuel costs
Purchase price should offset fuel costs
There's loads to go wrong, the gearbox is average at best, they aren't much use on a track and the brakes were clearly designed to retard a Mini Metro, but this is one exciting, scary fast machine.

Just don't ask about the fuel bills.

I think they look best in blue, but could only find a nice low-miler in silver.

 



BMW M6
Engine:
4,999cc V10
Transmission: 7-speed SMG automated manual
Power (hp): 507@7,750rpm
Torque (lb ft): 383@6,100rpm
MPG: 19.7mpg (NEDC combined)
CO2: 342g/km
First registered: March 2006
Recorded mileage: 32,000
Price new: £81,760
Yours for:
£23,995

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  • urquattro 21 Dec 2012


    Making do with an E34 3.8 M5, yes it revs, has sould and handles reasonably well, totally restored, looks amazing and all for £10k or so, almost no despreciation.

  • 405dogvan 17 Dec 2012

    "Fastest" is meaningless without context - which varies from person to person.

    I think the reason diesels keep coming up when people talk about big-power saloons is that in real terms, for what most people use them for, they are actually comparable tools - they deliver that massive push-in-the-back when you give them beans - they cruise at high speeds well etc. etc.

    Reality is that "M" means "top of the range" and most people choose it for that - not for it's "Motorsport" connotations (let's be honest, the last few M3s and M5s have nothing whatsoever to do with motorsport anyway).

    When you start taking away manual gearboxes you're even saying "and people who enjoy driving aren't our target market either" - paddles are great for lazy driving (and circuits if it's a super-fast dual clutch perhaps) but everywhere else you'd take a 3rd pedal and a stick for the 'driver' experience.

    I agree it's tiresome when people say "oh but this does more MPG and is as fast in a straight line" - but some people are making out that the M5 is some lithe sportscar which can't be compared to a diesel and - errrr - it's far from that smile

    The Petrol option is almost a "I can afford it" badge on the boot - if you really care about performance, your first issue with the M5 would be it's sheer size anyway smile

  • CliveM 17 Dec 2012

    By the tortoise and hare logic, something like a Mondeo estate diesel would be the fastest thing on the road, no?

  • Guvernator 14 Dec 2012

    Cheburator mk2 said:
    ... And I will arrive bored out of my skull in a diesel...

    It beggars belief...

    Every time we talk about V10 powered ///M cars, there is always a bunch of numpties who chime in, all authoritative, and tell us that the equivalent diesel car is better. The simple truth is - there is no equivalent car - as the ///M cars are a completely different beast underneath - suspension, drive train and engine.

    Listen, all of you BMW diesel lovers, how about you go to the Porsche forum and tell all the owners of GT3, GT2 and even TTs they made a mistake too. They should have bought the cooking 911s, or a 2S at a push.

    Last but not least, yes, a diesel BMW is quicker than an ///M car in the UK. I think this picture changes somewhat in Germany - tried and tested, so to speak...
    ^^^^ This to be honest. Yes diesels have a time and a place but we aren't talking about some soulless mile muncher on this thread, we are talking about a car with a screaming V10 in it, the likes of which will probably not be seen again. Is it perfect? No not by a long chalk but I'd take the V10 over a tractor engine any day of the week so I wish all the diesel fans would go and start there own thread and discuss mpg and particulate filters or something while the real men discuss this //M masterpiece.

  • Cheburator mk2 14 Dec 2012

    998420 said:
    At 200 MPH you would be doing 2MPG ?

    At say 180, 3 miles per minute, so £8 per minute in fuel costs

    So, roughly £14 per minute at 180/200MPH in just depreciation and fuel.

    With a tiny fuel tank ?

    Just how much time do you spend above 155 ?

    All the advantages of "spine tingling roar" also add up to tiring environmental stresses when driving, an M6 is a GT car, effortless high speed cruising, like the Panamera, the Diesel has to be the sane realists way to go. In the petrol version, Hare vs Tortoise, you will arrive "faster", but later, poorer and more tired.
    ... And I will arrive bored out of my skull in a diesel...

    It beggars belief...

    Every time we talk about V10 powered ///M cars, there is always a bunch of numpties who chime in, all authoritative, and tell us that the equivalent diesel car is better. The simple truth is - there is no equivalent car - as the ///M cars are a completely different beast underneath - suspension, drive train and engine.

    Listen, all of you BMW diesel lovers, how about you go to the Porsche forum and tell all the owners of GT3, GT2 and even TTs they made a mistake too. They should have bought the cooking 911s, or a 2S at a push.

    Last but not least, yes, a diesel BMW is quicker than an ///M car in the UK. I think this picture changes somewhat in Germany - tried and tested, so to speak...

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