BMW debuts the M5 Competition
Following a series of intriguing announcements, BMW finally took the veil off the M5 Competition performance sedan. The updated car packs a potent engine alongside the reworked suspension and chassis, and should go into production in summer.
In contrast to its not-so-well-performing standard version, the M5 Competition sports a louder M Sound Control exhaust system which roars about the same regardless of the particular engine you decide to go with. On the outside, it is interspersed with black highlights and wears performance series logos as well as a set of 20-inch exclusively designed forged wheels.
The interior of the vehicle houses trademark BMW M floor mats and safety belts, a personalized dashboard, and has some high-quality trimming throughout.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the deal, however, lies hidden under the hood. The new BMW M5 Competition comes equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 engine now capable of 626 hp (467 kW) – up 26 hp or almost 20 kW from its predecessor. As such, its routine acceleration time also went down to just 3.3 seconds. The engine works in conjunction with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.
In addition to all of the above, the all-wheel-drive car has had its chassis and suspension reworked. In particular, it now has new shock absorbers and rear stabilizers, and rides 7 mm (approx. 1/4”) lower than the current model.
Once it is out on the market, the performance vehicle will sell at U.S. $111,000 and above and mainly face competition from such entries as the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S and the Audi RS7.