The BMW M6 is a brute, a muscle car for the 21st century, if you like. With 567bhp, it’s hardly slow – but that hasn’t stopped engineers upping power to 592bhp and adding some performance-enhancing tweaks to make this Competition Package car the fastest and most powerful M6 ever.
The pack itself is nothing new. BMW’s pre-facelift M6 also came with an optional Competition set-up, but this new version ups the ante. As well as the 25bhp power hike, peak torque is up 20Nm to 700Nm. That figure is delivered from just 1,500rpm – and right through to 6,000rpm – making the M6 feel mind-bogglingly fast in a straight line.
While 0-62mph is only a tenth of a second quicker (down to 3.9 seconds), the 0-124mph time is slashed by 0.6 seconds, to 11.8 seconds. However, unlike some high-power GT cars that build speed gently, the M6 feels every bit as quick as those figures suggest.
But the £7,300 Competition Package benefits from more than just a jump in performance. All cars come with upgrades to the springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, making it even stiffer than before. It doesn’t feel discernibly more agile on the road, but experienced drivers are likely to feel more of the benefit on track – where the firmer set-up allows alarmingly rapid changes of direction.
The steering offers more feedback, too, although we had no complaints with the old car. As always, there are three modes, with the all-out Sports + setting providing plenty of feedback on the right road.
BMW has also fitted an active M Differential for better traction, but provoke it and the rear wheels will still light up at 70mph in fourth gear. As a result, the M6 feels ferociously fast at any speed, and – where the law allows – will keep pulling well past 140mph. In typical German fashion, all cars are electronically limited to 155mph – although this is removed on the M Driver’s Package, boosting top speed to 189mph.
All models come with a sports exhaust, which turns the noise up a notch, as well as 20-inch bi-colour alloy wheels. Our car came with the optional carbon ceramic brakes, which provide incredible stopping power and fade-free endurance, but at £7,395, they’re expensive. We reckon they’re only worth considering if you plan on taking your M6 to the track on a regular basis.
The Competition Package is available across the M6 range, costing slightly less (£6,300) on the four-door M6 Gran Coupé. Whether you want the additional kit comes down to whether you want ultimate bragging rights. Only a smidgen of keen drivers will be able to separate the two cars on the road.
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