BMW M6

With bodywork as dazzling as its performance, this M6 could send you into sensory overload

Cost New £83,300 Price £24,995

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he storming naturally-aspirated V10 in the M6 marks this down as a BMW to watch. Not only are we never going to see powerplants of its like again, it’s also a seriously rare model – and finding a well cared-for example can be a tricky challenge.

Despite this, you can get into one for as little as £11,000 (though you probably shouldn't really), and the very best are around £25k. This low-mileage example piqued our interest, and we just had to take a look.

The Alpine White paintwork is perfect – we couldn't find any stonechips, let alone any scratches. All the shutlines are where they would have been when it rolled off the production line at Dingolfing. Many M6s have lived hard lives as they became cheap, but this one has survived intact.

The enormous alloy wheels are unblemished, and each wears Michelin PilotSport tyres with plenty of tread remaining.

As this is a 2008 Life Cycle Impulse car, it has an updated iDrive display and controller, USB audio and active head restraints. The original owner specified the full Merino black leather interior (a £5245 option when new), which extends the cow skin to the centre console, dash, glovebox and door cards. The fabric elsewhere has been upgraded from cloth to Alcantara. It's all in fabulous nick, with only the lightest of creasing to show that anyone's sat in it over the past 11 years.

That extends to the rest of the cabin – all the switches and door pulls are in wonderful, unworn condition. It really does feel like a brand-new car. All the instruments work correctly, and the heads-up display is in perfect order.

The original owners pack is present and correct, with the regularly-stamped service book revealing largely yearly services by BMW Park Lane and specialists. Its last stamp was in 2017, but it'll be serviced again before it leaves the vendor.

On the road performance is eye-popping – the screaming V10 is one of motoring's finest experiences. The SMG is a little less fun, but once you've set it up you'll soon warm to it. We didn't experience any strange rattles or vibrations on our test drive.

Could this be the finest M6 on the market? Very probably. It's one of the rarest, too – less than 10 per cent of the M6s sold were LCI models, making this rare upon rare. It cannot be long until the pricetag comes to be seen as very inexpensive indeed.

BMW M6

Year:     2008
Mileage:    33,528
On sale at:     Munich Legends
Munichlegends.co.uk

Specifications
Engine:     4999cc, 10-cyl, DOHC
Transmission:    RWD, 7-speed SMG
Power:     500bhp@7750rpm
Torque:     384lb-ft@6100rpm
Weight:     1785kg

Performance
0-60mph:    4.1sec
Top speed:    155mph
Economy:     19mpg

Choose your BMW M6

2006: The M6 makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Production starts a year later. It shares the same S85 V10 engine as that found in the E60 M5. You can set up the engine into three different states of tune – from ignition, 395bhp (P400), with full power available in two different P500 modes (500bhp). Carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic in the roof and bootlid, thermoplastic front wings and aluminium doors help to lower the centre of gravity and reduce weight. The M6 is available in coupe and cabriolet form. The UK only gets a seven-speed SMG gearbox; the US gets the option of a six-speed manual. 2010: Production ceases.


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