BMW unveil faster, stiffer and louder M5 variant - the BMW M5 Competition

Following last month’s shock unveiling of the all-new BMW M2 Competition, BMW have today revealed the BMW M5 Competition – a BMW M5 with more power, more focus and more performance. 

The second standalone BMW model to wear the competition moniker, the BMW M5 Competition brings with it a new direction from BMW’s M Division when it comes to their even more performance focused products; expect standalone Competition models instead of Competition Packs from now on. 

Whilst the beating heart of the BMW M5 Competition remains the same as the standard M5, power from the 4.4-litre V8 with M Power TwinPower Turbo is up 24bhp to 625hp. Peak torque remains 553 lb-ft but BMW say that it can now be enjoyed across a 200rpm wider torque band.

The additional power means that the new M5 Competition can sprint to 62mph in just 3.3 seconds and to 124mph in 10.8 seconds. As with the standard M5, top speed is limited to 155mph with the option of increasing this to 189mph with the optional Driver’s Package specified.

As you’d expect, there is more to the M5 Competition’s transformation than just additional power – BMW have also worked on creating even better handling. With that in mind, M5 Competition sits 7mm lower than the standard M5, benefits from springs that are 10 per cent stiffer and features special engine mounts that offer more stiffness and subsequently even greater directness and precision.

Power is fed to all-four wheels through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission that features a choice of three different driving modes; each offering a different level of sportiness and dynamism.

The rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system once again makes an appearance, meaning that optimal traction is always available when required. Of course, the option to put the M5 Competition into a rear-wheel-drive only setting is still available – BMW say that this is handling in its purist form.

All of these performance modifications have been reflected aesthetically on both the inside and outside of the M5 Competition through the use of model-specific design features and the use of BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim. Further setting the M5 Competition aside from any other M5, it has, of course, also gained “Competition” lettering throughout.

Ever since its release, many automotive publications have already remarked at the ability and fantastic drive of the new BMW M5. This all-new M5 Competition variant only stands to further cement the new BMW M5 within the world of high performance saloons.

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