The BMW M6 has long been a niche car that has catered to buyers who are more than willing to spend extra cash to remain true to the brotherhood of M loyalists. That was evident from 1983 to 1989, when the first incarnation of the M6 was sold, and continued on when BMW brought back the high-performance model in 2005. It’s been 10 years since the M6 returned to our lives, and BMW i BMW i s taking the opportunity to once again showcase the prowess of the luxury sports coupe by launching the M6 Competition Edition at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show .
The M6 Competition Edition lives up to its designation, thanks to a racing-inspired styling theme that complements the extra performance juice given to it by BMW. It also has some components from BMW Individual, which added some splashes of luxury to the car. As far as special editions are concerned, this one has all the makings of a car that lives up to its exclusivity.
BMW’s only building a total of 220 units of the M6 Competition Edition. The good news is that of the 220 units, 100 have been earmarked for the U.S., with the remaining 120 units allocated worldwide. The BMW M6 Competition Edition will only be available in select BMW retailers for $164,900 plus destination and handling.
The M6 Competition Edition is based on the 2016 BMW M6 Competition Package so basically, the M6 Competition Edition is a special edition of a special edition M6. It is pretty confusing at first, but BMW does a good job in establishing a difference between the two, especially as it pertains to the exterior of the car.
All the items that made up the Competition Package are still there, including the large air inlets, the black kidney grille with chrome-faced slats, and the aggressive body kit. That aside, the M6 Competition Edition does draw its exclusivity from other items, beginning with the choice of two body colors: Austin Yellow Metallic and Alpine White.
The Alpine White M6 finish also gets decorative bodywork stripes in the colors of BMW M . These stripes are the same ones that will be used on the new 2016 BMW M6 GT3 race car .
The M6 Competition Edition also has plenty of new equipment courtesy of BMW M. Certain parts of the exterior, including the kidney grille, side gills, exterior mirror caps, door handles, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser, now come in either a black chrome finish or carbon fiber.
Last but not least are the wheels. BMW is offering two different sets for the M6 Competition. One is a set of 20-inch light alloy Double Spoke M wheels with performance tires. The other option is forged black wheels instead of the standard silver finish.
The interior of the BMW M6 Competition Edition is a good example of a nicely appointed cabin that can shines even more with a few well-placed additions.
The most significant change is BMW Individual’s fine-grain Merino full leather in black with contrast stitching. BMW’s making this available in Opal White with Alpine Alpine White paintwork and in Yellow with Austin Yellow metallic paintwork, maintaining the consistency of the available body colors. Carbon fiber and Alcantara leather are also used generously on the interior trim strips, gear selector, steering wheel trim, and the M sports steering wheel spokes. BMW also put “M6 Competition” lettering on the door sills and side fill elements to identify the cabin’s exclusive status.
Rounding out the list of interior additions are the MW Head-Up Display, M multifunction seats for both the driver and front passenger, and a choice of two state-of-the-art sound systems to complement the 16 speakers and 1,200-watt output that are also part of the list of equipments for the car. The two surround sound systems don’t come any better since customers are free to choose between Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen, regarded as two of the finest audio system manufacturers in the world.
One of the benefits of basing the M6 Competition Edition from the M6 Competition Package is that the former also gets the same 600-horsepower and 516-pound-feet of torque output from the M6’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. That’s a nice bump from the standard M6 output of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. The resulting increase in power allows the M6 Competition Edition to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The only downside is that the top speed is still limited to 155 mph.
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Compression rate :1||10|
|Engine power||600 HP @ 6,250 RPM|
|Engine torque||516 LB-FT @ 1,500-6,000 RPM|
|Top speed||155 MPH|
|0-60 mph||3.8 seconds|
|Fuel cons. city (official EPA)||14 mpg|
|Fuel cons. highway (official EPA)||20 mpg|
|Fuel cons. combined (official EPA)||16 mpg|