How many of us are fortunate to have almost 1000HP in our garage? Adel is one of those rare few in the UAE who has just that and more, over 1000HP if you count his track attack bike. We talk to him in our third reader beater feature and get to know his German Shepherd and his Amercian Bulldog
Arnab: Adel, you bought the M5 a few years back, at that time your had the LR3. Why such a drastic change, was it because at that time you were committed into motorbike track days and racing?
Adel: Yeah, that’s pretty much it. The LR3 was the first car I bought here, back when I was working in Fujairah. I needed something to be able to tow my bike from home to the track in Dubai. The LR3 turned out to be quite a bit of fun and reliable to boot, but I needed a change when I broke both my wrists coming off my bike at the track and was thinking of giving up riding bikes. I needed something that would fill the void of bikes and the M5 was the closest thing I could find – a reasonable commuter that turns into a monster when you ask it to!!
Arnab: Since then you had modified the M5, what have you changed? Were you happy with the aesthetic transformation and the performance aspect of it?
Adel: I’ve always been a fan of black. Most of the vehicles I’ve owned have been black, so naturally the first thing I did to the M5 was to black it out some more! I managed to score a set of 21” Hartge rims which were already painted black. Performance wise and for what I was using it for, the M5 needed nothing else done to it, but I swapped the mufflers over to a set of Eisenmann sport exhausts which gave it a slightly deeper tone. As you can see it was mostly cosmetic stuff – the M5 was enough of a monster and I had no plans to track it so I felt that was more than enough.
Arnab: And now with the C6, why an All Amercian muscle car when you had the M5? What were you thinking?
Adel: I’m asking myself the same thing! Some would say the C6 is a step back from the M5, and I’d completely agree with that, but after racking up a fair bit of mileage on the M5 I couldn’t justify running it into the ground driving it to work and back. Add to that the fact that it’s initial purpose of convincing me to quit riding bikes failed miserably, I’m back on a bike and can’t seem to give them up!! After test driving the C6 I felt it was the right car for me. A bit more comfortable than the M5 with enough horsepower to keep me content, and a car that I wouldn’t mind hanging onto for a few years as a daily driver. Any time I want some fun in the corners, the bike comes out of the shed.
Arnab: So how does it feel to have such cars in your parking lot. I think every morning you are faced with a real hard decision on what to drive, most of us don’t have such options. So what do you do then? Do you just close your eyes and pick up whichever keys you hand gets to or is there a certain car which is assigned for work and the other for play?
Adel: If you add my bike, a 2010 Aprilia RSV4R, into the mix the decision gets even tougher!!! It’s a blessing, living in a place like Dubai that gives you the opportunity to own and dabble in toys like these. For now, the order of the day is the C6 for work, the M5 for after-hours play, and the bike for real fun at the track.
Arnab: While getting back from one to the other, how does the two completely different beasts feel? I mean are they very different than each other or are they any similarities?
Adel: They’re quite different as you would expect. Considering the fact that the M5 is supposed to be a sedan, surprisingly it’s the one that feels more like a driver’s car. Phenomenal grip, the raw feel of a naturally aspirated V10 that wants to shoot you into hyperspace if you get the revs right, and all the bells and whistles when it comes to settings. Unfortunately it’s the electronic tomfoolery in the M5 that gets to you after a while every time you start it the horsepower and gear ratio settings revert to the default nanny mode and you have to re-set everything to the way you like it.
The C6, on the other hand, is more basic, both in terms of the general feel of the car and in terms of the electronics. That’s something I’ve missed since I’ve owned the M5, the ability to start the car and not have to jiggle around with the settings! Besides that it has a great engine note in the higher revs and so far I’ve found it to be more comfortable to commute in.
The oddest thing is that the C6 feels more like a cruiser but looks like a sportscar, while the M5 looks like a sedan but drives like a sportscar!!
Arnab: So what is the plan with the C6?
Adel: At this stage I’ve only had it for a short while so I’m still figuring out what I want to do with it, but I’ve already swapped the stereo system out for something more versatile. Next up is upgrading the tyres from the stock runflat Goodyears to something that actually has some grip, and I might as well change the rims while I’m at it!
Arnab: Having both these vehicles can you tell me what kind of a personal trait would best suit driving these cars?
Adel: That’s a tough one. The best I can think of is that both cars need a bit of respect and time in the saddle before you can go nuts. And go nuts I did!!
Photos by Brian Donegan & Subodh Shetty