I'm not ashamed to say it - I love German cars. I think their styling, performance, and attention to detail are a big reason the auto industry progresses as quickly as it does. And due to our good friend depreciation, we can now buy this 500-HP V10 BMW M6 Coupe, for way less than a Hyundai Sonata Sport.
Make no bones about it - this is a supercar. It has a race-inspired 10 cylinder engine that revs to the moon and back. The styling is extremely divisive, as it is a love-it-or-hate-it thing. It has a 7-speed, single clutch automated manual that, despite some key common maintenance issues that can be taken care of reasonably, is a damn good gearbox and shifts harder than anything else on four wheels.
It also looks as if the car was taken care of quite well by its previous owner:
BMW store everything done to the car on the on board computer, full service history, any errors that it's had and what was fixed. When we purchased it in January from BMW I had them check it out 100% and give me a detailed report, I also had them make sure it was up to date with any services. They changed the oil in the engine and gearbox, diff flush, coolent flush, air intake/fuel intake flush, brake fluid flush, power steering flush, changed spark plugs and the o2 sensors (Normally at 120k) They told me it is in perfect condition and will not need another service till roughly 60k. Oil is full synthetic 10w 60, same as most of the exotics, BMW recommend every 15k, I changed at 5k and was really not needed. I've done another 5k since then and will plan on changing at 7.5k or even 10k. I also have all the books that come with it with detailed service history. As you can see I'm very picky when it comes to buying and maintaining the M6, I searched for 12months to find the best version possible. I had an error come up that was a throttle body issue, BMW told me they think it was only a sensor but I replaced all throttle bodies. I've spared no expense to make sure this is 100%
If it really has no faults and has some good documentation (by BMW or otherwise), this is an awesome price for some straightjacket-level performance. Derestricted, this car will do 200 miles per hour. It has a carbon fiber roof. You shift it like an F1 car. And it can make this sound. This is what happens when your inner 12-year old is allowed to design a car.
Before I get a huge backlash saying that " The BMW is really expensive to maintain! I don't have enough feet to sell in order to keep that running!", I understand. This car is more expensive to maintain than a Hyundai Sonata, but it's also much cheaper initially. A fully optioned Sonata Sport is $35,000. With the extra cash you'd save by buying this, you could get a pretty comprehensive warranty, or have the money put to the side if you'd like to take care of things yourself. You do pay to play, but when the barrier of entry is set this low, the pros far outweigh the cons. After all, life's to short to drive boring cars.
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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world's cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he's the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn't feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.