"Better than M5 styling and performance"4.0 starson by timeforhell666
Pros: Sweeter sound and better styling than M5
Cons: BOOT LID! Price. iDrive, SMG - still in need of modification for perfection
Summary: Personally I think this car is much more beautiful than the M5, with stunning wheels and a much more likeable front. As you are gazing at this beast however, a look at the rear is sure to slap you in the face and bring the car back down to earth. It is foul. I say no more. Interior layout is classic BWM, very functional, and high quality, but I must confess to liking the Mercedes Benz layout much more. iDrive, while older, lacks the intuitiveness of the Mercedes Benz comparative system also, as seen in the S-class. It is still better than nothing however. SMG is something to both love and hate. Those 'purists' out there who claim 'you just can't drive it properly' and 'you just need more practise' should take a less biased approach to responding to SMG criticism as it is due. You must remember: these people test cars for a living - they have probably tested more cars than you could poke a stick at. Which leads me to the next point - the SMG is the transmission system - one of the most vital systems in the whole car. It has to be intuitive and functional to everyone, not just people that have been practising on it for years. Clearly the SMG is a very advanced gearbox, however the less-sporty modes aren't perfect. Still, it is a lot better than the latest Mercedes Benz offerings, which lack any sort of DSG style transmission. Engine is as sweet as pie, coupled with an exhaust system that extracts the sweet sweet sound. Overall however, I would most likely purchase a Mercedes Benz CL55 AMG, mostly due to styling preferences, as they both offer near identical performance. While the M6 may be more powerful (20hp), it still lacks the ultimate torque punch of the supercharged 5.5Ltr V8 from the CL55. For the ultimate bragging rights, however, you can opt for the CL65 AMG which will massively increase the peak torque output of the CL55 to over 1000 nM, more than double that of the M6 - with a 6.0 Ltr bi-turbo V12. But be prepared to pay through the nose for those bragging rights.