Last year saw BMW’s introduction of the latest M5 super sport sedan, a car that reclaimed the title of the brand’s fastest four-door after a brief period of time during which the M550i was actually quicker than the previous-generation M5.
BMW says the 2019 introduction of the M5 Competition marks the creation of a sub-brand of the same name within the high-performance M envelope, with this mid-size model joining the M2 Competition as another stand-alone model.
While you might wonder what BMW could do to improve on the performance of a car with 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque from a 4.4L turbo V8, its engineers have nonetheless identified tweaks to be made. Those include the infusion of another 17 hp plus new, stiffer engine mounts that BMW says make for more immediate transfer of that power to the all-wheel drivetrain.
According to BMW, that extra power and those new engine mounts cut a tenth of a second off the M5’s 0-100 km/h acceleration sprint, so that the car will now perform that feat in 3.3 seconds. If that’s not enough, 200 km/h arrives in 10.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds sooner than in the standard M5.
Competition models also boast a specially-tuned exhaust system that, if BMW is to be believed, is mostly about letting the M5 make more noise.
The M5 Competition gets a trim-specific suspension setup with a seven-millimetre lower ride height. BMW has dialled more negative camber into the front wheels to help the car better absorb lateral forces in fast corners, while changes out back better keep the rear wheels in line and increase the amount of oversteer the driver will experience in high-speed turns.
All of that comes on top of the work BMW did last year to advance the M5’s performance portfolio, including a carbon fibre-reinforced roof that saves weight and lowers the car’s centre of gravity. Optional (and expensive) carbon ceramic brakes cut a notable amount of weight too, if setting record lap times is what you’re after.
As if BMW hadn’t already thrown down a gauntlet for competitors like the Audi RS 7 and Mercedes-Benz E 63 with its new M5, the Competition model aims to give the Bavarians an edge it hopes will draw extreme sport sedan buyers to its showrooms.
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