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G Power tweaks M6 to 560kW

2009-05-05 06:29
In this apocalyptic time for the auto industry, it’s heartening to see the hub of global automotive engineering – Germany – still retaining a sense of humour with regards to fettling outlandishly irrelevant supercars.

To stand out in the loony-bin that is the German aftermarket tuning industry, you really have to do something fiendishly over the top.

If you are Autenzell based BMW supercharging fetishists G-Power, with Zoran Zeneke (his real name, we promise) at the helm, you end up building a 560kW version of Munich’s perennial underachiever – the 6 Series.

M6 gone mad

Irksomely named the Hurricane CS (after BMW’s canned four-door coupe concept perhaps?), G-Power’s creation is loosely based on BMW’s M6.

The redoubtable M-division 5l V10 is left untouched in terms of capacity and architecture, yet with ten forged Mahle pistons being fed by two belt driven ASA T1-313 superchargers (able to volumise airflow by 25%), power figures have gone silly.

With the additional forces the dual superchargers produce, a dualflow water-to-air intercooler ensures the air mixture is as cool and dense as possible. The net result is 560kW and 800Nm. Performance is simply profane, with a 370km/h top end, and 0-300km/h sprinting ability in an astonishingly disconcerting 26 seconds.

Before you dismiss the 370km/h top speed as some computer modelled, drag-coefficient and power output derived number, consider the G-Power M5 which ran a certified 367.4km/h in Germany on 12 November last year at the Papenburg high speed oval…

Functional styling

Styling might not be to all tastes – it’s a 6 Series after all – but form strictly follows function. The G-Power widebody aerodynamics kit is entirely carbon-fibre and provides critical downforce at speeds above 300km/h, whilst channelling optimal airflow to keep the car's moving parts cool.

The styling kit comprises a new front apron, bonnet with liberally cut-out vents, rocker panels, wheel arches ornately flared with attachments and a rear apron framed by both a diffuser around the bottom and a huge wing around the top.

From the rear-three quarter view the custom made titanium exhaust system is visible too, which significantly reduces back pressure and saves 24kg in weight too.

Ensuring the Hurricane CS exhibits only the most reassuring high-speed handling and deceleration characteristics is G-Power’s coil-over suspension system, engineered with nine bound and rebound settings. Brakes are carbon-ceramic 380mm discs, actuated by six-piston calipers.

Customers have option on two sets of tyres, both Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's, with the 370km/h top speed certified set rolling out on 19-inch alloys as 255/35's on the front axle and 305/30's at the rear. Most customers are expected to opt for the more aesthetically appealing 21-inch mags though, which are shod with 255/30's at the front and 295/25's at the rear, capable of hanlding a top speed of only 340km/h.

The best bit of kit is reserved for the interior though, featuring a neatly calibrated 400km/h speedometer - and no, we have no idea where they got hold of Sasol blue paint job.


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