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BMW Announces Updated Competition Package For 2016 BMW M6

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On: Mon, May 18, 2015 at 11:38AM | By: Carl Malek


BMW Announces Updated Competition Package For 2016 BMW M6

With the 2016 BMW M6 recently unveiled, BMW has quietly revealed that it will also herald the arrival of a newly updated Competition Package that promises to endow the car with more power, as well as several pieces of new technology aimed at enhancing the driving experience of the M6 as a whole.

Offered as a piece of optional equipment on all iterations of the BMW M6, the Competition Package offers several subtle upgrades that help spice up the M6's performance credentials. The first of these is a slight bump in power, thanks to minor tweaks to the potent 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 which now produces 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque with much of this newfound gusto available from 1,500 rpm all the way to a lofty 6,000 rpm. The newfound muscle allows the M6 coupe to make the sprint to 60 mph in a swift 3.9 seconds (convertibles ring in at a slightly higher but still commendable 4 seconds flat.) The car also does the sprint to 124 mph in 11.8 seconds, before topping out at a final speed of 189 mph (attainable when paired with the optional and equally pricey M Driver's Package.)

In addition to the bump in power, the Competition Package adds a sportier suspension system that features stiffer springs and roll bars, a sport exhaust system, tweaked power steering components, an Active M Differential, as well as a less-intrusive stability control system that allows the car to be pushed much harder than before, which gives the driver a more secure sense of control as well as enhanced levels of driving confidence. The exterior styling of Competition Package-equipped models differs very little from the standard M6, but the package exclusive 20-inch double-spoke light alloy wheels as well as black chrome-dipped quad exhaust tips to help these special cars stand out from their standard issue siblings, albeit in a more subtle way.

Look for the Competition Package to go on sale at a BMW dealership near you sometime in July. It is currently unknown whether the M5 will benefit from a similar upgrade suite (chances are good that it will eventually offer it) but look for this revised package to still command a hefty premium over a standard M6, as well as a slight upcharge in price over last year's package. While this may be disappointing news to enthusiasts hoping for a price reduction, the privileged few that are able to pony up the required amount of cash will be rewarded with an M6 that can hold its own against the world’s best while still delivering the virtues that make it stand out as a BMW product.

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