The CEO of BMW’s M division claims that the new M5 Competition has “no direct competitor”, stating that the Bavarian brand does not build such vehicles “to annoy others”.
BMW M boss Frank van Meel made the comments about the new Competition-badged super-saloon – which draws a considerable 460 kW and 750 N.m from its twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 – when speaking to BimmerToday.
“There is no direct competitor. We do not build such cars to annoy others, but because we enjoy them. And because our customers enjoy a lot,” Van Meel said.
Of course, a certain firm based in Affalterbach may beg to differ with Van Meel’s assertion, since its 450 kW/850 N.m Mercedes-AMG E63 S offers comparable outputs, a similarly rear-biased all-wheel-drive system and almost-equal claimed 0-100 km/h times (BMW claims 3,3 seconds, while Mercedes-AMG claims 3,4 seconds).
Interestingly, Van Meel also admitted that an even more focussed M5 CS was “conceivable”, although he emphasised that one was not currently in BMW’s plans.
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