2017 HSV GTSR W1 v BMW M6 Gran Coupe Comparison – Track test | motoring.com.au

2017 HSV GTSR W1 v BMW M6 Gran Coupe Comparison – Track test | motoring.com.au


When we heard HSV was developing the epic
474-kilowatt W1 we though we’ve got to find something equally epic to take it on, and
we think we have in the BMW M6, but we know that the best place to do that is on the racetrack
and we know the best person to do it is our professional racing driver, Luke Youldon. Luke, you’ve got a challenge in front of you
today. Well it’s a clash of cultures, isn’t it, Bruce,
we’ve got the German thoroughbred up against the Aussie lion; I can’t wait to get helmet
on and put them to the test. So what have we got here, we’ve got the 170
odd thousand W1 with a 6.2 litre supercharged V8 engine, 474 kilowatts, 815 Newton meters,
0-100 in 4.2 seconds claim, against the $300 000 M6, 4.4 litre, twin turbo V8, 441 kilowatts,
700 Newton meters and an even faster, 3.9 seconds 0-100 claim. I can’t wait for Luke to thrash these two
and see how close they come. Wow, this is about power, it’s amazing, it
numbers well and truly over 200 kilometres already, up the strip, braking just before
150, I’ve got to shift the gears myself, ease of the brakes, a little bit steep, back on
the power pretty hard, a bit of oversteer. Taking a turn or two, wow, this thing feels,
it feels very much like a race car. A little bit of power down issues there, get
it in, squeeze that throttle, out to the outside edge. Again, watch the tacho, this is about power
and that is phenomenal, going into the big numbers, 6.5 on shift. Wow this is, it is mega. Up to 5th, 230, 240 already, brake, back to
4th gear, turning, whoa a bit on the nose here, whoa, hop over the curb, hard brakes,
back to 2nd gear. Listen to that. Yes, she’s out to the outside edge, on the
curb, heaps of grip on the, on the curb, these shocks are amazing. Again, a nice delayed brake, a bit of curb,
back on the power a little bit, a bit of brake, out to the outside edge, you can feel this
throttle. Wow this thing is mega. Now it’s time for Luke to tackle Sandown and
the M6 GranCoupe and straightaway he’s noticing differences. I’m at the start of the lap trying to be nice
and smooth here. That didn’t quite work, but, power down is
a little bit of an issue. Okay, shifting at about 7, it is phenomenally
quick in a straight line this car, already 210, 220, up to 5th, again a really late brake
here, back to 3rd gear to return to 1, a little mid of mid corner rove just here, and here
you have a late brake in the turn too. It actually locked that front brake for a
long time for an ABS car. We had a bit of oversteer in mid corner. I think what upsets this car a lot is it’s
a little bit conservative on it’s down shift and it changes down quite late, even in manual
mode. It doesn’t quite match the RPM as well I’d
like and it causes the rear to lock a little bit. Wow, great speed, 230, 240 already. Not quite as comfortable with the repeatability
of this car though. I’ll just steer across the top, over the back,
hard brakes, the pedal’s already starting to go a little bit too low for me. Oh, a bit of understeer, out to the edge,
up on the curb. A little bit of wheel spin on the curb there,
but that’s probably a little bit my fault. Up to 4th, again, I just don’t feel as confident
in this car. Out to the outside edge. It does feel fast. Across the line. It’s going to be fast. Not quite as easy to drive as the W1, that’s
for sure. And Luke’s right, the W1 stops the clock at
I minute 19.3 seconds. The M6 manages I minute 20.9 seconds, they’re
both quick times, but the W1 clearly has the advantage, incredibly it’s only 10 seconds
slower that the lap record for a V8 supercar. Now it’s time to forget about the corners
and simply find out which car has the acceleration bragging right. In difficult greasy conditions neither car
can get their power down well enough to threaten their claim, still a flat 5 second 0-100 in
12.8 seconds 400 meters aren’t bad results for the BMW, which turns the tables on the
HSV. Well Luke, that looked awesome from here,
what was it like out on the track? Yes, equally awesome, impressive lap times,
that’s for sure. Big speeds in a straight line. What impressed me with the HSV was its ability
to put its power down, I expected with 800 Newton meters of torque for it just to be
loose and oversteer and just carrying on, but it wasn’t, it was quite the opposite,
quite neutral. And yes, its repeatability on the brakes was
equally impressive. So Luke, what about the M6? Yes ballistic in a straight line, equally
impressive lap time, nothing wrong with the M6 motor, that’s for sure. Putting its power to the ground, it does suffer
a little bit, traction is its Achilles Heel, also its brakes, a little bit inconsistent. Only really willing to do one or two laps
pushing hard before the pedal goes lower and inconsistent feel. So I guess a question, Luke, for you is, considering
these cars were lapping around only 10 seconds off the super car record, so they’re incredibly
potent, but the big question, which do you like most? I’m going with the Aussie line on this one,
its repeatability, to be able to do two or three laps in a row, lap time always wins,
I’m going with HSV. There you have it folks, the winner is the
W1.