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Which Way To The Autobahn?


THE LOOK

Its design is perhaps the least daring of BMW's recent models. The M6 cuts as sensible a figure as a banker's blue suit from Savile Row. Like the best of Bimmers, it's more athletic than muscled.

Up on the Roof

The top looks like NASA-created fabric. It's carbon-fiber that reduces the weight, thus lowering the car's center of gravity. A convertible M6 goes on sale in the U.S. next year.

Tight Squeeze

I don't know any adults who would ever be riding in the back of this so-called 2+2. My Coach weekend bag, or my pre-schooler and one of his mates, just fit.

Heads Up

There's a convenient and welcome display on the windshield that shows speed, gear selected, and a tach dial.

Fore!

The trunk swallows up two big golf bags.

Me, Tired?

The Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are made for speed but can provide a harsh ride on anything but smooth asphalt.

Gimme a Brake

And they did. Four beauties. The brawny 13.7-inch-diameter front and 13.6-inch rear discs are ventilated, cross-drilled, and fabulous at bringing those horses to a stop.

Competitors

Jaguar XK, Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG, Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Base price $96,100

THE ENGINE

The 5.0 liter V-10 reaches 500 hp when you engage the "power" mode. It goes from zero-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The engine hits the 7800 rpm yellow line on the tachometer with a purr instead of a groan. Slurp: only 14.5 mpg.

THE INTERIOR

Old World leather and wood meets 21st century digital driving

Creature Comforts

Finely stitched leather seats are adjustable for width to cope with side-to-side movement on back roads or to accommodate a spreading middle-age butt. First class, ear-wax-loosening stereo.

To Shift, or Flip

Use the cool paddle shifters (1), or the floor shifter (2). Choose different transmission and suspension settings to maximize comfort on highway trips or canyon twisties.

There's a Mouse in My Car

The iDrive is a console-mounted mouse-like knob (3) that controls the entertainment, navigation, and communications systems on an LCD screen (4). I found it easy to use.

By David Kiley


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