Why No Competition Package?
At a glance the $5000 dollar plus competition package might seem steep, but considering what you get it might be well worth it. It bumps up the horse power to 444 while decreasing the 0-60 time by 0.1 sec. It includes the Adaptive M Suspension along with new settings for comfort, sport and sport +. It revises the DSC controls and the active m differential. The seats are now sportier geared towards track enthusiasts and come with striped M stitching in the seat belts. Some exterior modifications include the shadow line black chrome trim on the front grills, the side grills, badging and the tail pipes. 20" wheels are also included.
When I was deciding on the different packages, the competition package was under serious consideration. There were a couple of reasons that decided to skip out on the option though. The exterior changes certainly make the car look more aggressive . Most of these exterior modifications could be done as port installs if you didn't want to buy the competition package. And you could always add/remove stuff after if you are unsure about what exterior changes you would like. It's nice of BMW to include the black chrome all around and makes the car's curves even better. What I personally didn't like was the styling of the 20" rims. Sure it might not be a deal breaker and you could always sell them after you get the car. However, I'd rather see the 5 spoke alloy rims instead.
Since I never owned a true sports car, I didn't know how stiff the suspension would be. I wasn't sure it would be a decently smooth ride even in the comfort suspension setting. I thought it would just be safer to go without the competition package. Besides if it was too soft, I could always switch to the sports settings. I simply didn't want to end up with a car that would be unsuitable for daily driving. The horsepower increase is definitely a plus but I didn't think I could feel a difference.
Another factor that played into my decision was the fact that the new bucket seats did not come with lumbar support. Part of the reason I wanted a luxury car was to get the added support and comfort of adjustable seating beyond the typical 8 ways. I personally cannot drive long distances without having the lumbar support unless I prefer to have an aching back after an hour or so. Some people might not care or it might not make a difference for them but for me, it is a necessity. The stitching on the seat belts make the car look more exclusive but they are not a must have in my books.
Overall, I would say go for the competition package if you want a complete track high performance car and can sacrifice some of the adjustability of the seats. There's no reason to not buy the competition package especially with all of the included items. If you are not tracking the car, it most likely will be similar driving on normal roads but I bet at the car's limits it will make a difference.dit.