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BMW M6
7/10

Overall
verdict

Vastly quick and entirely capable, but it serves up its speed with a strange diffidence and sense of detachment. It pains - and surprises - us to report that the drop-top version is more fun. Not one of the great M legends.

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What is it?

This new version is a car with a Mensa-level IQ but lacks that little bit of real-world sparkle. Still, it's epically quick.

Driving

It sprints along at a galactically fast pace, but here's the key: there's little feedback from the controls, and the noise isn't very interesting. The car doesn't feel or sound alive - it doesn't report enough on what it's up to. Even when making huge efforts, it seems effortless. The M6 cabrio is marginally better: the extra exhaust noise and the speeding rush of air brought the car to life.

It rides beautifully over lumpy surfaces, soaking up the worst that under-nourished asphalt can throw at it.

Uses the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 as the M5 which means 552bhp and more than 500lb ft of torques. It'll also hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds and would probably nudge 200mph if it wasn't limited to the usual 155mph. Epically quick.

On the inside

For a GT car the Six is fine for practicality. There's a 460-litre boot that loses many litres if you get the roofless one. But there's no ‘Touring' option.

Owning

High insurance, low teens mpg - a Polo Bluemotion it ain't. Add to that a £90k price tag and you have a very expensive toy, that manages to be MORE than a BMW M5.

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