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    • Drag racing machine or driving machine? MotorTrend's F13 BMW M6 laptime and 1/4 mile results, disappointing Best Driver's Car 2013 finish

      When Motor Trend starts off talking about the F13 M6 with, 'Unfortunately for the M6, there's no mechanical issue to blame for its standing' you know the M6 was a letdown. A 10th place finish? Out of a possible 12? Very disappointing and indicative of the slump M is in. The cars performance certainly is not bad with a middle of the pack 6th place 1:40.52 laptime around Laguna Seca and a 12.1@123 1/4 mile time also good for a middle of the pack 6th place. Middle of the pack for the highest performance BMW available for purchase. This is unfortunately as good as it gets from BMW.


      The problem with the M6 isn't a lack of power it is the problem with all the new BMW M cars. Motor Trend states it quite succinctly, 'Save some significant brake fade on the track, the M6 functioned exactly as it was designed. Assuming, of course, that BMW intended to design a car that is too heavy, too complicated, and unable to put the power down.'

      Due to the heft of the new cars BMW is forced to compensate with big torque. Due to not being able to offer all wheel drive as the vehicles are already too heavy all that torque makes getting traction a bit difficult. Somewhat ironic that BMW M now takes the AMG approach making cars more about the straightline and power than the razor sharp responsive scalpels they made just years ago. Now it is AMG that offers the most responsive and sharpest drvier's car which also happened to set the quickest laptime in this competition.

      When has a BMW M ever been numb and isolated as part of the driving experience? When has it been more about the power of the motor than the driving experience? Do not take my word for it, "It was the same report from the road. Judges dinged the M6 for being too heavy and unsettled in corners. Moreover, the car felt numb and isolating, like there was always a barrier between you and the road. The M6 tunes out nearly every chassis response, and then tries to dial it back in to your liking."

      The new M's have become cars for short full throttle blasts (before heat soak sets in) than sustained driving performance and the connection to the driver. Porsche on the other hand lightened their cars, made them more efficient, and built them around the driving experience. All that without going to turbos under the guise of 'Efficient Dynamics' when it is really about profit margin showing it is more than possible to gain efficiency with a naturally aspirated motor. That is why they won the competition with a 991 for the second straight year.

      MotorTrend: 'BMW's illustrious M division built its name on cars that were light, nimble, communicative, and begging to be driven as hard as possible. The M6 is the antithesis of that ethos.'

      It is what it is. Video and results below.


      Laguna Seca Laptime Results:

      1. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series - 1:35.03
      2. SRT Viper - 1:36.43
      3. Nissan GT-R Track Pack - 1:36.63
      4. Audi R8 V10 Plus - 1:38.70
      5. Porsche 911 Carrera 4S - 1:39.19
      6. BMW M6 - 1:40.52
      7. Aston Martin Vanquish - 1:40.71
      8. Jaguar F-Type V8 S - 1:40.81
      9. Porsche Cayman S - 1:41.26
      10. Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG Wagon - 1:42.39
      11. Bentley CGT Speed - 1:46.60
      12. Ford Focus ST - 1:49.30


      1/4 mile results:

      Nissan GT-R Track Edition 11.0 @ 125.1
      Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series 11.1 @ 129.8
      Audi R8 V-10 Plus 11.3 @ 125.8
      SRT Viper 11.5 @ 128.7
      Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG 11.7 @ 120.4
      BMW M6 12.1 @ 123.1
      Jaguar F-Type V-8 S 12.1 @ 120.2
      Bentley Continental GT Speed 12.1 @ 117.1
      Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 12.3 @ 114.4
      Aston Martin Vanquish 12.4 @ 115.3
      Porsche Cayman S 12.7 @ 109.7
      Ford Focus ST 14.6 @ 95.7

      Watch the drag race here: http://www.benzboost.com/content.php...ag-Race-Part-3
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Drag race machine or driving machine? MotorTrend's F13 BMW M6 laptime and 1/4 mile results, disappointing Best Driver's Car 2013 finish started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 41 Comments
      1. BigM62's Avatar
        BigM62 -
        The M6 is NOT s sports car. It is a fast grand tourer.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        As an M it should be capable of being both.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        As an M it should be capable of being both.
        Agreed if you're putting the M badge on it. Looks like I'd prob be able to do this with a 650 with some minor mods. LOL
      1. TT C6's Avatar
        TT C6 -
        Great article. I am DYING to see what the sedan version on the E63 runs and what it's measured curb weight ends up being. The E63 wagon actually impresses me more that then SLS.

        SPOILER:
        The C7 Corvette and the 911S went head to head this week at Laguna Seca in a test that will be published next month.
        The Corvette won and was lauded for having better steering feel, handling, braking, and a faster lap time while being declared the overall winner. The C7 has toppled the 911s and the winner of the 2014 Best Driver's Car.

        So, in essence....

        THE 2014 CORVETTE WON THIS YEARS BEST DRIVER'S CAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!


        Disclaimer:
        I believe the E63 4matic will be this year's best sedan, and the C63 will be next year's best.
      1. onisyndicate's Avatar
        onisyndicate -
        But seriously the AMG Wagon is sick. I can run with a Zo6 corvette or a Gt500 and smoke just about every american muscle car that is "bad ass" and still have room for the kids, my five sacks go groceries and 3 duffle bags. I'll take that any day! AMG has made it very nice in selecting a car for the family man that really wants to go fast!
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        I hate watching his videos. The only thing he can drive hard is a corvette, it looked like the m6 had more in it.

        Edit* it sounds like crap too
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TT C6 Click here to enlarge
        Great article. I am DYING to see what the sedan version on the E63 runs and what it's measured curb weight ends up being. The E63 wagon actually impresses me more that then SLS.
        I'm just going to guess an 11.4@123
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Here's the full video of this year's BDC competition (for those with an hour to waste)

      1. SexiPYm3's Avatar
        SexiPYm3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BigM62 Click here to enlarge
        The M6 is NOT s sports car. It is a fast grand tourer.
        This...
        It performs well compared to cars in its class. GTR and R8 aren't the same type of cars as an M6.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SexiPYm3 Click here to enlarge
        This...
        It performs well compared to cars in its class. GTR and R8 aren't the same type of cars as an M6.
        That isn't really the point though. Just because it's a GT doesn't mean it needs to be numb and drive like crap.
      1. SexiPYm3's Avatar
        SexiPYm3 -
        People bashed the E63 M6 when that first arrived.... There are those that prefer the F12 and others that prefer the E63. But going off of what you see in a video is non sense. I have lots of seat time in a F12, and its not at all numb.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SexiPYm3 Click here to enlarge
        People bashed the E63 M6 when that first arrived.... There are those that prefer the F12 and others that prefer the E63. But going off of what you see in a video is non sense. I have lots of seat time in a F12, and its not at all numb.
        Who bashed the E63? The main complaint was its weight not the response or feel.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Ha...the wagon beat the M6 in 1/4 mile.
      1. SexiPYm3's Avatar
        SexiPYm3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Who bashed the E63? The main complaint was its weight not the response or feel.
        There were many reviews by mags and customer reviews. People who went from M3s felt the disconnect. I'm not saying that was everyone, but there were complaints other than weight. Its tough being a sibling to an M3 bc everyone bases their opinion off of an M3.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SexiPYm3 Click here to enlarge
        There were many reviews by mags and customer reviews. People who went from M3s felt the disconnect. I'm not saying that was everyone, but there were complaints other than weight. Its tough being a sibling to an M3 bc everyone bases their opinion off of an M3.
        I don't remember anything negative about it to this degree.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        Ha...the wagon beat the M6 in 1/4 mile.
        It's all wheel drive with a twin turbo V8.
      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        The M6 trapped higher than the e63. Doesn't that tell you its faster but it just had some traction issues?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        The M6 trapped higher than the e63. Doesn't that tell you its faster but it just had some traction issues?
        Don't know why people don't get something so simple.
      1. onisyndicate's Avatar
        onisyndicate -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        The M6 trapped higher than the e63. Doesn't that tell you its faster but it just had some traction issues?
        spinning aint winning! Everyone should know that! Click here to enlarge
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It's all wheel drive wagon with a twin turbo V8.
        Fixed