2014 BMW M6 lineup adds new Competition Package option

By Bob Nagy on May 20, 2013 7:31 PM

Stepping up its performance game for the new model year, the 2014 BMW M6 Coupe, Gran Coupe and Convertible will be available with a new Competition Package. Offering the same hardware/software enhancements found on the M5 version of this new option, it adds both quickness and agility to their already impressive dynamic profiles.

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Buyers of any 2014 BMW M6 model that step up to the Competition Package will find a minimum of 15 ponies additional under the hood, bumping what the automaker is calling the "preliminary" output of its M-modified 4.8-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 from 560 to 575 horses. That extra muscle reportedly cuts acceleration times in the M6 Coupe/Gran Coupe by 0.1 second from 0-62 mph and by 0.2 tick in the 0-124 mph sprint, although no such claims are being made for its drop-top sibling.

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To complement that modest but meaningful power play, the new Competition Package nets A comprehensive chassis makeover that starts with retuning its springs, shocks and anti-roll bars to add tautness and precision, while lowering the M6's ride height by almost half an inch and lowering its center of gravity. Other key changes include revamped M-spec rack-and-pinion Servotronic power steering promising greater precision and enhanced cornering agility, modifications to the Active M Differential that improve traction, and a more accommodating electronic chassis control profile based around higher intervention thresholds for the M Dynamic Mode (MDM)/DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) elements. Sole visual changes to the Competition Package include unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and M-design quad outlets with Black Chrome finishers on the car's throatier-sounding exhaust system.

The 2014 BMW M6 lineup arrives in dealers this August. While the M6 Coupe starts at $110,125, the M6 Gran Coupe opens at $113,925 and the M6 Convertible commences at $116,425, pricing on the Competition Package won't be released until closer to the actual on-sale date.

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