Competition Package BMW M5 and M6 Gran Coupe Test Drive

BMW M6 Gran Coupe Competition Package 1 photo
Photo: Car and Driver
A lot of people complained lately that the new M cars lack that visceral feeling that they used to have, that engaging attitude that made you afraid of actually getting behind the wheel of such a powerful RWD car.
Even we noticed that BMW's these days are different but not necessarily in a bad way. Other complaints were regarding the incredible amount of tuning possibilities now available in M cars and the fact that they ruin the car.

With the Competition Package, BMW is trying to bring some more excitement in their flagship cars. The upgraded cars were tested by Car and Driver in a short test drive they just posted online.

As we suspected already, most people that want more out of the M5 and M6 Gran Coupe than just comfort and high-speed in a straight line, fail to configure their settings the right way. In doing so, they miss out on a lot of possibilities.

Just as the C&D crew noticed, when you start tweaking the suspension settings, the throttle response and even the steering feel, the car starts to come around, coming closer to what we're used to.

Sure, there is too much comfort and a lot of extra weight on the car but that's what the people ask for. Most of the buyers won't take the car to a track and they'll just want to go fast on the highway or at a red light when some Mercedes-Benz wants some or an Audi claims to be better. That's it.

For those people, the M5 and M6 Gran Coupe are perfect the way they are. For those going to the track, the Competition Package and some tweaking will do the trick, keeping everyone happy.

During their test, the differences between the two were minimal. Sure, the Gran Coupe feels a bit more comfy and it is more luxurious but the M5 is extremely close.

Compared to the non-ZCP models, both of them felt stiffer and more precise on the road, whilst the extra power wasn't all that crucial. That wasn't the point of the upgrade neither. The point was to allow you to have more fun behind the wheel and that's exactly what's happening.

Full Test: Car and Driver
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