The new BMW M5 and M5 Competition has been made even sharper than before and makes the sporty sedan more…sporty.
Seeings as Australia (and most likely South Africa too) is set to only receive the M5 Competition, which isn’t a bad thing, we will be focussing on that version here.
With 460kw and 750Nm, the M x-Drive system is capable of accelerating the M5 Competition from standstill to 100km/h in 3.3 seconds and to 200km/h in 10.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h but can be increased to 305km/h with the optional M Driver’s Package.
What exactly is “new” in the New M5 Competition?
A general facelift was performed on the new M5 versions with some technology updates. New headlight design and geometry with “Dynamic Laser Matrix Beams”, new kidney grill design with M-specific double bars in gloss black, bumper redesigns. The list goes on.
The most changes were made under the skin. BMW has fitted the M5 Competition with a bespoke mounting setup which give the engine a more firm connection to the vehicle’s structure, providing the M5 Competition with faster engine response than before.
The ride has been fine-tuned to negotiate between “fire breathing sports sedan” and “every day driving” with more ease. BMW retained the 2WD only option which is sure to give more accomplished drivers a rush of blood to the head on the track.
All in all, the M5 Competition update is subtle but all done to stay with the competitors and retain the title of “Ultimate Sports Sedan”.