This car is powerful and fun with only 400 hp, but after you break it in and let loose all 507 hp, it is a beast. While the SMG is new and initially awkward at first, I now have fallen in love with the paddle shifting method and wish all my cars had it.
At its most sedate settings in freeway trafic, the M6 is so comfortable that my passenger falls asleep almost immediately.Then, without realizing it, I exceed a pre-set speed (90 mph in this case) and set off a loud chime. This car wants to fly. Push a few buttons to adjust horsepower, transmission, suspension and steering and the highway cruiser becomes a taut road-hugging muscle car that makes challenging roads seem way too easy. Almost everything is software controlled and adjustable. Much of it by voice command in case you are too busy driving to push buttons. More good news.The EPA predicts 12-18 mpg. My M6 averages 18.5 mpg overall with one 800 mile road trip yielding 19.5 mpg.
Configuration: EDC = Full (sport) hard; DSC = off; SMG = 6 (full commando); Power = P500 Sport; technique = floor it, modulate wheelspin with throttle, and upshift at redline.
No real technique here, just mash the brake pedal and let the sticky tires and ABS do the rest. No fade, and no change in pedal feel from the first to the fifth spectacular stop.
Skid pad exhibits brilliant balance and it's easy to find the edge of grip (which makes for killer power-on oversteer drifts). In the slalom, however, the variable steering is hard to learn and harder to trust. The more I drive it (and think about it), the harder I find it is to go quickly. Still, a 67-mph slalom isn't slow. Could've gone a bit quicker if the rear tires hadn't been "heat cycled" one time too many.