BMW’s recently launched M5 is bringing more power and torque in a bid to topple its direct German rival.
Despite the standard model arriving in showrooms just a few months ago, BMW is already planning to launch a more powerful version of its twin-turbo V8 all-wheel drive sedan that’s slightly down on power and torque compared to the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
It will also bring fresh stock to Australia which has already exhausted its initial allocation of 50 M5s and five First Edition models.
An Australian customer who has allegedly ordered the new M5 Competition model reported on Bimmerfest.com that his local dealer, BMW Australia and it’s Munich headquarters, contacted him in regard to pricing and specifications for the new variant.
Slated for production in July and deliveries commencing from September 2018, the customer says the E63 S rival will be officially revealed next Tuesday, May 8 with a bump in power, torque, specification and price.
Headlining changes under the bonnet is an increase from 441kW and 750Nm to 460kW and 800Nm, 10kW more than the AMG but 50Nm less. The extra grunt will shave the 0-100km/h dash down to 3.3 seconds and the 0-200km/h gallop to 10.8 seconds.
The engine bay will also look nicer, with an M carbon engine cover installed, while black Competition badging, Y-spoke alloy wheels, gills and boot lip spoiler adds a more aggressive look.
Other performance changes include lower and firmer suspension and potentially an M Performance exhaust while carbon ceramic brakes are unlikely to make the cut.
The leak is the second this year for BMW after its Australian arm ‘accidently’ published the new M2 Competition mini-website last month before its official unveil at the Beijing motor show.
Pricing has been reported to start at $229,000 plus on-road costs in Australia, about $1000 less than the previous generation’s price tag.
BMW Australia would not comment on the report but said the allocation of its first batch of M5s has already sold out.
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