BMW M5 and M6 get optional Competition Package

From July production the BMW M5 and BMW M6 will be available in Australia with an optional Competition Package.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe-2

Priced at $12,000 on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe – which starts at $299,500 – with an official price still to come on M5, the power output of the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 in both models rises from 412kW to 423kW. The 0-100km/h sprint, in the case of the M6 Gran Coupe, is reduced by one-tenth to 4.1 seconds.

Springs and dampers are also changed, the adaptive suspension standard on both M5/M6 firming-up across all three existing modes – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.

The stability control M Dynamic Mode is more relaxed with the Competition Pack, giving drivers “more freedom, so you can do some drifts … but safety systems are still active,” according to BMW M Division head of sales operations management Jorg Bartels.

“The steering is 10 per cent more direct, it’s a new … traction improvement in the active M differential, and a new sports exhaust is also a sportier sound,” rounds out the changes, confirms Bartels.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe-5

The M5 also uniquely gets 10mm lower suspension.

Asked why the Competition Package wasn’t made standard as a running change to the BMW halo M sedan and coupe range, Bartels explained that some drivers still want a less focused package.

“It [Competition Pacakge] is a sportier driving … and if you are a customer who wants a more comfortable package then the choice is without Competition Package.

“Typically the Competition Package is designed to make the car sportier and more agile, [but] for the first time we have more power.”

A Competition Pacakage has previously been offered in the BMW M3.