BMW M8 Competition Vs. M6 Competition Pack; Is This What Progress Feels Like?

With the BMW M8 unveiled just recently, the world can now marvel at some brand new fast Coupe and Cabriolet models out of Bavaria. King among them is the Competition version, which boasts 616 HP (625 PS) and the same 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque as the regular M8.

But how does it compare to the old M6 with the Competition Package? That, too, is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that’s good for 592 HP (600 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. Is this then a fair fight? Let’s discuss.

Generation gap

If these two cars were smartphones, the new M8 Competition would be the equivalent of a modern day iPhone X flagship, rocking coveted tech such as face unlock, an ultra-high res display and the latest software. The M6 however is more like that flagship from a few years back, which still possesses some impressive hardware, but isn’t as snazzy.

Cell phone analogies aside, the 8-Series offers you BMW’s latest design language and can easily be credited with having sharper and more elegant styling than the F12 6-Series. Also, in Competition guise, the M8 has no shortage of carbon fiber aero elements, not to mention a superior chassis and an advanced all-wheel drive system, in which drivers can choose to deactivate the Dynamic Stability Control system and engage 2WD mode, sending power to just the rear wheels.

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But what about straight line performance, you might ask. Well, you already saw the power figures, which give the M8 Competition a slight edge, but when you factor in the all-wheel drive system and newer overall tech, it’s clear that there’s only one way this duel could end.

The old M6 Coupe Competition Package is capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, making it 0.3 seconds quicker than the stock M6. However, the M8 Competition is in a different league, as it can accelerate you to the same mark in just 3.3 seconds if you opt for the Coupe, or 3.4 if you’d rather have the Convertible.

The final blow

If you’re still on the fence, then consider all the superior driver assistance and convenience features you get in the M8 as opposed to an older-generation M6. In fact, the likes of the Head-up Display, Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional are all standard on the new model.

The only downside as far as we’re concerned is the price tag, with the M8 Coupe starting at $133,000 in the U.S., rising to $146,000 for the Competition. Meanwhile, you can get a used M6 Competition Package for less than half that; but that’s a completely different story and it would be comparing apples to iPhone 8s oranges.

  • europeon

    All I can think is how on earth they managed to ruin the side profile of the 8-series when the 6-series was so beautiful from that angle.

    • Zandit75

      Yep, agreed. The roof line is so different on the 8 series, and totally ruins the overall shape.
      I think the nose of the 8 is the only place it can truly be called an improvement.

      • europeon

        I think everything else is better on the 8-series, including the front and the rear. 6-series’ nose was horrible IMO

  • 59soni

    I was hoping you’d compare overall dimensions instead of the usual performance specs. What about weight, wheelbase, track, etc?

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Amazing cars.

  • no25

    At first glance, I couldn’t tell which interior was the M8’s vs the M6’s. Overall, though, I think style-wise the M8 does a pretty good job being an M6 successor.

  • “the 8-Series offers you BMW’s latest design language and can easily be credited with having sharper and more elegant styling than the F12 6-Series”

    I understand subjective preferences, but current 8 is certainly not more elegant than the previous 6… 8 tries to one-up TWR in details.

    And, by the way, you should have had dimensions in the article… 😉

  • An Existing Person

    The new 8-Series is a great replacement to the 6-Series, but is not really worthy of the 8-Series nameplate. BMW could have made something more special. This should have been a new generation 6-Series and started at a cheaper price.

    • Yes, 8-series had big shoes to fill and the glass is more than half empty… previous 8 was such a special car, an anomaly for BMW.

  • GobbleUp

    Two big, fat, and ugly cars destined for cancellation in a few years next to the little roadster.

  • Bash

    Beautiful cars, I prefer the M8, but I wish it has the M6s face & tail.

    • Jay_Sam

      Then choose M6. Easy.

      • Bash

        lol but the interior of the M8 is so much better.

  • Jay_Sam
    • Jay_Sam

      Shorter front overhang, shorter rear bumper bulk, lower roofline, longer roof, thinner hood bigger wheels. These need to be changed for me to chose M8 over its competitors.

      • Rimas Kurtinaitis

        The profile looks like a Conti GT, and that’s always a good thing.

  • StrangerGP

    6 Series looked waayyyy nicer from the profile.

  • TheBelltower

    The design of the 8 should turn heads. The new one is nice, but forgettable. And easily outshined by a thirty year old design.

  • TB

    Both are beautiful designs…the 8 does look like an evolution of the 6. I’d take em both!

  • don’t know wich one looks better, the inside doesn’t look better in the 8, but just reminds me that the 8 should be the 6. An 8 series should be a 7 series coupé.

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