Along with the new 2014 BMW M5 Competition Package , the M6 is also going to receive a Competition Package for 2014. The new package will be put on sale this July and was specially designed to enhance the M6’s handling properties and performance.
The Competition Package starts by adding an extra 15 horsepower under the hood, so the high-revving V-8 engine now delivers a total of 575 horsepower. Once the output was increased, BMW engineers made extensive modifications to the chassis setup. They have installed improved suspension and damping systems and retuned the stabilizer bars for added rigidity. As a result, the M6’s ride has been lowered by around 10 mm (0.39 inches) and body roll is greatly reduced.
The M6 Competition Package also adds an Active M Differential with its own control unit that ensures a more direct mapping to enable firm and secure contact with the road. The car is offered with exclusively designed 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and a sport exhaust system with the customary M twin tailpipes in black chrome.
Thanks to the new Competition Package, all the driving dynamics attributes of the M6 have been increased to their highest level.
Updated 05/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
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The standard BMW M6 is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine equipped with M TwinPower Turbo technology. This engine delivers a total of 560 horsepower between 5,750 and 7,000 rpm, and 500 pound-feet of torque.
With this amount of power, the M6 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and to 124 mph in 12.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.
Gallery BMW M6 Coupe
The CLS 63 AMG S-Model is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 585 horsepower (an increase of 30 horsepower over the model equipped with the Performance Package) at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 590 pound-feet. The engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sports transmission and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
Gallery BMW M6 Coupe
The Vantage is offered with two different engines: a V-8 and a V-12. The first one delivers a total of 420 horsepower in the standard version and 430 horsepower in the S version. Prices for the Vantage V8 start at $118,370, which is right around where the M6 with the Competition Package will come in at. The downside is that with the lower power comes significantly reduced performance, but the Vantage V8 will match the M6 in the twist and in luxury.
For those of you with a bigger wallet – one big enough to hold $180,600 – there is a second, more powerful alternative. This V12 version delivers a total of 510 horsepower and will take you up to an incredible top speed of 190 mph. Additionally, the Vantage V12 sprints to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds. This means it is closer suited to match wits with the M6, though it still comes up a little short in the power department.
Gallery Aston Martin Vantage
Porsche is making us wait the new-generation 911 Turbo, but rumors suggest the model will bring tons of innovations. The most amazing feature will be the car’s 3.8-liter flat-six engine that will deliver about 550 horsepower. Porsche will also offer high-end tech features, like brake regeneration and stop-start systems that will help reduce fuel consumption by about 12 percent. Plus, you can’t beat a Porsche 911 when taking on a twisty road. Unfortunately, the current 911 Turbo comes in at $137,500 – way more than the M6 – and we doubt the next-gen model will be any cheaper.
Gallery Porsche 911 Turbo
They are high-performance sports cars, each with an individual character and all sharing the claim of turning superior performance attributes into an incomparable driving experience. In the BMW M5 and in the BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe models, race track technology is brought to the road. The ensuing hallmark M driving characteristics now present themselves in an even more intense, concentrated and impressive guise. From July, BMW M GmbH will be offering the Competition Package as an option for the four most powerful automobiles in the model portfolio. Its features open up a new dimension of dynamics in customary BMW M style.
The Competition Package was specifically conceived to enhance handling properties, in adherence to the principle applied to the development of all BMW M automobiles: fine-tuning the suspension technology to the performance curve of the engine to bring maximum performance in line with consistently superlative responses that are precision-controllable even in highly dynamic driving situations.
The Competition Package boosts output by 11 kW to 423 kW/575 hp in the high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower turbo technology that powers the BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe models. At the same time, the developers at BMW M GmbH have applied extensive modifications to the chassis set-up. Along with the suspension and damping systems, the stabiliser bars have also been more tautly tuned. In the BMW M5 this adjustment has resulted in a lowering of the car by around 10 millimetres. The potential inherent in the rear axle design – based on the race-derived principle of the rear axle subframe being bolted to the body – and the even more precisely calculated elastokinematics for the front axle are exploited to the full in the models featuring the Competition Package, with the aim of enhancing driving precision.
The Active M Differential on the final drive – standard on all models – is also issued with its own control unit in conjunction with the Competition Package. In combination with the modified set-up for the suspension, damping and stabiliser bars, this results in further improved traction. The new hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering with the M-specific Servotronic function, moreover, has more direct mapping to enable firm and secure contact with the road while further increasing the agility of the vehicle during cornering.
Beyond this, the configuration of the chassis control systems has been adapted to the specific suspension profile. With the Competition Package, the M Dynamic mode of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system is even more acutely geared to sporty handling characteristics. The package additionally includes exclusively designed 20-inch M light-alloy wheels along with a sport exhaust system featuring customary M twin tailpipes in black chrome that lend an unmistakable sporty note to both the look and the sound of the car.
The further enhanced high-performance profile of the engine, chassis and sound experience courtesy of the Competition Package also has a positive impact on the vehicle set-up, which can be configured at the press of a button by selecting the Comfort, Sport or Sport+ modes. This makes for an even greater range between a supremely relaxed driving style and emotion-laden sportiness in the overall set-up of the relevant model. This more pronounced differentiation is most noticeable when spontaneously switching the set-up with the help of the M Drive buttons on the steering wheel.
The contents of the Competition Package make for optimised performance characteristics in all models, as demonstrated for example by 0.1 seconds being shaved off the standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time and 0.2 seconds when accelerating from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph). Cornering dynamics and elasticity are also enhanced – something that is noticeable in everyday driving but most powerfully experienced on the race track. In particular in conjunction with the optional M carbon ceramic brakes, all the driving dynamics attributes associated with BMW M automobiles are experienced at the highest level.