The BMW M6 is about to get a spiritual successor in the shape of the BMW M8. In the meantime, the old model, which has gone out of production already, is still fascinating BMW fans all over the world. The best version of the two-door M car was, without a doubt, the Competition Package model, coming with 600 HP and a couple of other small changes done to the chassis to make the Coupe feel a bit more agile.
The guys from DragTimes had one in the vicinity for a couple of days thanks to a fan of their Youtube channel and they took it to the drag strip for a couple of runs against a couple of worthy adversaries. However, this time around, the tuned M6 showed its muscles on public roads and that’s definitely something we don’t condone, especially if you take a closer look at the standing start races, where the driver barely manages to keep control of his RWD car in beast mode.
The rival it goes up against today definitely has the edge when it comes to standing starts. We’re talking about an Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, a beautiful, luxurious four-door coupe that wasn’t meant to be a drag strip champion but turned out to perform rather good anyway. The two use roughly the same engine block but with different specs. Both cars have 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engines but while the M6 uses the S63 mill tuned by Dinan to make close to 700 HP, the Alpina uses a reworked version of the N63 mill, delivering 600 HP.
There’s more to it though, as the Gran Coupe comes with all-wheel drive and a specially configured 8-speed gearbox from ZF. Chip in the fact that the Alpina is heavier and the results of the drag races are pretty much obvious from the get go. From standstill, the Alpina will win the 1/4 mile while the M6 will take the win from a rolling start every time thanks to its superior torque and power figures.