2018 BMW M5 Competition revealed

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BMW has revealed the hardcore M5 Competition, just a month after the regular M5 touched down in Australia.

It uses the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the standard car, however it now produces 460kW of power (up 19kW) and 750Nm of torque (unchanged). 0-100km/h takes 3.3 seconds (0.1s faster) while 0-200km/h takes 10.8 seconds (0.3s faster than the M5).Top speed is limited to 250km/h – that can be derestricted to 305km/h with the M Driver’s Package. However, the Competition still gets the same 8-speed M Steptronic autmoatic transmission, M Sport exhaust system, M xDrive all-wheel-drive system and Active M Differential.

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The rear of the M5 Competition

The M5 Competition gets a revised suspension setup and tune compared to the standard M5. Spring rate is considerably stiffer (900N/mm vs 580N/mm), while ball joints and updated anti-roll bar mountings have been introduced to improve handling. The Competition also rides 7mm lower than the M5. The wheel tyre package has also been updated – the M5 Competition gets new 20-inch forged wheels with 275/35 front and 285/35 rear tyres. Further, lightweight M compound brakes with six-piston front calipers and single-piston rear calipers come as standard.

 

 

You’ll be able to tell an M5 Competition from its standard counterpart thanks to the 20-inch alloy wheels and a host of aggressive styling touches, including the kidney grille trim, window trim, mirror caps, rear bumper cover, spoiler, fender gills, bootlid logo and exhaust pipes.

Inside, the M5 Competition gets black seatbelts with M striping, M5-branded floor mats and an ‘M5 Competition’ graphic that appears in the insturment cluster on start-up. The seats are trilled in Merino Aragon leather, while the rest of the interior is trimmed in ‘aluminium carbon structure’ panelling with dark chrome accents.

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The Merino Aragon upholstery inside the M5 Competition.

Everything I’ve just mentioned are the new features on the M5 Competition. To read my original reveal story for the base M5, click here.

The BMW M5 Competition goes on sale later this year in Australia for $229,000 plus on-road costs. What are your thoughts on the Competition? Is it aggressivbe enough to justify the $30K price jump? Leave them below.

 

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