BMW has released full details about the range-topping M5, as well as a huge photo gallery
BMW has released a boatload of new photos featuring the M5 Competition, as well as detailed information about the range-topping version of its high-performance sedan.
Packing 25 hp more than the standard model for a total of 625 hp (616 bhp), the M5 Competition is also said to offer more direct responses and bespoke chassis tuning “for a race-inspired driving experience at all times.”
The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine produces 625 hp at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of peak torque from 1,800 to 5,800 rpm — it has a 200-rpm broader band than the standard M5.
Combined with the high-revving nature of the eight-cylinder engine, these updates allow the M5 Competition to go from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.3 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 10.8 seconds — 0.3 seconds quicker than the stock M5.[NativeAd]
The top speed is limited at 250 km/h (155 mph), but the optional M Driver’s Package ditches the electronic limiter to unlock 305 km/h (190 mph).
The souped-up engine barks through a twin-pipe, flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipe tips that generate “a strikingly prominent soundtrack.” Furthermore, specially designed engine mounts contribute to making the car more responsive and quicker through turns.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission that offers three driving modes for efficient, sporty or ultra-dynamic driving, as well as the rear-biased M xDrive system that works with the Active M Differential to put down the power without any losses. Should the driver want a more tail-happy car, M xDrive offers a rear-wheel-drive-only setting (2WD).
Compared to the standard BMW M5, the Competition version is 7-mm lower and comes with specific chassis tuning that affects the suspension, springs, and dampers. Highlights include 10-percent stiffer springs, increased camber at the front axle, firmer spring rate for the rear anti-roll bar, and shorter auxiliary springs aimed at reducing fluctuation in wheel loads.
The BMW M5 Competition comes equipped as standard with exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in a Y-spoke design and bi-color finish. The rims are shod with mixed-size tires: 275/35 R20 at the front and 285/35 R20 at the rear.
You’ll be able to recognize the M5 Competition thanks to subtle styling tweaks including the high-gloss black kidney grille surround, decorative mesh of the BMW M gills, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim, and the trim for the rear bumper covering and mirror caps. The door openers are painted fully in the body color, and the rear spoiler and “M5” boot lid badge are in high-gloss black.
Inside, the seat belts gain a stripe design in BMW M colors, badged floor mats with special piping, and the “M Competition” graphic that appears in the instrument cluster at startup.
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