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2019 BMW M5 Competition. Photo: Supplied
 
 

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Alex Rae | May, 09 2018 | 0 Comments

BMW is bringing a track-focused version of its M5 sedan to Australia later this year.

More power and significant changes underneath its skin will transform the M5 into a hard-edged car designed for sharper performance.

Following the latest M2 Competition model revealed last month, the M5 Competition will standalone as an alternative to the M5 rather than a package option that was previously available.

Increasing power output of its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from 441kW to 460Kw at 6000rpm and keeping torque the same at 750Nm between 1800-5800rpm, the Competition is the most powerful M5 yet and capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds and on to 200km/h in 10.8 seconds – a decrease of 0.1 and 0.3sec respectively.

The more powerful engine will join the same eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system (with two-wheel mode) that debuted in the new generation M5.

Minor and major changes to the chassis make the Competition one of the sharpest M5s to leave the factory and revisions include harder engine mounts up from 560N/mm to 900N/mm, re-tuned double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension assemblies, firmer and 7mm lower springs, increased negative camber to the front, ball joints rather than rubber mount toe links, stiffer front and rear anti-roll bars and re-tuned adjustable dampening to match.

The result is a more focused attitude with reduced understeer and ‘racetrack-ready performance’, though it might sacrifice some ride comfort.

Model specific enhancements include an M Sport exhaust with bimodal control for noise adjustment, unique Y-spoke 20-inch forged alloy wheels with 275/35 front and 285/35 rear rubber, and M compound brakes between six-piston front and single-piston rear callipers and ventilated discs. Carbon ceramic brakes are a cost-option.

Further visual changes include body-coloured door handles, black chrome exhaust outlets and high-gloss black trims for the mirror caps, side gills, window surrounds, kidney grille, rear bumper cover and boot lip spoiler and black M badges.

For the first time, the model gets black Competition lettering on the boot and special M Competition graphic in the instrument cluster when starting the car. Inside also gains black seat belts with striped M stitching and matching floor mats with M5 logos.

BMW Australia has confirmed the new model will join its local line-up in the second half of 2018 and is priced from $229,000 plus on-road costs. No word on allocation yet but the local arm has already sold out of its first batch of M5s.

“To now have the M5 Competition available to us is fantastic news,” said BMW Australia CEO Marc Werner.

“With more power and a further refined drive system, the M5 Competition will take the M5 experience to an even higher level.”

 
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