This week at DR we are testing BMW’s M6 fitted with their latest competition package upgrade. We’ve been looking forward to this test for a long while, ever since BMW broke the news of it last year. When BMW launched the E46 M3 CS back in 2004 it represented a significant improvement over the regular M3, so our expectations were equally high when BMW chose to apply the ‘competition’ label to its flagship super coupe.
The competition package for the M6 comprises a series of dynamic enhancements including a revised suspension – 12mm lower at the front end and 10mm lower rear – retuned DSC and ABS , and a modified variable M differential. It comes fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa System tyres and certainly looked the part as it arrived at DR’s offices yesterday.
So we thought it would be best to find out just how much it raises the M6’s potential against established metal such as Audi’s R8 and Porsche’s 911 Turbo.
You can follow us over the next few days on Twitter and to make things really interesting we will be running a competition in parallel to win tickets to the Silverstone Supercar event on 2nd – 3rd May.
So we will start with the first question…
Q1: What is the Vmax of each car along Bruntingthorpe’s 2 mile straight?
And now for Question 2.
Q2: What will their lap times around Silverstone’s GP circuit be? And which will therefore be quickest?
The weather conditions are warm, dry and sunny so pretty ideal conditions for setting a fast time. Last year the R8 with manual box recorded a 2 minutes 13.7 second lap, so we need to see whether it’s significantly quicker or slower fitted with our test car’s R-tronic box.
Again, the person with the closest answer will win a pair of tickets.
Send your answers to us at email@example.com labelling your answers with Q1, or Q2 in the subject line. We’ll publish answers to both competition answers tomorrow (Friday 20th).