- The 4.4-litre V8 gets a 25bhp boost in power output.
- The M5 becomes the second Competition variant after the M2 Competition.
- The suspension has been tweaked and there are slight model-specific design updates.
BMW has taken Competition treatment to the next level with the introduction of M5 Competition. The M5 Competition, the super saloon, gets a significantly worked up suspensions, and a bump in power output.
The 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 now produces 616bhp at 6,000rpm which is 25bhp more than the standard M5. The torque remains unchanged at 750Nm accessible between 1,800 and 5,800 rpm. The German saloon can now sprint to a 100kmph from standstill in just 3.3 seconds and to 200kmph in 10.8 seconds (both 0.3 seconds quicker than the standard car).
To make the M5 Competition’s performance even more focused, BMW has added specially developed engine mounts with an increased spring rate. The suspension set-up is now 10 per cent stiffer than before. The chamber on the front axle is increased to absorb more lateral forces through higher cornering speeds. The toe-link is fitted with ball joints instead of rubber mounts at the rear axle. And the rear anti-roll bar also has a firmer spring rate. All these changes can be felt across the three driving modes as well. And the M5 Competition rides seven millimetres lower than the standard car while turning into corners with better precision.
Other changes include an M Sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipes. BMW has also added a particulate filter to the Competition to aid in the reduction of emissions. The M5 Competition sits on Y-spoke twin-colour wheels wrapped in 275/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear. The car is finished in high-gloss Shadow Line trim with black kidney grilles, M gills on the fenders, rear spoiler and “Competition” badging all around.
The M5 Competition locks horns with the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. BMW says that following the M5 Competition and M2 Competition, the most powerful variants of its high-performance cars will be standalone models.