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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. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        Fixed
        Still, it's obvious why it gets the better ET but it has the lower trap speed. The M6 is faster.
      1. GG///M3's Avatar
        GG///M3 -
        New M cars are junk. I'd rather have a new Benz
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I would rather have a new Benz too. SLS Black Series please thanks.
      1. M.fanatic's Avatar
        M.fanatic -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BlackJetE90OC Click here to enlarge
        Ha...the wagon beat the M6 in 1/4 mile.

        Imagine what the new E63 sedan will do to the M6
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M.fanatic Click here to enlarge
        Imagine what the new E63 sedan will do to the M6
        Definitely will whoop on it in ET but trap speed is going to be pretty close.
      1. mjmarovi's Avatar
        mjmarovi -
        You can't even compare price tags on a SL63 to an M6 let alone an SLS...and then they test an SLS black? Seriously? The cars that finished ahead of the M6 are not even cars i would consider buying if I were in the market for an M6. I can maybe see M3 and the 991 being a closer comparison, but the rest on that list are just not close. Audi R8? Really? And the Dodge...no luxury what so ever. I understand the M badging is not suited though, Alpina badge would be more like it. just my 2 cents. great list of cars, but you could easily make 3-4 groups out of the 10 car list that would actually belong to be compared to one another.
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M.fanatic Click here to enlarge
        Imagine what the new E63 sedan will do to the M6
        No m6 is fast, this video with tune mb 700+ hp and stock m6
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        If my m6 710 hp do race with this mb I'm just fly away from him)))
      1. ezec63's Avatar
        ezec63 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ghost. Click here to enlarge
        No m6 is fast, this video with tune mb 700+ hp and stock m6
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySUkhmmwBZw
        You obviously didnt read my post about tuners having issues with the power take off unit in the new 4matic amg's. Gorilla racing is full of $#@! put that car on the dyno its not making 700hp. The new 4matic have a protection built into it that cuts torque dramatically after 4K rpm so wait until they get that figured out.
      1. ezec63's Avatar
        ezec63 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ghost. Click here to enlarge
        If my m6 710 hp do race with this mb I'm just fly away from him)))
        And theres plenty of RWD E63's that would fly away from you. Whats your best 1/4 mile time?
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        11,3 on 1/4 and 27,5 on 1 mile
      1. ezec63's Avatar
        ezec63 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ghost. Click here to enlarge
        11,3 on 1/4 and 27,5 on 1 mile
        O wow nice thats the fastest ive seen for an s63tu thats what im talking about !!! What are your mods?
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ezec63 Click here to enlarge
        And theres plenty of RWD E63's that would fly away from you. Whats your best 1/4 mile time?
        Give me e 63 4 matik and you see thisClick here to enlarge
      1. ezec63's Avatar
        ezec63 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ghost. Click here to enlarge
        Give me e 63 4 matik and you see thisClick here to enlarge
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA_WH5mg-tQ
        Did you see my post earlier? Tuners are having trouble with the 4matic and its torque limiters for now look it up that car is not making 750 hp ! But congrats on your m6 its a beast for sure what are the modifications to your car??
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ezec63 Click here to enlarge
        O wow nice thats the fastest ive seen for an s63tu thats what im talking about !!! What are your mods?
        Akrapovich, tune blocks from pp-perfomance, down pipes that's all Click here to enlarge
      1. ezec63's Avatar
        ezec63 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ghost. Click here to enlarge
        Akrapovich, tune blocks from pp-perfomance, down pipes that's all Click here to enlarge
        So just full exhaust, downpipes, and tune? Thats great ! I guess PP - Performance finally cracked the s63 ECU good stuff and congrats on the beast ! Throw it on a dyno for us Click here to enlarge Ive been looking at a white/white m6 coupe lately ....
      1. ezec63's Avatar
        ezec63 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ghost. Click here to enlarge
        Akrapovich, tune blocks from pp-perfomance, down pipes that's all Click here to enlarge
        You should look into an intake upgrade will make your car even faster
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        Click here to enlargeSoon will be 800 hp!!!! With new turboClick here to enlarge
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ezec63 Click here to enlarge
        So just full exhaust, downpipes, and tune? Thats great ! I guess PP - Performance finally cracked the s63 ECU good stuff and congrats on the beast ! Throw it on a dyno for us Click here to enlarge Ive been looking at a white/white m6 coupe lately ....
        Thanks, on Moscow unlim 500 I take 1 place in class gt. And I have dyno result, must to find.
      1. Ghost.'s Avatar
        Ghost. -
        Attachment 34718
        First place Click here to enlarge