New M5 Competition is BMW's most powerful sedan ever
Competition designation to become specific trim at top of M model rangesJoe Duarte
Published: May 10, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: May 14, 2018, 2:30 AM
BMW has unveiled its most powerful sedan ever in the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition, with 617 hp under the hood, enhanced chassis tuning and sharper responses.
Further, the Competition moniker signals the creation of a sub-category within the M house, with the M5 Competition joining the recently announced M2 Competition Coupe as the top level of M variants within the model range. M Competition models will become available in future BMW model series.
The decision was based on the popularity of previous Competition packages on other models, such as the 40% choice in the previous generation BMW M5 worldwide.
Among the unique features of the 2019 M5 Competition are exclusive design light alloy 20-inch wheels, and high-gloss finish on door handles, mirror housings, grille and M-gill mesh, B-pillar and window surrounds, and the rear spoiler, M5 logo and tailpipes, among others. Inside, the black seat belts gain M-stripe patterns, and floor mats feature model specific piping. The M5 logo and Competition script are prevalent inside and out.
Power comes from the TwinPower Turbo 4.4-litre V-8, generating 617 hp at 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft or torque between 1,800 and 5,860 rpm. What that means to acceleration is 0-100 km/h times of less than 3.5 seconds, while 200 km/h is reached in 10.8 seconds from standstill. Power is transferred to all four wheels (biased to the rear but also able to perform strictly in rear-wheel drive at the push of a button) via an 8-speed paddle shift automatic.
The thrill is enhanced by a distinctive exhaust note from the twin pipes, thanks to model-specific M Sport exhaust. The sound changes with the selection of driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus), but also with a driver selectable M Sound Control button.
Sitting seven mm closer to the pavement than the ordinary M5, the M5 Competition enhances handling characteristics through the use of reworked engine, suspension and anti-roll bar mounts, revised spring rates and increased negative camber in the front wheels.
And bringing it all to a standstill are 6-piston fixed callipers pinching vented discs at the front, and single-piston floating callipers at the rear. Ceramic brakes are optional.