BMW's current superstar, the all-new M6, has recently recorded an 8:09 lap of the Nordschleife circuit at Nurburgring. This car has carbon fiber body parts, a 507 HP V-10 with a redline of 8250 rpms, a 7 speed SMG transmission, 14.74" front rotors and 14.5" rears, a limited slip differential, and 19" lightweight forged alloy wheels with state-of-the-art R-compound 255/40 Pirelli P Zero Corsas up front and 285/35s in the rear. Pretty impressive stuff! How does it compare to our old-tech Z8s? BMW reported a Nordschleife lap time of 8:15 for the Z8 running a 394 HP V8 with a 7000 rpm redline, on heavy cast aluminum 18" wheels shod with severely compromised 245/45 and 275/40 run-flat tires, a 6-speed manual transmission, 13.1" front rotors and 12.9" rears, and an open differential! Remember, this is a 12 mile per lap road course where 6 seconds could easily be erased by a different tire choice. With a few updates to take advantage of current technology, I'd guess the old girl would raise a few eyebrows at the 'Ring! So don't be fooled by all the marketing hype, you're still driving "The Ultimate"!Grease Monkey