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You can make a 6 into a reasonably competent and fun road course machine with the right setup. Canyon can, and has, certainly covered the topic, and I suspect will be happy to chime in.
A speed6 will bring plenty of power and AWD to the party at the expense of some extra weight and some extra understeer to dial out.
But, to get to the gist of your question- NO. You'll never get any 6 to mimic the handling of your 8.
Oh yeah, you can indeed make a fun track day car out of a 6, and many have, but if your 8 was set up properly there's no way a 6 can touch it. Math just isn't right.
All that said, honestly, it's the DRIVER.
I've seen more than one 6 totally out drive an 8 based solely on the skill of the meat bag behind the wheel.
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