It’s the BMW M5’s turn to get the Competition treatment

May 9, 2018

When it comes to sport sedans, the BMW M5 is usually the top choice. Apart from the power under the hood, the handling brings a smile to your face each time you turn the wheel. And you can even bring four other friends along for the ride.

So it’s quite a treat to hear that BMW has just launched the new BMW M5 Competition. Not only is it more powerful but it likewise adds the popular Competition package to the mix. With around 40 percent of all performance models being Competition variants, it’s but natural that the boys from Bavaria make all M models Competition offerings.

In the M5 Competition’s case, the changes come in black. Well, gloss black trim pieces on various places of the exterior and interior. This gives the new car a more menacing vibe. Everything from the door handles, mirror caps, 20-inch rims, bumpers, and exhaust tips are done in black. And so are various interior bits, complemented by M Competition badges.

At the heart of it all is the 4.4-liter bi-turbo V8 that puts out 617hp. That’s up 17 horses over the standard M5, allowing the car to hit the century mark from rest in 3.1 seconds and a 304kph top speed. As with the standard model, M xDrive powers all four wheels, along with an 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox. Drivers can choose between Efficient, Sport, and Ultra High Performance driving modes using the DriveLogic toggle switch.

As for that trademark handling, BMW uses a fully variable transfer case to split power between front and rear axles. Active M Differential, meanwhile, distributes power between the left and right rear wheels for added balance.  When it’s time to stop, M compound brakes with six-piston calipers take care of business. M carbon ceramic brakes can even be specified.

The BMW M5 Competition will begin shipping this July.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.