At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show BMW has rolled a pair of sixes that advance the big coupe to the top of the board.
The first is the M6 Coupe Competition Edition, available in conjunction with the 441kW/700Nm Competition Package,
The Competition Edition adds further race inspired features including matte-black 20-inch alloy wheels, black chrome for the grille, door handles and side gills, and a carbon fibre rear spoiler and matching diffuser.
A choice of Austin Yellow or Alpine White exterior finishes are available, with the Alpine white option teamed with a stripe package in the M division’s trademark colours.
Inside, the Competition Edition picks up fine grade Merino leather in black, with contrasting stitching matched to the exterior hue. Carbon fibre appears appears on the trim strips and steering wheels spokes, and the wheel comes wrapped in Alcantara for added grip.
M6 Competition lettering appears on the door scuff plates, the cup holder lid and the front guard vents.
Moving up to an altogether more serious level of competition is BMW’s M6 GT3
Designed for use by privateer teams in the 2016 GT racing leage, the M6 GT3 is the most focussed 6 series variant to date.
Building on experience gained from the Z4 GT3, the new M6 GT3 tips the scales at under 1300kg thanks to the GT3’s carbon fibre construction, and features a centrally mounted driving position.
A six-speed sequential racing transaxle developed by Ricardo is coupled to a dry-sumped 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 capable of producing up to 436kW (depending in classification).
BMW Motorsport customers in Europe were shown the M6 GT3 in May at a “closed room” event held at the Nurburgring 24 hour race. Teams in the US were shown the car at Watkins Glen during the United Sports Car Championchip in June.
The car is undergoing its final round of development tuning before being delivered to customers for the 2016 race season. Pricing starts from AU$598,000