BMW announces its sixth "Celebration Edition" model.

BMW has been celebrating its 100th anniversary by releasing a bunch of money-snatching, limited-edition models. It was just earlier this month that Bimmer released the 320d Celebration Edition “Style Edge,” which was essentially a standard 320d with some M Performance body add-ons and a Piano Black Interior, with an extra $10,000 added to the invoice. Now, just a couple weeks later, BMW is releasing the BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition.

So, is this special-edition M6 another one of those money-grabbing “celebration” models? Well, of course it is, but it does come with a little more than the aforementioned 320d “Style Edge” Highlighting the list of enhancements is a power and torque increase, along with BMW Individual coloring outside and some parts thrown into the mix from M Performance. It will be produced in left-hand drive configuration, but pricing information comes in the form of the Yen, so don’t expect to get your hands on one if you live in the U.S.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at this special-edition M6 and talk about all the little things that make it so special.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition.

  • 2016 BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed DCT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    600
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516
  • Displacement:
    4.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    189.51 mph
  • Price:
    208939
  • car segment:
  • body style:

What makes the BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition special

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On the outside, you’ll notice that the kidney grilles up front has been outlined in a black chrome finish to go along with the black chrome finish on the side gills, door handles, and exhaust outlets. The side gills have also received an “M6 Competition” logo. Other exterior enhancements include a carbon rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and mirror covers. The primary color of the body is BMW Individual Austin Yellow and the car rides on 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with double-spoke styling and a black finish. They are wrapped in 35/ZR-series tires in the front and 30/ZR-series tires in the rear.

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On the inside, Bimmer equipped this M6 with BMW Individual leather interior in Merino Black with yellow contrast stitching on the front two seats. The M sport leather steering wheel has Alcantara accents and the door sills feature the M6 Competition logo. Entertainment is offered via a 16-speaker, Bang and Olufsen surround sound system rated at 1,200 watts. There is also a smoker’s package, and a carbon shifter lever gracing the center console.

Under the hood, the same turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 provides a total of 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed DCT transmission. For those of you who may not know about the M6, that’s an output increase of 40 horsepower and almost 15 pound-feet of torque from the aforementioned Competition Package. This model is also equipped with the M Driver’s package, which removes the 155 mph speed limiter – allowing this M6 to hit as high as 189.51 mph. In addition, there are new dedicated M dynamic settings, steering settings, and suspension settings to help give it better handling and ride capabilities.

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All told, this limited-edition version of the M6 does have some decent interior and exterior appointments, but the real story here is the 3.9-seconds sprint to 62 mph. In the standard M6, it takes 4.2 seconds to hit the benchmark, so an improvement of 0.3 seconds is pretty impressive. Of course, it comes at a price. According to BMW, the 13 models produced from this limited run will go for ¥23,210,000 or $208,939. That’s ¥5,550,000 or $49,961 more than the standard M6 before options, taxes, and delivery.

At first, I thought this model was going to be fairly priced, given all of the M Performance touches and the increase in engine output, but the price seems a little steep to me – even with a limited production of just 13 models. Here in the U.S., the M6 starts out at just $113,600, so at current conversion rates, the Japanese market is already paying $95,339 more than we do for the M6. Add on another $50,000 for these add-ons and BMW moves into the greedy category. We get it, BMW, you’re proud of your heritage and all that. But, it’s time to quit making these money-grabber models – they are starting to get a little ridiculous.

2016 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition

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The BMW M6 originally came to be back in 1983, but after just six years and 5,859 examples sold, Bimmer decided to cease production. A second generation was finally ushered in for the 2005 model year, debuting at the Geneva Motor Show and based on the E63/E64 6 Series. Production was ceased in 2010, and we didn’t see the third generation until 2012 and finally went through a mid-cycle update for the 2016 model year. It comes standard with 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, and can hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to just 155 mph, but when opted with the M Driver’s package the limiter is removed, and top speed is increased to 189 mph. As of the time of this writing, the BMW M6 goes for $113,700 here in the U.S., but can go for substantially more for those who opt to go with BMW M options of BMW Individual customization.

Read our full review on the 2016 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition here.

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