According to Car and Driver, citing a report in BMW Blog, BMW will be offering performance upgrades – likely called the Competition package – for its M5 and M6 models (including the convertible and Gran Coupe versions of the M6). Both cars will continue to be offered with the normal 560-horsepower, 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engines, but this new performance pack is expected to add an additional 15 hp to the mix.

No need to worry, however – the upgrades won't simply be limited to a small boost in power. These M5 and M6 models will reportedly get new wheels, black exhaust tips, a more direct steering ratio and reworked suspension geometry which will provide better overall handling. Top speed is said to remain governed at 190 miles per hour, but that these extra improvements will shave one-tenth of a second off the cars' 0-60 times.

No pricing information has been revealed as of this writing, though we imagine it'll likely come at a substantial cost over the current starting prices of the M5 and M6 ($90,200 and $108,350, respectively).


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      brucec039
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where exactly are these $100K monsters being driven that they require \"competition packs\"? Is an M6 sloppy handling or something? Or even a 6 series for that matter? Do people really track these cars? And if so, why? You could buy a regular 5/6 series with enough left over for a better handling lighter track dedicated car.
      Douglas Harry
      • 1 Year Ago
      it's probably cheaper to take your car to Dinan and let them work on it.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess they didn\'t enjoy getting their asses kicked by the little 1LE Camaro at VIR.... (Car and Driver Lightning Lap 2013....google the results)
        cgm9999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        Actually, sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but Street King has a valid point here. I'm a current BMW owner and long-time admirer of the brand. I say this to clear the air so as not to be accused as the typical "bee-yem-dubbyas r nutin but ovrpriced kraut trash!" retard. There was once a time where yes, indeed, an M5 would've kicked the living **** out of any Camaro on not only any track, but any road on earth. This was true of the E34, E39, and E60 M5s. If you compare Camaros to their respective year M5, the M5 always came out ahead. This is why for years BMW was so critically praised; they built M cars based on sedans that could bring the fight to legitiimate sports cars, annhilating the posers, while still being daily drivable. The old M cars were so good they seemed like they were defying the laws of physics. All that's history, sadly. Now, we live in a time where a $100,000 high performance car from a high performance car company can't even outpace a top-spec Chevy Camaro, let alone a mid-spec one that costs under $40k. Chevy should be aplauded for what they've turned the Camaro into, and BMW should be ashamed for turning the once enviable M brand into a marketing brand more focused on frosted paint colors and carbon fiber trim. Just because two cars don't share the same number of doors doesn't mean that they each live in a vacuum relative to each other. Case in point, a BRZ doesn't compete with a minivan, but since their straight line acceleration times are close, one could easily make the case that the BRZ could stand to have a bit more power.
        dan1malk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        By more than 3 seconds, too. (almost 4 for the M5) It would take less than 60 laps for the 1LE to completely lap the M6 on VIR. Yeah they are different cars, but bottom line is that the fastest BMWs are slower than a sub-$40k Camaro. PS I just noticed its also just faster than the GT3. Very impressive.
          keet
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dan1malk
          "yeah, i'd take the Camaro over an M5" ...said no one, EVER!
          dan1malk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dan1malk
          I'll just reiterate for the children here: "Yeah they are different cars, but bottom line is that the fastest BMWs are slower than a sub-$40k Camaro. "
          keet
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dan1malk
          Ok, i'll lower my IQ a few points and play your game, My $13k CBR1000RR is a lot faster around VIR than your $40k Camaro, so what? There have been modded Miata's (still costing well under $40k) that have been faster around VIR, again, so what? there was nothing that you two "children" (is that name calling ok?) said was done to elicit a "conversation". only dopes use numbers on a stop watch to measure a cars worth.
          keet
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dan1malk
          And I’ll reiterate for those with their Chevy goggles on… yes, if my way to and from work resembled the layout of VIR and my job depended on me getting there the absolute fastest, maybe I’d pick the 1LE over the M5, maybe, otherwise, who the F cares?! Only the most ardent DF bowtie zealot would pick a 1LE over an M5 to put in their garage.
          dan1malk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dan1malk
          You can keep trying to change the subject and make this about the kinds of buyers, or how much more luxurious the M cars are, or how I supposedly some Chevy fanboy (fyi The Boss is faster than them too,) but you're just trying to make up for the fact that, as performance cars on a track, the fastest BMW can go is still significantly slower than this middle trim-leveled pony car. Street King's conversation has nothing to do with what you're talking about. We are talking about lap times around VIR. You are just making irrelevant excuses for the slower car here. (fyi personally, in the muscle car segment and money is no object, I'd take the 392 Challenger. My bank account on the other hand, has me looking at used Abarths. So again your fanboy insults are like a child chattering around all the adults having the real conversation.)
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dan1malk
          Add me to the list of people who would rather drive the Camaro than an M5...and I don't even like Chevrolet. (I would prefer the ZL-1, though.)
          dan1malk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dan1malk
          Right. We are are the ones starting this to be "dicks" because we are here being disrespectful calling you vulgar names and HOLDING THE CAPS LOCK OMG!!!!!!111!! You are making so much more out of this than we are. We are simply speaking to two vehicles performance abilities on a race track. Not who buys them, not who sells more, not who charges more, not that the M5 is disappointing, not who picks one over the other, not who is the better daily-driver, and not to rile you up in some Keet-created argument. "...they are different cars, but BOTTOM LINE is that the fastest BMWs are slower than a sub-$40k Camaro." (emphasis added.) The M5/6 and other M cars are incredible performance machines, no doubt. But when the stopwatch is running, and they are head to head on a track, the middle trimmed Camaro (and Mustang) will easily walk away from them... clutch pedal and everything.
        keet
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        oh geesh, another idiotic apples to oranges comparison... BFD!
        wooootles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        That's an apples to steaks comparison... More appropriate is the almost 5-year old CTS-V sedan and coupe both posting faster times than the M5 and M6 (though not on the same day)
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      These fat pigs are getting beat by ZL1 and lowly 1LE camaros. Its about time.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
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        SLR722GT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        You like to embarrass yourself with silly comments on the internet, don't you?
        Mondrell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        There's actually a basis for his comment. . . http://www.caranddriver.com/features/lightning-lap-2013-hot-cars-hot-track-hot-laps-feature-lightning-lap-2013-complete-lightning-lap-times-2006-to-2013-page-10 The subjective opinions didn't go much better for the Ms. . . http://www.caranddriver.com/features/lightning-lap-2013-hot-cars-hot-track-hot-laps-feature-lightning-lap-2013-ll3-class-page-5
      • 1 Year Ago
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      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, I'll probably be called a "hater", but I'm hugely skeptical that this will transform the robotic M5 into the real deal. I can't for the life of me understand why BMW can't simply go back to hydraulic steering in M models. I get it; BMW has to meet global emissions and fuel efficiency standards, hence moving to the electric rack. BUT, M models make up such a minuscule drop in the bucket in terms of overall sales that I'm sure that BMW could reserve hydraulic steering for exclusive use in M models and still hit their emissions targets. I don't want to hear anything about the economics of having to use two different racks for the same car, either; M models for decades used exclusive fenders and other sheet metal that no doubt added to the cost of each car. There's no reason at all that BMW couldn't put real steering back into these cars.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
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          dan1malk
          • 1 Year Ago
          Aw... Sad story. I hadn't heard that. I guess I was holding onto the hope that someone would still commit to it, at least on select models. You'd think the company that does would gain a huge amount of enthusiast cred..
          • 1 Year Ago
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        AronD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
        \"I can\'t for the life of me understand why BMW can\'t simply go back to hydraulic steering in M models\" Do three second of research before you comment, the M5 does have hydraulic steering. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-bmw-m5-road-test-review
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
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      SLR722GT
      • 1 Year Ago
      VERY NICE!!!! ///M Power RULES!!!!
      Jai302
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone care to answer my question? Why so much hate for mechanical similarities between M5 and M6GC and not a word about the similarities between E63/CLS63 or RS6/RS7 (same engine same platform, etc)? Is it just pure ignorance or hating on BMW just for the sake of it? Hypocrites much? Downvote all you want
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
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          msspamrefuge
          • 1 Year Ago
          This. You wouldn\'t have felt compelled to ask if the general consensus was that the M5 remains a brilliant drive, as its inherent goodness would\'ve likely rubbed off on its siblings. But it isn\'t (doubts began pouring in as early when many outlets got their preview drive), so some are naturally going to be skeptical about any derivatives.
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
        Because the article is about BMW....
      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's a bright idea, instead of say... offering people a competition pack, why not just lose a few hundred pounds off of the cars curb weight? It's not like they can't do it since Land Rover, of all the companies, shed 920 pounds off of the Range Rover. My 2¢.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k.naz
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          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          Shonn Greene and Michael Turner come to mind...
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haven't driven one, but reviews are unanimous in saying it doesn't "drive" like the BMW of old, hence the fix in handling. Also, hp bump to be within 2 of the new AMG, I bet. Times surely have changed when it's the freaking M5 doing the catch-up.
      Lunch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not just include the package in the car to begin with? BMW, The Ultimate Rip Off Machine.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      For Porsche money your only getting a BMW interior and BMW performance, and BMW reliability.
        Jai302
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        The interior on the new 6 series is better than most cars out there. See one in the flesh before running your mouth here
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