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by Sam Rawlings

BMW’s Japanese arm has revealed a new limited-edition version of the M6 coupe to celebrate the German marque’s 100th anniversary.

Called the M6 Celebration Edition, the vehicle is one of six models set to be unveiled this year to commemorate the company’s centenary.

Slated for a very limited run of just 13 examples, the Celebration Edition brings with it a number of enhancements over the standard M6.

The special edition will come with the Competition Package, featuring a tuned version of the company’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, churning out 441kW of power and 700Nm of torque. This reflects an increase of 29kW/20Nm over the standard model.

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Above: The M6 coupe Celebration Edition, erroneously plated as a 3 Series.

The Competition Package also brings reworked suspension and steering, giving the M6 Celebration Edition a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 305km/h, thanks to the M Driver’s Package. Stopping is taken care of with M Carbon Ceramic brakes, the same as those fitted to the all-new track-focussed M4 GTS.

While the standard M6 can be optioned with the Competition Package to offer the same performance, this special model brings a few aesthetic enhancements to distinguish it among the range.

Set to be exclusively finished in Austin Yellow (although that shade is familiar to the M4 and was also seen on the M6 in Detroit last year), the variant also gains 20-inch black alloy wheels, a black chrome grille, carbon-fibre boot-lid spoiler and rear diffuser and the ‘M6 Competition’ insignia on the rear quarter panels.

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The interior is finished in Merino leather and Alcantara, featuring yellow stitching and carbon-fibre accents.

According to the German car maker, the special M6s will remain left-hand drive despite being offered in the right-hand-drive Japanese market. This is not an unusual arrangement, however, with Japanese law freely accommodating left-hand-drive cars at a higher tax rate, making it a popular option for big-spending status seekers.

Orders of the rare M6 coupe will begin on July 9 and attract a price tag of 23,210,000 Japanese Yen (AUD$290,902).

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