Are V8s like the BMW M6 about to follow the dinosaurs into extinction?


Some people think the age of big-engined, normally aspirated V8s is coming to an end. Even Porsche is going small turbo instead – are car’s like our BMW M6 the last of the dinosaurs?

Well, I for one hope not. I’m reminded of that wonderful piece-to-camera Clarkson did with the Aston Martin Vantage V12 a few years back. The car made him sad because he knew it was the end of an era.

There’s nothing like the rumble of a 5.0-litre monster on start up – the massive grunt when you floor it and the shove in your back. Somehow a turbo just doesn’t do it the same.

Car Couture is off to Australia today to try another potential dinosaur – the Jeep SRT. A 6.4-litre SUV that’s available in the UK but hugely overlooked. Join us in a few days for a 1,500-mile return trip up the Coral Coast…

The M6 is BMW’s most expensive petrol car….


According to my calculations, the BMW is the most expensive petrol car that BMW sell. There is the i8 but that boasts hybrid technology that always adds to the bill.

M6 is certainly worthy of the honour. More stylish than the M5, hugely practical for a coupe and very, very fast. The 4.4-litre twin turbo at the heart of this wonderful machine is sensational – considering the car weighs two tons.

All coupes are designed to seduce and M6 has plenty to lure you in. The sumptuous interior, squat profile and handling that belies its size makes this a fantastic drivers car.

The steering, engine and suspension can all be adjusted to suit conditions – including beating the Audi RS7 in almost every department…

The BMW M6 – a refined super tourer in an age of noisy exhaust pipes


I have to declare an interest from the start. The last car I owned was a 630d – it took me 48 years to find the perfect car for my needs but we got there in the end.

Now I’m testing the Big Daddy version. The rumbling M6 V8 that looks and sounds discreetly powerful without upsetting every other road user.

It would be easy to argue the case for other fast coupes but when it comes to styling, I think the 6 Series is difficult to beat. It’s also very roomy, beautifully screwed together and ‘feels’ like a refined muscle car.

Not sure who is going to pay £93k to buy one but I digress. The M6 is a masterclass in performance with discretion – especially in an age of noisy ‘sport’ exhausts and in your face styling…