The BMW M5 and M6 Competition Package feature a number of M-specific accoutrements including the M double-spoke kidney grille, a new M steering wheel with M DCT paddles and highly-recognisable ‘thin blade technology’ rear brake lights.
The Competition Package cars also include a greater variety of sport suspension settings, sport steering, sport exhaust with black chrome exhaust tailpipes and 20-inch double-spoke M light alloys. Those who love to go sideways will be pleased to hear the cars pack BMW’s Active M Differential and a dynamic stability control system with higher, hoon-friendly thresholds.
Most important of all, perhaps, is the fact the M5 and M6 Competition Package cars are powered by a mental 575hp engine that summons 680Nm of torque. In the M5 Competition Package this is enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions are rated at 28.5mpg and 232g/km, respectively.
The BMW M6 Competition Package gets all the same goodies and power figures as its M5 brother. The coupe and Gran Coupe versions will do 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, while the convertible is ever-so-slightly slower, taking 4.2 seconds to reach the same milestone.
Prices for the M6 Coupe, M6 Convertible and M6 Gran Coupe Competition Package start at £100,680, £105,880 and £103,200, respectively. The M5 Competition Package starts from £80,205.
If that’s too rich for your blood, BMW also offers a new entry-level BMW 518d, which retails for a more reasonable £29,830 in SE trim, rising to £32,630 for an M Sport model.