Nobody would have called the standard BMW M6 slow or underpowered, what with its 560 hp and 680 Nm on tap, but that hasn’t stopped BMW from introducing the Competition Package for the super saloon.
The track-oriented package now bumps the power output from the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 to 592 hp (yeah, we rounded that up in the title) while torque has been increased to 700 Nm. As such, the M6 Coupe with the Competition Package will now sprint to 96 km per hour from standstill in 3.9 seconds and on to 200 km/h in 11.8 seconds. Top speed is still electronically limited to 250 km/h, but can be derestricted with the M Driver’s Package. That, with the competition package, will power the M6 Coupe to 305 km/h.
Despite these newfound power and speed, BMW claims that fuel economy and emissions remain unchanged with the Competition Package. The M6, M6 Gran Coupe still get fuel consumption ratings of 9.9 litres every 100 km and emit 231 g or COS per km, while the M6 Convertible consumes 10.3 litres of fuel every 100 km and emits 239 g of CO2 per km.
It’s not all about the straight line speed either. BMW has stiffened the springs, dampers, bushings, and anti-roll bars, just like they did for the previous Competition Package. They have reworked the stability control’s “M Dynamic setting” and the active rear differential. The steering is more direct that on the base M6. While the regular M6 models are fitted with 19-inch wheels as standard, the Competition package includes two-tone 20-inch wheels and four black exhaust tips.
Sadly, you will get the exact same interior as the standard M6 when you tick the “Competition Package” box. Still, you still get one of the finest interiors in a sports coupe with the M6, so there’s that. You get an M-specific instrument cluster, M doorsill plates. M sports seats, a special heads-up display, and an M-specific leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible with Competition Package will be available from July 2015. Sadly, it’s for Europe only.