The result is nothing short of eye-catching, and that may even be putting it lightly. I was staring at him and he realized he didn't make sense and told me it was actually sold yesterday but was picked up this morning. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. We watched 60 mph arrive in five seconds flat on the way to a 13. A spirited romp on some uncrowded backroads, getting acquainted with the upper reaches of the rev band in second, anyway quickly knocked that down to 9.
But don't be fooled by that, especially in the engine's sweet spot it's a viciously quick piece of ultra-civilized machinery. A navigation system is standard, as is a Logic7 surround sound audio system although I still prefer the V10 symphony. While we don't yet have official details on the new M6, shown here testing in Europe, we do have some educated guesses. All the work has been carried out by the Germany-based company Fostla. Sometimes just that extra moment of warning can make for a safer and more enjoyable drive.
The accelerator is easy to modulate, and the steering is sharp. In automatic it, unsurprisingly, feels like a manual operated by an invisible hand, as that is what it is. The 650i offers a nice balance of ride and handling. The 6 Series seats provide excellent support. This not only improves rigidity, but also adds an extra element of safety in the unlikely event of a rollover. The head-up display projects desired information transparently in front of the driver for easier visibility. An emphasis is made thanks to the addition of 20 inch black wheels.
The glove box is nicely finished but not large enough to hold the portfolio with the owner's manual and other required reading. The 6 Series looks raciest in front three-quarter view, which happens to be our favorite angle on the car. The M6 engine is a mixed bag. The silky response of the 650i's 32-valve V8 benefits from Valvetronic variable valve timing and variable lift, which allows an impressive combination of low-rev, off-the-line acceleration and free-breathing, high-rev horsepower. The M6 also has different suspension tuning and several other enhancements appropriate to its performance level, including distinctive interior and exterior styling. Ultimately, we had to ask the other car's driver, who fortunately was nearby, to move the car so we could escape the parking space. The M6 sacrifices some of the Grand Touring comforts of the 650i in favor of a more aggressive handling package and stratospheric acceleration performance.
All these components are new, which is expected of the Bulgarian tuner. Instead, you get frustrated, wondering if the car isn't ready, or you've done something wrong. The Bulgarian tuner is such a fan that it decided to get an early start on Episode 7 promotions by giving the a Stormtrooper treatment. Shallow, fixed map pockets adorn the doors. The power rear windscreen can be lowered even when the top is up, though we didn't find it significantly added to air circulation. It does this through a controller on the center console which functions much like a mouse on a computer.
But other than that, the back of the front seats, the seat belts, and an iDrive controller system were all dressed in sparkling white. The car can be driven very hard into tight corners, and it tracks through high-speed turns like it's on rails. It offers supercar-class acceleration 0-60 in 4. The suspension is uprated to match the increased power, and bodywork modified suitably for improved cooling, lighter weight, and greater downforce. Both the M6 coupe and convertible styles weigh around two tons with a lift that is overcome using a 560-hp twin-turbocharged 4. The latter are functional openings which are involved in the aerodynamics of the car.
Though taut, it doesn't beat up your passenger on rippled highways. And when that long-awaited opening appears in oncoming traffic on a busy two-lane road, flooring the accelerator does not deliver that vital, immediate kick-down to an appropriate passing gear. The rear glass can be raised or lowered like a side window by pressing a button. It's proximity-activated, meaning you can simply walk up to the car, open the door, and press the Start button without having to pull the fob out of your pocket or purse. Though the front seats in the M6 are more bolstered than expected in a standard 6-series, they are multi-adjustable and comfortable and cannot be termed as confining. The Coupe and Convertible we drove were equipped with 19-inch wheels, part of the optional Sport Package, and they rode well.
If you remember the V10 era in F1, you'll be smiling. For another, that's a lot of moving parts, even more than usual when all the parts necessary to suppress the engine's disharmonies, with gaps and gears and chains spinning, clicking and meshing, all of which has to be somehow muted while left essentially unrestrained. There are both manual and automatic shift modes, six in manual and five in auto, which vary in speed and abruptness of shifts. Active Roll Stabilization quells most body lean in fast turns. In practical terms, the new Convertible is an M5 with half the doors, more of the weight, and none of the roof. The 6 Series promises great rewards to drivers who take their driving seriously, and, as far as the interior appointments go, with an exception or two, they deliver. The Sequential Manual Gearbox is especially distasteful, almost overbearing in its insistence on managing every shift, up or down, with its own pre-programmed sequence and pace.