BMW M6 Competition Package

BMW M GmbH finally showed us the BMW M6 Competition Edition at the 66th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). I’m a bit confused though: what does “Competition Edition” mean?

Is this the M6 GT3? Or can you only get the GT3 as a racecar? I naturally assumed BMW would build a GT3 street car like Porsche and Mercedes… The car does look pretty awesome, but it appears to be more of an appearance package with slightly more aggressive suspension. That seems to be the status quo for BMW special editions these days; unlike Porsche who has the GT3 and the GT4, which are probably the best sports cars on the market (and, can be driven in competition without much alteration).

The M6 does look cool. Unfortunately, production is limited to 100 units in the US while another 20 are allocated for the rest of the world proving only we Americans love the poser BMW models. And, in true modern BMW motorsport form, they released the 2016 Competition Package for three model variants: so you can have a convertible or 4 door “competition” version if you so desire. The three variants are the 2016 BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Grand Coupe and the BMW M6 Convertible.

M6 Competition

The cars are powered by a 4.4 liter V8 BMW M with twin turbos producing 600 bHP that features a power boost thing that increases peak torque from 500 lb-ft to 516 lb-ft. The car is supposed to have an extremely wide power band from 1,500 and 6,000 rpm which makes sense. The car also comes firmer tuning of the springs, dampers and anti-roll bars increase stability, reduce roll and result in a higher level of steering precision.

The BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition model comes in two colors: Alpine White and Austin Yellow metallic. In Alpine White, the BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition features decorative bodywork stripes in the trademark BMW M colors, similar to the look on the new BMW M6 GT3 race car. Customers can choose between 20-inch light alloy Double Spoke M wheels with performance tires or 20-inch light alloy Double Spoke M wheels with forged black with performance tires. M6 Competition
The M6 Competition features an M Performance Exhaust with carbon fiber tailpipes. The BMW kidney grille, door handles and side gills are done up in black chrome and the carbon-fiber exterior mirror caps. The rear spoiler and diffuser is made from carbon-fiber.

The interior also has two options. Merino full leather in black with contrast stitching which is Opal White with Alpine White paintwork and in Yellow stitching with Austin Yellow metallic paintwork. And no M car would be complete without 16 M badges so the M6 Competition gets “M6 Competition” lettering in metal on the door sills and in the side gill elements, along with the lettering on the cupholder lids(its important to know you are in an M6 Competition when you set your drink down). The interior trim strips, gear selector and M sports steering wheel spokes are made from carbon fiber and the steering wheel rim is lined with elegant Alcantara leather.M6 competition

The interior also gets a M multifunction seats for the driver and front passenger, the BMW Head-Up Display and Harman Kardon Surround Sound System or High-End Surround Sound System by Bang & Olufsen with 16 speakers and output of 1,200 watts are also part of the equipment range.M6 competition

M6 Competition Edition customers will receive a Performance Center Voucher upon delivery. The coupon provides each owner with a special opportunity to visit the BMW Performance Center Driving School of their liking for an exclusive half-day instructor led driving experience.

Limited to 120 units worldwide and 100 in the U.S., the BMW M6 Competition Edition is available at selected retailers for $164,900 plus Destination and Handling. Interesting that this model was released in Germany and almost all the production allocation is for the the U.S. market.

All that being said, I am still a bit confused: What does “Competition Edition” mean? I can only suppose the only “competition” it will see will be in the dealership, competing for dollars, or out on the town, vying for the next best spot at your favorite restaurant.

BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition.
Specifications.

Body   BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition
Seats 4
Number of Doors 2
Vehicle length inch 193
Vehicle width inch 74.8
Width incl mirrors inch 82.9
Vehicle height inch 54.1
Wheelbase inch 112.2
Overhang front inch 37.4
Rear overhang inch 43.4
Ground clearance inch 4.3
Turning circle ft 39.7
Legroom front inch 42.1
Legroom 2nd row inch 30.5
Shoulder room front inch 56.9
Shoulder room rear inch 49.7
Headroom front inch 40
Maximum headroom 2nd row inch 35.7
Front Seat Volume ft³ 55.5
Rear Seat Volume ft³ 31.3
Luggage vol. (EPA) – only for homologation ft³ 13
Press Trunk volume (SAE) ft³ 16.2
US Tank capacity gal 21.1
Rear Weight distribution (empty car) % 47.4
US Curb weight lbs 4250
US Gross veh. weight lbs 5180
US Payload lbs 930
US Axle load limit of the front lbs 2600
US Axle load limit of the rear lbs 2690
Engine
Cylinders 8
Valves per cylinder 4
Stroke mm 88.3
Bore mm 89
Displacement cm³ 4395
Compression rate :1 10
Engine power at rpm bHP 600 @6250
Engine torque at rpm lb-ft 516 @1500-6000
Fuel type Gasoline
BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition
Engine
Useable Fuel Octane AKI 91 MIN
Recommended Fuel Octane AKI 93
   
Transmission
Transmission type DKG
Gear ratios
1st gear 4.806
2nd 2.593
3rd 1.701
4th 1.277
5th 1
6th 0.844
7th 0.671
Reverse gear 4.172
Final drive ratio 3.154
Chassis and Suspension
Power-steering Hydraulic
Steering transmission, overall :1 12.7
Front tires 265/35ZR 20 (99 Y) XL
Front rims 9.5J x 20
Rear tires 295/30ZR 20 (101 Y) XL
Rear rims 10.5J x 20
Track front inch 64.2
Rear track inch 63.5
Brakes, front Six-piston floating-caliper disc brakes / vented
Brakes, rear Single-piston floating-caliper disc brakes / vented
Cx 0.32
Performance
Top speed mph 156
0-60 mph s 3.8
0-400m s 11.9
Fuel consumption
Fuel cons. city (official EPA) mpg 14
Fuel cons. highway (official EPA) mpg 20
Fuel cons. combined (official EPA) mpg 16
Emission classification (type-certified) LEV II
Battery Capacity (low voltage) Ah 105

 

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.