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BMW Launches Competition Package

By raccars Published

The German company has announced a new Competition Package, available with its M5 and M6 models that will make them its most powerful production cars yet and rivals to the Mercedes E63 AMG S. From July, M5 and M6 buyers could find themselves getting from standstill to 62mph, in an amazing 4.1 seconds.

Both V8 powered cars will come with the Competition Package as an option, boosting the already ferocious twin turbo 4.4 litre 560bhp units by 15bhp to 575bhp. A seven speed dual clutch transmission drives that through the rear wheels, to beat the new Audi RS6 and Porsche Panamera Turbo S on power output. On testing, cars supplied with the upgrade hit BMW's fastest 0-62mph sprint ever in official records, the M6 Coupe and Gran Coupe both recording 4.1 seconds to reach the benchmark figure.

The Competition Package will not affect emissions or fuel consumption figures, or torque and top speed, which will remain an electronically limited 155mph. In fact, straight line performance records very little overall difference, with the BMW M5 gaining just 0.1 seconds, getting from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. However the upgrade does include sports suspension set ups, sports steering, black chromed sports exhaust and lightweight 20 inch alloys.

BMW has also tarted up its Active M Differential, so that Competition Package equipped cars benefit from extra cornering abilities, plus its M Dynamic Mode to increase the threshold for stability control intervention. The sum of these revisions is better grip and dynamic control. Exterior clues to the Competition Packaged cars include the M design double spoke 20 inch alloy wheels and the black chromed sports exhaust.

The Competition Package will add £6,700 to the cost of an M5, already starting at £73,505. M6 buyers can count on an extra £6,500 for the Coupe, starting at £100,680 and the Convertible, which starts at £105,880. Gran Coupes start at £103,200 and will cost an extra £5,500 with the Competition Packages.

At the same time, the M5 has been the recipient of the 5 Series model line up's recent updates and some further M styling details, with the now characteristic double spoke twin kidney front grilles, new light clusters, steering wheel and paddleshift gear controls already found on the BMW M6 range. New options include adaptive LED headlamps and new interior trim combinations, while later in the year, there will be an expanded colour range.

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