There is no doubting the performance credentials of the BMW M5 & M6, but for those who crave that little bit extra, BMW will soon be offering an optional Competition Package. Using knowledge gained on the track, BMW engineers have developed the package to further enhance the performance of both models. From July onwards, customers will be able to order this pack with the four most powerful cars in the BMW range; the M5, M6 Coupe, M6 Convertible & M6 Gran Coupe.
The Competition Package increases power output of the high-revving turbo-charged V8 engine to 575hp. In addition to the extra horsepower, chassis engineers have made extensive modifications to the chassis set-up. Increased power sees 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). Suspension and damping systems have been tuned while the stabiliser bars have been made tauter. In the case of the M5 saloon, the car now sits 10mm lower.
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.
Another feature of the Competition Package is the tuning of the M Dynamic mode of the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) which is now more acutely geared to offer sportier handling characteristics. Aesthetically the Competition Package offers exclusively designed 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and a sport exhaust system which features the customary quad tailpipes un a black chrome finish.
Follow @LordHumphreys on Twitter
Like this story? Why not Like us on Facebook here