BMW M6 - My first V10

Alec Escolme

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I finally did it, I have gone from my 650i Convertible to a M6 Coupe. The main reason for change was while the I found the 650i very capable and quick enough, it didn't really excite me or feel special enough to justify its place. I have a silly thing where I don't like having a car that is 2nd best in the lineup, hence why I bought a Super V8. I have been researching possible replacement cars (as I am sure every car person does), with one stipulation, it had to be a budget 'supercar'. I drew up a shortlist of Jaguar XKR 5.0, Audi RS5, TTR-S, BMW M6, M3, Maserati Granturismo and Mercedes C63. The M6 edged it for me in terms of value, but I quickly learned of the major problems which can happen with a neglected and high mile V10.

Going back to Jan 2018, on Pistonheads a chap called James B bought a M6 with 19k on the clock, I fell in love with the BMW 6 Series, after never really thinking about them before. I bought the 650i in March that year with the view of it being the 'thinking mans' M6... This all changed a few months ago when James announced he was putting his M6 up for sale, I knew it had to happen, as the nothing else on the market really grabbed me.

On Wednesday, the dream came true! James kindly drove the car down from Aberdeen en-route to collect his new family friendly car. Nothing could prepare me for the sound the V10 makes, I am sorry to say, the V8s sound plain/normal in comparison! It hasn't really stopped raining this week, so not had chance for a proper drive. I have had chance to put it in full M mode, and up to the 8,250 rpm redline though :mrgreen:. Hang on to the steering wheel for dear life! The SMG gearbox is very strange to me, nothing like the ZF autos I am used to.
Did I mention that it sounds so good?

The car is on 26k miles, full history with the important 1,000 mile service, folder with lots of receipts, ect. First owners were a family of Russian Oligarchs in Central London, Cannes & Monaco. It had some questionable styling at the time, as these car spots show...

Monaco
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London
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Then, another owner in London who upgraded the iDrive to the later version. James bought the car, where it moved to Aberdeen.
Niall (8bit) on the forum took some very nice photos last year, enjoy!
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The spec is:
Black Shapphire paint
Black M Sport Merino Leather
Heads Up Display (HUD)
Upgraded CIC Navigation, including digital TV, USB & Bluetooth audio
19" M6 Wheels
Logic 7 Sound
Adaptive headlights

Then the performance...
507bhp
8,250 rpm redline
205mph top speed, once delimited
0-60 low 4 seconds

The car is filthy! I hope to give the car a proper inspection, so expect a detailed acount of any damage I find. So far I have noted:
-PDC sensor faulty
-Stone chips and marks on front bumper
-Wear on trim near drivers seat
-Very small dent on rear quarter
-Logic 7 not quite right (deja vu anyone?)
 

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Thanks guys, I could have sworn that there was a reply this morning from JimC64?

Payno- to very different beasts, not hugely different in terms of acceleration up to legal speeds, the M6 is in its element at 100mph+.... However, the V10 is so raw and savage, compared to the lazy, torquey nature of the Jaguar V8. The gearbox is the complete oposite to the silky smooth ZF in the Jag.
I think I have got it right using the Jaguar as a daily. The M6 will only be used for high days and holidays :).

SJC1- Small world! Joseph Shaw supplied my car to James, the previous owner. It is a special event to drive, just don't think about the cost!
 

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Lovely looking car and it clearly ticks the right boxes for you, so enjoy it. With all that V10 power, mind out that you don't end up adding 'your honour' to the end of some of your sentences in future.....
 

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"Appen I know where this is going,

It'll be goodbye Super V8, hello XKR-S or some such.

Stunning looking car and grudgingly I do agree you had to go for it when the car you've followed comes up for sale.

Not doing so and you'd have kicked yourself to your passing day.

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How are you getting on with the SMG gearbox ? are you remembering to use the hand brake for hill starts :mrgreen:
Have you tried launch control yet :confused:
 

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Jodel, thanks :)

Rich, I had a little laugh to myself reading that. The Super V8 does its commuting job well, if a bit anti-social at 6:30am... One sports focused car is enough. Besides, I don't have £35k laying spare (wish I did). The M6 is doing to steal all my little money, better get the overtime in eh?

Payno, I don't yet love the SMG if I am honest, still not figured it out properly yet though. Funny you should say about hill starts... The night I bought it, I started the car and took my foot off the brake in 1st, nearly rolled it into a wall :oops:. Won't do that again! I need to remember it is not an Auto and not got Park.
Not tried the launch control yet. Want to try and preserve the clutch, only changed 6k miles ago!!
 
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