The M6 Gran Coupe simply grabbed us by the collective scruff of our necks and demanded a spot in the top-five – just look at it!
This is a Bavarian bruiser like no other. While the Jag is sensuous and sexy, this is butch and in your face. If the electric blue hue and massive anthracite alloys don’t get your attention, you don’t have a pulse. But, if anything can get it going, it’s the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that pumps out over 550 horses.
Get out of the pit lane, step on the gas and there’s no drama, no noise, just forward momentum in keeping with a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds. Now, this is a big car. It weighs just shy of 2 tonnes, so it’s certainly no sports car – but it’s as direct and balanced as you would expect an M-car to be. It’s happiest, though, on endless swathes of tarmac – where it munches miles like a bullet train and reduces small European countries to a momentary blur.
Frankly, in our conditions, it’s a bit of overkill. But if you really want to be indulgent, this is the machine for you. It seats four in reasonable comfort. The build quality and fit-and-finish are amongst the best here. Yes, it is missing that guttural roar from the engine bay – but that’s the only thing you can hold against it. It’s almost as though the speed sneaks up on you. You just don’t realise how fast you’re going.
Of course, the M6 didn’t score particularly well on the value for money stakes – but it just connected with everyone here in some way shape or form. For some, it was simply the way it looked. For others, it was the M badge and the way it could – despite its size – effortlessly drift around the entire 5.1 kilometres of the BIC.
This is not a car that you need in your life. But, on some level, it makes a lot of sense indeed!
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