460kW and 3.3 second M5 Competition to go on sale in Oz
BMW has revealed that its most powerful and fastest BMW M5 yet, the BMW M5 Competition, will go on sale in the second half of 2018.
BMW insists that the M5 Competition isn’t just an enhancement package over the standard M5, but a standalone model in its own right. And the differences between the two models are significant: both M5 variants are powered by a 4.4 litre twin turbo V8, but in the M5 Competition it churns out 460kW @ 6,000rpm but the torque remains the same as the standard M5, 750Nm, available from 1,800 to 5,800rpm – an additional 200rpm for peak torque production.
As you would expect, the M5 Competition is quick. The 0-100km/h dash is completed in just 3.3 seconds and it’ll rocket to 200km/h in 10.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than the normal M5.
The M5 Competition is fitted with a bespoke exhaust system that adjusts its volume according to the drive mode selected: Comfort, Sport or Sport Plus.
The suspension has also come in for an overhaul, the M5 Competition is 7mm lower and there are number of settings, just like its sister. BMW says that the M5 Competition has a more track-biased feel, just like its name suggests.
Low compound brakes are fitted as standard on the M5 Competition, and customers have the option of carbon ceramic anchors should they wish. These brakes hide behind bespoke dual colour 20 inch wheels.
Cosmetically, there are black highlights on the exterior of the car and inside, there are black seatbelts with BMW M stripes. There’s also some embroidery on the floor mats and other M touches throughout the cabin.
The BMW M5 Competition will be priced from $229,000 when it goes on sale later this year. Further details will be revealed closer to launch.